Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge

10 spots to scope out on a road trip through west central Florida

For decades, recreational boaters referred to west central Florida as the “lonesome leg.” Today, the area is known as Florida’s Nature Coast, and it attracts adventurers eager to explore its renowned wildlife parks and nature preserves, crystal-clear springs and blackwater rivers.

Awesome Resorts in the Gulf of Mexico

Check in at one of these full-service establishments, among the most storied in the Gulf, from the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi to the legendary Loews Don CeSar (aka: the Pink Palace).
Apalachicola, Florida

Turning Tides in Apalachicola

The oysters are vanishing from Apalachicola. No one knows if they’ll come back. You won’t find them on most menus anymore, and oyster boats have all but abandoned the bay. There’s plenty of blame to go around, but that won’t help this charming village on the shores of the Florida Panhandle. As its claim to fame disappears, Apalachicola vows it won’t share the same fate.

On Island Time: Family friendly

When you live in landlocked Tennessee, taking small children to the beach is kind of like childbirth: long and painful at times, but ultimately worth it. Eventually, you wind up forgetting the hard parts and want to do it all over again. After eight-plus hours in a car bound for Amelia Island, Florida, I wasn’t so sure that was going to happen this time.

Unlock the Keys: 10 locals reveal the best places to eat, drink, swim, and sightsee along America’s southernmost isles

From a Key Largo dive instructor to an Islamorada chef, a Marathon turtle rescuer to the mayor of Key West, ten locals reveal the best places to eat, drink, swim, and sightsee along America's southernmost isles. Forget the tourist traps; go where Keys residents go with the help of this essential guide.

Older than the U.S., this historic road in Pensacola shows no signs of slowing down

Slicing through downtown Pensacola all the way to the bay, Palafox Street is known as the city’s core cultural artery. It’s a distinction the street has enjoyed for the past two-and-a-half centuries, during which it has been subject to—and shaped by—British, Spanish, and American rule.

Beyond The Beach in the Gulf

Brush off the sand and make tracks for these one-of-a-kind Gulf attractions.

Get A Move On—Outdoor Activities in the Gulf

You love sand and surf, but the thought of lying on a towel for hours makes you twitch. Good thing the Gulf has plenty of outdoor activities to satisfy your inner adrenaline junkie.

Wacky Daiquiris of the Gulf

Discover the origins of the Gulf's most iconic frozen cocktail, the Bushwacker, along with other bold takes on this old favorite.

Take Five: Into the Deep

Take the plunge at these unique Southern scuba-diving destinations. Come face-to-face with West Indian manatees, explore the 120-foot-deep lake on the Tennessee-Kentucky border, and marvel at the northernmost coral reef system in the country.

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