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KEY TOCurry Hammock State Park                                        Historic Redland Tropical Trail                                   Mound Key Archaeological State Park                                                    www.
56200 Overseas Hwy., Marathon, 305-289-2690.                          160 S.E. 1st Ave., Florida City, 800-388-9669.                    E. of Lovers Key in Estero Bay, Estero, 239-992-0311.
Made up of a group of islands in the middle Keys,                     This beautiful area lies south of Miami, north of the             A beautiful place for nature study and to observe Calusa
with public access to swimming and more.                              Florida Keys and between two national parks. f                    midden mounds.
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock                                       Hooked on SUP                                                     Myakka River State Park
Botanical State Park                                                                             
www.                                              6950 Placida Rd., Englewood, 941-504-1699.                        13208 S.R. 72, 9 mi E. of exit 205 on I-75, Sarasota, 941-361-6511.
C.R. 905, Key Largo, 305-451-1202.                                    Paddleboard and kayak guided eco-paddles, rentals,                Florida’s only state Wild and Scenic River ows through 57 square
The largest contiguous tract of subtropical West Indian               lessons and sales. Bike and snorkel rentals available.            miles of wetlands and pinelands. f
hardwood hammock in the continental U.S.                              Hugh Taylor Birch State Park                                      Oleta River State Park
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park                                                             
www.                                              3109 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-564-4521.             3400 N.E. 163rd St., Sunny Isles Beach, 305-919-1846.
11135 N. Gulfshore Dr., Naples, 239-597-6196.                         Many threatened or endangered plants are among                    Offers kayaking, mountain biking, swimming, shing,
Florida State Parks winner of the National Gold Medal,                the more than 500 native and non-native species. f                trail walking and picnicking. f
voted America’s best. Over a mile of beach.                           Indian Key Historic State Park                                    Oscar Scherer State Park
Don Pedro Island State Park                                           www.                                                                             Indian Key, MM 78.5, Islamorada, 305-664-2540.                    1843 S. Tamiami Trl., Osprey, 941-483-5956.
Between Knight and Little Gasparilla Islands, Boca Grande,            Dates back to the prehistoric Indians of 1830s.                   Oscar Scherer has extensive scrubby atwoods
941-964-0375.                                                         Visitors come here to swim, sunbathe and hike.                    which are the home of threatened Florida scrub jays.
Part of an extensive chain of barrier islands extending               John D. MacArthur Beach State Park                                Private Scuba & Snorkel
along the Gulf Coast of Florida.                                                              
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park                                10900 Jack Nicklaus Dr., North Palm Beach, 561-624-6950.          341 Nathan Hale, West Palm Beach, 954-547-4818.
www.                      It preserves the natural heritage of subtropical coastal habitat  Scuba diving and snorkeling tours and lessons daily.
137 Coastline Dr., Copeland, 239-695-4593.                            that once covered southeast Florida.                              Pura Vida Divers
Contains the largest strand of native royal palms in North America.   John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park                    
Fish Tale Marina                                                                                     2513 Beach Ct., Singer Island, 888-DIVE-WPB.
www.the                                              Overseas Hwy. (U.S. 1), MM 102.5, Key Largo, 305-451-1202.        Experience the nest SCUBA diving South Florida offers
7225 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, 239-463-3600.                    Enjoy the view from a glass-bottom boat tour, scuba dive          with Pura Vida Divers.
Experience a fun- lled day with services that include                 or snorkel through coral reefs. f                                 Resort Sports
boat rentals, dolphin cruises and more.                               John U. Lloyd Beach State Park                          
Florida Keys Dive Center                                                                             6240 Topaz Ct., Fort Myers, 239-936-0233.
www.                                             6503 N. Ocean Dr., Dania Beach, 954-923-2833.                     Creative custom recreation services including corporate
90451 Old Hwy., Oceanside MM 90.5, Tavernier, 305-852-4599.           The mangrove-lined inlet is a scenic place to canoe,              team building, theme parties and promotions.
Spectacular diving and snorkeling for the novice                      observe birdlife and take photographs.                            Robbie’s of Islamorada
as well as the most experienced water enthusiasts. f                  Jonathan Dickinson State Park                           
Florida Powerboat Club                                                www.                                          77520 Overseas Hwy., MM 77.5, Islamorada, 305-664-8070.
www.                                                    16450 S.E. Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound, 772-744-9814.                Robbie’s provides a wide array of water-based activities. f
1214 S.W. 6th St., Pompano Beach, 954-545-1414.                       This park teems with wildlife in 13 natural communities,          San Pedro Underwater Archaeological
We are a boating organization that helps Florida visitors             including sand pine scrub and mangroves.                          Preserve State Park
enjoy Florida’s boating lifestyle.                                    Koreshan State Historic Site                                      www.
