Florida is one of the most popular states in the US. Known for its many theme parks and resorts, it is a great place to take the kids on vacation. But you might not know that it’s actually an extremely versatile place to visit, rife with museums, national parks, and markets. Whether you are a neighbor in Louisiana or you are coming all the way from England, here are five activities you probably did not know about in Florida:
If you are a bit of a thrill seeker, you will be pleased to hear that Florida has several zip wires, including one that crosses crocodile infested waters. (Do not worry, Florida also has some excellent injury lawyers, including Chaliklaw… Just kidding!) Despite their appearance, zip lines are extremely safe and can be an exciting way to see some incredible views of Florida’s natural landscapes. Before you embark on your adventure you will be shown exactly what to do, provided with safety gear and given the proper training so you have a safe zip lining experience.
Blowing Rocks Preserve
If you are a fan of jaw-dropping nature, look no further than Blowing Rocks Preserve, a rocky shoreline that stretches for over a mile. On Jupiter Island, this makes an exciting and picturesque hike that will make you wonder why Florida became known for it’s manmade destinations like Disney World, instead of for its natural beauty. Make sure you wear appropriate footwear and bring your camera, because you can easily stumble whilst getting those idyllic snaps!
If you prefer your nature with barnacles on it and viewed through a snorkel mask, you will love Molasses Reef, a coral reef destination rife with underwater treasures. Alongside turtles, starfish, and eels, you might swim across some old artifacts and remnants of ships; making it an exciting and historical destination that makes you feel like an underwater Indiana Jones. Make sure you are a confident diver, though, as these nooks and crannies may not be for beginners.
Swap Shop Flea Market and Drive in Theatre
Not known for it is short, snappy name, this 88-acre market and theatre is known for its super cheap prices and multitude of vendors. Located in Lauderdale, the market can entertain you for a full day; full of hidden gems, unique sellers and bizarre bargains you never knew you needed. Complete with amusement rides, a farmer’s market and a 14-screen drive in theatre, what is not to love? Do not forget your wallet!
Charles Hosmer Morse Museum
Whilst you might think of New York or Ohio when you think of states that celebrate art, Florida also has a lot to offer, including the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum in Winter Park. Known for its exceptional Tiffany Collection, the museum dazzles with stunning glass windows, lamps, and pottery, and will impress any art lover. If you are new to art, it also provides guided and audio tours that talk you through the exhibitions and make you feel like an expert in no time. The gift shop also boasts some beautiful art that you will be bursting to buy to decorate your home.