• Grownups going group

    Associated Press

    NEW YORK - Group tours sound easy: Choose a destination and the tour company plans your trip, delivering you to hotels, restaurants and attractions. You don’t have to Google or organize a thing. But how do you find the right tour to begin with, one that fits your age, activity levels and preferences for lodging, dining and sightseeing?

    And, so what’s the difference between the $2,000 tour and the $8,000 tour to the same place, the same week?

  • Exploring our 'wild west'

    Amanda Mims


    Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series on outdoor destinations in Northwest Florida.


    For adventure seekers, the Florida Panhandle is a diverse and oftentimes wild place, from its islands to its rushing tannic rivers and out-of-the-way springs. Here are a few spots to add to your adventure bucket list. 


  • Unexpected re-emergence

    Special to the Chronicle

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) officers were surprised last month when patrolling waters south of Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge, when they encountered a re-emerging sand bar over 4 acres in size within the boundaries where Passage Key National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) once laid seven years ago.


  • Caves are calling

    Amanda Mims


    Stalactites like icicles point down from the cavern’s ceilings and stalagmites rise up from the floor. These, in

    addition to flowstone, soda straws and other formations, make up its damp interior, coloring it shades of brown, glittering white and orange.


  • A whale of a tale

    By Stacy Dunn, For the Chronicle

  • Summer lovin'

    Summertime means barbecues, picnics and long, hot days. Here on the Nature Coast, it also means plenty of splashing in cold, clear springs and paddling a river in a canoe or kayak. Here are three summer adventures you won't want to miss out on this season.

  • Take a walk on the mild side

    I don’t have much to tell you about Scotland, really. It’s true, they have whisky, and kilts, and some people speak with an accent so thick that you wonder whether you’re hearing English or Gaelic. 

    All of that’s fun. But I’m just here to tell you about the walks I took.

  • Manatee Springs

    If you were lucky enough to grow up within reasonable driving distance of a freshwater spring, you probably spent many summer and spring days jumping out of trees and belly-flopping or cannonballing into crystal-clear water. 

  • Travel trip: The Emerald Isle

    DUBLIN —St. Patrick may have banished snakes and brought Christianity to Ireland, but perhaps his greatest feat was one of sheer endurance. After all, there were hundreds of other future saints roaming Ireland at the time, but Patrick is the one who gets the party.

    On March 17, Guinness will flow from Malin to Moscow, the Chicago River will run green and parades will be held worldwide to celebrate the fifth-century preacher and patron saint of Ireland.

  • Fort Clinch: Bastion, boardwalk and beach

    WHAT: Fort Clinch State Park.
    WHERE: 2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
    INFO: Visit www.floridastateparks.org/fortclinch or call 904-277-7274.