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  1. 7 Interesting Things to Know about Northwest Florida

    The Florida Panhandle is known for its sugar-white beaches, emerald-green waters, but there's much more to the area to explore. Here are seven interesting things about Northwest Florida that you probably don't know.

  2. Canoeing the Blackwater River: The Ultimate Northwest Florida Adventure

    Flowing from southern Alabama and through three Florida counties before reaching the Gulf of Mexico, the Blackwater River provides a quiet, shaded 56 miles through cypress swamps and pine forests, making it an ideal paddling destination.

  3. 20 Tips from Orlando Locals on How Best to Experience the Area

    You don't need to hit the theme parks to enjoy Orlando. We asked locals for their favorite things to do around town.

  4. Where to See Manatees Near Orlando

    These curious and gentle Florida manatee may be endangered, but there are several locations close to Orlando to see—and even swim with—these fascinating creatures.

  5. 10 Things to Do in Orlando (Other than Visiting Theme Parks)

    Ready to move beyond the theme parks? These 10 outdoor activities around Orlando offer plenty of Florida fun without the expensive ticket.

  6. The Best Places to Spot Wildlife near Panama City Beach

    From the Gulf of Mexico to forest preserves, Panama City Beach offers lots of opportunities to spot animals in their natural habitat, including bald eagles, alligators, and bottlenose dolphins.

  7. An Adventurer's Guide to the Perfect Weekend in Panama City Beach

    Hearty food, cold drinks, sugar-white sands, emerald-green waters, and thick, thriving forests are just some of the ways to enjoy a perfect weekend in Panama City Beach, Florida.

  8. An Angler's Guide to Fishing the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes

    The top spots to go fishing at one of Central Florida's best destinations for anglers, the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes.

  9. The Top 5 Places to Canoe and Kayak Near Orlando

    With sparkling gulf waters to the west, deep blue ocean to the east, and an amazing collection of lakes within minutes of downtown, Orlando has plenty of diverse options for paddlers to enjoy.

  10. How to Get in the Air Near Orlando

    From the thrills of skydiving and hang gliding to a peaceful hot air balloon ride, there are many options to take to the skies over central Florida for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

  11. An Insider's Overview of the Fishing Scene at the Emerald Coast

    Anglers travel to the Emerald Coast for a wide variety of incredible options—from bass and catfish in freshwater to trophy fish in the Gulf of Mexico.

  12. Exploring the Headwaters of the Everglades

    The Orlando area is home to the headwaters of the Everglades, and visitors to the area can find easy access to this natural wonder through the nearby Kissimmee Chain of Lakes.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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...

  17. 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.

  18. 5 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

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