Kayaking Tarpon Bay and the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island is a must-do on the Florida Gulf Coast. Different than the Everglades, see what you’ll find kayaking on the Gulf Coast.
We live in Florida and love it here. The politics are absolutely messed up and do NOT reflect the majority of Florida, but the state itself and most of its people are amazing. We’ve got everything from perfect beaches to the oldest history in the USA relating to settlement by Western countries (the Spanish). From the oldest city in the USA to Disney World, you’re visiting Florida for them.
We spent a lot of our year traveling around Florida. We’ve been to every National Park here and most of the National Monuments:
- Everglades National Park
- Dry Tortugas National Park
- Big Cypress National Preserve
- Biscayne National Park
- Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
- Fort Matanzas National Monument
- Fort DeSoto National Monument
- Fort Caroline and Timucuan Preserve National Monument
Florida travel is diverse just like the people. If you’re looking for Florida road trip plans, we have those too, by region or around the whole state.
I think it’s safe to say that most people planning a trip to Florida are coming here for Walt Disney World or Universal Orlando. Both of these theme park complexes are so much fun and really are their own vacation, but you can always add a more mellow, natural element by leaving the resort areas and exploring Florida a bit.
One last this to say about visiting Florida: our state parks are amazing! Whether it’s a dreamy beach day at Honeymoon Island State Park or paddling with manatees at Silver Springs State Park, you’ll find unbelievable adventures all around the state.
Clear Kayaking on the Florida Gulf Coast is one of the most unique experiences to plan. Paddling with manatees and through mangrove tunnels are just some of the options. Visit Florida springs and more for clear kayaking.
I was surprised to discover so many fun things to do in downtown Pensacola. Being a beach destination, the historic downtown is actually full of museums, galleries and festivals. Here are 15 interesting things to do in downtown Pensacola that you can easily add to a beach vacation.
Pensacola is a surprise, not just because of the beautiful beaches and amazing food, but because it’s actually a very inclusive LGBTQ destination in FLORIDA. We dig into what makes a city inclusive and why this is important for gay travelers.
Everything you need to know about visiting Blue Spring State Park near Orlando, Florida. Swimming at the spring’s headwaters, manatees by the hundreds and when to visit the most beautiful spot in Florida.
Visiting the St Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum is one of the most popular things to do in America’s oldest city. Details on how to climb to the top, what’s in the museum and what to do near the St Augustine lighthouse.
This is a complete list of beach access points in St Augustine, from Ponte Vedra to Daytona. Beach parking, dog friendly beaches, accessibilty and more info.
While it may not keep you forever young, the Fountain of Youth in St Augustine is two parts archeological site, 1 part tourist attraction and many parts mystery. Cloaked in the legend of Ponce De Leon, this beautiful park on the water is a must stop.
Exploring St Augustine’s GTM Research Reserve is a great way to both learn about nature and have the best beach day imaginable. Watch for wildlife and find shark teeth at this beautiful preserve.
Kayaking in Florida State Parks and National Park waterways make a trip to the Sunshine State unforgettable. Top picks for the best spots to kayak in the Florida Keys, National Parks, the Gulf Coast and North Florida.
Kayaking in South Florida is a great addition to a trip to Miami or the Florida Keys. Kayak spots in Palm Beach County, the Everglades on nature preserves on the Gulf Coast.
Kayaking in Everglades National Park is beautiful, especially in the 10,000 Islands of the Gulf Coast. Guide to paddling the 10K Islands, tour recommendations and things to do in the Everglades.
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is located in Key Largo, in the upper Florida Keys. If you are looking for a great place for water activities, camping or birdwatching this is the perfect spot!
Visiting the Florida Keys in the summer is fun and beautiful, but it can be hot and humid. Tips for keeping cool, having fun during the busiest time in the Keys and information about Hurricane Season travel.
The Florida Keys are awesome for birdwatching in Florida. With a diverse range of bird species inhabiting the area’s unique coastal habitats and tropical forests.
St Augustine’s Lightner Museum is a must-visit spot in downtown. With fine art collections, historic exhibits and even a café in the old swimming pool, it’s one of the most unique museums in Florida.
Review of the Local Inn St Augustine, Florida. Located on Anastasia Island, this vintage Florida roadside motel is a fun, comfortable and budget friendly hotel in St Augustine close to the beach and downtown.
Key West with kids is really fun and a great family vacation experience. Even though you might think of Key West as a party destination, we’ve got tons of great ideas for visiting with kids that will keep everyone entertained and enjoying this amazing town.
The 24 North Hotel in Key West is a surprising pick because of its location, but it’s perfect for a budget family vacation. With a wonderful pool and recreation area, free shuttle to downtown Key West and affordable suite options, it’s an ideal choice.
The Gates Hotel Key West is a great option for a budget visit to the Florida Keys. From the large pool to a free shuttle to downtown Key West see why we like the Gates Hotel for a family vacation.
The Perry Hotel Key West is a bit off the beaten path, but it’s a great option for a quiet Key West vacation. See what we loved about the property and why we would choose to be so far from the action of this beautiful Florida Keys town.
I’ve actually been on the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser and am happy to set right the misconceptions about this amazing Disney World immersive experience. The Star Wars hotel is way more than a hotel, but is round-the-clock theater… Find out more!
The Grassy Flats Resort and Beach Club on Marathon is one of the most mellow places we’ve stayed in the Florida Keys. From room options to on-property activities and watersport gear, we’ve got the details of staying at the Grassy Flats Resort.
There are lots of great wildlife tours in the Florida Keys, for everything from seeing dolphins to diving at beautiful reefs. We’ve picked our favorite wildlife tours including kayaking, sailing and catamarans to help visitors plan great experiences.
Why is Key West called the Conch Republic? We’ve got the answers and just what makes Key West the sort of place that stands up and stands out for individuals. It’s more than a historic town.
The wildlife in the Florida Keys is just as incredible as the turquoise waters and beautiful resorts. We’ve picked our favorite creatures to encounter, to dive with, and observe from the land. Tips for wildlife sighting and top tours for responsible wildlife experiences.
This North Florida vacation plan is ideal for enjoying the best of Daytona, Jacksonville and America’s oldest city: St Augustine. Best beaches to visit, historic sites, and easy natural areas to enjoy on your Florida trip.
St Augustine, FL is both full of history and the best beaches in Florida. From wildlife viewing to things to do at night, this is the guide to everything you need to know about Saint Augustine, the oldest city in the USA.
There are so many wonderful islands in Florida to visit, but how do you choose? We’ve picked 15+ islands all around the state that AREN’T the Florida Keys that are wonderful for a vacation or day trip.