Things To Do In Florida

Peace River: Florida canoe trip is an easy adventure

Peace River: Florida canoe trip is an easy adventure

There are prettier rivers and wilder rivers, but the Peace River offers something you can’t find elsewhere: A place to paddle and camp through an undeveloped forest filled with wildlife within an easy drive of 7 million South Florida residents.

Gift Guide 2012: Essential gear and guidebooks for the outdoors

Gift Guide 2012: Essential gear and guidebooks for the outdoors

Each year, we take a look at our gear and guidebooks and make recommendations based on our experiences in Florida’s outdoors. This a short list, but it may give you […]

Paddling away from campsite

Camping near Tampa Bay: Fort Desoto

This public park is spread over 900 acres on five interconnected islands with seven miles of waterfront, including three miles of award-winning beaches .Nearly half of the 233 campsites in the campground are waterfront, allowing you to launch your kayak or canoe from your site.

Lionfish (Photo: Gustavo Duran via Flickr)

A Florida delicacy: Invasive lionfish, fresh from local waters

Lionfish are gobbling up native species on Florida Keys reefs. Now you can gobble them up instead. Several Florida restaurants are serving lionfish, said to be delicious.

Video: Exploring Florida’s St. John’s River

Video: Exploring Florida’s St. John’s River

A fascinating look at Florida’s St. Johns River from the air, underwater and along it many branches, illustrating the river’s history, beauty, and the challenges the river faces from humans. A flotilla of sea, air and undersea craft explores the St. John’s from Jacksonville to its source in Indian River County.

Kayaking the Indian River Lagoon

Kayaking the Indian River Lagoon

This 22-minute video leads viewers by kayak through the Indian River Lagoon on Florida’s east coast, North America’s most diverse estuary, exploring the region’s natural splendor and how people are confronting the challenges it faces.

Video: Florida’s spring waters run deep

Video: Florida’s spring waters run deep

There are an estimated 700 springs in the state of Florida, representing what may be the largest concentration of freshwater springs on Earth. The cool, clear waters offer unique beauty and host diverse wildlife communities, offering recreational opportunities for swimmers, kayakers, wildlife observers and cave divers. This video takes you on a special journey you won’t want to miss.

Kayak Buyer’s Guide: Choosing the right one

Kayak Buyer’s Guide: Choosing the right one

The variety and size of kayaks is almost endless, and it’s difficult to decide which yak is best for you. This guide will help you make that decision, whether you are buying a surf kayak, sea kayak, fishing kayak, inflatable kayak, a basic recreational kayak — or a multi-purpose craft.

St. Augustine: Castillo de San Marcos makes history fascinating

St. Augustine: Castillo de San Marcos makes history fascinating

The don’t-miss experience when visiting St. Augustine is touring the Castillo de San Marcos — the historic Spanish fort.

Whiskey Creek at John U. Lloyd State Park is so shallow, you can walk and tow your canoe or kayak,

Seven favorite South Florida kayaking spots: John Lloyd State Park in Dania Beach, and more

Located in John U. Lloyd State Park, Whiskey Creek is a narrow, lush tidal waterway lined with mangroves — a perfect place to paddle in through a slice of nature in congested Broward County. Now, after several years absence, you can rent kayaks and even paddleboards here.