Things To Do In Florida

Florida panther kittens. Photo courtesy National Park Service

Why biologist won’t forget Florida panther kitten K322

The wildlife experts who monitor Florida Panthers try to keep a clinical tone in discussing them. They don’t name them, referring to them instead by number — K322, for example, was a kitten born this spring. But their field notes can’t mask the deep feelings stirred by working with these endangered animals, and K322 is a panther kitten they will remember.

Florida nature photographers: Take a tour via their blogs

Florida nature photographers: Take a tour via their blogs

Photographing Florida’s wildlife and natural beauty is an art. Take a quick tour of our favorite nature photo blogs.

Kayak fishing on the Calusa Blueway

Kayak fishing: Where few have gone before

With the invention of the rotomolded hull, kayaking has taken off in Florida and across the country over the past decade. Give an angler a new way to float, and he’ll go fishing. Here’s a guide to kayak fishing basics and a checklist of what you need to be successful.

Archie’s: No shoes, no shirt, no problem

Archie’s: No shoes, no shirt, no problem

FORT PIERCE — This iconic beach bar draws an amazing mix of bikers, tourists, locals and retirees to the north end of Hutchinson Island, and the staff here really hustles to deliver the food and drinks with chaotic precision.

Robbie’s Marina: Feed the tarpon; it’s best cheap fun you can find in the Keys

Robbie’s Marina: Feed the tarpon; it’s best cheap fun you can find in the Keys

Robbie’s Marina is a don’t-miss stop as you drive through the Florida Keys. Dozens of tarpon, some more than 6 feet long, gather at the dock and lunge for fish from visitors. The restaurant there, the Hungry Tarpon, is highly recommended , too.

Everglades Challenge: Paddle 300 miles from Tampa Bay to Key Largo

Everglades Challenge: Paddle 300 miles from Tampa Bay to Key Largo

About 70 kayaks, canoes, rowing shells and small sailboats set out from Fort Desoto on March 5 for a grueling marathon that ended a week later in Key Largo.

Funky Florida: Jimbo’s Place on Virginia Key, now closed

Funky Florida: Jimbo’s Place on Virginia Key, now closed

When it comes to the authentic Florida, it’s hard to ignore Jimbo’s on Virginia Key. It’s a classic, very funky shrimp shack that’s been a hangout for celebrities and the everyman since Jimbo Luznar settled on this island in the 1940s.

Sebastian Beach Inn: Beach bar evokes coastal history

Sebastian Beach Inn: Beach bar evokes coastal history

Popular beachside bar is housed in one of the few remaining “watch houses” used to protect our shores during two world wars. Today, it’s party time!

A view of the bar

Florida Keys: No Name Pub worth finding on Big Pine Key

No Name Pub has been around since the 1930s, and it looks like it. It offers tasty food in a historic building, but what makes this the king of Funky Florida is the decor: $90,000 (some say) stapled to the walls and ceiling.

Front porch of cabins at Lake Louisa State Park near Orlando

Orlando park cabins: Lake Louisa State Park is a great base for exploration

A half hour from Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Lake Louisa State Park has rolling hills, six lakes, excellent hiking, wildlife, picturesque cypress trees and swimming. The best part, though, may be the modern cabins, with rocking chairs on the porch and a view of the lake for $120 a night.