Everybody knows about the giant Central Florida attractions and theme parks, but there are also many neat places to visit that are just as much fun.
Here are some Florida travel destinations and attractions we are sure you will enjoy.
Our favorite Florida tourist attractions include small amusement parks, zoos, museums, state parks, theme parks, and oddities.
We threw in Walt Disney World and some others that are too big to ignore.
We are sure you will find an attraction that's right for you.
FLORIDA TOURIST ATTRACTIONS AND THINGS TO DO
Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, Big Cypress Seminole Reservation, 34725 W Boundary Rd, Clewiston, FL 33440. Tel: 877-902-1113. The museum has more than 180,000 artifacts that will help you learn about the culture and history of the Seminole Indians. Adult $10.00, Child $10.00.
Air Force Armament Museum, 100 Museum Dr, Eglin AFB, FL 32542. Tel: 850-882-4062. Displays of armament of aviation warfare from World War One all the way to today's high tech planes, guns, and bombs. Admission Free.
Air Force Space & Missile Museum, Launch Complex 26, Kennedy Space Center. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Tel: 855-433-4210. The museum opened in 1966 and includes many exhibits about the history of rocketry and space flight.
AJ's Water Adventures, 116 Harbor Blvd, Destin, FL 32541. Tel: 850-837-2222. Many ways to enjoy the clear emerald waters including sailing on a 74 foot schooner and blasting along on a 53 foot speedboat. Fees vary by adventure.
Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens, 633 Osceola Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789. Tel: 407-647-6294. Home and studio of a prominent American sculptor. Included are several of his major works and a beautiful sculpture garden. Adult $10.00, Child $3.00.
Alexander Springs Recreational Area, 49525 County Road 445, Altoona, Florida. Tel: 352-669-3522. The recreation area offers camping, swimming, canoeing, scuba diving, hiking, birding and wildlife viewing. It is among 27 first-magnitude springs in Florida and is one of the easiest for visitors to enjoy.
Amelia Island Horseback Riding, Peters Point Rd, Amelia Island, FL 32034. Tel: 904-753-1701. You call Debbie Manser who meets you at the park with horses you can ride on the Atlantic Ocean beach. Fees vary by selected ride and number of people.
Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, 4333 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470. Tel: 954-977-4400. A stunning example of classical architecture clad in Italian travertine marble. The 81,610-square-foot museum features 30,000 square feet of gallery space devoted to the Appleton’s permanent collections.
Asolo Repertory Theater, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243. Tel: 941-351-8000. This theater is an important part of Sarasota’s arts scene. It stages up to fifteen productions every season, ranging from new plays to reinterpretations of classical and contemporary works.
Babcock Ranch Eco Tour
Babcock Ranch Eco Tours, 8000 State Road 31, Punta Gorda, Florida 33982. Tel:800-500-5583. The tours take place on a 92,000 acre working ranch where you will see not only wildlife but typical cattle ranching operations. Adult $24.00, Child $16.00.
Bahia Honda State Park 36850 Overseas Hwy, Big Pine Key, FL 33043. Tel 305-872-2353. Great view of the ocean, a nice beach, swimming, boating, fishing, and snorkeling.
Bailey-Matthew National Shell Museum, 3075 Sanibel Captiva Rd, Sanibel, FL 33957. Tel: 239-395-2233. This museum is a reference center for scientists and amateur shell collectors. Shells from all over the world are on display. Adult $15.00, Child $7.00.
Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Hwy, Miami, FL 33133. Tel: 305-442-6866. This was the home of Coconut Grove pioneer Ralph Middleton Munroe, who preserved the natural areas around his home. Today's park looks like the homestead did in 1891.
Beaches. Florida has some of the best in the world. Here is a listing of some of them including Florida's only legal clothing optional beach. You need to know where it is in case you want to avoid it. Free admission to most beaches.
Big Cypress Loop Road & Lucky's Place, Lucky Cole is a photographer who specializes in taking pictures of beautiful nude women in natural settings. Halfway between Naples and Miami on Tamiami Trail (US-41). They are closed to the public during photo shoots. Tel: 239-695-2550. Free.
Billy Swamp Safari, 30000 Gator Tail Trail, Clewiston, FL 33440. Tel: 863-983-6101. Tours and attractions including swamp buggy tours through the natural settings of the Everglades. See a Seminole snake show. Admission fee varies.
Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134. Tel:855-311-6903. A magnificent structure built in 1926 and was at that time the tallest building in Florida at 315 feet. You can eat and sleep and gawk. It's free to just walk in and look.
Biscayne National Park, 9700 Southwest 328th Street, Sir Lancelot Jones Way, Homestead, Florida 33033. Tel: 305-230-33033. The park is nearly 173,000 acres and most of it is underwater. You will enjoy yourself in this park. You can snorkel, camp, boat, watch wildlife, fish, take guided eco-adventures, or just relax.
Blowing Rocks Preserve, 574 S Beach Rd, Hobe Sound, FL 33455. Tel: 561-744-6668. You will enjoy the amazing breaking waves at this environmental preserve on Jupiter Island. When the surf is heavy, the waves force themselves through holes in the limestone and can blow ocean spray as high as 50 feet in the air. It's free.
Blue Spring State Park 2100 W. French Ave., Orange City, FL 32763. Tel: 386-775-3663. This park is a tremendous spot to observe manatees sheltering from the cold in the clear waters from November to March.
Boat Rentals, Many places all over Florida will rent you a boat for an hour, a day, or longer. You can be your own Captain, or take a ride on a nice boat where you are a passenger. This tells you where they are.