                                                                      www.                            MM 78.5, Islamorada, 305-664-2540.
Florida Tracks & Trails                                               3800 Corkscrew Rd., Estero, 239-992-0311.                         San Pedro was a 287-ton Dutch-built ship
www.                                         A nationally recognized historical site, Koreshan State           which sailed as part of the eet of New Spain in 1733.
39450 Bermont Rd., Punta Gorda, 844-RIDE-FTT.                         Historic Site was a utopian community.                            Sea Experience Glassbottom Snorkel
Enjoy the ultimate outdoor adventure park that has it all! Ride       Lake Manatee State Park                                           and Scuba Adventures
Motorcross, play paintball, relax at the freshwater beach and more.                   
See ad on page 53. Reader Response 39                                 20007 S.R. 64 E., Bradenton, 941-741-3028.                        801 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-467-6000.
                                                                      A 548-acre recreation area offering a picnic area,                Offering scuba, snorkel and glassbottom boat charters.
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park                               swimming area, campground and more.                               Seabranch Preserve State Park                                             Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park                              www.
601 Howard England Way, Key West, 305-292-6713.                       www.                                          4810 S.E. Cove Rd., Stuart, 772-219-1880.
Offers daily fort tours at noon and 2 p.m. and scheduled              Lignumvitae Key, MM 78.5, Islamorada, 305-664-2540.               Visitors can see rare sand pine scrub, scrubby atwoods,
special events.                                                       Ranger-guided tours are given twice daily. The park is            a baygall community and a mangrove swamp.
Four Winds Marina                                                     accessible only by private boat or tour boat.                     St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park                                               Linda D Sportfishing                                               www.
16501 Stringfellow Rd., Bokeelia, 239-283-0250.                                                      4810 S.E. Cove Rd., Stuart, 772-744-7603.
Only full-service marina located at the North End of                  Key West City Marina, 1801 N. Roosevelt Blvd., Dock 19&20         Visitors come to swim, sunbathe or picnic
Pine Island in Bokeelia.                                              Key West, 305-304-8102.                                           at the pavilion on the quiet beach.
Fury Water Adventures Key West                                        Our award-winning captains guarantee you a great shing day.       Stump Pass State Park a                                           Long Key State Park                                               www.
2 Duval St., Key West, 855-200-3276.                                                                 900 Gulf Blvd., Englewood, 941-964-0375.
The No. 1 watersports company in South Florida.                       67400 Overseas Hwy., MM 67.5, Long Key, 305-664-4815.             Visitors can enjoy an excellent view of the Gulf of Mexico.
Gamble Plantation Historic State Park                                 Visitors can explore the island by canoeing through a chain
www.                                              of lagoons or hiking two land trails.                             TreeUmph! Adventure Course
3708 Patten Ave., Ellenton, 941-723-4536.                             Lovers Key State Park                                   
The only surviving plantation house in South Florida.                 www.                          21805 S.R. 70, Bradenton, 941-840-2347.
Gasparilla Island State Park                                          8700 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, 239-463-4588.                Get your feet off the ground and into the trees for a full day at
www.                                              Lovers Key is renowned for its pristine white beach               TreeUmph! Adventure Course. Enjoy high- ying, obstacle-defying fun!
888 Belcher Rd., Boca Grande, 941-964-0375.                           and wildlife viewing opportunities. f                             See ad on page 52. Reader Response 34
Swimming, snorkeling, shing and nature study are popular activities.  Madira Bickel Mound State Archaeological Site
Gulf Coast Clays at Port of the Islands                                                              Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park                                                    Terra Ceia Island, Palmetto, 941-723-4536.              
12425 Union Rd., Naples, 239-682-3452.                                The mound is the rst site in Florida to become                    84900 U.S. Hwy. 1, Islamorada, 305-664-2540.
Southwest Florida’s premiere trap, skeet and sporting clays           a State Archaeological Site.                                      The park offers a rare opportunity to compare coral
shooting club.                                                        Miracle Swimming: Conquer Your                                    today with its ancient ancestors.
                                                                      Fear of Water for Adults
          f = Guided Tours                                                                             Shopping
              = Vacation Planner                                      P.O. Box 15854, Sarasota, 941-921-6420.
              = Vacation Planner available in other languages         Swimming for adults afraid in water. Satisfaction guaranteed.     Bal Harbour Village
         d = Beach Wheelchairs available in some locations                                                                              655 96th St., Bal Harbour, 305-866-4633.
         dI= Guide or information for disabled travelers                                                                                Miami’s most fashionable beach destination.

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