Snorkeling

Family snorkels the Mandalay shipwreck

Snorkel a shipwreck at Biscayne National Park

The Mandalay shipwreck rests in 12 feet of aquarium-clear water and is home to a coral reef and thousands of colorful fish. Now Biscayne National Park is offering ranger-led snorkel tours of the wreck and other shipwrecks in the park every other Saturday.

Snorkeling in Florida: Where to explore from shore

Snorkeling in Florida: Where to explore from shore

Snorkeling in South Florida doesn’t require a boat. Here are some great places where you can snorkel and see fish and other sea creatures right from the beach.

Lionfish (Photo: Gustavo Duran via Flickr)

Lion fish: Like a horror movie for South Florida waters

I thought I knew a lot about the exotic lion fish species that is invading Florida’s waters. But I learned plenty from this PBS documentary. Lion fish are scarier than I had thought. In the end, though, the video left me with a few reasons for optimism.

Lionfish (Photo: Gustavo Duran via Flickr)

A Florida delicacy: Invasive lionfish, fresh from local waters

Lionfish are gobbling up native species on Florida Keys reefs. Now you can gobble them up instead. Several Florida restaurants are serving lionfish, said to be delicious.

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.