Bob's River Place, 2878 CR 430, Branford, FL 32008. Tel: 352-542-7363. A rustic attraction on the Suwannee River with water slides, rope swings, docks, waterwheels, ladders: an old fashioned swimming hole. Admission fee varies.
Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures, 2001 E. Southport Rd, Kissimmee, FL 34746. Tel: 407-344-9550. This fleet of 12 airboats takes you on a wide variety of tours where you will see wildlife including water birds and alligators. Admission fee varies.
Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales, Florida 33853. Tel:863-676-1408. The tower and gardens are a historic setting on one of the highest hills in Florida. Enjoy daily carillon concerts. Adult $15.00, Child $5.00.
Bonnet House Museum and Gardens, 900 N. Birch Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. Tel: 954-563-5393. a 35 acre estate with a main house full of art and grounds that have some of the last remaining Florida beach native habitat. Adult $20.00, Child $16.00.
Breakers Hotel One South County Rd, Palm Beach, FL 33480. Tel: 877-724-3188. It was opened in 1886 by Henry Flagler. On the ocean and a great place to tour, dine, eat, and stay. It's free to walk in and look.
Giraffe at Brevard Zoo
Brevard Zoo, 8225 N Wickham Rd, Melbourne, Florida 32940. Tel:321-254-3002. This popular zoo was built entirely by volunteers and has award winning interactive exhibits, many designed to please children. Adult $19.95, Child $14.95.
Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave, Ft Lauderdale, FL 33312. Tel: 954-462-0222. It is ranked in the top ten most visited theaters in the world. More than 700,000 patrons enjoy more than 700 performances each year.
Busch Gardens, 19165 N McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612. Tel: 813-884-4386. This is a 335 acre animal themed park with 8 roller coasters, 3 water rides, and many other rides and animal attractions. Admission fee varies.
Butterfly World, 3600 W. Sample Rd, Coconut Creek, FL. Tel: 954-997-4400. Located in Tradewinds Park, the largest butterfly park in the world with more than 20,000 live butterflies an a hummingbird aviary. Adult $29.95, Child $21.95.
Ca'da'Zan, Ringling Home, 5401 Bay Shore Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34243. Tel: 941-359-5700. The home of John Ringling, the circus tycoon. Now a museum and location for interesting art and circus memorabilia tours.
Canaveral National Seashore, Entrances near New Smyrna and Titusville. Tel: 321-267-1110. The best 20 miles of undeveloped beautiful white sand beach anywhere in Florida.
Cassadaga-Mediums and Healers, 1325 Stevens St., Cassadaga, FL 32706. Tel: 386-228-3171. This small village was established in 1895 by a spiritualist organization and is home to many mediums, psychics, and healers.
Castillo de San Marcos, 1 South Castillo Dr, St Augustine, FL 32084. Tel: 904-829-6506. The oldest 17th century fort in North America, this well preserved fort dominates the waterfront in downtown St. Augustine. There are many exhibits and guided and self guided tours.
Cat Boat Adventures, Mount Dora Boating
Center & Marina, 148 Charles Avenue
Mount Dora, FL 32757. Tel: 352-816-9339. You will pilot your own twin hulled motor boat on Lake Dora while a captain in his own boat narrates and points out highlights.
Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, 1860 Starratt Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32226. Tel: 904-757-3603. A non-profit sanctuary that gives big cats a permanent home. They have lions, tigers, pumas, leopards, lynxes and more. Adult $10.00, Child $8.00.
Central Florida Railroad Museum, 101 S Boyd St, Winter Garden, FL 34787. Tel: 407-656-0559. This is a small museum is managed by the Central Florida Railway Historical Society, Inc. It focuses on the railroads of Central Florida.
Coral Castle, 28655 South Dixie Hwy, Homestead, FL 33033. Tel:305-248-6345. A lovesick immigrant from Lithuania spent most of his life building this monument to the sweetheart who jilted him at the altar. Adult $18.00, Child $8.00.
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary 375 Sanctuary Rd West, Naples, FL 34120. Tel: 239-349-9151. This sanctuary has preserved the last remaining large stands of bald cypress and pond cypress in North America.
Cracker Country Rural History Museum 4800 Hwy 301 North, Tampa, FL 33610. Tel: 813-627-4225. This living history museum is open to the public during the Florida State Fair in February.
Crystal River Swim With Manatees, Crystal River, Florida. There are many businesses in this town that will show you the hundreds of manatees that gather here and even let you get in the water and swim with the gentle creatures. Adult $59.00, Child $59.00.
Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32204. Tel: 904-356-6857. The Cummer has one of the finest permanent art collections in Florida, with nearly 5,000 objects. This art ranges in age from 2100 B.C. through modern times.
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 CR 603, Bushnell, Florida 33513. Tel: 352-793-4781. This park was established in 1921 to preserve and commemorate the site of Dade’s Battle of 1835. Of 110 American soldiers, only 3 survived the ambush by Seminoles. It precipitated am awful war.
Dali Museum, 1000 Third Street So., St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Tel: 727-823-3767. This museum displays the work of only one artist, Salvador Dali. It is home to an amazing collection of traditional and modern art. Adult $24.00, Child $10.00.
Daytona International Speedway 1801 W. International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach, FL 32114, Tel: 800-748-7467. If you visit during other than the featured events, such as the historic Daytona 500, you can go on a first come-first served tour.
DeFuniak Springs Historic District, City of DeFuniak Springs 71 US 90 West, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433. Tel: 850-892-8500. A large collection of functioning Victorian homes and buildings. It is may have more such buildings than any other town in the U.S.
Destin Sand Castle Lessons, Beach Sand Sculptures, POB 32459, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32549. The beautiful sand beaches in the Destin area are home to these experts who teach you how to build your ultimate sand castle.
Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park, 4732 Millhopper Rd, Gainesville, FL 32652. Tel: 352-955-2008. You walk down a 232-step wooden staircase into the bottom of a geological formation that has been attracting visitors for well over a century.
Dinosaur World, 5145 Harvey Tew Road, Plant City, FL 33565. Tel: 813-717-9865. The entire family will love wandering around this place that features replicas of more than 150 dinosaurs. It's fun and educational. Adult $16.95, Child $11.95.
Disney Springs, 1486 Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, FL 32830. Tel: 407-939-6244. Spend a day to two and this giant outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment complex at Walt Disney World.
Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, 13700 SW 16th Ave, Ocala, FL 34473. Tel: 352-245-8661. This museum has more than 90 race cars on display and another 50 antique cars. Garlits is a former champion drag racer. Adult $20.00, Child $10.00.
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts 445 S. Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801. Tel: 844-513-2014. The 2-block Center includes the Walt Disney Theater, the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, the DeVos Family Room, the Seneff Arts Plaza, and many other spaces set aside for private events.
Dry Tortugas National Park, Mailing Address: 40001 State Road 9556, Homestead, FL 33034. Tel: 305-242-7700. You can take a long day trip or enjoy a camping adventure by visiting Dry Tortugas National Park about 70 miles west of Key West. It is home to Fort Jefferson.
Edison and Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33901. Tel:239-334-7419. The great inventor and his auto tycoon friend had winter homes side by side on the Caloosahatchee River. You can visit these amazing places and see where Edison worked on his inventions. Adult $30.00, Child $18.00.
Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, 200 Epcot Center Dr, Orlando,FL 32821. Tel: 407-939-5277. One of 4 theme parks at WDW, this is a park that celebrates human achievement in technology and culture.
Everglades and Keys Kayak Tours, 104050 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037. Tel: 305-451-3018. Run by Florida Bay Outfitters, this is where you can begin a wide variety of Florida Keys and South Florida paddling trips.
Everglades National Park, Entrances in Everglades City, Shark Valley, Homestead. Basic fee is $25.00 per car. Best time to visit is December to March when mosquitoes are on vacation.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd, Coral Gables, FL 33156. Tel: 305-667-1651. This 83 acre garden is one of the world's best tropical botanic gardens. It has the largest palm collection in the world. Adult $25.00, Child $12.00.
Fantasy of Flight, 1400 Broadway Blvd SE, Polk City, FL 33868. Tel: 863-984-3500. A display of more than 140 civilian and military planes and many of them can fly. Tours and learning about aviation history.
Farm Tours of Ocala, 801 SW 60th Ave, Ocala, FL 32668. Tel: 352-895-9302. This is a 3 hours and 15 minute tour of working farms where you can go behind the scenes and chat with pros who work with thoroughbred horses. Adult $50.00, Child $50.00.
Flagler College (Ponce de Leon Hotel) 74 King Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084. Tel: 904-829-6481. The hotel was built by railroad tycoon Henry Flagler in 1888 and is a National Historic Landmark.You can take a tour and explore.
Flagler Museum, Whitehall One Whitehall Way, Palm Beach, FL 33480. Tel: 561-655-2833. The former mansion of railroad tycooon Henry flagler, it is now a 73 room museum with guided tours, exhibits, and programs.
Florida Air Museum, 4175 Medulla Road, Lakeland, FL 33811. Tel: 863-904-6833. This museum is designated as Florida’s “Official Aviation Museum and Education Center”. It is housed in a building on the campus of the Sun ‘n Fun fly-in and expo at Lakeland Linder International Airport.
Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602. Tel: 813-273-4000. It is ranked in the top 10 U.S. aquariums by TripAdvisor. It focuses on teaching visitors about the ecosystems of Florida and the world. Adult $31.95, Child $27.20.
Florida Caverns State Park, 3345 Caverns Rd, Marianna, FL 32446. Tel: 850-482-1228. It is your chance to explore a network of underground caves created from limestone formations that have slowly dissolved over thousands of years.
Florida Day Trips by Theme Some people like to focus on one theme like museums, art, theater, history, architecture, etc. This web page has 250 attractions involving 20 different themes such as outdoor adventures, Florida history, arboretums, gardens, historic buildings, and more.
Florida Citrus Tower, 141 North Highway US-27, Clermont, FL 34711. Tel: 352-394-4061. Built in 1956 during the glory days of citrus, this tall observation tower takes you up in an elevator where you can see the view. Adult $6.00, Child $4.00.
Florida Festivals There are numerous Florida events that take place on an annual schedule. In addition to Florida's many art and music festivals, there are great boating and sporting events, and fun festivals that don't quite fit into any neat category.
Florida Heritage Sites. These are 1,300 historic and culturally significant sites scattered all over the state. There is something for everyone on this list.
Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, 35 East Quay Road, Key West, FL 33040. Tel: 305-809-4750. The center teaches you about the native plants, animals, and ecosystems of the Florida Keys. There are several exhibits including an interactive satellite map of the Florida Keys.
Mammoth at Florida Museum of Natural History
Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida Cultural Plaza, SW 34th Street and Hull Road, PO Box 112710, Gainesville, FL 32611. Tel:352-846-2000. This free museum has one of the largest collections of natural history items in the U.S. Kids love the 14 foot tall mammoth skeleton.
Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd Street East, Parrish, FL 34219. Tel: 941-776-0906. This is one of 3 official state railroad museums in Florida. The museum has a large collection of rolling stock including 9 locomotives and 15 cars including Pullmans, cabooses, and various kinds of freight cars.
Florida State Capitol, Florida’s Capitol Complex, 400 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399. Tel: 850-488-6167. The old capitol building has been preserved and restored and is next door to the modern tower that serves as the headquarters for Florida’s state government.
