Things To Do In Florida

Snorkeling over a spring at Ginnie Springs. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Kayaking Santa Fe River: Springs & scenery make it a treasure

The Santa Fe River near Gainesville is a treasure for its many clear bubbling springs and its unspoiled beauty. It’s one of Florida’s most beautiful places to kayak, canoe, snorkel and swim. It’s way north, but worth making part of a trip.

Tubing Ichetucknee Springs State Park. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Best tubing in Florida: Four beautiful springs for cool fun

It takes some chilly water to cool you off during a Florida summer day, but these spring-fed Florida rivers have that and more. These four springs are among the most beautiful spots in Florida and are ideal locations for tubing. They’re so popular, however, you need to do your homework before going.

Key West Bed and Breakfast, 415 William Street, is a turn-of-the-century house decorated with original art, vibrant color and serving a spectacular breakfast .

On a budget? Key West on the cheap isn’t easy, but here are tips

It is possible to go to Key West on a budget. Here are some frugal tips on lodging, interesting budget restaurants and free places to go.

The Florida Keys  Brewing Company in Islamorada

New things to do on Islamorada, a great stop in Florida Keys

There are excellent reasons to stop in Islamorada on your Florida Keys trip, including a cluster of cultural attractions. A new top-notch museum in Islamorada has a Clyde Butcher photo exhibit this summer.

2009 Freedom Swim. Photo courtesy the Sun Herald.

2018 Charlotte Harbor Freedom Swim: Cool 4th of July ‘happening’

The 2018 Charlotte Harbor Freedom Swim begins at 11 a.m. July 4, but while folks cross the 1.5-mile wide Peace River, this isn’t a race. It’s a “happening” and one of the few ways to celebrate the Fourth of July in Florida and stay cool.

The West Martello garden has beautiful views onto Higgs Beach. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Free in Key West: Things to do without breaking your budget

No doubt about it: Key West is expensive. But despite its small size, Key West is packed with things to do and see — and some are even free. Here are a half dozen places to go where you’ll soak up Key West culture without opening your wallet.

Gearing up for summer

Just in time for summer, we present our list of gear you need for the outdoors this season.

Reopened after Hurricane Irma: Classic Keys cabins are good kayaking base

Reopened after Hurricane Irma: Classic Keys cabins are good kayaking base

Don’t rush through the Keys to Key West. Stop and savor the recreational opportunities with a stay at Old Wooden Bridge Cabins, an off-the-beaten-path spot that is a perfect base for kayaking, seeing Key deer or visiting Bahia Honda State park.

Cool summer camping near Tampa Bay

Cool summer camping near Tampa Bay

‘Roughing it’ takes on new meaning when camping during a Florida summer. Cooling off becomes a priority. Take the edge off with lots of water, lots of shade and smart thinking.

Primitive camping at Alderman’s Ford: Kick it up a notch

Primitive camping at Alderman’s Ford: Kick it up a notch

The 1,140-acre park in eastern Hilllsborough County has a multi-use trail for hiking and cycling, and launch point for the Alafia River Paddle Trail.