Florida is more than its big three attractions. There are many beaches, lakes, rivers and parks to see as well. Not many tourists get to them because no one writes about them as much. Let’s fix that, shall we?
If you’re visiting Florida for the first time, you’re probably going to Central Florida. Disney, Universal and SeaWorld are big tourist traps and you are sure to have a blast there. But what do you do when you’ve seen these places? What comes next?
Here are a couple of “undiscovered” places that are worth visiting.
Everglades National Park
Located in South Florida, Everglades National Park is Florida’s “lost world”. Here you will find many rare and endangered species like the primeval American crocodile, the mysterious Florida panther and the adorable manatee. You’ll see giant blue herons and wood storks flying here, among other birds. Home to over 1000 species of plants, this park is considered a World Heritage Site. If you’re looking to see the raw beauty of Florida you will not want to miss Everglades National Park.
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
With overtones of Atlantis, this one-of-a-kind underwater park located in the Florida Keys has a diverse marine life and coral reefs that keeps tourists mesmerized. If you’re into snorkeling and diving, you’re in for a treat. Not a fan of getting wet? There’s glass bottom boat tour will give you a safe view into this fantastic undersea world – an instant classic with families.
Ichetucknee Springs State Park
If you’re in North Florida and are looking for a relaxing ride, bring your float or rent one and tube down this spring-fed river. With crystal clear water that stays cool all year long, this attraction is a refreshing change from the summer-hot days of Florida.
Florida Caverns State Park
Journey below ground in this exclusive underground park located in the Florida Panhandle. Test your knowledge of stalagmites, stalactites and flowstones that are abundant in the area. Here’s a chance to see Florida from a new perspective. As beautiful as the “outside” world, this is a great place to take pictures and learn more about the earth’s formations. Above ground you can take a stroll in the beautiful park.
Canaveral National Seashore
If you’re looking for a beach with palms, serene water and lots of sunshine, Canaveral is the spot to go. There’s plenty to do beside tan and swim. You can take a boat, go on a hike, go fishing, bird-watch or kayak. This is one of the most beautiful beaches in the country, why not take advantage and go there?
Lover’s Key State Park
Located on the Gulf of Mexico, this slice of paradise was accessible only by boat for a number of years. Now there is a bridge that allows you to answer the call of the cool waters and warm sands. Need to getaway from the crowds? This is the perfect place to do it. You can also go shelling, canoeing or take a kayak. If you like to fish, no one is going to stop you from doing it here.
After you’re done with the bright lights and big cities, take a detour to these more serene places. There’s a lot to see and experience in Florida and doing it off the beaten path will reward you with amazing sights and memorable experiences. Look for more than the surface attractions – you will be pleasantly surprised.