Florida is America’s vacation paradise. After you have seen and enjoyed all the popular tourist spots in the Sunshine State, take some time and see some unusual places and things. These unique and fun attractions have encounters with wildlife, outdoor and water activities, and even a little history and culture. Read on to learn about these unique attractions to visit in Florida this fall.
Unique Attractions To Visit in Florida
Explore a Coral Castle
This remarkable place is located halfway between Homestead and Leisure City. The coral castle was built by Ed Leedskalnin, a Latvian immigrant. It took Leedskalnin over 20 years to build this castle made from 1,100 tons of coral rock. You can also learn all about the legend of Leedskalnin and the castle he built for his lost love.
Learn the Legend of Spook Hill
This fall, you can enjoy the Halloween season at Spook Hill. In Lake Wales, there is a gravity hill that is magnetic and causes visitors to see many optical illusions. Visitors claim that they see objects such as cars to appear as if they are rolling uphill- as if pushed by supernatural forces. Local legends say it is the supernatural forces of an ancient Indian Chief that once lived there.
See Venomous Snakes From Around the World
Snake lovers will enjoy a visit to the Reptile World Serpentarium. There are more than 80 species of snakes here, including a 13 foot king cobra, a black mamba, 11 kinds of rattlesnakes plus Florida’s four venous snakes. The Serpentarium hosts venom extractions twice daily for those interested in the science of the species.
Kayak with Manatees
Those that love to spend time in the water with marine life should visit Manatee Springs State Park. In the summertime, visitors can swim in the summer with beautiful manatees. Kayaking in the park is allowed year round, and these magnificent creatures often approach people and say hello in their own way.
Scuba or Snorkel at Devil’s Den
Devil’s Den Spring is an awesome place for scuba and snorkeling. This unusual spot is located near Williston and has a pleasant year round 72 degree average temperature. In the winter, you will marvel at the steam that rises from the cave’s ‘chimney’. This is the reason why the early settlers named the place Devil’s Den.
Interact with Wolf Packs
There is a giant 400 acre preserve in Chipley where you can see and interact with displaced wolves. Seacrest Wolf Preserve has wolves from all over the United States and Canada. Besides wolves, the preserve has other animals including foxes, skunks, and racoons. Visitors are even welcome to interact with all the different species during the two and a half hour tour.
Stay Underwater in a Unique Hotel
Journey down to the Florida Keys and stay in a hotel that is underwater. Jules’ Undersea Lodge in Key Largo has an unbelievable underwater hotel experience. You will actually see the marine life all around you while you are surrounded by the peace and serenity of the bottom of the sea-while staying completely dry.
Get Surreal with Salvador Dali
In lovely St. Petersburg, you can view the second largest collection of works by legendary surrealist artist Salvador Dali. At the Salvador Dali Museum, you will see some of the master finest works including The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus and The Hallucinogenic Toreador, plus many other exhibits including sculptures, photos, drawings and much more from the fine art icon.
See A Historic Florida Sugar Mill
The Cruger-dePeyster Sugar Mill Ruins are located in New Smyrna Beach, the second oldest city in Florida. This sugar plantation, established in 1830, is 600 acres of land bought by Henry Cruger and William dePeyster and burned down during the Second Seminole War in 1835. This area has been on the list of US National Register of Historic Places since 1970 and is a great place to learn about early Florida history.
Visit the Home of Famous Beat Author Jack Kerouac
The Jack Kerouac House in Orlando, is where the famous beat author lived and wrote one of his most famous works, The Dharma Bums. Now this home is a writer’s residency for the Kerouac Project, a residency for aspiring writers, since 2000. The house also hosts many literary events throughout the year.
Come and visit these unique attractions in Florida this fall!
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