1. Chinsegut Conservation Center

    Brooksville / East Hernando : 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville, 34601

  2. Rainbow Springs

    Dunnellon : 19158 SW 81st Place Road, Dunnellon, 34432

    Rainbow Springs State Park in Marion County is a two-hour drive north of the Tampa Bay area, but once there you might have trouble deciding whether you want to visit the man-made falls first or just plunge into the chilly 72-degree springs. After the immediate, mind-numbing shock, it can be wond …

  3. Skatepark of Tampa

    Tampa : 4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa, 33605

    This well-known indoor skateboard facility offers mini-ramps and street courses for all levels, including its famous bowl. There is an outdoor 12-foot vertical ramp. Shop at the SPoT Skateboard Shop, which is also online. The course changes and you can check out construction online.The Sunday mo …

  4. Oscar Scherer State Park

    Editor's pick

    Osprey : 1843 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, 34229

    This is one of the best places in the state to see the elusive Florida scrub jay. Hike 15 miles of trails through the pine flatwoods or rent a canoe or kayak and paddle South Creek, a tannic stream that flows into the Gulf of Mexico. Fish the creek or Lake Osprey, which is also open to swimming. …

  5. Myakka River State Park

    Editor's pick

    Sarasota : 13208 State Road 72, Sarasota, 34242

    It is one of Florida's oldest and largest state parks, and as a result, there is no shortage of things to do. The Myakka River, designated as a Florida Wild and Scenic River, flows through the heart of the 58-square-mile wilderness playground. Tour the lake on one of the world's largest airboats …

  6. Egmont Key State Park

    South Pinellas beaches : Offshore southwest of Fort De Soto , Tierra Verde, 33715

    Accessible only by boat, Egmont Key State Park offers fishing, beach access, swimming areas, picnic areas and a historic lighthouse. Visitors can also walk through the remains of Fort Dade.This unique barrier island that guards the mouth of Tampa Bay also is a critical nesting area for loggerhea …

  7. Honeymoon Island State Park

    Editor's pick

    Dunedin : 1 Causeway Blvd. (at the West end of Dunedin Causeway), Dunedin, 34698

    At Honeymoon Island State Park, you can swim, skimboard, bird watch, fish, snorkel, picnic or just catch some rays. Bring your pup, too, because there's a dog park on the south beach. Animals are also allowed on the marked trails and in the picnic area. Showers are available and the park´ …

  8. Caladesi Island State Park

    Editor's pick

    Dunedin : 1 Causeway Blvd. (at the West end of Dunedin Causeway), Dunedin, 34698

    Caladesi Island State Park contains one of the nation's best beaches. The 661-acre island is accessible only by boat or ferry. Caladesi has picnic tables and shelters near its sandy beach and a marina with electric and water hookups, as well as a snack bar and gift shop. Fishing is allowed, but  …

  9. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

    Editor's pick

    Spring Hill / West Hernando : 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee, 34606

    Florida's only spring-fed water park with live mermaids, white sandy beach, flume rides, beach volleyball, river rides, kiddie pool area and Buccaneer Bay.

  10. Crystal River Preserve State Park

    Citrus County : 3266 N Sailboat Ave. , Crystal River, 34428