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.
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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.
Florida just launched a new website that provides useful information on more than 100 state hiking, biking and paddling trails.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TITUSVILLE — Some say it’s touristy; some say it’s authentic. But pretty much everyone agrees that the hushpuppies at Dixie Crossroads are irresistible.
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!
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.
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.