Florida’s wackiness goes back to its first settlers, and Koreshan State Historic Site celebrates one of our earliest eccentrics. Thanks to this cult leader, though, a lovely wooded site on the Estero River was preserved through the years for us to enjoy. So go enjoy it.
The Weeki Wachee is being overwhelmed with visitors. It’s partly because of a viral video of people on SUPs watching a herd of manatees float by. But it is also because of this: It is SO BEAUTIFUL, as I was reminded when I paddled it last week.
Curry Hammock is off the well-traveled Overseas Highway, hidden on a small island in the Florida Keys NEAR Marathon. But if you stop and smell the sea breeze, you’ll find excellent camping, kayaking, kiting and a swimming beach safe for the kids.
Whether your coming or going, heading northbound or southbound, these state parks near I-95 in Northeast Florida are worthy of a layover for a couple of nights. Kayaking, hiking and pristine beaches in preserved natural habitats await you.
This county park offers some of the best snorkeling from a beach in South Florida. And, to complete your day, it’s a fun kayak outing that can include fresh fish at a nearby tiki bar.
The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples, an Audubon Society preserve, takes you on a hike via boardwalk with good wildlife viewing and exquisite scenery.
Not every beach in Florida is pet-friendly, but there is one near you. You might be surprised by our statewide list.
If pitching a tent on a tropical island is your thing, then add Anclote Key to your bucket list. Anclote Key Preserve State Park is in the Gulf of Mexico, three miles west of Tarpon Springs over open water, and it is accessible only by boat.