Bike & Hike

Hollywood Broadwalk: A slow-paced and scenic bike ride.

Bike trails: Hollywood Broadwalk, a trip to Old Florida, is slow but scenic

Hollywood Broadwalk is a trip back to Old Florida that is recognized as one of Florida’s “Great Public Spaces.” If you’re patient, the Broadwalk can be a delightful bike ride.

Jupiter Island's two lane Beach Road makes a good bike route.

Biking Jupiter Island: Oceanfront road has views of mansions, little traffic

Jupiter Island offers a scenic two-lane beachfront road with well-kept landscaping, very little traffic and excellent biking. It goes on for mile after mile past the estates of the rich and famous. And you can build in a stop at a hidden beach.

Lake Kissimmee State Park Cow Camp fire

Lake Kissimmee State Park: Where Old Florida lives on

This large state park in a rural, out-of-the-way part of Central Florida, preserves Old Florida cracker history. It offers great hiking trails and camping plus lakes to explore by kayak or canoe. Wildlife, from deer to alligators to sandhill cranes to eagles, is abundant.

(Photo by Bob Peterson/Bob in Swamp via Flickr.)

Jonathan Dickinson State Park: A Florida treasure

Jonathan Dickinson State park can keep a lover of the outdoors busy for days with hiking, biking, kayaking, camping, wildlife watching and soaking up the natural beauty. Now’s the perfect season to plan an adventure there.

Amber waves of sawgrass

Hike ‘til you drop, and then hike back

A seemingly endless hike deep into the Everglades awaits you along the levee on the southern boundary of the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge..

Turkey Creek in Palm Bay at Turkey Creek Sanctuary

Lovely Turkey Creek in Palm Bay combines kayaking & hiking

A scenic kayak outing on Turkey Creek takes you to Palm Bay’s Turkey Creek Sanctuary, where you can explore 3.5 miles of trails. Along the way, see dolphins, manatees and other wildlife.

Oleta River State Park offers respite from Miami’s urban bustle

Oleta River State Park offers respite from Miami’s urban bustle

Tucked away in the dense urban crunch of North Miami is a vast natural environment where you can paddle your kayak or canoe, ride your bike on challenging “mountain” trails, hike backwoods paths, or just relax on a broad beach that sweeps the shore of Biscayne Bay.

Rocking chairs on the porch of the lodge, which has a magnificent view and ocean breeze even on hot days.

Magical Princess Place beckons from northeast Florida

When I visited St. Augustine recently, I discovered Princess Place Preserve, a delightful out-of-the-way historic estate that is a good place to hike, kayak, camp and see wildlife. The 1888 hunting lodge is magnificent — and has a great story of a real princess behind it.