Last updated on August 3rd, 2020 at 04:16 pm Often overlooked, Florida’s best county parks are hidden treasures that measure up to their award-winning state-park brethren. County parks can be every bit as impressive, and some have well-managed campgrounds. Almost all are off the beaten path, known mostly by local residents, […]
Author: Bob Rountree and Bonnie Gross
Ten years ago, we launched a website about all the places we had discovered to enjoy in unique and fabulous natural Florida. FloridaRambler.com is all about you and places you can go, but for this occasion we want to share our origin story.
We’ve missed Florida State Parks during the pandemic shutdown; it’s helped us realize how much we love them. As we again return to the state parks, we’re sharing with you our eight favorite state parks — special preserves located all across Florida. Did we include your favorite?
This paved bike trail system has it all — spectacular scenery, a smooth paved surface with few road crossings and great amenities and stops along the way. The 11-mile Legacy Trail, which follows an abandoned railroad bed from Sarasota’s suburbs to Venice, connects to another 10 miles of trails in Venetian Waterway Park.
Once the site of a luxury resort for the rich and famous, Long Key State Park is a terrific place to spend a few hours hiking, beachcombing, swimming, snorkeling and kayaking in the Florida Keys. While most of its highly prized beachfront campsites are closed, a few tent sites are open.
Beaches in the Keys aren’t as common or as wonderful as many expect, but there ARE some great beaches where you can swim — and snorkel — if you know where to go. Let us take you there.
Who doesn’t dream of finding a quiet, wild and remote island to pitch a tent or stay in a cabin? If this is the stuff of your dreams, we have four island adventures for you.
Vast and remote, the Ten Thousand Islands off Florida’s southwest coast seems challenging to visit, a labyrinth of twisting channels through thousands of remote mangrove islands.
This Miami state park, 10 minutes from sprawling Aventura Mall, is a remarkable island of green where you can kayak, mountain bike, picnic and enjoy a sandy beach. There are even rustic cabins to rent.
The Everglades Seafood Festival in Everglades City marks its 50th year in 2020 with fresh local seafood, country music, carnival rides, arts and crafts. Admission is free.