Ready to soak in the sun on your next getaway? The Sunshine State is a popular destination thanks to its pristine beaches and of course, that famous mouse. But it?s got a lot to offer beyond the obvious. From the laid back style of the Keys to the energy of Miami and the lush landscape of the Everglades, make sure you give yourself enough time to explore this rich and diverse state.
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Explore Florida’s Landmarks
A garden like no other, this eye-catching collection of sculptures made from hand-carved coral was created over 28 years by one man, Ed Leedskalnin. Mystery revolves around this sight as it’s said that no one ever saw Ed carving the coral. So how did he do it? Those secrets may never be revealed, but you might have some guesses of your own after exploring this unique destination in Miami.
Kennedy Space Center
You may not ever get the chance to visit outer space yourself, but you can a sense of what space travel is like with a visit to the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. Here, visitors of all ages can play astronaut, conduct a virtual spacewalk, create sonic booms, glide down the re-entry slide, land an orbiter, and more. There is even a shuttle launch experience simulation ride for those looking for a thrill.
Check Out Florida Events
Juana Good Time Regatta
This event in Navarre Beach near Pensacola brings an extra splash of color annually to the Gulf in mid-September as sailboats of all kinds gather for a low-key race and plenty of “good times.” Racers and spectators spend the weekend on and by the water enjoying live music and a beach barbecue.
Hoggetowne Medieval Faire
Olde-tyme fun comes to Central Florida each year when this medieval faire arrives in late January. Visitors get to experience history come to life with performers like jousters and jugglers, wares from old-world style artisans and plenty of food for feasting (turkey leg, anyone?). Be a part of the fun by coming dressed in your own medieval fashions.
Try Out these Florida Activities
Get into some serious monkey business at this 30 acre wildlife park where you can see all kinds of primates running free. The jungle-like climate and free-range set up of this large park allows visitors the chance to see these animals up-close while still allowing the monkeys themselves to live and interact much like they could in the wild.
Alligators can be found all over Florida, but for the most part, it’s best to keep your distance from these powerful creature. But at Gator Park near Miami in the Florida Everglades, you can see the swamplands, complete with plenty of gators, up close on an air boat tour. This park gives you the chance to get to know the local wildlife, plus they also offer on-site RV camping so you can make this experience a true getaway.
Explore Florida’s Cultural Sites
The National Museum of Naval Aviation
Visit one of the largest and most beautiful air and space museums in the world where you’ll share in the excitement of Naval Aviation’s rich history. With over 140 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Aviation, you’ll come away from this museum with a new appreciation for flying.
The Castillo de San Marcos
St. Augustine was the first permanent European settlement in the continental United States, and this Castillo (completed in 1695) served primarily as an outpost of the Spanish Empire as they guarded the town. It also helped the Spanish protect the sea route for treasure ships returning to Spain. Now, this site with a complex history is not only a beautiful addition to the coast, but also a place where can get a glimpse into an important part of America’s past.