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Florida's dramatic sky at Tigertail Beach in Marco Island. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Off-the-beaten path in Marco Island: Go beyond your hotel pool

The beach town of Marco Island is all manicured and modern, but here are four adventures into the wild and authentic Florida that are within a quick drive. You can wade across a lagoon to a wild beach or have lunch in a funky fishing town or stroll on a boardwalk into a beautiful old growth cypress swamp.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park has it all:  3.2 miles of natural white sand beaches with 25-foot-high sand dunes and a rare coastal dune lakes. (Photo: Florida State Parks)

Beyond the shoreline: Exploring Fort Walton Beach

The Fort Walton Beach area is famous for its spectacular white sand beaches, but there is more to discover inland, from sand dunes to clear sandy-bottomed streams to miles of hiking trails.

Flock to a wonderland of birds on tiny Pelican Island

Flock to a wonderland of birds on tiny Pelican Island

The nation’s first wildlife refuge was created by President Teddy Roosevelt to stop plume-hunters from wiping out several species of birds. The birds are back, and spring is a great time to visit. (You’ll need a kayak for a closeup look.)

What Alligator Alley is named for: This fellow was cruising along at the viewing tower at the MM 35 rest stop. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Alligator Alley: ‘Boring’ road can be a gateway to Everglades experiences

Crossing the state on Alligator Alley? Here are tips on a how to spend 15 minutes, a half hour or a half day exploring the Everglades from I-75. This mile marker guide helps you decide where to stop and what to do along the way.

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.

Lake Seminole

Panhandle Safari: Exploring “the other” Florida, campground by campground

Cooler weather is calling us to North Florida, where we explore a diversity of terrain, campground by campground in Florida State Parks.

You could spend an hour just browsing all the stuff at the Grumbles Antique and Garden Shop in Dunnellon. (Photo: David Blasco)

More than the Rainbow River; Dunnellon is a good base for exploring

Dunnellon is known for its spectacular Rainbow Springs and River, especially during tubing season. But there are more reasons to visit in cool weather, including another exquisite river– the Withlacoochee — several good restaurants, and trails for both hiking and biking.

Marsh campsite

The Talbot Islands: Paradise on the edge

Windswept beaches, pristine back country waterways, a mile-long fishing bridge and a shady, scenic campground.

5 Things to Do in Ocala National Forest

5 Things to Do in Ocala National Forest

Encompassing more than 600 square miles in North Central Florida, Ocala National Forest is bursting with adventure. Hike the Florida Trail, camp in the deep woods, spend a lazy day at a cool, bubbling spring, ride the equestrian trails, paddle a spring run, a lake or a river.

5 smartphone apps to explore Florida

5 smartphone apps to explore Florida

Your smartphone has never had more tools available to explore Florida’s outdoors.