Things To Do In Florida

Key West party! Lobsterfest celebrates the season

Key West doesn’t need much of an excuse to celebrate, so migrate to the Conch Republic this weekend for the annual Lobsterfest celebration.

Debby aftermath: Florida State Park closings

As we head into this pre-holiday weekend, 22 Florida state parks are closed or partially closed due to flooding in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Debby. Here’s a list of the parks and their status.

Fort Clinch

Summer sojourn: Beach camping near Jacksonville

Jacksonville is blessed with eight really special state parks, but you can only camp at two of them — Fort Clinch and Little Talbot Island. Both are ideal destinations for outdoors summer recreation.

Pineapple Grove entrance in Delray Beach (Photo by Adam Fagan)

It’s official: Delray Beach is the most fun small town in the US

Delray Beach is a great little town with lots of fun things to do. But is it THE most fun small town in the nation? Apparently so. That’s the title it won today from USA Today and Rand McNally.

Golden light at sunset along the Myakka River in Myakka River State Park.

Myakka River State Park: Camp at this playland on the prairie

Myakka River State Park is one of Florida’s oldest and largest state parks with three main campgrounds, as well as backcountry campsites, miles of hiking and biking trails, endless opportunities for kayaking and canoeing, and abundant wildlife.

Gamble Mansion in Ellenton, Florida

Gamble Mansion: Civil War history near Sarasota

The Gamble Mansion has white columns to rival Tara and was the site of a dramatic Civil War event. It’s the only antebellum mansion left in South Florida.

Spruce Creek watercolor by Stewart Jones

Spruce Creek paddle: A diamond in the rough

Development is creeping up on Spruce Creek and Strickland Bay, but enough has been preserved — for now — to enjoy an awesome day of kayaking. (Watercolor by Stewart Jones)

Peace River Seafood in Punta Gorda is located in a Cracker cabin under spreading oak trees.

Peace River Seafood: Cracker cabin is a real crab shack

Peace River Seafood in Punta Gorda is a true Florida crab shack; they don’t come more authentic than this. From its 1927 Cracker cabin to the buckets of fresh blue crabs, it’s a little piece of old Florida.

Fort Jefferson and Bush Island (Photo by Ron Yeany)

Getting way away: Dry Tortugas National Park

This isolated cluster of islands 70 miles west of Key West is accessible only by boat or seaplane. But treasures await you, especially if you camp over for a few nights. Yes, you can camp here! Snorkeling and kayaking, too!

Primitive camp

Great Escape: Primitive camping in Ocala National Forest

Ocala National Forest has hundreds of trails where you can backpack into 600 square miles of wilderness and pound your tent stake into the ground.