Florida Theatre 128 East Forsyth St., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Tel: 904-355-5661. First opened in 1927. In addition to 200 cultural and entertainment events each year including ballet, opera, pop, jazz, rock, country, blues, plays, and movies, it is also home to school graduations and charity events.
Fort Caroline National Memorial, 12713 Fort Caroline Road, Jacksonville, FL 32225. Tel: 904-641-7155. This free attraction is on the south bank of the St. Johns River. It memorializes France's shore lived presence in Florida in the 16th century.
Fort Christmas Historical Park, 1300 Fort Christmas Rd, Christmas, FL 32709. Tel: 407-254-9310. The fort is a full-scale replica of the one that was built on Christmas Day, 1837. Many interesting buildings and artifacts.
Fort Clinch State Park, 2601 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Tel: 904-277-7274. The park has 1,400 acres of natural beauty and a historic fort that sometimes has rangers dressed in period military uniforms.
Fort Gates Ferry, 229 Fort Gates Ferry Rd, Crescent City, FL 32112. Tel:386-467-2411. Cars, motorcycles, or bikes can take this small ferry across the St. Johns River from the Ocala National Forest or a fish camp. Adult $10.00, Child $10.00.
Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi, 5 Boarding Locations in Fort Lauderdale, Tel: 954-467-6677. You can go to a specific destination or ride all day on the rivers and canals of Fort Lauderale. Stop and get on at many locations. Adult $28.00, Child $14.00.
Frank Lloyd Wright Child of the Sun, Florida Southern College, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, FL 33801. Tel: 863-680-4597. Home to several buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. This collection is named Child of the Sun. All the structures are on the National Register of Historic Places and are working buildings used by students and faculty.
Fruit And Spice Park, 24801 SW 187 Ave, Homestead, FL 33031. Tel: 305-247-5727. A county park devoted to fruits and spices. Things grow in this part of Florida that won't grow elsewhere in Florida or the United States. Adult $8.00, Child $2.00.
Fun Spot America, 5700 Fun Spot Way, Orlando, FL 32819. Tel: 407-363-3867. On International Drive in Orlando, this has 4 different go-kart tracks and 3 roller coasters, plus another 3 different thrill rides. Adult $44.95, Child $44.95.
Gatorland, 14501 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32837. 1-800-393-5297. One of Florida's oldest attractions, it still entertains with thousands of alligators and a thrilling canopy ride. Adult $29.95, Child $19.99.
Ginnie Springs Outdoors, 7300 N.E. Ginnie Springs Road, High Springs, FL 32643. Tel:386-454-7188. This is a great place to camp or just chill out in the cool spring waters swimming, snorkeling, or kayaking. Adult $14.02, Child $3.73.
Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, 1010 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548. Tel: 850-243-9046. Focuses on animal encounters with dolphins, stingrays, gators, reptiles, turtles, penguins, seals, and birds. Adult $23.95, Child $15.95.
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432. Tel: 561-544-8605. Twenty acres of protected barrier island with ecosytems, exotic trees, and a turtle rehabilitation facility. Adult $5.00, Child $5.00.
Harbor Branch Ocean Discovery Center, 5600 N US Highway 1, Fort Pierce, FL 34946. Tel: 772-242-2293. When you step through the doors here, you will be entering a large functioning oceanographic research institution with a storied history.
Hemingway Home, 907 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL 33040. Tel: 305-294-1136. The great author lived here from 1931 to 1940. It has many of his furnishings and the first in ground swimming pool in Key West. Adult $14.00, Child $6.00.
Highlands Hammock State Park, 5931 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872. Tel: 863-386-6094. This park has one of Florida’s diverse collections of plant and animal life in Florida. The park is home to 1,000-year-old oaks, old growth hammock, and the Florida panther.
Ichetucknee Inner Tube Trip Ichetucknee Springs State Park 12087 SW U.S. 27, Fort White, FL 32038. Tel: 386-497-4690. A Florida tradition for years, floating down the clear cool river.
ICON Orlando, 8401 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819. Tel: 407-270-8644. A giant 400 foot tall observation tower in the form of a Ferris Wheel with separate enclosed air conditioned observation capsules. Adult $27.99, Child $27.99.
Jacksonville Museum of Science and History, 1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32207. Tel: 904-396-6674. Interactive exhibits about your body's systems , energy exhibits, and animal encounters. Also a boat tour on the St. Johns River. Adult $15.00, Child $12.00.
Jacksonville Zoo, 370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32218. Tel: 904-757-4463. This historic zoo is organized around several major exhibits. You will see dozens of exotic birds, crocodiles, antelopes, cheetahs, zebras, elephants, lions, monkeys, and you can feed a sting ray. Adult $19.95, Child $12.00.
Judah P. Benjamin Confederate Memorial, Gamble Plantation State Park 3708 Patten Ave, Ellenton, FL 34222. Tel: 941-723-4536. The memorial is a pre-Civil War mansion, the only surviving plantation house in south Florida.
Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, Florida 33132. Tel:305-400-7000. This historic attraction is home to 2,000 varieties of tropical plants and 1,100 tropical birds that are allowed to fly free. Adult $49.49, Child $37.34.
John Gorrie State Museum, 46 6th St, Apalachicola, FL 32320. Tel: 850-653-9347. Dr. Gorrie is considered the father of modern air conditioning. This museum has exhibits of his early experiments and Apalachicola memorabilia.
Jungle Queen Riverboat, 801 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. Tel:954-462-5596. You can enjoy day tours of the Fort Lauderdale waterways and also go on dinner cruises past the homes of the rich and famous. Adult $24.95, Child $13.73.
