Things To Do In Florida

Dade Battlefield Historic State Park: A lovely spot that rethinks history

Dade Battlefield Historic State Park: A lovely spot that rethinks history

A peaceful park shaded by magnificent live oaks is a good place to soak up some Florida history and take a walk or have a picnic. The battlefield tells a dramatic and thought-provoking story.

Author's husband Jack takes a break.

Pinellas Trail: Scenic window to another world

Once a CSX rail line, the Pinellas Trail is a smoothly paved linear park and multi-use trail that extends 38.2 miles from downtown St. Petersburg north to Tarpon Springs.

Sanibel, Florida

What makes Sanibel special – and 9 ways to experience it

The folks in Sanibel got it right — they preserved a place of rare beauty. Here are nine ways to make the most of what makes Sanibel so special — from the most isolated beaches to famous whole wheat granola pancakes.

Hiking trails from the McLean Cabin area, pictured here, go along the shore of Lake Arbuckle.

Florida State Parks named best in the nation — for a record third time

For the third time, the state system was awarded the State Park System Class Gold Medal award. Florida already set a record when it won its second Gold Medal in 2005, which no park system had ever won.

Camping on the beach at Anclote Key State Park

Island Camping: Anclote Key Preserve is a sea-kayaking adventure

If pitching a tent on a tropical island is your thing, then add Anclote Key to your bucket list. Anclote Key Preserve State Park is in the Gulf of Mexico, three miles west of Tarpon Springs over open water, and it is accessible only by boat.

Biking Sanibel Island: Bicycle trails take you to all the best spots

Biking Sanibel Island: Bicycle trails take you to all the best spots

Sanibel is more famous for its beaches and seashells, but it’s a great place to explore by bike. With more than 25 miles of bicycle trails, Sanibel’s hidden beaches, pioneer cemetery and quiet shady neighborhoods open up to you.

In the screened porch at Cross Creek, Rawlings' old manual typewriter and pack of Lucky Strikes look like she just stepped away.

Cross Creek: An island of Old Florida, home where Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings wrote ‘The Yearling’

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings came to Cross Creek and wrote the beloved story of a young boy and his pet fawn, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1939. Today, visiting the author’s beautifully preserved home is an excellent way to discover the authentic Florida, far from the strip malls and theme parks.

Photo Contest Winner: Caitlyn Loves Kayaking

2013 Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival: Nov. 1-3 on Sanibel Causeway

The 2013 Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival is a like an on-the-water convention for kayakers. It spotlights the Calusa Blueway Paddling trail, a 190-mile marked saltwater kayak trail along Florida’s Gulf Coast. If you want to attend, now’s time to make your plans.