When you are planning your next Florida vacation, you may be starting out with some ideas about the larger, more well-known Florida attractions that you and your family will want to visit.
Miami, Florida is a beautiful city with many tropical influences. The nightlife and the Latino character give this young city a “sultry look”.
Orlando is located about 235 miles north of Miami. It takes about 4 hours to drive the distance between cities by car. Orlando is the home of many fun theme parks including Animal Kingdom, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, Disney World, Universal city walk, Disney downtown, restaurants, shipping and much more. If you have children, it is a perfect destination and only a few hours from Miami.
The Florida Keys are not the exception. You can drive from Miami to Key West in three to four hours, this area of the American Caribbean and its residents offer a unique and welcoming atmosphere to travelers. The conservation of its flora and fauna, the traditional architecture of the buildings and the laid back lifestyle constitute an incomparable experience for visitors.
Take a look at the following Florida attractions and discover everything this state has to offer.
Weeki Wachee Springs
Full of history, Weeki Wachee Springs on the North Gulf Coast offers visitors the opportunity to see “live mermaids.” Families looking for something outside of their traditional Florida vacation guide will want to stop by and check out the mermaid shows, which feature actual living “mermaids” swimming underwater with Florida wildlife.
Kennedy Space Center
A must-see for space enthusiasts everywhere. Even if you are not nerdy about the stars and planets, you will be swept away by the enormity of space travel. Take a guided tour around the Launch Control Center, visit the Vehicle Assembly Building and explore Cape Canaveral.
One of the more beautiful and mysterious Florida attractions to visit is Coral Castle. It opened in 1923 and has been delighting visitors ever since with a beautiful castle made of over 1,000 tons of coral. To this day, nobody is quite sure how one man managed to move and carve this rock, which he did out of love for a young woman. Located near Miami, Coral Castle is an inviting side trip. Include this in your next Florida vacation guide and take lots of pictures.
Solomon’s Castle is another remarkable Florida tourist attraction that is perfect for families. From afar, this castle simply looks as if it is shimmering. Up close you will find that it is made of discarded printing plates. The setting also features many works of art created by sculptor Howard Solomon, as well as the intriguing Boat in the Moat restaurant.
Last but not least, on this list of unusual Florida attractions is Gatorama, located in Palmdale. If you’ve come to Florida looking for alligators, you’ll see more than you can read here. Gatorama is a live operating alligator farm where you can spend a day watching these fascinating creatures. It is also home to hundreds of other animals, including peacocks, raccoons and even monkeys. This intriguing spot may not be number one in a traditional Florida vacation guide, but it is definitely worth a visit.