Kayaking at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. Tel: 850-267-8330. Visitors can kayak, canoe, or paddleboard on a coastal dune lake in this beautiful state park with beach dunes more than 25 feet high.
Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex, SR 405, Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899. Tel: 855-433-4210. This attraction will take all of a day and maybe two. You can plan your trip in advance and see hundreds of exhibits and displays, the real Space Shuttles, theaters, bus tours, and much more. Daily presentations for a veteran astronaut. Adult $57.00, Child $47.00.
Key West Aquarium, 1 Whitehead Street (Mallory Square), Key West, Florida 33040. Tel: 305-296-2051. This historic museum is a place where you can get up close and personal with animals such as horseshoe crabs and Florida lobster. You will enjoy a 90 minute guided tour. Adult $17.19, Child $10.74.
Key West Express, 100 Grinnell St., Key West, FL 33040. Tel: 239-463-5733. This two vessel passenger ferry operates between Fort Myers Beach, Marco Island, and Key West. It is a fast and comfortable way to travel. Adult $95.00, Child $95.00.
Kingsley Plantation, 11676 Palmetto Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32226. Tel: 904-641-7155. Located on Fort George Island are the owner's house built about 1798 and the remains of 25 slave cabins.
Koreshan State Park, 3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero, FL 33928. Tel: 239-992-0311. The buildings are preserved of a cult that believed the entire universe existed inside of a giant, hollow sphere. Interesting exhibits and a serene campground.
Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail, This is a free hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, and roller blading trail around the perimeter of Lake Okeechobee. The trail is on top of the 110 mile long dike around the lake. Great scenic views of lake.
Lake Placid Murals 18 North Oak St, Lake Placid, FL 33852. Tel: 863-465-4335. Downtown Lake Placid has one of the largest outdoor art displays in Florida. These displays are in the form of murals on building walls that celebrate the history of the area. At last count, there are 47 historic murals in town.
Legoland Florida Resort, 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven, FL 33884. Tel: 888-690-5346. Kids can assemble Lego toys on this 150 acre theme park with more than 50 rides, dozens of shows, shops, restaurants, and a water park. Adult $80.99, Child $80.99.
Leu Gardens, 1920 North Forest Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803. Tel: 407-246-2620. The former estate of an Orlando businessman, this 50 acre botanical garden is divided into more than a dozen specialty gardens. Adult $10.00, Child $5.00.
St. Augustine Lighthouse
Lighthouses, Florida has many that can be visited by car. You can climb to the top of some of them, and many also have museums featuring the history and artifacts of their area.
Lion Country Safari, 2003 Lion Country Safari Road, Loxahatchee, FL 33470. Tel: 561-793-1084. You will love driving through this large attraction in your car while the animals roam free. You will see more than 1,000 exotic animals in something close to their natural habitat. Adult $37.00, Child $28.00.
Mallory Square, 400 Wall St, Key West, FL 33040. Tel: 305-809-3700. This is the gathering place for locals and visitors. There is all kind of entertainment, food vendors, and the best sunset in Florida. Free.
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236. Tel: 941-366-5731. This 15 acre garden is the only one in the world devoted to epiphytes. These include orchids, bromeliads, and hundreds of other plants. Adult $20.00, Child $10.00.
Marineland Florida, 9600 Oceanshore Blvd., St. Augustine, Florida 32080. Tel:904-471-1111. Here you can swim with the dolphins. It is a dolphin research center that was once Florida's most popular tourist attraction. Adult $22.95, Child $13.95.
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park, 18700 S CR 325, Cross Creek, FL 32640. Tel: 352-466-3672. You will experience what 1930s farm life was like when the famous author lived and worked here. Her Florida Cracker style home and farm has been restored and is preserved.
McLarty Treasure Museum, 13180 N Hwy A1A, Vero Beach, FL 32963. Tel: 321-984-4852. The museum is part of Sebastian Inlet State Park. It features treasure artificats and displays from some of the 11 Spanish galleons sunk in the ocean near here over 300 years ago. Adult $2.00, Child $2.00.
Menello Museum of American Art, 900 E. Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803. Tel: 407-246-4278. The museum’s mission is to preserve, display, and interpret the permanent collection of paintings by Earl Cunningham, a folk artist who painted mostly coastal landscapes of America’s Atlantic Coast.
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, 1987 Scrub Jay Way, Titusville, FL 32782. Tel: 321-861-5601. This huge refuge is in the shadow of Kennedy Space Center. It has 140,000 acres and over 1,000 species of plants, 117 fish species, and much more. It has miles of hiking and driving trails. $10.00 per vehicle.
Miami Marine Stadium, Rickenbacker Causeway, Virginia Key, Miami, Florida. You can drive up to this place but not go in. It's a historic graffiti covered stadium that used to feature many events and boat races before it finally bit the dust. It may be preserved, but see it while you can. Free.
Miami Seaquarium, 4400 Rickenbacker Cswy, Miami, FL 33149. Tel: 305-361-5705. A 38 acre child friendly attraction where you can interact with dolphins, sea lions, sharks, birds, fish, and more. Adult $47.99, Child $37.99.
Miccosukee Indian Village, This tribe separated from the Seminoles in 1962. The village is about 30 miles west of Miami on the Tamiami Trail (US-41). Guides will explain the tribes history, culture, and lifestyle.
Mill Creek Farm Retirement Home For Horses, 20307 NW County Road 235-A, Alachua, Florida 32616. Tel: 386-462-1001. Old horses wear out just like people. These horses used to pull carriages, support police forces, and just work. Here they can spend their senior years on a nice rolling horse farm. Admission fee 2 carrots.
