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  1. An Introduction to Disc Golfing (and the Best Places to Go Near Orlando)

    Take advantage of these excellent disc golf courses around Orlando. You'll get a fun outdoor experience without the green fees and long waits for a tee time.

  2. A Paddler's Guide to the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes

    Stretching more than 40 miles and spanning 21,000 acres, the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes is an amazing resource for paddlers of all kinds looking to explore this unique natural environment.

  3. 5 Amazing Places to See Off the Beach in Northwest Florida

    While northwest Florida is well known worldwide for its beautiful, white sand beaches, you'll also find plenty to do away from the sand.

  4. Travel Country Stays Local in Central FL

    Mike Plante credits the summers he spent with this family on the road in a motorhome for his love of the outdoors.

    “I snored a lot, so typically I was sleeping in a tent most nights. We all spent a lot of time sitting around campfires,” reca...

  5. Kayaking with NASA

    Ever wanted to watch a NASA rocket launch from your kayak? Yeah, it's possible. And here's how it's done.

  6. 6 Great Swimming Holes in Central Florida

    You don't have to drive to the coast to enjoy the water in central Florida. Here are 6 great swimming holes to cool you off in the outdoors.

  7. The 10 Mile Clay Loop: A Slice of Heaven for Central Florida Runners

    For runners, the 10 Mile Clay Loop serves up rolling hills, plenty of dirt and pastoral bliss just a short drive from downtown Orlando.

  8. 8 of the Best Section Hikes on the Florida Trail

    Traveling through dense forests of pine and palmetto, here's a guide to Central Florida's best section hikes on the Florida Trail.

  9. 6 of the Best Places to Spot Alligators Near Orlando

    Get to know the iconic Sunshine State reptiles from a distance at six of these top spots to view alligators near Orlando.

  10. 5 Things You Should Know About the Zika Virus

    Scientists are learning more about the Zika virus every day, and how to protect against it. Here are 5 things you should know about the virus.

  11. How to Prevent Mosquito Bites: The Best Ways to Protect Yourself

    If you live for the outdoors, you accept, even prefer, a certain level of discomfort. Here are some of the best ways to prevent mosquito bites: one of the biggest nuisances of all.

  12. With Zika in Florida, How Do You Protect Yourself?

    Cases of the Zika virus in Florida are cause for concern as the mosquito-bourne virus can lead to devastating health issues.

  13. How to Prevent Mosquito Bites Without Using Bug Spray

    The following article is a paid collaboration with ThermaCELL®, an effective mosquito repellent for the outdoors.

    Unless you’ve been living for months in a mountainside tent and cut off from civilization, news of the latest scary di...

  14. Zika Virus: How it Affects You and How to Protect Yourself

    The following article is a paid collaboration with ThermaCELL®, an effective mosquito repellent for the outdoors.

    The Zika virus is causing growing alarm among public health officials as the number of infections mount, and the sever...

  15. 4 Things to Know About the Aedes Aegypti: The Mosquito that Carries Deadly Diseases

    With the Zika virus reaching the U.S., here's what you need to know about the mosquito that's most likely responsible for the outbreak.

  16. 5 Perfect Pairings of Orlando Bike Rides and Watering Holes

    Pair these Orlando bike rides with a favorite local watering hole and you have a great way to enjoy cycling and craft beer in one trip.

  17. 7 Great Outdoor Dates Around Orlando This Fall

    From zip lines and corn mazes to a romantic paddle, these outdoor dates around Orlando this fall will impress any potential partner.

  18. An Insider’s Guide to Paddling the Econlockhatchee River

    Paddlers in central Florida will find that the Econlockhatchee River offers much to like and, unlike many waterways in Florida, few crowds.

  19. 7 Things to Check Off an Orlando End-of-Summer Bucket List

    You still have time to make the most of the Florida heat. Avoid the crowds and check these outdoor spots off your end-of-summer bucket list.

  20. How to Spend a Day at Wekiwa Springs State Park

    Florida’s Wekiwa Springs State Park features plenty of summer activities, including picnicking, trail running, and paddling down the river.

  21. 5 Great Singletrack Options for Florida Mountain Bikers

    Florida mountain bikers can find some great singletrack and off-road riding at these five destinations around Orlando.

  22. 4 Places Around Orlando to Catch 4th of July Fireworks

    Here’s our roundup of the best 4th of July fireworks displays to light up your night in the Orlando area.

  23. Enjoying Orlando’s Lake Eola Park

    In the heart of downtown Orlando, Lake Eola Park offers residents an easy and relaxing outdoor escape in the middle of the city.

  24. 5 Great Urban Hikes Around Orlando

    You don't have to travel far to enjoy these five urban hikes around Orlando that are perfect for an after-work escape.

  25. 5 of Central Florida's Hottest East Coast Surf Spots

    Florida waves may not frequently make the cover of surf magazines, but that doesn't mean there aren't some great East Coast surf spots to be found.