| 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...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 1:51 PM
TALLAHASSEE — Florida bicyclists this year may achieve their dream: a safe, nature-lined bicycle trail connecting the state's coastlines.
State policymakers are lining up behind a $50 million plan to tie together biking trails throughout Central...
| 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...
| 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
| 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...
| Feb 20, 2013
| 11:21 AM
1. Cocoa Beach, driving time: about 1 hour, 5 minutes. Read the guide.
2. Daytona Beach, driving time: about 1 hour, 7 minutes. Read the guide.
3. New Smyrna Beach, driving time: about 1 hour, 8 minutes. Read the guide.
4. Canaveral National Seashore,...
| 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."...
| 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...
| May 20, 2012
| 5:44 AM
It's not a trip to the moon. It's not even manned spaceflight. But it is a rocket launch from Cape Canaveral, and it's not insignificant. So if you want a front-row seat to witness one giant leap for private business, then you'll want to make your way...
| 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...