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach, Florida 33446. Tel: 561-495-0233. Japanese farmers established a colony in this area years ago. The museum celebrates their culture, has beautiful landscaped grounds, and a collection of bonsai trees. Adult $15.00, Child $9.00.
Morse Museum, 445 N Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789. Tel: 407-645-5311. The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art is home to the world's most comprehensive collection of the works of Louis Comfort Tiffany, including jewelry, pottery, paintings, art glass and more. Adult $6.00, Child Free.
Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236. Tel: 941-388-4441. An independent research institution that studies manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, and coral reefs. Adult $24.00, Child $18.00.
Murder Mystery Dinner Train, Colonial Passenger Station, 2805 Colonial Blvd , Fort Myers, FL 33966. Tel: 239-275-8487. Have you ever wanted to go to a murder mystery dinner? Have you ever wanted to ride on a train? Here is your chance to do both.
Museum of Florida History, 500 S Bronough, Tallahassee, FL 32399. Tel: 850-245-6400. The official history museum of the state focuses on artifacts and eras unique to Florida and roles Floridians have played in history. Free.
Museum of the Everglades,105 Broadway Ave West, Everglades City, FL 34139. Tel: 239-695-0008. This small museum is in the former laundry building of the historic Everglades Rod and Gun Club. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and has a small collection of artifacts.
Naples Botanical Garden
Naples Botanical Garden, 4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples, FL 34112. Tel: 239-643-7275. This unique garden specializes in plants that exist between 26 Latitude North and 26 Latitude South. They have plants from all over the world, and a 90 acre nature preserve with otters, eagles, and more. Adult $19.95, Child $9.95.
Naples Princess Cruises, 550 Port O Call Way, Naples, FL 34102. Tel: 239-649-2275. A 105 foot luxury yacht that offers daily public cruises along the waterfront in Naples. You will see magnificient homes, and can enjoy a sunset. Adult $42.00, Child $20.00.
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, 1590 Goodlette Frank Rd, Naples, FL 34102. Tel: 239-262-5409. One of the oldest zoos in Southwest Florida, it is divided into habitat areas where you can see animals in natural conditions. Adult $22.95, Child $14.95.
National Naval Aviation Museum, 1750 Radford Blvd., Suite C, Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL 32508. Tel:850-452-3604. Pensacola is the birthplace of naval aviation, and this museum has a superb large collection of navy aircraft and memorabilia. Admission Free.
National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum, 3300 N Hwy A1A, Fort Pierce, FL 34949. Tel: 772-595-5845. Artifacts and exhibits dedicated to SEAL warriors and their predecessors, the Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT). Adult $15.00, Child $7.00.
Naturecoast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Avenue, Spring Hill, FL. This 4.5 acre botanical attraction features 22 separately themed gardens. The Rose Garden Gazebo and Asian Garden are popular wedding venues. Admission is free, open every day of the year.
Ocala National Forest, Lake George Ranger District, 17147 E SR 40, Silver Springs, Florida 34488. Tel: 352-625-2520. The forest has 607 square miles with 600 lakes, campgrounds, hiking and off road trails, and many animals including black bears, deer, boar, otters, and more. Admission free.
Ocean Drive Art Deco District 1001 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Florida. Tel: 305-763-8026. South Beach has an interesting mix of well preserved and functioning hotels, restaurants, and shops with Art Deco, Mediterranean Revival, and Miami Modern Styles.
Oldest House Museum Complex, 14 St. Francis St, St. Augustine, FL 32084. Tel: 904-824-2872. The Oldest House Museum Complex is located across from the historic National Guard building in downtown St. Augustine.
Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park, 5815 Battlefield Trail Rd, Olustee, FL 32087. Tel: 386-758-0400. A site of a significant Civil War battle. U.S. Colored troops took part in the battle. You can see exhibits and artifacts in the visitor center.
Orange County Regional History Center. 65 East Central Boulevard, Orlando, Florida 32801. Tel: 407-836-8500. This museum celebrates Central Florida history all the way from the first Native Americans to today's giant theme parks. Adult $8.00, Child $6.00.
Orlando Science Center, 777 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803. Tel: 407-514-2000. It teaches science and makes sure kids have fun doing it. A large facility with 4 floors of science exhibits, giant screen movie theaters, and live programming, exhibit halls and science stations.
Orlando Significant Tree Tour. Various city parks each feature ancient giant trees. It is a self guided tour and our website provides you with a map. Free.
Pensacola Historic Village 120 Church Street, Pensacola, FL 32502. Tel: 850-595-5985. Historic Pensacola is a neighborhood of 28 historic buildings and museums. Charming homes, shops, restaurants, and galleries.
Philharmonic Center for the Arts 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples, FL 34108. Tel: 239-597-1111. Fondly called "The Phil" by locals, the Philharmonic complex in Naples includes the Baker Museum as well as the performing home of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse 4931 S. Peninsula Dr., Ponce Inlet, FL 32127, Tel: 386-761-1821. The lighthouse is on an inlet south of Daytona Beach. You can climb to the top and see a fantastic view of the ocean and beaches. Adult $6.95, Child $1.95.
Princess Place Preserve, 2500 Princess Place Rd., Palm Coast, Florida 32137. This was the hunting lodge of a rich northerner. He died and his widow married a Russian prince. This became their winter home and you can tour it. Free admission.
Rainbow Springs State Park 19158 Southwest 81st Place Road, Dunnellon, Florida 34432. Tel: 352-465-8555. At the park’s main entrance you can swim in the freshwater Rainbow River, rent canoes and kayaks, view waterfalls and gardens and enjoy a picnic area with grills, and pavilions.
