Northeast Florida

Sunset over the Amelia River at Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island.

Amelia Island & Fernandina Beach: Beaches, hikes, historic sites and more

With eight state parks, a national park, scads of history and top beaches, Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach make a great base to explore northeast Florida.

Blue Springs State Park

10 things to do near Daytona Beach

The annual spring crush at Daytona is upon us with the Daytona 500, Bike Week and Spring Break. There are far more cool things to do than hang out on Main Street, the beach and the pier.

Exploring New Smyrna waterways by kayak or SUP: Wildlife, mangroves & sandbars

Exploring New Smyrna waterways by kayak or SUP: Wildlife, mangroves & sandbars

The waterways along the Intracoastal in New Smyrna Beach are a terrific place to explore by kayak or SUP. Richard Barrett shares some of his favorite routes — places you might overlook when going to the popular beaches in the area.

Marineland: Surprising story of legendary ‘oceanarium’

Marineland: Surprising story of legendary ‘oceanarium’

Marineland was the original oceanarium and the first to discover you could train dolphins to perform. Read its fascinating history, an excerpt from the new book, “A New Guide to Old Florida Attractions: From Mermaids to Singing Towers,” by Doug Alderson.

Silver Springs State Park: Famous spring is worth a visit—or revisit

Silver Springs State Park: Famous spring is worth a visit—or revisit

It’s easy to feel transported to another time and place when visiting Silver Springs State Park in Ocala.

JB's Fish Camp in New Smyrna Beach

JB’s Fish Camp: Running with the crabs in New Smyrna Beach

JB’s is your original crab shack, a funky Florida kind of place where blue crabs are served steaming from the kitchen and dumped onto sheets of brown kraft paper that serve as your tablecloth. There’s an outdoor dining deck with a tiki bar overlooking Mosquito Lagoon.

Seafood Festival with pirates on the side in historic St. Augustine

Seafood Festival with pirates on the side in historic St. Augustine

St. Augustine comes alive this weekend with twin events — 36th Annual Lions Club Seafood Festival and the historic re-enactment of privateer Capt. Robert Searle’s 1668 attack on the oldest city.

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Bike Week: Camping info, scenic rides, things to do

Bikers converge on Daytona Beach every March for Bike Week, but visitors often have a tough time finding a place to stay or camp and get lost in a sea of things-to-do. Our Bike Week guide helps sort it out.

Camping and things to do near Daytona Beach

Camping and things to do near Daytona Beach

Racing is an authentic Florida tradition proudly worn in Daytona, where motor cars first coursed the hard-packed sand of its beaches during the 1930s. Enjoy our comprehensive guide to camping and things to do near Daytona.

Jacksonville-Baldwin Bike Trail

Jacksonville-Baldwin Bike Trail: A shady rural ride with a Civil War site on the side

One of the best Florida bike trails – the Jacksonville-Baldwin Trail – is a well-shaded rural trail that makes a stop at a rare-for-Florida Civil War site.

The spectacular beach, dunes and pier near St. Augustine. (Courtesy FloridaHistoricCoast.com)

St. Augustine: Ideal for nature and history lovers

Today, in 1565, Spanish settlers stepped off a tall sailing ship onto the coast of Florida to found St. Augustine. In celebration of its 450th birthday, it’s time to re-visit the Oldest City and learn more about it charming historic district and beautiful natural areas. Happy Birthday, St. Augustine!

The oldest street in St. Augustine is Aviles Street, and it is paved with bricks, not cobblestones.

Five cool things I discovered in St. Augustine on its 450th birthday

St. Augustine is celebrating the 450th anniversary of its founding this year. Here are five cool things I was surprised to discover about America’s oldest city — from the story of a fiery pepper to a tasty locally made gin.

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