Parks & Forests

Blue Spring State Park: Manatees in winter; swimming & tubing in summer

Blue Spring State Park: Manatees in winter; swimming & tubing in summer

The park is beautiful, and the paddling opportunities are numerous, but the campground is just fair. The spring is a great place to swim when you seek to escape the summer heat, but you can’t swim here in winter because its overrun by manatees seeking safe haven.

Florida Panther inaugurates new Central Florida state forest

Florida Panther inaugurates new Central Florida state forest

An expansive new state forest just east of Orlando is opening this month, and a rare Florida Panther far north of its usual range has made a surprise visit.

Florida budget cuts: 53 state parks threatened with closure appear safe

Jan 13, 2011 – Florida Gov. Rick Scott says he won’t close any state parks. So those state parks, many off-the-main-road and less well-known are safe — for this year. So go visit them now: The best way to vote for parks is to use them.

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.