Raymond E. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts 701 Okeechobee Blvd, W. Palm Beach, FL 33401. Tel:561-833-8300. The center has a performance and black box theater, an amphitheater and an events hall. It is the first performing arts center in the world to have a custom-designed digital organ.
Ringling Museum of Art 5401 Bayshore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243. Tel: 941-359-5700. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is the official art museum for the State of Florida. The huge museum contains 21 galleries of European paintings as well as many pieces of Asian, American, and contemporary art.
Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum, 19 San Marco Ave, St Augustine, FL 32084. Tel: 904-824-1606. The bizarre objects here include 20,000 photographs, 3,000 artifacts, and more than 100 panels from Ripley's cartoons. Adult $13.99, Child $6.99.
River Safaris, 10823 West Yulee Dr., Homosassa, FL 34448. Tel: 352-628-5222. They have airboat tours, rental boats, pontoon boat tours, manatee tours, scalloping and fishing adventures and more.
Robert is Here
Robert Is Here, 19200 SW 344th St., Homestead, FL 33034. Tel: 305-246-1592. One of the largest produce stands in Florida, it features an amazing selection of tropical fruits grown in South Florida.
Sarasota Jungle Gardens, 3701 Bayshore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34234. Tel: 941-355-1112. A 10 acre tropical site with more than 200 animals including birds of prey, parrots, macaws, primates, small mammals, snakes, lizards and more. There is a large flock of pink flamingos that are friendly. Adult $17.99, Child $12.99.
Scalloping in the Gulf of Mexico, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 620 S. Meridian St, Tallahassee, FL 32399. Tel: 850-488-4676 Scalloping season is usually July through September. During season, thousands of people gather along the gulf coast from south of Steinhatchee up to the Carrabelle area. Their fishing equipment consists of snorkel gear and buckets.
Schooner Freedom, 111 Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, FL 32084. Tel: 904-810-1010. This is a 76 foot schooner where you can go for a sail and even help sail it. You will see the sights of the Ancient City. Adult $40.00, Child $30.00.
Seacrest Wolf Preserve, 3449 Bonnet Pond Rd, Chipley, FL 32428. Tel: 850-773-2897. The preserve offers visitors a walking rip into natural habitat where they will see Gray, Arctic, and British Columbian wolves.
Seaside, Florida Scenic Highway 30A Between Panama City Beach and Destin. A planned community created in 1981 on what had been an 80-acre private family retreat. The community is a pioneer of the concept now known as New Urbanism.
Sea Turtles on Florida Beaches, Nesting season is from May to October and the turtles nest on beaches in every region of the state. This article tells you where you can go to see them.
Seaworld Orlando, 7007 Sea World Dr, Orlando, FL 32821. Tel: 407-545-5550. Three different parks in one: SeaWorld, Aquatica, and Discovery Cove. Dolphins, whales, manatees, sea lions, and others perform. Adult $79.99, Child $79.99.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL 33314. Tel: 866-502-7529. A very large hotel and event center, along with 2,000 slot machinces, restaurants, a beach club, and other gaming opportunities.
Shark Valley Tram Tours, 36000 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33194. Tel: 305-221-8455. This tour is in Everglades National Park 40 miles west of Miami. You can ride your own bike on the 15 mile long trail or take a tram tour. Adult $25.00, Child $12.75.
Silver Springs State Park, 1425 Northeast 58th Ave, Ocala, FL 34470. Tel: 352-236-7148. The springs and attraction are in a Florida State Park. You can enjoy riding on the glass-bottomed boats, paddling in a kayak, or being amazed at the crystal-clear blue depths of Silver Springs.
Smallwood Store, 360 Mamie St, Chokoloskee, FL 34138. Tel: 239-695-2989. This old store was opened in 1906 and is now operating as a museum that displays the items that were sold here to pioneers and Seminoles in the old days. It has survived six hurricanes (as of 2018).
Solomon's Castle, 4533 Solomon Rd., Ona, FL 33865. Tel: 863-494-6077. The late Howard Solomon was an artist who created art out of junk, including the castle-like museum. You will be amazed at his creations. Adult $12.50, Child $12.50.
Spook Hill, 5th St, Lake Wales, FL 33853. This old attraction has been around for years. You park your car, put it in neutral, and watch it apparently coast uphill. Free.
St. Augustine Alligator Farm, 999 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, FL 32080. Tel: 904-824-3337. The oldest in Florida, and it features a huge selection of animals including gators and Maximo, the 14 foot long crocodile. Adult $24.99, Child $13.99.
St. Johns Rivership Company, 433 N. Palmetto Ave, Sanford, FL 32771. Tel: 321-441-3030. The 105 foot modern sternwheeler "Barbara Lee" takes you on a narrated cruise on the St Johns River from downtown Sanford. Adult $58.12, Child $58.12.
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, 11016 Lillian Saunders Dr (US-41), White Springs, FL 32096. Tel: 386-397-4331. The park honors Stephen Foster, the composer of Florida's official song "Old Folks at Home". The museum here contains many exhibits and a carillon plays music during the day.
Sunken Gardens, 1825 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704. Tel: 727-551-3102. This botanical garden is more than 100 years old and includes 50,000 tropical plants and cascading waterfalls. Adult $10.00, Child $4.00.
Tampa Museum of Science & Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33617. Tel: 813-987-6000. Among its features are a planetarium. and several exhibits that explain science, health and wellness, space, and weather. They call it a scientific playground, and it has more than 100 hands-on activities.
Theatre Of The Sea, Mile Marker 84.5, Islamorada, Florida. Tel: 305-664-2431. An old attraction where you can swim with dolphins and watch sharks, turtles, and other species swimming around in front of you. Adult $39.95, Child $22.95.
