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With idyllic backdrops of beautiful beaches with turquoise blue waters and picturesque palm trees, Florida is full of year-round, Instagram-able landscapes. Florida is considered a photographer’s dream, from state parks and natural springs to tropical gardens and small coastal towns. Whip out your camera and get ready to boost your social media presence at these Instagram-worthy spots in Florida.
You can’t beat the sun-kissed beaches at Caladesi Island State Park in Dunedin, as this Gulf Coast gem boasts white powdery sand, emerald waters and a lack of tourist crowds. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped off the grid at this beautiful barrier island in Florida, where its unspoiled beauty is perfect for photography. Snap a few Instagram shots, then dig your toes in the sand along the three miles of pristine coastline and soak up the coastal breeze.
Known as the “Shelling Capital of the World”, Sanibel Island is a great place to snap a few photos for your social media accounts. Here you’ll discover an array of colorful treasures washed up ashore, as the island’s banana-like shape allows it to catch over 300 species of shells from the Caribbean. Perfect pastel coquinas combined with Sanibel’s pristine Gulf Coast beaches and swaying palms makes it super photogenic.
Known for its Old Florida attraction with an underwater mermaid show, Weeki Wachee Springs State Park offers a beautiful landscape of 72-degree crystal clear springs. Snap a shot of the impressive underwater mermaids performing “The Little Mermaid”, then step outside to spend a day swimming, snorkeling and kayaking in the 538-acre oasis. There’s also a waterpark with slides that feed into Buccaneer Bay.
While Miami’s Ocean Drive and Art Deco buildings serve as the city’s postcard image, it’s Wynwood Walls that take the cake as the most Instagram-friendly hotspot. This Insta-favorite is decked with striking graffiti art that spans the entire arts district of Wynwood. Admire the murals and masterpieces created by artists from around the world, then visit Panther Coffee for craft coffee and latte art.
Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River is not only one of Florida’s most beloved natural attractions, but it is also the largest winter refuge for West Indian manatees and one of the best spots to see these gentle giants in Florida. You’ll find plenty of photo opportunities at the five natural springs on the 57-acre natural oasis, where its possible to swim, kayak or canoe near the manatees on a scheduled tour as long as you mind your “Manatee Manners”.
Nestled amongst the rolling hills of citrus trees in Lake Wales, Bok Tower Gardens offers a variety of Instagram hotspots in its 250-acre National Historic Landmark. It’s one of the most visually stunning and enchanting subtropical gardens in Florida, where you can discover a 205-foot Singing Tower carillon, a 1930’s Mediterranean-style mansion, and an array of gardens filled with azaleas, magnolias and gardenias.
A quintessential Florida experience, you can’t leave the Sunshine State without snapping a few photos of the fiercest residents in the Everglades National Park. Explore the subtropical wilderness and marvel at the rare and endangered species on an airboat ride. See the alligator-filled swamps up close by venturing through the Anhinga Trail or climbing the 65-foot observation tower in Shark Alley.
While St. Augustine is full of historic landmarks that are picture-perfect, it’s the Lightner Museum that sits in the top spot as the most Instagram-worthy. Admire its ornate exterior and its Spanish Renaissance Revival architecture, then stroll through the tropical courtyard. Housed in the former Alcazar Hotel that dates back to 1888, step inside to discover an elegant lobby in addition to 19th-century art, Tiffany & Co. glass, and Victorian-era antiques.
A 20-acre waterfront property in Sarasota, Ca’ d’Zan Mansion served as the winter home for circus owner John Ringling. It features a beautiful Renaissance courtyard and is lined with classical statues of Michelangelo’s David and a colorful rose garden. Sit under a canopy of Banyan trees and snap photos of its beautiful architecture and tropical grounds that offer stunning views of Sarasota Bay.
A park that’s only accessible by boat or seaplane, Dry Tortugas National Park features seven small islands dotted across its open water. Snap a shot of Fort Jefferson sitting against the crystal clear waters, beautiful coral reefs and diverse marine life swimming by. This Instagram-worthy slice of tropical paradise is unique due to its remote location and is a great place for a day of swimming and snorkeling.
Florida might be home to more than 700 natural freshwater springs, but Blue Springs State Park in Orange City is one of the best. Not only is it a manatee refuge, but the 2,600-acre park also boasts forested banks and pale blue waters that are sure to be a hit on social media. Take a dip in the quarter-mile of swimming perfection and soak up the unspoiled natural landscapes.
For outdoor photography, it doesn’t get better than Ocala National Forest with its 360,000 acres of scenic hiking trails and natural wonders. Its landscapes are dotted with pine forests, gum swamps and cypress trees, with over 100 miles of natural habitats to explore in the world’s largest scrub forest. Hike to Juniper Springs to capture the emerald waters of the popular swimming hole with a backdrop of lush foliage.