Northeast Florida

Sugar mill at Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park in Flagler County.

Bulow Plantation Ruins: 5 minutes off I-95 for romantic ruins, picnic & walk

When driving I-95, you can travel five minutes off the highway and find romantic ruins, have a picnic and a walk through the woods in this Flagler County state park. In minutes, you feel like you’re in another world.

Lake George State Forest.

Quiet time: Escape to lonely Lake George State Forest

There’s not much going on in Lake George State Forest, making it an ideal getaway for a few days of solitude along the St. John’s River.

10 Worthy Campgrounds Near Daytona Beach

10 Worthy Campgrounds Near Daytona Beach

With the Daytona 500 and Bike Week already upon us, it’s probably too late to find a camp site this year. Although it may be worth a phone call to see if there are any cancellations. At the least, you can plan ahead for next year.

Right whale off Flagler Beach. (Photo courtesy Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken under research permit issued by NOAA Fisheries.)

Whale watching in Florida: Winter thrill on northeast coast

Endangered right whales are viewed close to shore from Daytona Beach to St. Augustine every winter. Sightings aren’t predictable, but here’s how to get a chance to see Florida’s largest endangered species.

Photo by stephg67 via Flickr

Azaleas bloom at Ravine Gardens; celebrated in festival March 3-4, 2018

It’s spring in Florida: Azaleas are blazing in white, lavender, pink and red at a Florida state park with a rich history.

Largest Civil War re-enactment in Southeast occurs near Jacksonville at Olustee Battlefield Historic Park Feb. 14-16.

Civil War buffs: Florida’s biggest battle, Olustee, re-enacted Feb. 16-18, 2018

At Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park near Jacksonville, Florida’s largest Civil War battle will be re-enacted, with gun smoke, booming cannons and cavalry. Three of the famous “Colored Regiments” were among 10,000 troops that fought here.

Ocala National Forest

Biketoberfest: 5-plus cool, country rides near Daytona

Bikers from around the country converge on Daytona Beach each year for Bike Week and Biketoberfest. Here’s a rundown on the best rides through the authentic Florida near Daytona.

Kingsley Plantation: Fascinating tale of slavery could only happen in Florida

Kingsley Plantation: Fascinating tale of slavery could only happen in Florida

Kingsley Plantation, part of a little known national park near Jacksonville, is a beautiful site that tells stories of slaves and slave holders that may surprise you.

The National Park Service has recreated Fort Caroline at a third scale on the St. Johns River.

Timucuan Preserve: The Florida national park you’ve never heard of

Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve is 46,000 acres of salt marshes, coastal dunes, and hardwood hammocks, but this national park also preserves fascinating Florida history.

Fort Clinch: Worth a drive to explore Amelia Island park with all sorts of fun

Fort Clinch: Worth a drive to explore Amelia Island park with all sorts of fun

This state park is so worth a drive to explore. It would take days to experience it all – a beautiful beach, an extra-long fishing pier, a well-preserved Civil War fort, hiking, wildlife, great camping.