If you’re looking to mix things up from some of the most well-known things to do in the sunshine state, this list has you covered. Here are 7 fun and off the beaten path things to do in Florida on your next trip.
1. Swim At The Venetian Pool
“Public pool” may bring to mind images of boring, overcrowded cement pools from suburbia. While the Venetian Pool is technically a public pool, it couldn’t be further from this image. Instead, the pool features two waterfalls, lookout towers, and gorgeous architecture. Its history is also one of a kind – it was built from a coral rock quarry in the 1920s, and is fed with spring water. Located in Coral Gables, Florida, tickets to this memorable and unique pool are available online.
2. Explore A Cave
Florida Caverns State Park is one of the few places in the state where the general public can explore a large cave system. The inside of the cave is truly stunning – intricate rock formations are lit by LED lights, giving the entire area an almost magical feel. Guided cavern tours are offered five days a week, Thursday through Monday. In addition to the cave, the state park is also home to opportunities for hiking, boating, and camping.
3. Learn About The History Of The Circus
Learn all about the history of the circus with a visit to The Ringling Circus Museum. Located in Sarasota, this museum highlights all things related to the big top. You’ll be able to view all kinds of historic gear and props used in shows. The museum is also home to several interactive exhibits, making this a great option for those traveling with children as well. Tickets can be purchased online.
4. Stop By The Morikami Museum And Japanese Gardens
The Morikami Museum And Japanese Gardens seeks to highlight Japanese art and culture. If you enjoy museums or you’re looking for a relaxing afternoon, consider heading over to check out their various exhibit and stroll through the garden. The museum is open every day except for Monday. Tickets must be purchased in person upon arrival at the museum. For those interested in the exhibit and idea behind the Morikami museum, They also have some online exhibits that are a great way to check out what you can expect when deciding whether or not to visit.
5. Visit Weeki Wachee State Park
Here’s a great option for fun for the whole family. Now that we’re getting into hotter months – especially in Florida – many of us may start looking for things to do that include ways to stay cool. Weeki Wachee is probably best known for their daily mermaid shows. Such shows are a great way to add A little magic into your trip and are sure to fill any younger members of your party with joy. Mermaid shows aren’t all Weeki Wachee Springs State Park has to offer, however. You’ll also want to check out the water park, Buccaneer Bay, as well as consider going on the Wilderness River Cruise. The park can reach capacity during busier times. If you’re going during such a time, such as the summer months, you will likely want to consider arriving early to make sure you can get entry into the park.
6. Explore Caldesi Island
This serene island is only accessible by boat. However, it’s peaceful and relaxing enough that the wage to get there is more than worth it. You’ll be able to spend your day relaxing on one of the island’s gorgeous beaches call. Caldesi Island it’s also home to a couple of hiking trails. If you have a boat of your own, The island features a marina that allows overnight camping. If you don’t, no worries. You’re also able to take a ferry out to the island.
7. Snorkel In An Underwater Cavern
Devil’s Den is an astounding and well-loved spot for scuba diving and snorkeling. Located in an underground spring in Williston Florida, Devil’s Den is currently open via reservation only. Reservations for your visit can be made online.
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