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Planning a trip to Florida? You’re in luck. Florida has a plethora of beaches, bars, scenic views, and tourist traps, but if you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Here are 16 places in Florida you’ve likely never heard of before.


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Jules' Undersea Lodge, Key Largo Jules' Undersea Lodge
Jules' Undersea Lodge

Jules' Undersea Lodge, Key Largo

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live under the sea? Not quite like the mermaids in Weeki Wachee, we mean more like living in a submarine. Sunken deep in the lagoon at Key Largo Undersea Park, is a little lounge for you to rest after an entertaining day of scuba fun. Once you’ve completed your scuba training, or are already Scuba certified, you can dive down into the bottom of the lagoon and visit the lounge. You can call this little hide away home for the night or for a three hour visit. You can even get lunch delivered to your door.

Devil's Millhopper, Gainesville Devil's Millhopper
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Devil's Millhopper

Devil's Millhopper, Gainesville

This sinkhole in Gainesville, Florida is your chance to hike down 120 feet into the Florida earth. The sunken terrain is home to small waterfalls and its own “miniature rain forest.” It is a national natural landmark and has been a major draw for adventurous hikers since the 1880’s. Interpretive displays help you understand the science and history behind this magnificent natural attraction.

Weeki Wachee Springs, Spring Hill Weeki Wachee Springs
Weeki Wachee Springs

Weeki Wachee Springs, Spring Hill

Weeki Wachee springs, one of the most nostalgic and beloved parks in Florida since the 1940’s isn’t exactly a well-kept secret to Floridians. What sets Weeki Wachee above your average trip to the springs, is more than just its rich history with the Seminole Indians, and more than just the mystery that is the untouched bottom of the deep spring. Weeki Wachee happens to be the only city in the world whose residents include live mermaids! In fact, these mermaids are willing to put on quite a show for the patrons. There is a 500 seat theater embedded into the side of the spring, sitting 16 feet below the surface, and is where you will see the mermaids perform a show like none other in the world.

Solomon's Castle, Arcadia Solomon's Castle, Arcadia Florida
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Solomon's Castle, Arcadia Florida

Solomon's Castle, Arcadia

More than a roadside attraction, Solomon’s castle is a residence, an art gallery, a bed and breakfast, and a little known treasure in the small town of Arcadia, Florida. Located way off the normal grid, hidden deep in Central Florida, the aluminum castle was designed, and constructed by Howard Solomon, an artist of international significance. It showcases his proudest work. It’s also, quite the photo opportunity. (It’s cash only so come prepared!)

Stiltsville, Miami Stiltsville, Miami
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Stiltsville, Miami

Stiltsville, Miami

In Biscayne Bay, these stilt houses once functioned as a hot clubbing destination for Miami locals and tourists in the 1930’s and beyond. They make for a pretty spectacular sight. They’re nearly considered abandoned now, only 7 remain today and can only be seen from the shore.

Gatorland, Orlando Gatorland, Orlando
Gatorland, Orlando

Gatorland, Orlando

Nothing says Florida like Alligators, and you would be cheating yourself if you didn’t experience a one on one encounter with the state’s unofficial mascot and oldest inhabitant. They have a trainer for a day program, a rookie wrestling show, a night shine experience and so much more! If it involves Gators, Gatorland is where you want to be. Oh, and don’t forget to take a zip line ride over the residents!

Florida Caverns, Marianna Florida Caverns, Marianna Fl
Florida Caverns, Marianna Fl

Florida Caverns, Marianna

The Florida Caverns are the only open air caves in all of Florida that are open to the public. Loaded with gorgeous installations of stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, flowstones and draperies. There is also a small golf course adjacent to the park, and stables for horse enthusiasts. After you take the 45 minute tour of the cavern, you can rest from the strenuous trek by enjoying a picnic by the Chipola and Blue Hole river, or keep your energy up by canoeing or boating. It’s also a campground!

Murder Mystery Dinner Train, Fort Myers

Murder Mystery Dinner Train, Fort Myers

On the Seminole Gulf Railway, in Ft. Myers Florida, you can enjoy a retro, live murder mystery experience on-board a train. The spooky experience is authentic and entertaining, and the train even travels the tracks as your enjoy the show! As you enjoy the show, and do your best to solve the murder, the chef prepares a delectable 5 course dinner.

Ravine Gardens State Park, Palatka Ravine Gardens State Park
Ravine Gardens State Park

Ravine Gardens State Park, Palatka

Down in Palatka, Florida is the 59 acre Ravine Gardens State Park. At this park you can enjoy viewing the lush foliage, plants, shrubs, and wildlife. If it works with your plans try to plan your visit when the Azaleas are in bloom, you won’t be sorry! Every year the park hosts the annual Florida Azalea Festival the first weekend in march when nearly 100,000 plants go into bloom. There are two ravines in the park, that go as deep as 120 feet into the earth.

Wynwood Walls, Miami Wynwood Walls
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Wynwood Walls

Wynwood Walls, Miami

Wynwood walls is an ever evolving art installation in Miami, created to evolve the warehouse district in Wynwood and bring more respect to graffiti art by spotlighting it in this display. The draw the walls have created have helped to transform the Wnywood neighborhood into what it is today, revered as one the “hippest” towns in in America.

Neptune Memorial Reef, Key Biscayne Neptune Memorial Reef
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Neptune Memorial Reef

Neptune Memorial Reef, Key Biscayne

Here’s another for the scuba divers out there. There is nothing else like this breathtaking 16 acre underwater cemetery and artificial reef. Construction was inspired by the Lost City of Atlantis. The memorial reef functions so families of the deceased who have chosen to be creamed may deploy their ashes into the reef, and they will be dispensed into the coral to “make new life.”

World Erotic Art Museum, Miami World Erotic Art Museum
World Erotic Art Museum

World Erotic Art Museum, Miami

Truly one-of-a-kind, this adults only attraction near Downtown Miami features a private collection of over 4,000 pieces of erotic art from around the world. It is the only museum in the United States devoted to fine erotic art.

Cassadaga Spiritualist Community Cassadaga

Cassadaga Spiritualist Community

Since it’s home to verifiable cluster of psychics in residence, this little town has earned a reputation for being the unofficial hub for psychic readings in the state of Florida.

Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Crystal River Wildlife Refuge
Crystal River Wildlife Refuge

Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge

The Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge is the perfect place to swim alongside manatees! Established in the 1980’s it is still the only refuge devoted to the protection of the endangered Florida Manatee. The refuge preserves the aquifer-fed spring in Kings Bay that is crucial to the Manatee habitat.

Lion Country Safari, Palm Beach Lion Country Safari
Lion Country Safari

Lion Country Safari, Palm Beach

This Loxahatchee town zoo is the only drive through zoo in Florida, with a walk thru amusement park to match. 900 animals call the park home, and there’s a water playground for guests to cool off. The amusement park has 9 rides, including a killer water slide.

The Venetian Pool, Coral Gables Venetian Pool, Coral Gables, Fl
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Venetian Pool, Coral Gables, Fl

The Venetian Pool, Coral Gables

This is on the National Register of Historic places, built in the 1920’s in a coral rock quarry, this is the country’s largest freshwater pool. Designed with Venice, Italy in mind it has given a number of tourists and locals alike their most-liked Instagram photo if nothing else.

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