Things To Do In Florida

View from the dock.

Old Florida served at Southport Raw Bar

FORT LAUDERDALE — The Southport Raw Bar is a favorite of locals, and you’ll love it, too. The water view down a canal filled with sailboats is awesome, and the seafood is fresh and tasty. This well-known, yet hidden, eatery is filled exudes ‘Old Florida’ ambience. A great place to wile away an afternoon, or take a friend to dinner.

Jupiter Island's two lane Beach Road makes a good bike route.

Biking Jupiter Island: Oceanfront road has views of mansions, little traffic

Jupiter Island offers a scenic two-lane beachfront road with well-kept landscaping, very little traffic and excellent biking. It goes on for mile after mile past the estates of the rich and famous. And you can build in a stop at a hidden beach.

Best Florida B&Bs: Lodging as an experience

Best Florida B&Bs: Lodging as an experience

Our favorite B&Bs will help you have an authentic and memorable Florida experience — not a night in Anywhere USA.

Koreshan historic building: The Planetary Court

Koreshan State Park preserves wacky Florida history

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.

Lake Kissimmee State Park Cow Camp fire

Lake Kissimmee State Park: Where Old Florida lives on

This large state park in a rural, out-of-the-way part of Central Florida, preserves Old Florida cracker history. It offers great hiking trails and camping plus lakes to explore by kayak or canoe. Wildlife, from deer to alligators to sandhill cranes to eagles, is abundant.

(Photo by Bob Peterson/Bob in Swamp via Flickr.)

Jonathan Dickinson State Park: A Florida treasure

Jonathan Dickinson State park can keep a lover of the outdoors busy for days with hiking, biking, kayaking, camping, wildlife watching and soaking up the natural beauty. Now’s the perfect season to plan an adventure there.

The starfish was one of many treasures found walking the beach.

South Florida hidden beaches: Salty, sandy adventures

It’s easy to find a beach in Florida. It’s harder to find a hidden beach, a beach where you experience a sense of discovery and delicious isolation. Here, however, I share my favorites, discovered over many years.

Cabin at Blue Spring State Park near Orlando

Woodsy cabins in Florida: Stay at four great state parks near Orlando

Thanks to Florida’s award-winning state park system, Central Florida is the ideal place to plan a family vacation in a cabin surrounded by nature. There are four great state parks within 90 minutes of Orlando that offer affordable cabins in exceptional settings.