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Egmont Key: 5 things I love about it. Plus Oct. 23-24 Discover the Island weekend

Egmont Key is romantic, remote and historic. Located in the mouth of Tampa Bay, accessible only by boat, it is home to an intriguing fort, gopher tortoises, beautiful beaches and more. The best time to learn about the island is Discover the Island weekend, Oct. 23-24.

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Upper Manatee River: Kayaking wild eastern part of river in Bradenton

The Manatee River is wild, natural and serene in its eastern section. Just a half hour from downtown Bradenton, the Upper Manatee Paddling Trail is another world. Your trip can include a stop at a preserve where a pioneer cemetery marks the site of an early town.

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