Things To Do In Florida

Photo/Barbara Roberts, Florida State Parks

Gamble Rogers: A celebration of song and sea

By doubling the size of its campground, this oceanfront state park in Flagler Beach has expanded its reach — and its appeal.

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9 things to do outdoors near Daytona Beach

Get away from the maddening crowds, at least a little bit, and enjoy more of what the Daytona Beach area has to offer.

‘Saltwater Railroad’ had its roots on popular Florida beach

‘Saltwater Railroad’ had its roots on popular Florida beach

They met on South Florida’s beaches apprehensively, seeking flight to a better life in the Bahamas. If they were fortunate, they would haggle a fair price and board a boat bound for Andros Island.

Where the Florida Trail crosses Alligator Alley, you can start a hike into the Everglades. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Hike into the Everglades right from Alligator Alley

When crossing Florida on I-75, this hike is an easy way to experience the Everglades. You can hike for miles; even backpack to a campsite. Or stretch your legs for a short taste of the wild.

It’s firefly season at Blue Springs. Wait, what’s firefly season?

It’s firefly season at Blue Springs. Wait, what’s firefly season?

Blue Spring State Park, home to manatees in the winter and a favorite place for a swim in bracing spring water in the summer, will allow visitors to stay after closing during firefly season through early April. If that took you by surprise, you’re with me. But there is a firefly season and Blue Spring, located 35 miles north of Orlando in Orange City, is firefly central.

Crocodiles are much rarer than alligators but are often seen near Flamingo in Everglades National Park. Photo by Adam Fagen.

Where to spot wildlife in Florida in winter

There are a lot of things I love about winter in Florida, but high on the list is spotting the wonderful variety of wildlife here. You might not get lucky and view all these animals, but you’ll visit wild and beautiful sites on your quest.

USAF Thunderbirds (Photo by photobunny via Flickr)

Fort Lauderdale Air Show: See it from a kayak May 5-6, 2018

A kayak paddle in the nearby waterways is a way to reduce traffic hassles and still experience some of the Fort Lauderdale Air Show May 6-7. Here’s how to do it.

2018 license-free fishing days in Florida

2018 license-free fishing days in Florida

Dig into your garage for that rod and reel, pick up some bait at your local tackle shop and get out there, because you won’t need a license for fishing in freshwater on June 9-10.

Priscilla the Parrot Fish is made out of plastic toys, buoys, toothbrushes and other plastic garbage picked up on beaches.the sculpture if one of 10 on exhibit at Mounts Botanical Garden until June 3, 2018. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Mounts Botanical Garden: Art from sea debris in a lovely garden

Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach is a lovely spot, especially worth visiting this winter with the Washed Ashore exhibit of giant sculptures made of plastic trash picked up on beaches. These sculptures, the pinnacle of recycling, do their job: They delight us but they also make us think.

Wood storks, anhingas and herons all nesting together in Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach. (Bonnie Gross)

Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray Beach: Watch the wood storks nesting

One of the best places to see wood storks and other wading birds nesting up close in winter is Wakodahatchee Preserve in Delray Beach. In February and March, dozens of storks build nests close to an easy-to-walk .75 mile boardwalk.