Kayak & Canoe

Peanut Island: Snorkeling, historic Kennedy Bunker, even camping

Peanut Island: Snorkeling, historic Kennedy Bunker, even camping

This county park offers some of the best snorkeling from a beach in South Florida. It’s also home to President John F. Kennedy’s bomb shelter, built during the Cold War. And, to complete your day, it’s a fun kayak outing that can include fresh fish at a nearby tiki bar.

Jonathan Dickinson State Park cabins make it easy to explore a great park

Jonathan Dickinson State Park cabins make it easy to explore a great park

New cabins bring the “comfort camping” experience to this big, varied state park where you can kayak on a wild river, bicycle, hike for miles and explore an interesting area.

Sebastian Inlet (Photo by John Massung, IndianRiverByAir.com)

Sebastian Inlet: Spring getaway for camping, paddle sports, wildlife

Sebastian Inlet has always been a favorite destination, and these two public campgrounds will make your getaway pleasurable.

The main street on Cedar Key

Cedar Key: Charming, historic, off the beaten track

It’s a long way from just about anywhere — and that’s part of its appeal. But it’s also a great place to bicycle, kayak, hike, watch sunsets and spot birds. The 1859 hotel, now a charming B&B, is reason enough to go.

Calusa Blueway: Kayak trail with maps, markers so worth exploring

Calusa Blueway: Kayak trail with maps, markers so worth exploring

The Calusa Blueway is a 190-mile long paddling trail through the Gulf Coast waters around Fort Myers. It’s not designed to be through-paddled, but it IS designed to be Florida’s best kayak trail.

Solitude in 10,000 Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

Ten Thousand Islands: Sandfly Island is perfect ‘intro’ kayak trail

You can explore the wilderness of the Ten Thousand Islands off Florida’s Gulf Coast with this short kayak trail to an uninhabited island full of history. It’s the perfect “starter” kayak trail for an area full of paddling possibilities.

Tent sites at Camp Venice

Best camping near Sarasota: Camp Venice on Myakka River

Camp Venice is a tree-shaded, privately owned campground nestled in oak hammocks on the banks of the Myakka River. It has a state-park ambiance — unusual among private campgrounds.

Lake Norris near Orlando.

Kayaking Blackwater Creek & Lake Norris: Splendid waterways to discover

Blackwater Creek, a little-known river near Orlando, has over-the-top scenery where it flows out of Lake Norris. It’s an easy paddle worth seeking out for its great beauty. You can even arrange for free canoes.