Things To Do In Florida

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5 off-the-beaten-path places to discover in Florida

Over the past year, Florida Rambler has taken you to a great many authentic Florida destinations. Our favorites are Apopka, Everglades City, the Lower Keys, Punta Gorda and the back roads near Daytona Beach — all offering outdoor recreation opportunities of the first degree.

Pompano, Bradenton, Daytona top April seafood festival calendar

Pompano, Bradenton, Daytona top April seafood festival calendar

April’s festival calendar includes many of Florida’s most celebrated: Pompano Beach Seafood Festival, Bradenton’s DeSoto Heritage Festival, and the Isle of 8 Flags Seafood Festival in Fernandina Beach, among others.

Memorial Day Weekend: Palatka Blue Crab Festival

Memorial Day Weekend: Palatka Blue Crab Festival

An authentic Florida seafood festival in an authentic Florida village on the St. John’s River near St. Augustine.

Manatee at Imperial River Bonita Springs

Imperial River: Nice kayak trail through old Bonita Springs

The kayak trail through old Bonita Springs on the Imperial River is worth discovering for its scenery. If you’re lucky, you may see manatees.

Hontoon Island is an island in the St. Johns River.

Hontoon Island: Camping, cabins, great kayak trip in wild setting

Hontoon Island is a terrific refuge for camping or a stay in a rustic cabin and as a base for a kayaking or canoe trip. The paddle around the island is 10 miles filled with birds and wildlife, past ancient cypress and oak trees. This Central Florida state park is near several other great parks, too.

Amber waves of sawgrass

Hike ‘til you drop, and then hike back

A seemingly endless hike deep into the Everglades awaits you along the levee on the southern boundary of the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge..

Turkey Creek in Palm Bay at Turkey Creek Sanctuary

Lovely Turkey Creek in Palm Bay combines kayaking & hiking

A scenic kayak outing on Turkey Creek takes you to Palm Bay’s Turkey Creek Sanctuary, where you can explore 3.5 miles of trails. Along the way, see dolphins, manatees and other wildlife.

Historic Old School Square in Delray Beach

Delray Beach: Lots of things to do for a great weekend getaway

Delray Beach makes a great weekend getaway: It’s a charming, walkable urban area with outstanding gardens, historic buildings, a great downtown main street and an open, natural beach.

Free in Key West: Things to do without breaking your budget

Free in Key West: Things to do without breaking your budget

No doubt about it: Key West is expensive. But despite its small size, Key West is packed with things to do and see — and some are even free. Here are a half dozen places to go where you’ll soak up Key West culture without opening your wallet.