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Florida Rambler’s most popular stories of 2023

Readers viewed our stories more than 3.5 million times during the past year, discovering new ways to enjoy Florida’s beaches, camping, kayaking, hiking, bicycling, parks and forests, and other outdoor things to do in Florida.

Of the 600+ articles on, these were our most popular articles in 2023.

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Sargassum on Fort Lauderdale beach last April.

#1: Sargassum seaweed

We write about beaches, so when a 5,000-mile-wide bog of sargassum seaweed floated toward our shores, we produced weekly updates that were the most popular stories on Florida Rambler. Those updates continue into 2024.

#2: Top 75 events, fairs, festivals

A perennial favorite of readers, our Florida festival calendar is updated monthly with major events around the state. Bubbling under the Top 10 is our Seafood Festivals calendar.

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Red tide at its peak off SW Florida.

#3: Red tide

Florida’s Gulf coast beaches were hit by red tide this past year, prompting readers to follow our updates on beach conditions.

Spring Break in Daytona Beach

#4: Spring Break in Florida

Top destinations and things to do nearby, our Spring Break forecast with links to camping, places to stay and things to do is a popular reference guide year after year.

#5: 6 things to do in Cedar Key

Old Florida seaside charm a long way from anywhere, attracting thousands of readers to this story throughout 2023.

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Swimmer explores Rock Springs Run at Kelly Park. (Photo by Bonnie Gross)

#6: Kelly Park at Rock Springs

This story captures the experience of one of Florida’s most scenic parks. Swim here, camp here, paddle the spring run.

Shark sculpture along snorkel trail at Phil Foster Park in Riviera Beach. Michael Scott Photography,
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#7: Best snorkeling from shore

No need for a boat. This story tells you where you can snorkel from shore across Florida.

crystal river manatee eating eelgrass

#8: Where to see manatees

Chilly weather brings manatees back to springs and rivers throughout Florida. This story identifies 18 of our favorite spots.

#9: Best Florida bike trails

This story has guided readers to our 23 favorite bike trails, scenic outings for our endless summer. Find a trail near you.

The bike trail on Boca Grande, a Gulf Coast Florida island, is the best way to tour the picturesque island. (Photo: David Blasco.)
Night sky at sunset. Photo by Dick Scott,
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#10: Florida State Parks: 12 hidden gems

Some of our favorite experiences in state parks are off the beaten track. Uncrowde, pristine and full of wildlife.

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Art. Swanson

Thursday 31st of December 2020

Thank you for what you do. You are a wonderful resource. You have a talent for great reporting and hopefully you are having fun doing it.

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