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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.

Paddling away from campsite

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.

Sebastian Beach Inn: Beach bar evokes coastal history

Sebastian Beach Inn: Beach bar evokes coastal history

Popular beachside bar is housed in one of the few remaining “watch houses” used to protect our shores during two world wars. Today, it’s party time!

Castle Windy Trail at Canaveral National Seashore

Castle Windy Trail at Canaveral National Seashore

The Castle Windy Trail is a shady respite from the often brutal and never-ending sun of Cape Canaveral National Seashore, a tree-shrouded path that takes you through coastal zones of saw palmetto, live oak, sable palm and eastern red cedar.

Riverbend Park is popular with families.

Riverbend Park in Jupiter: Trails ideal for family biking, kayaking

Natural beauty makes Riverbend Park in Jupiter a delightful place to explore. Its 10 miles of bike trails are particularly well suited to family bicycle outings. It’s also the site of a historic battleground from the Second Seminole War.

Florida Keys: Spotting Key deer still a thrill

Florida Keys: Spotting Key deer still a thrill

Driving through the Florida Keys, you are sure to see the warnings for Key deer — but you may not see the deer themselves. There are some sure-fire ways to do see the little fellows, though, and one of them is an evening bike ride on No Name Key.