The Ancient Spanish Monastery
The Ancient Spanish Monastery 16711 W. Dixie Hwy, North Miami Beach, FL 33160. Tel: 305-945-1461. This is the oldest building in Florida. Built in Spain in 1141, it was taken apart, and put back together in 1954. Adult $10.00, Child $5.00.
The Dolphin Connection, Hawk's Cay Resort,61 Hawk's Cay Boulevard, Duck Key, FL 33050. Tel: 1-888-814-9154. This is one of the most popular places in the Florida Keys to learn about dolphins and swim with them. Adult $69.00, Child $69.00.
The Lightner Museum, 75 King St, St. Augustine, FL 32084. Tel: 904-824-2874. In a former grand hotel, it has a large collection of fine and decorative 19th century art, much of it from the gilded age. Adult $15.00, Child $8.00.
The Revs Institute, 2500 S Horseshoe Dr, Naples, FL 34104. Tel: 239-687-7387. A formerly private collection, it's home to more than 100 beautiful autos manufactured between 1896 and 1995. Adult $17.00, Child Free.
Truman Little White House, 111 Front St., Key West, FL 33040. Tel: 305-294-9911. Florida's only presidential museum. The 33rd President of the U.S. stayed here many times and it displays some of his memorabilia. Adult $21.45, Child $10.75.
Universal Orlando Resort, 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819. Tel: 407-363-8000. The second largest theme park in Orlando, it consists of two parks: Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a favorite attraction for the kids. There are also many individual resorts within Universal Studios.
University of Tampa (Tampa Bay Hotel) Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 West Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606. Tel: 813-254-1891. The Henry B. Plant Museum is in the hotel and contains actual furnishings enjoyed by first guests to visit here.
Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum, Space Coast Regional Airport, 6600 Tico Road, Titusville, Florida 32780. Tel: 321-268-1941. This museum focuses on war planes from the earliest days of aviation to the present day. Their collection includes more than 45 historic warbirds.
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens 3251 S Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33129. Tel: 305-250-9133. The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is the former estate of James Deering of the Deering-McCormick International Harvester fortune.
Wakulla Springs State Park, 465 Wakulla Park Drive, Wakulla Springs, FL 32327. Tel: 850-561-7276. The constant 70-degree waters are a wonderful retreat on hot summer days. You can also take a 45-minute riverboat tour where you will see alligators, manatee, and birds.
Walt Disney World Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, FL 32830. Tel: 407-939-5277. We cannot ignore the largest theme park in the world. People come here from all over the world; affordability is a matter of opinion. The attractions here include the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and more. You will also find more hotels in this area than any other location you can visit in Florida. Walt Disney World Resort also has four championship golf courses.
12200 San Servando Ave, North Port, FL 34287. Tel: 941-426-1692. People come from all over the world to soak in the warm waters of this spring that supposedly has many healing minerals. Adult $20.00, Child $15.00.
Webster Flea Markets, 516 NW Third Street, Webster, Florida 33596. Tel: 352-793-9877. One of the largest flea markets in the world, this one if only open on Mondays. Thousands of vendors and anything you can think of.
Mermaids at Weeki Wachee Sprngs, Florida
Weeki Wachee Springs, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee, FL 34646. Tel:352-592-5656. An old attraction that features underwater mermaid shows and is now a state park with a water park attraction. Adult $13.00, Child $8.00.
Wekiwa Springs State Park, 1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka, FL 32712. Tel: 407-884-2009. This has been a popular recreational spot for Orlando area residents and tourists for more than 100 years. It is so popular that on many days from May through October they have to close it when the maximum capacity of 250 cars has been reached.
Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida, 105 North “S” St, Pensacola, FL 32505. Tel: 850-433-9453. Your visit to this wildlife sanctuary will include seeing about 100 animals that cannot be released. This sanctuary provides care each year to more than 3,000 injured or orphaned wild animals native to Florida.
Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour, 312 East Morse Blvd, Winter Park, FL 32789. Tel: 407-644-4056. Several lakes in Winter Park are connected by scenic canals. The pontoon boat guides know their stuff and show you a lot of historical places and natural things on your one hour cruise. Adult $14.00, Child $7.00.
Withlacoochee State Trail, 3100 Old Florida City Road Inverness, FL 34450. Tel: 352-726-0315 The trail is a 46 mile long path on abandoned railroad tracks that follows a route roughly parallel to the Withlacoochee River. The path is paved and is a great location to hike, bike, and skate.
Wynwood Walls Wynwood Art District, Miami, FL. Tel: 305-799-3166. The walls of the buildings in Wynwood are decorated by constantly changing murals by some of the world's most gifted and famous graffiti writers and street artists.
Ybor City Historic District 1600 East 8th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605. Tel: 813-241-8838. Known as Tampa’s Latin Quarter for over a century, Ybor City is an exotic blend of aromas, flavors, sights and sounds.
Ziplines, Zip lining is a year-round outdoor activity made possible by Florida’s moderate climate. Ziplines are found in many playgrounds and theme parks, and in Florida a large number of them are located in natural settings where you can soar through the treetops above natural settings.
Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park, 1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33604. Tel: 813-935-9552. The zoo is on 56 acres and includes many animal encounters. Park zones are dedicated to Asia, Africa, Australia, and Florida. More than 1,300 separate animals call it home. Adult $36.95, Child $27.95.
Zoo World, 9008 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach, Florida. 32407. Tel: 850-230-1243. The zoo specializes in conservation and has over 260 animals with numerous exhibits, programs, and performances in a tropical setting. This is an interactive attraction where you can do various thing with the animals.
The admission fees in the schedule below are updated each year to help you plan your Florida family vacation.
Many attractions have other ticket combinations and discounts available. You should call the attraction for current information.
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