Things To Do In Florida

Kenilworth Lodge: Historic lodge now closed

Kenilworth Lodge: Historic lodge now closed

The Kenilworth Lodge is one of those grand old hotels built for the rich in the age of railroads.

De Leon Springs: State park known for pancakes has much more

De Leon Springs: State park known for pancakes has much more

DeLeon Springs, about an hour north of Orlando, is a state parks with swimming, kayaking and fantastic history. But it’s best known for — of all things — its pancakes.

Bioluminescence kayak tours: Eerie glow at night on Mosquito Lagoon

Bioluminescence kayak tours: Eerie glow at night on Mosquito Lagoon

At Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and the Mosquito Lagoon, the water glows on summer nights with the underwater equivalent of fireflies. A kayak outfitter there is providing unusual thrills on his night-time bioluminescent trips.

Kingsley Plantation: Fascinating tale of slavery could only happen in Florida

Kingsley Plantation: Fascinating tale of slavery could only happen in Florida

Kingsley Plantation, part of a little known national park near Jacksonville, is a beautiful site that tells stories of slaves and slave holders that may surprise you.

The National Park Service has recreated Fort Caroline at a third scale on the St. Johns River.

Timucuan Preserve: The Florida national park you’ve never heard of

Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve is 46,000 acres of salt marshes, coastal dunes, and hardwood hammocks, but this national park also preserves fascinating Florida history.

Florida panther

Alligator Alley: Take a hike in Florida panther country

The rare and endangered Florida panther makes its home in the wilds of the western Everglades and the Big Cypress Swamp, much of the area preserved in protected state and federal lands accessible to hikers.

Fort Clinch: Worth a drive to explore Amelia Island park with all sorts of fun

Fort Clinch: Worth a drive to explore Amelia Island park with all sorts of fun

This state park is so worth a drive to explore. It would take days to experience it all – a beautiful beach, an extra-long fishing pier, a well-preserved Civil War fort, hiking, wildlife, great camping.

One night stand in Colt Creek

One night stand in Colt Creek

Colt Creek State Park is one of the state’s newest, a former cattle ranch preserved forever when the state purchased it in 2006. Contributor Kyle Albinus backpacked to a remote campsite to see what it was all about.