Things To Do In Florida

2017 free days in national parks: President’s Day, Feb. 20

2017 free days in national parks: President’s Day, Feb. 20

Florida residents are lucky. No matter where they live in the state, a national park is only a few hours away. National Parks are a bargain, but even more so on “fee free days.” Here’s the list for 2017.

7 Fabulous Gift Ideas for Backpackers & Hikers

7 Fabulous Gift Ideas for Backpackers & Hikers

Whether you are a casual hiker or serious backwoods hoofer, you should find something here that you want or need.

Off a dirt road in the Arbuckle Tract Lake at Wales Ridge State Foresti s pretty  little Lake Godwin.

Discover Lake Wales Ridge State Forest for hiking, exploring, camping

Lake Wales Ridge State Forest is for explorers – folks who like to find places that aren’t in the guidebooks. Here you can hike for miles in the woods, hear only nature and have a chance to spot wildlife, including bear, bald eagles and endangered scrub jays.

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8 Great Gift Ideas for Campers

A variety of great gift ideas for campers in several price ranges selected by our editors.

7 Great Gift Ideas for Kayakers

7 Great Gift Ideas for Kayakers

Every one who owns a kayak has additional needs. Maybe it’s a dry bag, paddle grips or maybe accessories for car racks. Check out this list of toys for the kayaker in your life.

Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden

Key West Botanical Garden: Plant lovers will be charmed

There’s so much to do in Key West, it’s easy to bypass the Key West Botanic Garden. But if you love unusual plants, you’ll be be charmed by this serene place.

Lightner Museum decorated during St. Augustine Nights of Lights (Photo courtesy FloridasHistoricCoast.com.)

Where to celebrate the holidays in Old Florida: Best holiday light displays

Every community has decorations for the winter holidays, but these three Florida destinations stand out. Their Old Florida settings complements their over-the-top holiday decorations. Each has millions of lights plus lots of special events.

The many sun-bleached dead trees give the Stump Pass Beach State Park its name.

Discover the other Florida barrier islands along the Gulf

Discover a less well-known string of islands — Gasparilla Island, Don Pedro Island and Manasota Key. Each holds a spectacular state park with top beaches.

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.

Tours open for season of historic Nike missile base in Everglades National Park

Tours open for season of historic Nike missile base in Everglades National Park

In the middle of Everglades National Park is the best preserved Nike missile base in South Florida, a relic of the Cold War and the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Today it reminds us of those days of John F. Kennedy, fallout shelters and Bob Dylan protest songs.

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