| Nov 6, 2013
| 7:51 AM
Everyone can enjoy free entry at national and Florida state parks to celebrate Veterans Day, observed Monday, Nov. 11.
Florida state parks: Fees are waived on Monday for everyone. Find a South Florida state park along with addresses and hours.
| Aug 25, 2013
| 4:27 AM
Explore Everglades National Park for free on Saturday.
The park service is offering free entrances at 100 U.S. national parks to celebrate National Public Lands Day.
There are lots of fun things to do in the 1.5 million-acre playground in South...
| Jan 12, 2013
When it comes to bird-watching, or sighting other critters in the wild, I'm often reduced to acting like that annoying guy in the movie theater who doesn't understand what just happened in a big-budget spy thriller.
I'm the one leaning over the person...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 11:17 AM
Florida's Siesta Key has landed on another best beach list for 2013.
The Gulf Coast beach, which was tops in the 2011 Dr. Beach Best Beach in the U.S. list, has once again been ranked among the best beaches in the world by TripAdvisor users in the site's...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 8:01 AM
There's going to be a sawgrass celebration in gator country on Sunday.
To celebrate the National Park Service's 97th birthday, Everglades National Park will offer free entrance and special savings on activities.
"Sunday is Founder's Day," says Mary...
| May 4, 2013
All that's really required for a day at the beach is a stretch of sand and surf, but there's enough of those raw materials in Florida to enjoy an experience beyond that.
For history buffs, there are beaches in the shadows of Spanish forts and Victorian-...
| May 4, 2013
| 9:54 AM
Cycling enthusiasts have long dreamed of having a paved trail through the center of Florida that would give riders a continuous path from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico.
Now that vision may become reality.
The budget the Legislature passed...
| Nov 2, 2013
Although the government shutdown has ended, the Visitor Center at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge was still closed on my recent visit to this quiet gem, one of almost a dozen national parks and monuments in Florida.
A park volunteer at the...
| Sep 29, 2012
| 5:14 AM
Get in free at U.S. National Parks on Saturday, Sept. 29, as part of the park system's free entrance program. The park service is waiving fees to over 100 parks around the country to celebrate National Public Lands Day.
Parks on the Florida list:...
| May 14, 2011
Some of the best attractions in Florida — the beaches, sunsets and environmental gems — remain blissfully unchanged over time. Yet there are always new diversions, from museums and attractions to quirky stops that shout "only in Florida."...
| Feb 5, 2011
With the future of manned NASA missions uncertain, diversions along the Space Coast of Central Florida are becoming less about space and more about the coast.
Not to worry. Towns such as Melbourne, Cocoa Beach and Titusville offer plenty of coast to...