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Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse
If you're staying in Ormond or Daytona Beach, a short drive south to the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse is a worthwhile addition to your beach visit. At 175', it is the tallest lighthouse in Florida. Take a self-guided tour up to the gallery deck to enjoy an ocean breeze and panoramic view.
Chain of Lakes Trail
The Chain of Lakes Trail in Polk County is an urban trail that runs from Lake Alfred on its north end south to Winter Haven. Its primary appeal lies in the historic corridor through which it passes.
Circle B Bar Reserve
Circle B Bar Reserve, a former cattle ranch, is one of Polk County's environmentally-sensitive land purchases. It is free to the public for educational and recreational purposes. It is renowned as a world-class birding and wildlife-viewing area.
Civil War Sites of North Florida
Although Florida was not a major Civil War battleground state, several minor battles were fought here. This article describes the largest of these battles and the North Florida sites at which they took place.
Egmont Key State Park
Egmont Key, a small island at the mouth of Tampa Bay, is both a state park and a national wildlife refuge. This key is home to a lighthouse and the ruins of historic Fort Dade. Activities include walking on the beach, swimming, fishing, and snorkeling. Access is by private boat or ferry.
Ft. Fraser Rail Trail
The Fort Fraser Rail Trail is a 7.75-mile paved trail connecting Lakeland to Bartow in Polk County. It follows a former CSX route. The trail has 3 trailheads and 2 spur trails that track east. Amenities include a restroom, picnic tables, and sheltered benches.
Gainsville-Hawthorne State Trail
Cycle, hike, or skate your way through significant historic and natural areas along the Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail. This 16.5-mile-long, asphalt-paved trail is rated one of the top ten Florida biking trails.
Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail (GFBWT)
If you enjoy observing birds, butterflies, and other wildlife, you may enjoy a visit to one of the 510 Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail sites in Florida. This article suggests ways to plan your visit. It also goes over the benefits of ecotourism and spending time in nature.
Hurricane Preparedness and Safety
Hurricane Irma devastated parts of the Florida peninsula during the weekend of September 9-10, 2017. Here are some tips to prepare for and stay safe during a hurricane.
Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet
The Volusia County Marine Science Center is an educational and fun place to visit for the whole family. Their mission is to rehabilitate sea turtles and birds and to educate the public about them and other sea animals. Touch pools provide hands-on interaction with some sea animals.
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