Things To Do In Florida

Kayaking Imperial River Bonita Springs

Kayaking Imperial River + strolling Barefoot Beach = Great outing

Here’s the recipe for a great day: a kayaking trip plus a walk on one of the best beaches in America, both in Bonita Springs, both out-of-the-way spots worth discovering.

Coral bean plant blooming at Collier-Seminole State Park near Naples

Collier-Seminole Park: Kayak trail, camping near Naples

In the wild and watery world of southwest Florida, Collier-Seminole State Park near Naples draws people who love the natural Florida for camping, hiking and paddling. It’s also home to the 1924 Bay City Walking Dredge, and how often do you get to visit a “National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark”?

Photo by Joseph Steinmetz via Florida Memory Project

Nostalgic images from Old Florida holidays, thanks to master photographer

It’s hard to imagine the world then – Florida before Disney; life before the Internet. But the photos of a Sarasota photographer, Joseph Janney Steinmetz, can help transport you.

Saving the Old Seven Mile Bridge: $77 million plan approved to restore historic bridge

Saving the Old Seven Mile Bridge: $77 million plan approved to restore historic bridge

Few places capture Florida history and natural beauty like the Old Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys. It is good news then that a plan was approved to fund a restoration project to save Florida’s beloved Old Seven.

Gainesville-Hawthorne: One of state’s best bike trails

Gainesville-Hawthorne: One of state’s best bike trails

Load your bikes on your carrier and head north to Old Florida. Along this bike trail, you can stop and hike a bit and maybe even see gators, wild horses or even bison in Paynes Prairie. This pretty paved trail also lets you use your gears on a hill or two.

Wild horse in Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park near Gainesville.

Paynes Prairie: Bison and wild horses? Yup, in Florida

This Gainesville area state park is a vast playground for hikers and bikers, but also for bison, wild horses and, sometimes, thousands of sandhill cranes.

Fort Desoto. Photo by Bob Rountree

Favorite campgrounds around the state

We thought it would be fun to share a few of our favorite campgrounds — and most of the best campgrounds are in Florida’s award-winning state park system.

Inside the museum. Photo courtesy National Navy UDT-Seal Museum.

Navy Seal Museum: A long history of heroics

FORT PIERCE — The Navy SEALs are the backbone of U.S. Special Forces, and Floridians have a unique opportunity to explore their history at the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, the birthplace of Navy frogmen.