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Things to Do in Florida

A top vacation spot, Florida visitors can relax on its many beaches – Clearwater, St. Pete, Sarasota, Ft Myers, Marco Island, Naples, The Keys, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm, Cocoa and Daytona - after the theme parks or attractions like Orlando’s Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park and the Disney-MGM Studios, Universal Studios of Florida, SeaWorld or Tampa’s Busch Gardens. There are still more things to do: scuba dive, golf, shop or explore art museums – Dali or Ringling, visit the homes of Edison or Hemingway, or tour the oldest city, St. Augustine, Kennedy Space Center or The Everglades. Discover great seafood restaurants. Stay in hotels, condos, resorts or vacation rentals.
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Bahia Honda State Park

36850 Overseas Hwy.
Big Pine Key, Florida
305-872-2353
Bahia Honda State Park straddles U.S. Highway 1 just after the Seven Mile Bridge. Guest using the park on the south side have views and use of the Atlantic Ocean beaches, while those on the north side can play in Florida Bay.

Dr. Stephan Leatherman, also known as 'Dr. Beach,' recognizes Bahia Honda as having one of the Top 10 beaches in the U.S.

The 524-acre park on Bahia...
Hours & Admission
Park: daily 8:00 a.m. to dusk. Snorkel trips: depart 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Admission.
Photo ©Flying Compass

Barefoot Beach State Preserve

Barefoot Beach Blvd.
Bonita Springs, Florida
239-591-8596
The park with sabal palms and sea grapes and a one-mile nature trail is comprised of 342 acres on a barrier island. It is the home to gopher tortoise and loggerhead sea turtle. Barefoot Beach is separated from the mainland by tidal creeks and mangrove swamps - an extremely important part of the ecosystem as it is a nursery for young fish.
Hours & Admission
8:00 a.m. to dusk.
Photo Courtesy: Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB

Bay Bluffs Park/Preserve

2000-3600 Scenic Highway
Pensacola, Florida
850-436-5510
See the only natural bluffs in Florida at this 42-acre park overlooking Escambia Bay. Explore the park via nature trails, some with boardwalks.
Hours & Admission
Daily dawn to dusk. Free.
Photo Courtesy: Pensacola Bay Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Clam Pass Beach Park

410 Seagate Drive
Naples, Florida
239-252-4000
The 35-acre coastal habitat features a three-quarter-mile-long boardwalk that brings visitors to the beach. The boardwalk doubles as a nature walk and during warmer weather provides respite from the sun.

Clam Pass is separated from the mainland by tidal creeks and mangrove swamps - an extremely important part of the ecosystem as it is a nursery for young fish. Additionally shorebirds call this area home.
Hours & Admission
8:00 a.m. to dusk. Free.
Photo Courtesy: Naples Grande Beach Resort

Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Jefferson

Access by boat from Key West
Key West, Florida
305-242-7700
Ferry Tickets - Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson
Fort Jefferson, the largest masonry structure in the Western Hemisphere, is known as the "Gibraltar of the Gulf." It stands on Garden Key among a cluster of seven minuscule coral and sand islands called the Dry Tortugas.

The fort's pristine surroundings in the Gulf of Mexico are home to rare migratory birds and a wealth of marine life. Fort Jefferson's construction began in 1846 after American leaders realized that fortifying the Tortugas was an essential step in controlling...
Hours & Admission
Daily dawn to dusk. Admission; included with transportation fee collected by approved vendors, many departing from Key West.
Photo Courtesy: Florida Keys & Key West TDC

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

102501 Overseas Highway
Key Largo, Florida
305-451-1202
To protect a portion of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park was established in 1963 as America's first underwater preserve. Pennekamp was incorporated into the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, widely regarded as a national treasure, which was established in 1990 by the United States government.

The indigenous population at Pennekamp is composed of countless species of fish and varieties of coral. The coral provides shelter for...
Hours & Admission
Park: 8:00 a.m. to sunset. Visitor center: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission.
Photo ©Flying Compass

Long Key State Park

67400 Overseas Highway
Long Key, Florida
305-664-4815
Long Key State Park is one of more than 150 parks operated by the state of Florida. The small park stretches from Florida Bay near Lawton Trail to the Atlantic. It features a narrow beach on the way to the oceanfront campground that is perfect for kayakers.

Follow the boardwalk to a densely wooded camping area.

The Golden Orb Trail, named for a spider, continues through various ecosystems before reaching an observation tower...
Hours & Admission
Park: 8:00 a.m. to dusk. Admission.
Photo ©Flying Compass

West Martello Tower

1140 Atlantic Blvd.
Key West, Florida
305-294-3210
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this Martello now serves as the home of the Key West Garden Club and the Joe Allen Garden Center.

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, many of the fort's brick arches have been restored to their original appearance, however much of the structure remains a ruin. Here the club created and maintains a beautiful garden featuring rare palm trees, orchids and bromeliads, and indigenous plants. The club presents periodic plant shows....
Hours & Admission
Tuesday to Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Free.
Photo ©Flying Compass

Big Lagoon State Park

12301 Gulf Beach Highway
Pensacola, Florida
850-492-1595
Big Lagoon State Park sits adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway and offers fishing, boating, crabbing, camping, snorkeling and hiking on nature trails and across boardwalks.

Find a number of beaches - East, West and Johnson, plus a four-story observation tower with views of the barrier island Perdido Key, home to the Gulf Islands National Seashore. In the distance, see the Gulf of Mexico....
Hours & Admission
Daily 8:00 a.m. to dusk. Admission.

Blackwater River State Park

7720 Deaton Bridge Road
Holt, Florida
850-983-5363
The 590-acre Blackwater River State Forest offers tubing, kayaking and canoeing down rivers lined by sand bottoms and Atlantic cedar trees. The final two miles of the Blackwater River Canoe Trail are housed within the park. Camp near the river, picnic overlooking the water or hike amid acres of pine, hickory and maple.

For a more rustic fishing experience, anglers can head for the lakes (stocked ponds) of the Blackwater River State Forest. A favorite is Bear Lake, a...
Hours & Admission
Daily 8:00 a.m. to dusk. Admission.
Information subject to change without notice.
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