Things To Do In Florida

Riverbend Park is popular with families.

Riverbend Park in Jupiter: Trails ideal for family biking, kayaking

Natural beauty makes Riverbend Park in Jupiter a delightful place to explore. Its 10 miles of bike trails are particularly well suited to family bicycle outings. It’s also the site of a historic battleground from the Second Seminole War.

Cypress trees on the Loxahatchee River

Loxahatchee River: Kayak a wild, scenic river in South Florida

Within an hour’s drive of the urban tangle of South Florida, one of Florida’s two nationally designated “wild and scenic” rivers meanders through a spectacularly lovely cypress swamp. You can experience the river in a two- or three-hour loop or paddle the full 8-mile scenic trail.

Find Florida trails on a new state website

Find Florida trails on a new state website

Florida just launched a new website that provides useful information on more than 100 state hiking, biking and paddling trails.

Everglades National Park: Eco-friendly cabins, lodge, bike trails proposed for Flamingo

Everglades National Park: Eco-friendly cabins, lodge, bike trails proposed for Flamingo

Flamingo, once a place to stay ovenight or dine while exploring Everglades National Park, was destroyed in two 1995 hurricanes. Now, the National Park Service has a plan to make it a showcase of eco-tourism, with bike trails, eco-tents and cabins.

Florida Keys: Spotting Key deer still a thrill

Florida Keys: Spotting Key deer still a thrill

Driving through the Florida Keys, you are sure to see the warnings for Key deer — but you may not see the deer themselves. There are some sure-fire ways to do see the little fellows, though, and one of them is an evening bike ride on No Name Key.

Classic Keys cabins are good kayaking base

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.

Bicycling through the Florida Keys

Bicycling through the Florida Keys

Kristina, a 27-year-old environmental scientist, is sharing her experiences and photos as she bikes and blogs through the Florida Keys. Along the way, she discovers the last lime grove in the Keys and the best tiki bar in Marathon. Some of her experiences are worth duplicating on your next Keys adventure.

Fisheating Creek: $89 million will preserve an ecosystem some find unforgettable

Fisheating Creek: $89 million will preserve an ecosystem some find unforgettable

A huge land purchase to advance Everglades restoration was announced this week: $89 million for land around Fisheating Creek. Most people don’t know Fisheating Creek, but some who have visited will never forget it. Clyde Butcher, Florida’s best and best-known wilderness photographer, says Fisheating Creek was the place that opened his eyes to Florida’s beauty.

Dixie Crossroads: Tourist trap or authentic seafood?

Dixie Crossroads: Tourist trap or authentic seafood?

TITUSVILLE — Some say it’s touristy; some say it’s authentic. But pretty much everyone agrees that the hushpuppies at Dixie Crossroads are irresistible.

Road Trip: Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail

Road Trip: Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail

ORMOND BEACH — The Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail is a 30-mile road trip through live-oak canyons, waterfront postcard scenes, abundant wildlife, two state parks and an historic site. Along the way, there’s camping, hiking, biking and paddling opportunities. And don’t forget the winter whale watches!

Howley’s: Authentic 1950s diner

WEST PALM BEACH — Where have all the diners gone? You know, those roadside eateries that serve breakfast all day and night? Well, Howley’s is still around. Been there for 60 years. It’s not just retro, it’s the real deal.

Ichetucknee Springs ( 
FWC photo by Karen Parker)

Cool idea: Florida’s best river for tubing, the Ichetucknee

All those “lazy river” water attractions at hotels and parks are just trying to recreate the exhilarating experience of tubing the Ichetucknee River in north central Florida. Try the real thing, where you’ll float past pristine cypress forests and look into water so clear you can see a pebble on the river’s bottom through six or seven feet of water.

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