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2015 sea-turtle walks: It’s time to register for one of Florida’s natural thrills

2015 sea-turtle walks: It’s time to register for one of Florida’s natural thrills

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, May 16, 2015 – I live in urban Fort Lauderdale and thus I am always amazed and thrilled that some 3,000 huge sea turtles still lumber onto Broward County beaches at night to lay eggs. It seems so primordial. And yet, every summer our beach is decorated with neon-colored tape and signs to show where these  ancient creatures have buried their eggs. Florida beaches are the No. 1 place for sea turtle nests in North America […]

This is Old Florida: The Herlong Mansion in Micanopy, Florida, dates to 1845. Today it is a B&B.

Micanopy & the Herlong Mansion: Slow down for Old Florida

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Feb 17, 2015 – If you’re in a hurry, don’t visit Micanopy. It’s not that there’s so much to do here. On the contrary, there is very little to do here. But if you rush, you’ll miss the point, which is this: Slow down. Just 10 minutes off I-75, Micanopy is a good stop on a Florida road trip north. It’s the oldest inland town in Florida, full of Old Florida scenes and experiences. […]

Are you ready for this weekends LaBelle Swamp Cabbage Festival?

Are you ready for this weekends LaBelle Swamp Cabbage Festival?

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Feb 16, 2015 – For more than 45 years, LaBelle, a town of 4,000 just east of Fort Myers on the Caloosahatchee River, has been celebrating swamp cabbage in a down-home festival and parade. The 2015 Swamp Cabbage Festival is Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 21-22, 2015. Swamp cabbage — it’s called hearts of palm when you pay $10 for it in a fancy restaurant — comes from the state tree, the sabal or cabbage palm. The […]

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At Shark Valley in Everglades National Park in early January, this pair was visible from the paved path. There were six other young gators in the grass.

Shark Valley at Everglades National Park: Great bike trail; terrific wildlife

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Feb 8, 2015 – One of the best ways to see Florida’s Everglades is by arriving from the north via the Tamiami Trail to the Shark Valley entrance. The southern area via Homestead allows you to reach many more locations, a dozen hikes, camping and picnic areas, several outstanding kayak trails and a much greater variety of habitats. But this trail is so special, it makes Shark Valley hard to top.Shark Valley, on the […]

The Stone House built by Charles Deering at the Deering Estate. (Photo courtesy Zoohouse)

Deering Estate: Hidden getaway, full of beauty and history in Miami

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Jan 21, 2015 – The Deering Estate south of Miami offers a sweeping view of Biscayne Bay that is like a soothing balm on jangled urban nerves.  The view alone is worth the visit, but this Miami-Dade County park offers much more. Located south of Miami, the Deering Estate was the home from 1922 to 1927 of Charles Deering, the wealthy industrialist who was chairman of International Harvester.  His half-brother, millionaire industrialist James Deering, […]

Yahoo! – Info seekers placed Key West in top 10 requests (Video)

Yahoo! – Info seekers placed Key West in top 10 requests (Video)

By FloridaKeysNewsBureau For EyesOnNews.com, Dec 5, 2014 – KEY WEST, Fla. — Key West is among the top 10 destinations Yahoo! users sought travel information for in 2014. The popular website/search engine has released an annual roster of “Most Searched Destinations, Airlines and Hotels.” Coming in at number five, Key West is the only Florida destination on the list. Ahead of Key West are Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; New Orleans and Atlantic City, N.J. Behind are Ocean City, Md.; Santa […]

It’s not too early to plan for Spring Training

It’s not too early to plan for Spring Training

By Bob Rountree, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Dec 5, 2014 – Our annual Grapefruit League Spring Training Guide is a great resource for the best campgrounds and things to do outdoors near Florida’s 14 spring-training camps. Our annual guide separates teams into three regions: Central Florida, Southwest Gulf Coast and Atlantic Coast. For each team, you will find useful links to other resources and Florida Rambler articles about the best campgrounds, lodging and things to do near each training camp. Spring Training Guide 2015: Campgrounds, […]

Pompano based Cirque Dreams Holidaze NYC bound for the Today Show Thursday (Video)

Pompano based Cirque Dreams Holidaze NYC bound for the Today Show Thursday (Video)

By EyesOnNews.com, Pompano Beach, FL, Nov 16,2014 – Cirque Dreams has been living in our backyard for almost 20 years, with offices and studios in Pompano Beach. Once again, the show “Cirque Dreams Holidaze,” has hit the road sending 3 full companies on a 40 city tour across the USA (list below). However, this Thursday, November  20, the show once again hits the big time appearing on  NBC’s  “Today Show” at 8 a.m.  and then “Kathy Lee & Hoda,” at 10 a.m. The show’s […]

West Orange Trail: A top Florida bike trail crosses historic Central Florida

West Orange Trail: A top Florida bike trail crosses historic Central Florida

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Nov 16, 2014 – Bike trails like this should be everywhere in Florida. Until they are, however, the West Orange Trail stands out as a particularly appealing bike trail. We drove three hours from Fort Lauderdale to make a weekend out of trying out the West Orange Trail and exploring historic Winter Garden . Our conclusion?  Worth the drive. The West Orange Trail, completed in 1999, is a 22-mile-long paved rail-trail about 15 miles […]

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for the “Outdoors” person

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for the “Outdoors” person

By Bonnie Gross and Bob Rountree, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Nov 13, 2014 – Every year, we help you with your holiday shopping by recommending a few of our favorite things for exploring Florida’s outdoors. Many of these items are ones we’ve purchased and used, or they are items our readers have purchased and used. Others are products we hope somebody buys us this year. Disclosure: Some of the links on images and highlighted text will take you to retailers with whom we […]

Legendary Fisheating Creek : Kayak trail lives up to hype, but timing is everything

Legendary Fisheating Creek : Kayak trail lives up to hype, but timing is everything

By Bonnie Gross, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Nov 12, 2014 – For decades, I have wanted to kayak Fisheating Creek , which is just west of Lake Okeechobee. The problem: For 10 years, the stream was closed to kayaks and canoes because it was in private hands. During that time (1989-1998) Fisheating Creek achieved legendary status. (Isn’t that how prohibition works? Forbid it and we want it even more?) But since the state purchased the creek lands in 1998, the biggest […]

Road Trip: Florida Keys mile-marker guide

Road Trip: Florida Keys mile-marker guide

By Bonnie Gross and Bob Rountree, FloridaRambler.com, Special to EyesOnNews.com, Nov 11, 2014 – The Overseas Highway through the Florida Keys is the ultimate road trip: Spectacular views and things to do, places to go and places to hide, hidden harbors and funky tiki bars. There are hundreds of places to pull over to fish or kayak or enjoy a cocktail at sunset. There are dozens of colorful coral reefs to snorkel or dive. Fresh seafood is a Keys staple, offered at roadside fish shacks and upscale […]