Things To Do In Florida

Primitive camping at Alderman’s Ford: Kick it up a notch

Primitive camping at Alderman’s Ford: Kick it up a notch

The 1,140-acre park in eastern Hilllsborough County has a multi-use trail for hiking and cycling, and launch point for the Alafia River Paddle Trail.

Snorkeling in Florida: Where to explore from shore

Snorkeling in Florida: Where to explore from shore

Snorkeling in South Florida doesn’t require a boat. Here are some great places where you can snorkel and see fish and other sea creatures right from the beach.

The campground at Long Key State Park was wiped out by Hurricane Irma.

Hacks for booking a campsite in the Florida Keys

More than 900 campsites were wiped out when Hurricane Irma swept through the Florida Keys, and that has put pressure on those that remain, especially at state park campgrounds. We show ways to improve your odds.

Florida's dramatic sky at Tigertail Beach in Marco Island. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Off-the-beaten path in Marco Island: Go beyond your hotel pool

The beach town of Marco Island is all manicured and modern, but here are four adventures into the wild and authentic Florida that are within a quick drive. You can wade across a lagoon to a wild beach or have lunch in a funky fishing town or stroll on a boardwalk into a beautiful old growth cypress swamp.

Chicken in Key West cemetery

Key West chickens: Noisy, colorful, just like Key West

Key West has a lot of off-beat charms, but one of my favorites has always been the chickens that you hear crowing and see strutting everywhere.

Photo by Mauro Luna on Flickr

2018 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.

Tubing Ichetucknee Springs State Park. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Cool idea: Florida’s best river for tubing, Ichetucknee Springs

All those “lazy river” water attractions at hotels and parks? They’re just trying to recreate the exhilarating experience of tubing the clear, wild Ichetucknee River in north central Florida. Try the real thing. Summer tubing season starts the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park has it all:  3.2 miles of natural white sand beaches with 25-foot-high sand dunes and a rare coastal dune lakes. (Photo: Florida State Parks)

Beyond the shoreline: Exploring Fort Walton Beach

The Fort Walton Beach area is famous for its spectacular white sand beaches, but there is more to discover inland, from sand dunes to clear sandy-bottomed streams to miles of hiking trails.

Watch your step: This beach was for Navy frogmen. Now it’s yours

Watch your step: This beach was for Navy frogmen. Now it’s yours

Avalon State Park is a quiet little beach once alive with Navy “frogmen” who trained here for the D-Day invasion.

Anhinga chicks at Everglades National Park. (Photo: David Blasco)

‘Super colony’ of birds nests in Everglades: You can’t see them, but visit anyway

2018 is an exceptional one for nesting birds in Everglades National Park. Two super colonies– more than 25,000 birds clustered together– are nesting in the park for the first time since the 1940s. We couldn’t resist a visit. And while you can’t reach the super colonies, there is much to see on a spring visit.