We’ve all heard the jokes about Florida and how its nothing but a giant tourist trap filled with amusement parks and tourist traps. This is simply not the case. While the sunshine state does have its fair share of tourist attraction cheese, and more than its fair share of theme parks, there’s a rich tapestry of native life that simply has to be experienced to believe.
With the Summer months approaching, it’s almost time to gather into your car, SUV, or minivan, and go on that family vacation. If Florida is on your destination list, or if you’re a native Floridian, here are 4 things you really should see in the Sunshine State this summer.
If you love history and beautiful landscapes then St. Augustine is for you. Florida was one of the first outposts established by Spain in the new world. Fort Matanzas is still standing and offers a unique look at the history. There’s also the Fountain of youth which offers a one of a kind experience of the early history.
I know, I know. Orlando is the home of big amusement parks. Disney, Universal Studios, even Legoland. Ignore the temptations though and head toward Kelly Park. This lazy river park offer crystal clear warm water all year long. Swimming areas abound among the lush greenery as well as canoe and tubing runs.
Pop quiz, how many miles are there between Miami and Key West? It’s not as many as you think. Only 160 miles separate Miami and one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever see in your life. The 3-hour trip is an amazing road trip of its own. The seven-mile bridge will blow your mind, and the stops in Key Largo and Marathon will make you want to stay.
These are just a few of the amazing, non-amusement park destinations you can find in Florida this summer. You seriously won’t want to go back home after seeing the beautiful scenery and charming small towns. Whether you’re a tourist or a native there’s always something new to discover. Just watch out for gators.