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What Alligator Alley is named for: This fellow was cruising along at the viewing tower at the MM 35 rest stop. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Alligator Alley: ‘Boring’ road can be a gateway to Everglades experiences

Crossing the state on Alligator Alley? Here are tips on a how to spend 15 minutes, a half hour or a half day exploring the Everglades from I-75. This mile marker guide helps you decide where to stop and what to do along the way.

Drinks at the Maikai. Photo courtesy Slammie Productions.

Celebrate tiki culture in Fort Lauderdale at Hukilau, June 6-10, 2018

Hukilau is a festival of tiki culture that attracts more than a thousand people to Fort Lauderdale every year to celebrate rum drinks, tiki trinkets and nostalgia for the 1950s. If you don’t attend, you still might want to visit the unique bars and restaurants that attract the tikiphiles.

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park in Fort Lauderdale. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

Hugh Taylor Birch Park in Fort Lauderdale: My favorite Florida state park

This state park holds a special place in my heart. In urban South Florida, it preserves a sliver of the natural splendor once all around. There’s a lot to do here: beach, biking, shaded picnics, Intracoastal views. When visiting, a perfect day includes a stop to nearby Bonnet House.

Burrowing owls at Brian Piccolo Park in Cooper City.

Florida birding trail: New website helps you find places to explore & see wildlife

The Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail is a guide to 500+ places. It’s a great tool for discovery. I used it to find a colony of burrowing owls in an unlikely spot — a city park in the middle of overbuilt Broward County.

The bike trail at Markham Park in Sunrise.

Biking in Broward: Markham Park trail follows Everglades levee

I’m always looking for scenic, traffic-free bike trails near my Fort Lauderdale home, and this one is good if you like a challenge.

Kayaking West Lake: A little bit of nature hiding in Broward

Kayaking West Lake: A little bit of nature hiding in Broward

West Lake provides a little bit of wildness in the middle of urban sprawl. It is of the most accessible natural places to kayak for 2 million people who live within 45 minutes of it. It is also a great place for a beginner to try out kayaking.

Whiskey Creek at John U. Lloyd State Park is so shallow, you can walk and tow your canoe or kayak,

Seven favorite South Florida kayaking spots: John Lloyd State Park in Dania Beach, and more

Located in John U. Lloyd State Park, Whiskey Creek is a narrow, lush tidal waterway lined with mangroves — a perfect place to paddle in through a slice of nature in congested Broward County. Now, after several years absence, you can rent kayaks and even paddleboards here.