Yes, Florida has beautiful beaches, awesome fishing and gator watching but that’s not all there is to the Sunshine State. For those looking for big or small thrills a bit off the beaten path, we give you the top 6 Florida destinations for your summer bucket list.
Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales was built as a gift to the American people by Edward William Bok, a Dutch immigrant, Pulitzer Prize-winning Author and editor. The serene gardens feature lush landscaping, a reflection pool, an edible garden, children’s garden and outdoor kitchen. The main attraction though is the 205-foot-tall Singing Tower Carillon with 60 bells which you can have the enjoyment of listening to every 30 minutes. Within the property you can also take a tour of the Mediterranean style 20-room mansion known as Pinewood Estate.
Located in St. Augustine, Castillo de San Marcos was built in the 17th century and is the oldest masonry fortress in the US. At the 20.5-acre property you can view weapons demonstrations, presentations on what life was like for the colonists, or simply relax and explore the fortress at your own pace.
This isn’t the only historical site in St. Augustine though – you can also explore Fort Matanzas National Monument, the Oldest Wooden School House, take a historic tour of Flagler College, or enjoy a sightseeing trolley tour to take in everything St. Augustine has to offer.
As the name states, the Salvador Dali museum showcases the life and work of the famous Spanish surrealist, Salvador Dali. The museum is located in downtown St Petersburg and also boasts an extensive “Avant-garden” inspired by Dali’s love for art and nature and by Florida’s local plant life as well as an in-house café with Spanish cuisine.
If you ever thought about joining the circus as a kid then this is the place for you! The Ringling Circus Museum museum was established in 1948 and is located in Sarasota. Here, you can take a close look at props, equipment, wardrobes and wagons used in the circus. You can also watch “The Life and Times of John and Mable Ringling,” a movie about the history of Ringling Bros. circus, the 3,800 sq. ft Howard Bros. Circus Model, a 924 sq. ft mural portraying the 1970s and 80s show by Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey®, and many other important prints, articles, and photographs.
Forever Florida is a conservation area in St. Cloud that expands 4,700 acres! Nature lovers and adventure seekers will love visiting as there is something for everyone. Visitors can enjoy camping, exploring the area and viewing wildlife on a Trail Buggy or horseback trail adventure, or go back in time and experience a cowboy for half a day or cattle drive adventure. If you’re seeking major thrills make reservations for their zip line roller coaster which reaches 35 mph speeds, the peregrine plunge which features 1,300 feet of zip line, or their panther pounce, a 78-foot free fall drop. There is also a 7-Zip Adventure, a two and half our “tour” through the trees, led by a guide.
In Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, you will find Mosquito Lagoon, where you can have one of the most awe-inspiring adventures you are sure to remember for a lifetime. During the summer the lagoon is full of dinoflagellates, tiny little plankton that release a blueish-white glow underwater when disrupted. The kayak tours take place at night and are often described as “magical” as you can see the water and everything around you glow!
Florida has so much to offer for residents and visitors alike. This summer, try doing something different and explore one of the many hidden gems throughout Florida.
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