Think back to this week a year ago. What moments stand out? Chances are, you can’t remember anything specific. Now think back years ago, to a long-ago moment outdoors. You can still see the quivering whiskers on that mother raccoon, huddled with her cubs, just inches away as you kayaked through a mangrove tunnel. You can feel the slippery rocks beneath your boots the afternoon you picked your way across a rushing creek, and savor the warmth of the sun on your face the morning you whizzed around the lakeshore on your bike.

The most vivid moments of our lives are often those we spend outside. And in the spring in Southwest Florida, we have every reason to plunge into our glorious outdoors. From bicycling and paddling to camping and hiking, we’ve scouted out 20 adventures, ranging from mellow to heart-pounding. Find yours now.

In This Feature:

Five Local Aquatic Adventures for Kayakers, Canoers and Paddleboarders

From lazy canoe rides to after-dark paddleboard excursions, there's something for everyone.

04/04/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Five Overnight Adventures for Campers Old and New

Whether you're a seasoned pro or it's your first time out, our region offers camping experiences for everyone.

04/04/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Vintage Campers Make a Comeback

Walter Sayers restores old trailers with Second Chance Camper Restoration.

04/04/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Try These Gourmet Takes on a Classic S'more

Happy National S'mores Day! Here are two ways to make a great dessert even better.

08/01/2016 By Megan McDonald

11 Wild Animals You'll Find in Southwest Florida

From bobcats to otters, here's a sampling of the wildlife you might run into in Southwest Florida.

04/05/2016 Illustrations by Rob Jones

How To: Camp With Kids

Don’t forget to pack the kids.

04/05/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

5 Great Local Bike Rides

Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike--especially on one of these routes.

04/05/2016 By Hannah Wallace

Is it Safe to Bike in Sarasota?

Despite its biker-friendly topography, Sarasota can be a dangerous place for pedalers.

04/05/2016 By Isaac Eger

5 Hiking Adventures for Every Level

Here in Southwest Florida, there's a trail for every kind of hiker.

04/05/2016 By Ilene Denton

What It's Really Like to Hike the Appalachian Trail

A native son tackles the Appalachian Trail.

04/05/2016 By Beau Denton