Things To Do In Florida

Barley Barber Swamp boardwalk

Barley Barber: Rare cypress swamp offers guided tours

This old-growth forest with 1,000-year-old trees is closely guarded because it is next to an FPL plant. But, with a little planning in advance, you can walk its 1.1 mile boardwalk in Martin County on free tours.

Seminole Inn: Fried green tomatoes in Old Florida

Seminole Inn: Fried green tomatoes in Old Florida

The Seminole Inn in Indiantown is way off the beaten path, which may be why it’s fun to discover its excellent Southern style home cooking and charming atmosphere.

Free trail maps are great inspiration for Gulf Coast paddling trips

Free trail maps are great inspiration for Gulf Coast paddling trips

It’s time to plan this season’s canoe and kayak outings, and a free set of excellent paddling trail maps from the Great Calusa Blueway is certain to give you inspiration.

Anclote Key

Anclote Key: Wild isle but hard to reach

Anclote Key Preserve State Park, is actually four islands 3 miles off Tarpon Springs, accessible only by boat. If you can get there, you can see its 1887 lighthouse, miles of pristine beaches scattered with shells and one of the few undeveloped islands left on Florida’s coast. You can reach it by kayak or tour boat.

See white pelican migration on Florida’s Gulf Coast

See white pelican migration on Florida’s Gulf Coast

A bird with a wingspan of 9 feet is a sight to behold. Now picture hundreds of them, flying in formation, with Gulf Coast beaches and barrier islands as a backdrop. That’s the migration of the White Pelican, which return to Florida every October to November.

Riverbend Park is popular with families.

Riverbend Park in Jupiter: Trails ideal for family biking, kayaking

Natural beauty makes Riverbend Park in Jupiter a delightful place to explore. Its 10 miles of bike trails are particularly well suited to family bicycle outings. It’s also the site of a historic battleground from the Second Seminole War.

Cypress trees on the Loxahatchee River

Loxahatchee River: Kayak a wild, scenic river in South Florida

Within an hour’s drive of the urban tangle of South Florida, one of Florida’s two nationally designated “wild and scenic” rivers meanders through a spectacularly lovely cypress swamp. You can experience the river in a two- or three-hour loop or paddle the full 8-mile scenic trail.

Find Florida trails on a new state website

Find Florida trails on a new state website

Florida just launched a new website that provides useful information on more than 100 state hiking, biking and paddling trails.