With its sun-kissed beaches to thrilling theme parks, Florida is famous for its array of world-renown attractions. There are some attractions, however, that don’t get the attention they deserve in the Sunshine State. Have you ever zip lined over alligators? Or sat in the pilot seat of a motorcycle aircraft flying over the beach? From underrated attractions to some of our best-kept secrets, read on to discover a few things you didn’t know you could do in Florida.
Go on a zipline adventure at Alligator Farm Zoological Park (Nearby Hotels)
A perfect destination for thrill seekers, the Alligator Farm Zoological Park in St. Augustine is where you can zipline over a pit of alligators and crocodiles. Get a bird’s eye view of these fierce creatures, while those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground can enjoy the lemur, komodo dragons and toucan exhibits. Open since 1893, this historic attraction offers an interesting and educational look at Florida’s most dangerous animals.
Experience the wonder of a Bioluminescent Kayaking Tour (Nearby Hotels)
One of only six places in the world to see this phenomenon, nature enthusiasts that aren’t afraid of the dark should definitely take a Bioluminescent Kayaking tour of the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge or Indian River Lagoon. An otherworldly experience, you’ll be mesmerized by the blue-green lights and the tiny splash of fireworks in the water as you’re surrounded by the dark night sky filled with stars.
See Florida's bright pink beauties at Flamingo Gardens (Nearby Hotels)
A 60-acre oasis in Davie, Flamingo Gardens offers the chance to snap the perfect keepsake souvenir photo of Florida’s bright pink flamingos. Open since 1927, this iconic attraction is one of the oldest botanical gardens in Florida. Home to 83 types of birds and a 25,000 square foot free-flight aviary, here you can also see black bears, river otters and bobcats, nestled in some of the last naturally occurring jungle in South Florida.
Soar over Clearwater Beach at Sky Surfing Aviation (Nearby Hotels)
A once-in-a-lifetime experience for adventurous travellers, at Sky Surfing Aviation in Florida you’ll reach new heights as you soar over the award-winning Clearwater Beach. A hands-on flight that puts you in the pilot seat, work with a FAA Certified Flight Instructor as you get an up close look at some of Florida’s most picturesque landscapes, offering a view most visitors never get to see.
Go behind-the-scenes at Tabanero Cigars (Nearby Hotels)
Located in the heart of Ybor City just outside of Tampa’s city center, Tabanero Cigars not only offers quality cigars, but they give visitors behind the scenes insight into the cigar making industry. Take a tour of this facility and see passionate Cuban born artisans at work rolling cigars, take a walk through the humidor and learn about the aging process, and learn how to cut, punch, light the cigars the correct way.
Travel the world at Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens (Nearby Hotels)
One of the most culturally rich attractions in Delray Beach, Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens will make you feel like you’ve traveled half way around the world. Taking inspiration from authentic Japanese gardens, here you’ll find a zen-like quality with its serene landscapes and beautifully manicured gardens. Explore the museum’s fascinating galleries with Japanese art, experience an authentic tea ceremony, then walk through the gardens to see a beautiful bonsai collection.
Meet an Arctic wolf at Seacrest Wolf Preserve (Nearby Hotels)
An attraction you wouldn’t think even existed, the Seacrest Wolf Preserve in Chipley is in a category of its own. Located an hour outside of Panama City, this attraction provides a humane sanctuary for displaced captive wolves on a 400-acre farm. Here you can have the rare chance to get up close and personal with Gray, Arctic and British Columbian wolves, take a walking tour throughout the large natural habitats and get plenty of photo opportunities.
Explore the African wildlife at Safari Wilderness Ranch (Nearby Hotels)
Perfect for those looking for a blend of ranch, safari and theme park action, visit the 870 square miles of dramatic landscapes at the Safari Wilderness Ranch in Lakeland. Here you’ll find hundreds of animals roaming the vast open spaces and be able to admire the beautiful backdrop of leafy bay trees and cypress domes. Whether you go on a Vehicle, Kayak or Camel Safari with an experienced guide or go on a Llama Trek, you’re sure to spot unique African wildlife such as red lechwe, sitatunga and springboks.
Make your own wine at The Gilded Grape Winery (Nearby Hotels)
Have you ever made your own wine? Well at The Gilded Grape Winery in Port Charlotte you can, allowing you to create a high-quality bottle of wine that you can take home in two months. One of the most unique wineries in the Sunshine State, here you’ll have a long list of grapes and exotic fruits to choose from to create the varieties, including French Merlot, California White Zinfandel and vibrant concoctions like Peach Perfection and Seville Orange Sangria.
Go back in time at Dinosaur World (Nearby Hotels)
Old Florida entertainment at its finest, Dinosaur World in Plant City will have you feeling like you’re in a sci-fi movie, with 200 life-size dinosaurs set in a natural setting. Kids will get a kick out of the details of these larger than life creatures, with plenty of interactive exhibits to capture their imagination. You’ll find dino-themed playgrounds, a museum with authentic fossils and a boardwalk that winds through lush, native vegetation surrounded by centuries-old oak trees.
Visit the world's largest occupied Bat House (Nearby Hotels)
Home to one of the country’s top natural history museums, the University of Florida campus has one of the state’s best-kept secrets, one of the world’s largest occupied bat houses. Located at the Florida Museum, here you can see Brazilian free-tailed bats, Southeastern bats and Evening bats. Emerging after sunset, you can watch as these bats swoop in to feed on insects, certainly a thrill for any animal lover.