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Towering Majestic Oaks & Rocky Beaches

Stretching from the Atlantic to the Matanzas River, Washington Oaks Gardens State Park is extremely diverse in terms of ecology. Start your visit under a majestic canopy of oak trees and stately, well-manicured gardens. Head west to the river and ...

Coral Gables Marks 90 Years

The city of Coral Gables is looking pretty good for 90. The original charter for “The City Beautiful” was approved by the Florida Legislature on this day in 1925. Over the next year, Coral Gables will mark nine decades with a series of entertaining a...

Betsy the Giant Lobster is the Perfect Photo-Op

Say hello to Betsy, probably the biggest lobster you've ever seen. Standing 30-feet tall and stretching 40-feet from head to tail, Betsy has been greeting visitors to the Florida Keys since the 1980s. The 12-legged crustacean sits in front of the ...

Pizza & Junk in the Trunk

What would happen if a quirky store that sells kitschy retro items (think something like Urban Outfitters) also made hand-tossed, freshly-made pizzas? All under one roof (or at least on the same property)? It might look something like Satchel’s Pi...

Monkeys, Swans & Shells

One of the most colorful and vibrant historic homes in Florida is just steps from the Atlantic Ocean in Fort Lauderdale. Chicago attorney and naturalist Hugh Taylor Birch purchased hundreds of acres of coastal waterfront in the 1890s. When his dau...

A Really Low-Key Hideaway

Cedar Key is one of those unique Florida places where you can truly unwind, even if you've had a horrible week. No traffic, no national chains, no crowds. It's paradise on the Gulf Coast. One of the best places to stay on the island cluster is the Lo...

Nature Lovers Love Wekiwa Springs State Park

A short 16-mile drive from downtown Orlando, Wekiwa Springs State Park is a popular outdoor spot among locals. On busier days, officials close the park when it reaches maximum capacity. But if you do some planning and arrive early to beat the crowds,...

A Place to Find Zen in South Florida

Looking for Zen in Florida? Head south to Delray Beach and the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. The 200 acre property is named for George Sukeji Morikami, who moved to Palm Beach County in 1906. He and a small group of Japanese immigrants hel...

A Really Bold Cold Coffee Drink

There's a sweet shop in Pass-a-Grille that's known more for its delectable drinks than its candy. Located steps from the Gulf waters on Pass-a-Grille's main drag, Paradise Sweets bills itself as a dessert restaurant, candy store and ice cream parlor....