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5 smartphone apps to explore Florida

5 smartphone apps to explore Florida

Your smartphone has never had more tools available to explore Florida’s outdoors.

One of the original campgrounds, Old Prairie, at Myakka River State Park.

Best Camping Near Tampa Bay: 9 choice campgrounds

We’ve selected nine public campgrounds near Tampa Bay for their scenic beauty, low prices and prime opportunities for hiking, biking, kayaking and canoeing. We think you’ll like these choices.

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve: Free, wild & five minutes off I-75

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve: Free, wild & five minutes off I-75

Next time you travel Florida’s west coast on I-75, take a five minutes detour in Fort Myers to discover a magnificent slice of old Florida – a 1.2 mile boardwalk through an unspoiled cypress swamp called Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve.

Lightner Museum in St. Augustine is among the free museums you can visit Sept. 26, 2015.

Saturday, Sept. 24: Favorite Florida museums & gardens will be free

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, is the day for budget travelers and museum lovers to enjoy Florida museums for free. Some participating attractions normally charge up to $25 admission.

Where to experience firefly season. Wait, what’s firefly season?

Where to experience firefly season. Wait, what’s firefly season?

Blue Spring State Park, home to manatees in the winter and a favorite place for a swim in bracing spring water in the summer, will allow visitors to stay one hour after closing during firefly season in April. If that took you by surprise, you’re with me. But there is a firefly season and Blue Spring, located 35 miles north of Orlando in Orange City, is firefly central.

Cedar Key sand spit by Kellie Parkin

Cedar Key Art Festival, March 24-25, 2018: Small town festival; big-time art

Like Cedar Key itself, the Cedar Key Art Festival is a slice of authentic Old Florida. This historic small town is located on an island on Florida’s Gulf coast, about 60 miles west of Ocala. Its festival attracts serious artists and all the food on festival grounds is made and sold by local non-profits.

2015-16 bike tours take you through Florida’s best scenery

2015-16 bike tours take you through Florida’s best scenery

Florida makes an ideal location for bike touring, especially in the winter. Here are three options for week-long supported tours. Best of all, they’re operated by a non-profit, Bike Florida, which raises money for bicycle safety efforts.

How families with fourth graders can print a free national park pass

How families with fourth graders can print a free national park pass

Help spread the word: Every fourth grade student in America can now print out a free pass to visit a national park with his or her family. Get the details and link here.

Key West Cemetery by Falling Angel via Flickr

Historic Key West cemetery: A scenic stop that is full of stories

The cemetery in Key West is a lot like the city itself: quirky, crowded, colorful and full of history. The site has a forlorn air and one could even consider it spooky. Take a walking tour and discover fascinating stories of Key West and its people.

The peregrine falcon is one of the species that migrates south via the Florida Keys in the fall. In fact, the Keys see more peregrine falcons than anywhere else in the continent, according to Florida Keys Hawkwatch.

Keys Birding Festival isn’t much this year, but nobody told the birds

Sadly, the Florida Keys Birding and Wildlife Festival is a shell of what it once was. But that doesn’t stop the birds from migrating through the Keys.