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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.

Strangler fig along Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk along the Tamiami Trail. (Photo: David Blasco)

Tamiami Trail: Scenic drive exploring Everglades

The Tamiami Trail, linking Miami and Florida’s west coast, gets you close to alligators, cypress swamps and Everglades scenery. It also offers outstanding stops along the way, particularly the Shark Valley area of Everglades National Park.

At Shark Valley in early January, this pair were so close, you had to walk to the other side of the paved path to avoid crowding them. (Never crowd a Mama Gator!) There were six oher young gators in the grass around Big Mama.

Shark Valley at Everglades National Park: Great bike trail; terrific wildlife

This entrance to Everglades National Park has one trail, but it’s so special that Shark Valley is hard to top. It’s an especially great place to bicycle. Flooding closed this section of the park from September until mid-December, and water levels are still high.

Our lakefront campsite.

Get away from everything at Three Rivers State Park

Three Rivers State Park ranks high on our list of Florida campgrounds. Perched on the shores of Lake Seminole at the Florida-Georgia line, there’s not a bad campsite in the park, and you are in the middle of nowhere. We loved it. So will you.

Right whale off Flagler Beach. (Photo courtesy Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, taken under research permit issued by NOAA Fisheries.)

Whale watching in Florida: Winter thrill on northeast coast

Endangered right whales are viewed close to shore from Daytona Beach to St. Augustine every winter. Sightings aren’t predictable, but here’s how to get a chance to see Florida’s largest endangered species.

Trail along Tiger Creek Preserve

Exploring the Lake Wales Ridge: Central ‘highlands’ with old-fashioned flavor

Central Florida’s Lake Wales Ridge is made for exploration. It offers rolling hills, forests, streams, quaint small towns with lots of places for hiking, kayaking and camping.

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.

Monarch butterfly by Kenneth Dwain Harrelson

Celebrate the Monarch butterfly migration in Florida’s Big Bend

On their 2,000-mile fall migration, thousands of monarchs stop in Florida’s Big Bend and Panhandle in October and November. A top viewing site is St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, a half hour south of Tallahassee. There is a monarch festival at the refuge Saturday, Oct. 28

Photo by Mauro Luna on Flickr

2017 sea-turtle walks: It’s time to register for a natural thrill

Sea-turtle walks are like seeing a National Geographic film in person. But you need reservations to join these night-time beach walks to watch giant sea turtles nesting.

An artificial reef along the snorkel trail at Phil Foster Park in Palm Beach County. Photo by Michael Scott Photography.

Snorkeling trail at Phil Foster Park is full of easy-to-see sea life

The snorkeling trail at the park on the Blue Heron Bridge in Palm Beach County offers a volume and variety of sea life rarely seen close to shore.