Things To Do In Florida

Free trail maps are great inspiration for Gulf Coast paddling trips

Free trail maps are great inspiration for Gulf Coast paddling trips

It’s time to plan this season’s canoe and kayak outings, and a free set of excellent paddling trail maps from the Great Calusa Blueway is certain to give you inspiration.

The rustic bar looks identical to historic photos, though the kitten is an addition to the scene.

Cap’s Place: Historic South Florida restaurant is time travel

Dining here is like getting to eat in an historic house where docents glare at you if you get too close to the furniture. History and atmosphere make it worth visiting the oldest operating restaurant in Broward County.

Anclote Key

Anclote Key: Wild isle but hard to reach

Anclote Key Preserve State Park, is actually four islands 3 miles off Tarpon Springs, accessible only by boat. If you can get there, you can see its 1887 lighthouse, miles of pristine beaches scattered with shells and one of the few undeveloped islands left on Florida’s coast. You can reach it by kayak or tour boat.

See white pelican migration on Florida’s Gulf Coast

See white pelican migration on Florida’s Gulf Coast

A bird with a wingspan of 9 feet is a sight to behold. Now picture hundreds of them, flying in formation, with Gulf Coast beaches and barrier islands as a backdrop. That’s the migration of the White Pelican, which return to Florida every October to November.

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.

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