Springs in Florida

Blue Hole Spring inside Ichetucknee Springs State Park, Florida

Beaches and theme parks get a lot of attention, but if you ask me, Florida’s springs are the best part of our state. Did you know that Florida may more freshwater springs than any other place on Earth? We have more than 700 springs in Florida. Here are some of the best springs in Florida. … Read more

Kelly Park/Rock Springs Run

Rock Springs Run near the headspring in Kelly Park, Apopka, Florida

Kelly Park/Rock Springs The main attraction at Rock Springs Kelly Park is a gorgeous natural Florida spring and spring run. Many people consider it to be Orlando’s natural lazy river, which is a great description! Rock Springs/Kelly Park is less than 30 miles away from Orlando, but it feels like you’re in a different world. … Read more

Sea Urchins

A man holds a sea urchin, taken from the sea.

Sea urchins are echinoderms, and are part of the class Echinoidea. Habitat and Behavior Sea urchins are very versatile, and can be found in all of the world’s oceans. Sea urchins typically live on the seafloor and can be found in shallow coral reefs, tide pools, seagrass beds and kelp forests. Sea urchins can live … Read more

Algae Blooms in Florida

Red tide in Naples, Florida, caused by a harmful algae bloom

One of the worst parts of living in Florida is the ongoing problem with harmful algal blooms. Harmful algae blooms are extremely serious problems which threaten the state’s economy, environment and long-term future. What are Harmful Algae Blooms in Florida? A harmful algal blooms, often abbreviated as “HABs”, is an out-of-control growth of algae. The … Read more

The Best Beaches in Tampa

The beach at Egmont Key near Tampa

Many people ask about the best beaches in Tampa.  This question can be confusing because there are technically several beaches in Tampa, but they aren’t what most people expect.  Here’s how the Tampa city government website describes one popular beach in Tampa:  “Who needs to go to Clearwater to find a good beach when you … Read more

Warm Mineral Springs

Warm Mineral Springs in Florida with shade trees and lawn furniture

Warm Mineral Springs is a natural hot spring, set inside an ancient sinkhole. The sinkhole is filled with warm, mineral-rich, geothermally heated water. The water is the main attraction for most visitors because it’s said to have numerous health benefits. My favorite thing is the absolutely fascinating history and adventure story behind the place. This site, … Read more

Three Sisters Spring

Manatees in Three Sisters Spring, near the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge

Three Sisters Spring is one of the most beautiful natural springs in Florida. It’s also one of the best places to see wild manatees in Florida. The beautiful Chassahowitzka River is another excellent location, and it’s relatively nearby! If you will visit Three Sisters Spring, be sure to know the procedures, and how avoid harming … Read more

Sebastian

A surfboard on the beach near the Sebastian Inlet, Florida

Sebastian is a small beach town on Florida’s east coast, along the famous US Highway 1. Unlike many other busy cities on Florida’s east coast, Sebastian still has the charm of a small beach town. Sebastian is located in Indian River County, in a quiet, laid-back section of Florida’s east coast. Sebastian is located in … Read more

Devil’s Den Spring

Devil's Den Cavern in Williston Florida

Devil’s Den Spring is of the coolest, most unique springs in Florida. It’s always been a popular spot, but in recent years it’s become famous on Youtube and Instagram. People are drawn to its deep blue water, fascinating history and beautiful photo ops. Devil’s Den is a great trip, and I definitely recommend it. But, … Read more

Blue Hole Spring

Blue Springs Florida Underwater Photo

Ichetucknee Blue Hole Spring is my favorite spring in Florida. I can never wait for the next trip. It’s hard to capture the beauty of this place with words, or even photos. Ichetucknee Springs State Park gets extremely crowded during the summer. If you’ll visit, I highly suggest arriving as early as possible! Some activities … Read more

The Best Places to See Manatees in Florida

swimming with manatees in florida

Manatees are some of the most beloved animals in Florida! They are super cute, and are always fun to see. Luckily, Florida is one of the best places to see manatees. Tips for Seeing Manatees in Florida Manatees usually spend their time in predictable places, for a variety of reasons. Manatees tend to be loyal … Read more

Overseas Highway

7 Mile Bridge on the Overseas Highway to Key West and the Florida Keys

Florida’s Overseas Highway is a world-famous scenic highway. It consists of 42 bridges which connect the Florida Keys to the Florida mainland. It’s currently the only way to reach Key West via land. The only other ways to reach Key West are by high-speed ferry, or by flying into the Key West Airport (EYW). The … Read more

Seagrass

Seagrass beds in Florida

Seagrass is extremely important for the health of Florida’s marine ecosystems.  Seagrass are actually flowering plants which live underwater in marine and estuary waters. Seagrasses are found throughout Florida, and are most abundant in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico and in Florida Bay.  Seagrasses also thrive throughout the Florida Keys, and in the Florida Keys … Read more

Lakeland

The sunrise from Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland, Florida

Lakeland is a medium-sized city in Central Florida. It sits just about half way between two of Florida’s biggest cities, Tampa and Orlando. Not surprisingly, Lakeland got its name from the large number of lakes that surround the city. There are 38 major lakes in the surrounding area. The largest and most popular are Lake … Read more

Melbourne

Melbourne Florida Sunset over the Indian River Lagoon

Melbourne, Florida is a small beach town in Florida’s Brevard county. It has a population of approximately 80,000 residents. Location The city of Melbourne is located on Florida’s mainland, along the Atlantic coast. There is smaller, separate city named Melbourne Beach on a barrier island, just across the Indian River Lagoon. Melbourne is approximately 70 … Read more

Boating Impact on Florida Waterways

Florida Bay Seagrass Impact

Boaters can have serious, negative impacts on Florida’s waterways! As the population of south Florida and the Florida Keys grows, boater’s impact on the marine environment will become an increasingly serious problem to manage. Many boaters run aground every year and damage the fragile seagrass in Florida Bay. Some boaters may even need assistance from … Read more

Roseate Spoonbills

Roseate Spoonbill in Florida Bay

Roseate Spoonbills (Ajaia ajaja) are one of the most beloved birds in Florida, and are an iconic symbol of Florida Bay! Birders and researchers from around the world visit Florida for the chance to see Roseate Spoonbills. Overview Roseate Spoonbills are members of the Ibis family. They hunt, forage and socialize together and often live … Read more

TECO Manatee Viewing Center in Tampa

A crowd viewing manatees at the TECO power plant in Tampa

TECO Manatee Viewing Center Update Update as of 10/24/2021: The TECO Manatee Viewing Center is scheduled to reopen on November 1, 2021. The manatee viewing center was temporarily closed for the 2020 season due to Covid-19 safety precautions. Please check official website for the most up-to-date information, especially before visiting or planning a trip. Location … Read more