Florida is well known for its Disney attractions such as Walt Disney World but Disney is just a small milestone of Florida’s potential. If you’re wanting to explore the hidden gems of Florida then you’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that there are hundreds of attractions to explore. From beautiful state parks to quiet beaches and top-rated restaurants, Florida offers something for everyone to enjoy. Florida has hundreds of miles of beaches and is home to the famous cultural influences of Miami. You can explore the history of Florida including visits to museums, ruins and art displays or relax on the long stretches of striking beaches.
If you’re looking for a holiday packed full of fun and adventure, Florida is definitely for you. Away from all the Disney tourist attractions you can visit Ed Leedskalnin’s Coral Castle, explore the underwater city for the dead at Neptune Memorial Reef or visit Bok Tower Gardens which is potentially the most beautiful carillon in the world. Chipley in Florida is home to the Seacrest Wolf Preserve which spans over 400 acres and in Coral Gables you’ll find the Venetian Pool which is the only swimming pool that naturally refills itself every day. We’ve narrowed down some of the best attractions in Florida that you should visit.
Top 5 things to do in Florida:
1. Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales
Set above Iron Mountain in Florida, Bok Tower Gardens was Edward Bok’s gift to Americans. The gardens surround one of the highest mountain points in Florida and the site contains a library of books, articles and photographs. It was built with a stone sculpture designed by the creator of Atlas at Rockefeller Center and the gardens were designed by one of the gardeners of New York City’s Central Park.
2. Crystal River State Park in Citrus County
The undisturbed islands and forests of Crystal River State Park are appreciated by photographers and lovers of nature. The native wildlife and plants can be viewed by cyclists and hikers along the interpretive trail which is a 2 mile stretch or by kayakers and canoers on the Crystal River.
3. Rainbow Springs State Park, Dunnellon
Rainbow Springs is the fourth largest spring in Florida and archaeological evidence suggests that people have been using it for almost 10,000 years! The Rainbow River is often used for swimming and snorkelling where there are no restrictions. There are various picnic areas to enjoy and private pavilions which can be reserved.
4. Santa Rosa Beach
With its traditional charm and beauty, Santa Rosa Beach is situated along a 26 mile stretch of the Emerald coast. The beach has entrances to Point Washington State Forest providing 15,000 acres of natural woodland and communities. Santa Rosa offers striking turquoise waters and sugar sand beaches as well as fine dining and habitual traditions.
5. Swap Shop Flea Market & Drive-In Theatre in Fort Lauderdale
If you’re looking to explore something a little different, the Swap shop in Fort Lauderdale offers over 2,000 stalls and retailers of fresh produce, shops and restaurants. Fort Lauderdale is also home to the world’s largest drive-in movie theatres.
With so much to discover in Florida that you didn’t already know, we can help you chose the perfect holiday for you. If you’re looking to uncover a bit of Florida’s history or wanting to relax on a serene beach, simply give us a call on 020 7084 7471 or fill in our Online Enquiry form and we can help find a holiday to suit your preferences.