Southeast Florida

Kayaking to Indian Key in the Florida Keys

Ten best kayaking spots in South Florida

Palm Beach, Broward and Miami Dade counties are one big sprawling city. Yet there are waterways everywhere and a few great places to kayak or canoe survive.

In the winter, visitors have no trouble seeing dozens   of alligators up close. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Shark Valley: South Florida’s best bike trail is an Everglades adventure

Everglades National Park is vast and there are many deep-into-the-wild places to explore. But one of my favorite Everglades experiences is Shark Valley off the Tamiami Trail west of Miami. The 15-mile loop path is the best traffic-free scenic bicycle trail in South Florida.

Several ponds near Flamingo are good places to spot roseate spoonbill. This was photographed by Adam Fagen at Edo-Pond.

Visitor tips for exploring Everglades National Park

If you have one day or its your first visit to the Everglades, this guide will help you see wildlife and experience the essence of Everglades National Park. We offer tips, too, for more in-depth Everglades experiences.

Robert Is Here bursts with flowers, fruits, colors and fun.

Robert Is Here: Get a key lime milk shake on your way to Everglades

HOMESTEAD — Robert Is Here, just outside Everglades National Park, is a must-stop for my family on the basis of its Key Lime milkshakes alone. But we also love the menangerie out back, the exotic tropical fruits there for the tasting and the overall ambiance.

The Kampong: Coconut Grove gardens and a fascinating Floridian

The Kampong: Coconut Grove gardens and a fascinating Floridian

The Kampong is an intimate and charming tropical estate and gardens, built by one of Florida’s most interesting characters, David Fairchild.

Jan. 20-22, 2017: Homestead Rodeo, where wild west meets the south in the tropics

Jan. 20-22, 2017: Homestead Rodeo, where wild west meets the south in the tropics

Homestead rodeo is the southernmost rodeo in the continental United States. You may be surprised to learn that Florida has a rich history of rodeos in its small towns.

Carribean flamingo (Photo by rubyblossom via Flickr)

Where to take South Florida visitors for a taste of nature

Holiday houseguests? If you’re lucky, they love the outdoors and you can take them on any and every authentic adventure that Florida Rambler covers. But what if your guests like their nature a little tamer? Here are recommendations for daytrips in southeast Florida that are my go-to spots for visitors.

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park in Fort Lauderdale. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Hugh Taylor Birch Park in Fort Lauderdale: My favorite Florida state park

This state park holds a special place in my heart. In urban South Florida, it preserves a sliver of the natural splendor once all around. There’s a lot to do here: beach, biking, shaded picnics, Intracoastal views. When visiting, a perfect day includes a stop to nearby Bonnet House.

Waves and rocks along the shore.

Blowing Rocks Preserve: Dramatic beach in Jupiter is unique

Craggy limestone rocks form a dramatic beach-scape, far different from the usual sandy beach. At the right time, waves crash into the rocks, spurting water into the air.

Vintage postcard of Venetian Pool in Coral Gables.

Coral Gables Venetian Pool: Tropical vacation in a day trip

Venetian Pool is one of those “only in Florida” sites that is worth a visit if you’re in the area – especially on a hot day. Even if you are only there for the day, you feel as though you are on vacation in a tropical oasis.