Pioneer Festival in Zolfo Springs

By Lauren Tjaden Situated in Hardee County along the Florida Cracker Trail, a road Florida’s pioneers employed during the early 1800s to herd cattle to seaports on both the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts, tiny Zolfo Springs boasts a history chock-full of frontier people who thrived without modern…

Read More

You’ve Gotta Try This: Paddleboarding in Jupiter, Fla.

By Terry Gibson More than a few years ago, I walked into a favorite waterfront watering hole after a great day of fishing. As I bellied up, a stranger a few seats down said, “Hey Terry.” Searching my memory, I looked at that guy, who seemed like he’d be lot more at home in a CrossFit box than in a…

Read More

You’ve Gotta Try This: Scuba-Diving in Devil’s Den

By Kevin Mims Even among the Sunshine State’s dozens of dazzling, crystal-clear freshwater springs, Devil’s Den’ stands out in a class of its own and should at the top of every water lover’s Florida bucket list. What makes it so different? For starters, you will need to descend into the depths of a…

Read More

You’ve Gotta Try This: Hiking Paynes Prairie

By Kevin Mims Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park is as unique as it is beautiful. There’s nowhere else in Florida where you can see bison and horses roaming in the wild, and the hiking trails at this park deserve a spot on any Florida adventure-seeker’s bucket list. Situated between Micanopy and…

Read More

You’ve Gotta Try This: Mountain-Biking the Santos Trail

By Kevin Mims When it comes to mountain biking in Florida, there may be no better place than Santos. With more than 80 miles of singletrack trails winding over some of the most rugged and stunning terrain around, it’s easy to see why Santos is known for mountain biking. Located in north central…

Read More

You’ve Gotta Try This: Offshore Fishing in the Florida Keys

Terry Gibson Probably the toughest aspects of fishing in the Florida Keys is figuring out what you want to target and where. The area provides so many diverse and unforgettable fishing experiences, and grooms some of the world’s best backcountry guides and charter boat captains. Let’s consider the…

Read More

Florida Museums to Ignite the Imagination

By Lauren Tjaden Florida museums promise to ignite the imagination, with offerings that treat the eye and feed the spirit. If breathtaking works of art move you, you can wonder at cryptic paintings within paintings by Dali in St. Petersburg; colorful images of lush women and flying cherubs by Rubens…

Read More

You’ve Gotta Try This: Paddling in Ichetucknee Springs State Park

By Kevin McGeever Ichetucknee Springs is one of the jewels of the nationally recognized Florida State Parks system. A day trip to this north central Florida paradise is: - an adventure into the clear-water wonders of the Sunshine State’s subterranean network of freshwater springs; - a meditative…

Read More

You’ve Gotta Try This: Diving in Phil Foster Park

By Terry Gibson A day of diving at the Phil Foster Park Marine Protected Area is a ‘shore thing.’ Here’s why: --Twice-daily high tides and shallow water permit hours and hours of tank time --Underwater snorkeling trail --Day- and night-dives offer uniquely different wildlife encounters --Guided…

Read More

STRATEGIC ALLIANCE PARTNERS