Martin County Ecotourism Attractions, Activities

By Kevin Mims It only takes one dip in the warm, clear waters on the coast of Martin County, one look at the sea life under the surface, a short stroll on a beach where endangered sea turtles have made their nests, a few minutes gliding down a river teeming with wildlife Florida is known for. It’s…

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Where to See Nesting Sea Turtles in Florida

During the day, beaches are filled with sunbathers. But at night, wild Florida sea turtles weighing hundreds of pounds lumber out of the sea and onto the sands in an ancient ritual to lay their eggs. Here's how to experience it. By Bonnie Gross Visitors are often surprised to learn that more…

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Kayaking Amelia Island's Salt Marshes

By Lauren Tjaden Kayaking Amelia Island's salt marshes offers the opportunity to see dolphins, manatees, otters, rays and other fish — and the chance to reconnect with nature, family and friends. Tours through the 40,000-acre nature preserve are beginner-friendly, as you float with the curent and…

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Outdoor Adventures with Northeast Florida's Kayak Amelia

On Amelia Island, your whole gang can enjoy a fun outing with Kayak Amelia on their three-hour kayaking tour. The tour explores a quietly beautiful salt marsh, the most productive ecosystem on the entire planet, brimming with wildlife like manatees, dolphin, mullet, birds and turtles. A…

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Willow Pond Nature Trail, in Fort Clinch State Park

By Kevin Mims Located inside Fort Clinch State Park, the Willow Pond Nature Trail is considered one of the best wildlife viewing spots in the area. The trail is situated around a series of coastal depression ponds that was once used as a borrow pit by the Civilian Conservation Corps to construct…

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5 Far-Out Florida Parks

By Kevin Mims Sometimes a short walk in the woods is all it takes to set yourself at ease. If these quick trips can work wonders, imagine what a week or so away can do for you? Getting in some nature time could be just what the doctor ordered. If this sounds like the medicine you need, head for…

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Camping at Fort Clinch State Park in Fernandina Beach

By Kevin Mims When it comes to incredible places to camp in Florida, you just can't beat making a Florida State Park your home for a few days. When camping at Fort Clinch State Park in Fernandina Beach, you get a little bit of everything: history, wildlife, trails, fishing, beautiful beaches and a…

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Bike, Hike and Paddle Northeast Florida

For outdoors enthusiasts, discovering new places is as much a part of the adventure as the adventure itself, and the list of places to discover in Northeast Florida is endless. By Kevin Mims Dubbed Florida’s “First Coast” because it was the first area where Europeans settled, the name could…

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A Guide to the Great Florida Birding Trail

By Kevin Mims Florida is a birder's paradise. Our mild climate and diverse habitats attract hundreds of bird species, including such sought-after finds as the rare Florida burrowing owl, snail kite and a wealth of wading birds. Some species, like limpkins, occur here year 'round, while others…

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