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