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Fort Jefferson and Bush Island (Photo by Ron Yeany)

Getting way away: Dry Tortugas National Park

This isolated cluster of islands 70 miles west of Key West is accessible only by boat or seaplane. But treasures await you, especially if you camp over for a few nights. Yes, you can camp here! Snorkeling and kayaking, too!

The Riverview Hotel & Spa: One enchanting weekend

The Riverview Hotel & Spa: One enchanting weekend

The charming Riverview Hotel accommodates guests at the gateway to New Smyrna Beach’s arts and entertainment district, a half-mile strip of historic homes, quaint galleries and friendly pubs leading to one of Florida’s most popular beaches.

Rustic Inn: Boisterous Old Florida crab shack

Rustic Inn: Boisterous Old Florida crab shack

Fort Lauderdale’s Rustic Inn is a classic. Their “world famous garlic crabs” draw hundreds of people every night to this old Florida restaurant, tucked away on Ravenswood Road, just west of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. You’ll find it from the sound of wooden mallets pounding on the table every few minutes.

Sandhill cranes in flight. Photo by Stephen L. Tabone.

Migrating sandhill cranes in Florida: Quite a sight, sound

I wait all year to enjoy Florida’s winters, and not just for the cooler weather. It’s also the peak time to spot amazing wildlife. One spectacular Florida scene worth seeing and hearing is a flock of migrating sandhill cranes.

Celebrate 100-year birthday of Keys railroad

Celebrate 100-year birthday of Keys railroad

The Florida Keys railroad built by Henry Flagler is a Florida icon. In January, celebrate the 100th anniversary of its first train in these historic, beautiful spots. Or, participate in a special event, including a 115-mile kayak trip from Key Largo to Key West.

Best Camping Near Fort Lauderdale

Best Camping Near Fort Lauderdale

Despite a lack of state parks with campgrounds, there are five well-maintained public campgrounds near Fort Lauderdale and a few private campgrounds worth considering.

Peace River: Florida canoe trip is an easy adventure

Peace River: Florida canoe trip is an easy adventure

There are prettier rivers and wilder rivers, but the Peace River offers something you can’t find elsewhere: A place to paddle and camp through an undeveloped forest filled with wildlife within an easy drive of 7 million South Florida residents.

Kayak Gasparilla Sound  for dolphins, white pelicans

Kayak Gasparilla Sound for dolphins, white pelicans

Gasparilla Sound is an out of the way aquatic preserve where you’re likely to see dolphins, osprey and white pelicans while mulllets jump like popcorn. It’s a place made to explore by kayak.

Camping near Tampa Bay: Fort Desoto

Camping near Tampa Bay: Fort Desoto

This public park is spread over 900 acres on five interconnected islands with seven miles of waterfront, including three miles of award-winning beaches .Nearly half of the 233 campsites in the campground are waterfront, allowing you to launch your kayak or canoe from your site.

Ancient oaks caress the soul at Highlands Hammock

Ancient oaks caress the soul at Highlands Hammock

SEBRING — Old-growth live oaks dripping with air plants and Spanish moss dominate the landscape throughout much of the 9,000-acre Highlands Hammock State Park, one of Florida’s original state parks developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. The park features lush nature trails, scenic bike riding and shady camping.