From museums to beaches, parks to small towns, Florida hosts many unique spots throughout the 67 counties. Florida Living® explores these locales.
Bowden's "Top 10 11" Florida Plants.
Asking anyone to select his or her 10 best of anything is always a daunting task. But ask plant enthusiasts their top 10 favorites, well, that’s nearly impossible. “Top 10 trees?” they ask, “or top 10 flowering shrubs, or top 10 bulbs, or top 10 annuals?” Get the picture?
America's First Landbridge
Florida now boasts America’s first land bridge, one of the most unusual shared-use trail connectors in the country. The land bridge joins the east and west sides of the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway, a 110-mile conservation and recreation corridor that stretches across the state through rivers, floodplains, lakes, wetlands, ridges and uplands.
It’s a mild and sunny day at Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park & Lodge in northwest Florida. Fourteen passengers have just boarded one of the park’s four riverboats for a 40 minute tour of the springs. The boat, named Limpkin after the bird that sometimes feeds on apple snails along the water’s edge, begins its journey.
Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing
Hanging on the wall of the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing and International Drag Racing Hall of Fame in Ocala is a giant photo of a Garlits racer lined up with a jet fighter on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier.
The tongue-in-cheek photo is a humerous but accurate symbol of Garlits’s racing career. He became one of the best in the world at traveling a quarter-mile faster than anyone else around.
Florida's State Forests
When European explorers first began arriving in Florida more than 400 years ago, they experienced a vast wilderness made up of longstem grasses, flowering plants, towering pines and majestic oaks. As they pushed through the interior of the state, they discovered meandering black water rivers and clear springs and streams. They found the forests rich with a variety of wildlife and the rivers and lakes teeming with fish. But most of all, in all this vast unchartered territory they found themselves fairly much alone, except for isolated pockets of Native Americans, who also knew the value of space, solitude and self-reliance.