McKee Botanical Garden – Vero Beach, FL

An 18-acre oasis filled with native and tropical plants. Hot as the inside of a clenched butt cheek on a summer’s day, but a nice stroll through a lush garden with winding and weaving paths leading through a lush garden. The brochure that you pick up upon entry has info for the interpretive trail, so…

Ziplining in St. Cloud, FL

My first ziplining experience was in Mariposa, CA, just outside of Yosemite National Park. On that tour we went on progressively longer lines over the scenic hillside, whereas on this tour at Forever Florida we stayed in one location but experienced three very different lines: a Zipline roller coaster, a free fall, and a long…

Fossil Hunting in Peace River -Arcadia, FL

Upon first glance Peace River doesn’t seem like the kind of water you want to jump balls deep into. Murky with alligators…yikes. Here, though, it’s worth it. The alligators don’t give a hoot about you, and spending some time sifting through the gravel banks of the river yields some exciting rewards. We rented kayaks at…

Crandon Gardens – Key Biscayne, FL

Crandon Gardens is the former site of the Crandon Park Zoo, which was abandoned in 1980. Remnants of the old zoo remain in this park that is now a garden with walking path, lake, and a ton of birds and iguanas.     The garden is located in Crandon Park and is accessible by parking in…

Fruit and Spice Park – Homestead, FL

A hop, skip, and a jump from the entrance to Everglades National Park lies this charming botanical garden. I stopped here on my way home from camping in the Everglades while looking to see what hidden gems I may have missed in the area. It’s pretty cheap at $8 per person, which includes a tram…

Clam Pass – Naples, FL

This has easily become my new favorite gulf coast beach. It’s off of the main road but easily accessible and has features that make it different from many beach experiences.     Clam Pass is a county park, so it has its own parking lot with an $8 fee. I’d scoff at the price but…