While no one can deny the appeal of world-renowned roller coasters, princesses and Cinderella’s castle, Florida offers so much more than the magic of Disney.
In fact, Florida has been long regarded as the weirdest state in America, to the point that someone even wrote a book about it.
It’s also home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, amazing wildlife, and world-class arts and culture.
So, if you’re thinking about planning a trip to the sunshine state, get ready for a vacation full of surprises.
There are plenty of ways to find attractions wherever you go, but for fun we’ve put together a list of the top 5 attractions in Florida!
- See You Later, Alligator!
If you’re looking for a way to get up close and personal with these fearsome and beautiful creatures there are a number of boat tours all over Florida geared at gator spotting.
- In a While, Crocodile!
In Florida, alligators are a dime a dozen. If you’re looking for the chance to see some of the rare flora and fauna of Florida definitely plan a visit to the Everglades National Park. It’s the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States and is recognized internationally as an important wetlands reserve.
The park protects the natural habitat of some of the world’s most amazing endangered species. It’s one of the few places where you can find the American crocodile, manatees and the mysterious Florida panther.
- Explore the Art World at Art Basel
Once a year Miami, Florida hosts one of the world’s premier arts and culture events. Art Basel has been happening since the 1970’s and draws some of the most interesting artists of our time.
The next Miami Basel event is planned for December of 2020. If you’re planning a trip to the world’s premier art fair be sure to check out a good selection of artist’s talks, gallery shows and spend a night out celebrity spotting.
That being said, if you’re planning on going to Art Basel, Miami offers plenty of non-art based attractions to take in between sophisticated schmooze fests.
- The Mystery of Coral Castle
Floridians have witnessed some of the world’s most fascinating mysteries, from UFO sightings to sea monsters. One of Florida’s well known mysterious vacation destinations is the Coral Castle in Miami-Dade County.
The Coral Castle was constructed in the 1940s by Latvian immigrant Ed Leedskalnin. The all coral sculpture garden holds some amazing mysteries. Built with coral stones weighing over 1,000 pounds no one knows how Ed, at a mere 100 pounds, managed to construct the whole garden on his own.
Some theorize that Ed held the secrets of the Egyptian pyramids or even supernatural powers.
- Blast Off with Stellar Attractions in Florida
Home to Cape Canaveral, the Kennedy Space Center is one of Florida’s must-see tourist attractions. Fun for all ages, the Kennedy Space Center offers visitors a variety of guided tours and activities.
Whether you’re a 5-year-old aspiring astronaut or just a bit of an astro nerd, Cape Canaveral promises a wild ride to infinity and beyond!
Follow Your Heart to Florida!
Hopefully, you’ve found some inspiration for your future Florida plans in this top 5 list, but at the end of the day, the best way to make the most of your vacation is to step off your flight with an open mind.
If you think we left one of your favorite attractions in Florida off this list, let us know in a comment below!