Things To Do In Florida

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.

Ultimate road trip: Driving on the beach in Florida

Ultimate road trip: Driving on the beach in Florida

Driving your car on the hard-packed beaches of Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach and St. Augustine Beach is a Florida tradition. Pioneers did it with horses and buggies. Stock car racers did it with roaring engines until 1959. You can do it too.

The Yearling: At restaurant near Ocala, eat like a cracker

The Yearling: At restaurant near Ocala, eat like a cracker

This historic restaurant near Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park at Cross Creek is a great place to eat like a cracker. It offers an old Florida ambiance and menu.

It’s back to earth for Space Coast tourism

It’s back to earth for Space Coast tourism

Faced with economic challenges with the end of the shuttle program, Brevard County government and businesses are looking towards eco-tourism as one avenue to create jobs and boost tourism.

Henscratch Farms Vineyard

Stomp the grapes Aug. 11 at Florida winery

Join 1,000 barefoot people to stomp the grapes at this funky Florida winery. Henscratch Farms Vineyard and Winery makes a great stop on a weekend exploring the rural cow country of Central Florida.

Rocking chairs on the porch of the lodge, which has a magnificent view and ocean breeze even on hot days.

Magical Princess Place beckons from northeast Florida

When I visited St. Augustine recently, I discovered Princess Place Preserve, a delightful out-of-the-way historic estate that is a good place to hike, kayak, camp and see wildlife. The 1888 hunting lodge is magnificent — and has a great story of a real princess behind it.

Water has created fanciful swirls in the coquina rocks at the beach

Washington Oaks: Gardens plus unusual beach

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park near St. Augustine has two sides — historic gardens amid ancient live oak trees on one side and a beach with fantastically shaped coquina rocks on the other.

Ancient oaks caress the soul at Highlands Hammock

Ancient oaks caress the soul at Highlands Hammock

SEBRING — Old-growth live oaks dripping with air plants and Spanish moss dominate the landscape throughout much of the 9,000-acre Highlands Hammock State Park, one of Florida’s original state parks developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. The park features lush nature trails, scenic bike riding and shady camping.

Barefoot Beach, ‘second best beach in America,’ is wild & wonderful

Barefoot Beach, ‘second best beach in America,’ is wild & wonderful

BONITA BEACH — This beach occupies one of the last undeveloped barrier islands on Florida’s southwest coast, and its a place for finding shells, sand dollars, gopher tortoises and, best of all, unadorned natural beauty.

Florida to allow private campgrounds in some state parks

Florida to allow private campgrounds in some state parks

The goal is to generate new revenue for state parks that might otherwise face closing because of budget cuts, as was proposed earlier this year by the state Department of Environmental Protection.