Anclote Key Preserve State Park, is actually four islands 3 miles off Tarpon Springs, accessible only by boat. If you can get there, you can see its 1887 lighthouse, miles of pristine beaches scattered with shells and one of the few undeveloped islands left on Florida’s coast. You can reach it by kayak or tour boat.
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A bird with a wingspan of 9 feet is a sight to behold. Now picture hundreds of them, flying in formation, with Gulf Coast beaches and barrier islands as a backdrop. That’s the migration of the White Pelican, which return to Florida every October to November.
Within an hour’s drive of the urban tangle of South Florida, one of Florida’s two nationally designated “wild and scenic” rivers meanders through a spectacularly lovely cypress swamp. You can experience the river in a two- or three-hour loop or paddle the full 8-mile scenic trail.
Don’t rush through the Keys to Key West. Stop and savor the recreational opportunities with a stay at Old Wooden Bridge Cabins, an off-the-beaten-path spot that is a perfect base for kayaking, seeing Key deer or visiting Bahia Honda State park.