Florida State Parks have reopened for the Memorial Day Weekend — with limitations. Exact change or a credit card is needed for day admission, or you can purchase a day pass online. Campgrounds may already be at capacity.
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County-by-county breakdown on beach openings.
Everglades National Park is expanding the areas that are open to include many popular trails and kayak and boat rentals at Flamingo. The South Florida Water Management District re-opens its recreation lands.
Back in the day, Sunday scenic drives were a weekly event in my family. Perhaps the old normal will become the new normal in these challenging times of social distancing.
I asked our friend, Key West guidebook writer Karuna Eberl, if she’d like to write about what it’s like being in the Florida Keys during this quarantine. She and her husband live on Cudjoe Key and I wondered how empty the Keys must feel without tourists. I didn’t expect this moving reply.
Telegraph Creek, a tributary of the Caloosahatchee River near Fort Myers, is all the things I love about kayaking destinations – out-of-the-way, uncrowded, scenic, full of wildlife. It’s located within a half hour of Fort Myers and is ideal for a shaded two- or three-hour kayak outing.
Now’s a good time to inventory your outdoors gear to see what needs to be repaired or replaced. Replace broken or aging gear. Seal those tent seams. Restock basic RV supplies. Add new gear you’ve long wanted to buy.
Some of the best hiking near Orlando can be found at the Little Big Econ State Forest, where bluffs along a scenic river add interest. The forest is 5,000 acres preserved in a suburban area in the middle of the triangle formed by Orlando, Cocoa and Daytona Beach.