Florida is a popular place to visit throughout the year, but tourists head to the same spots time after time, so it can be hectic; however, if you're looking for something a little different, many places across the state offer a fantastic experience without the bustling crowds.
Take a look at some of the top hidden gems below:
1. Biscayne National Park
This National Park is located in southern Florida. It is unique in that around 95% of it is water, and the shore of the bay is made up of a luscious mangroves forest. This park preserves several unique ecosystems and is home to marine life and corals. It is a beautiful spot to soak up nature and the peaceful surroundings. You can also take chartered boat rides to see the landscape from a different perspective.
2. Test Track
This ride is a feature at Walt Disney World, but one of its lesser talked about attractions. However, if you love cars, then this is for you. It incorporates the process that General Motors takes to test its vehicles and includes concepts cars, an excursion, and a high-speed drive around the theme park's exterior. It is a great addition to a visit to the theme park. If you're staying just outside the area, such as the fantastic Solterra resort, it's only a short journey time to get there.
3. Caladesi Island State Park
For beautiful scenery and tranquility, a visit to Caladesi Island State Park is a must. This spot can be reached by passenger ferry and includes a stunning beach, nature trail, marina, picnic pavilions, and many other charming amenities. Visitors to this spot often comment on how clear the water is and how pretty the surroundings are. There is also an added bonus that the ferry ride also includes lots of information on the area so you can get a feel for the location before you arrive.
4. Weeki Wachee Spring
This natural tourist attraction in Weeki Wachee, Florida, is a great place to see a unique mermaid show. Ok, so it is not real mermaids, but it is the next best thing. The attraction is a natural spring and features an aquarium-like setting where people perform underwater in costumes. It is certainly something different for both adults and kids. Plus, the location has a waterpark, riverboat rides, and other water activities such as kayaking and paddleboarding.
5. Perez Art Museum Miami
For anyone looking to experience art and culture on your trip to Florida, a stop at the Perez Art Museum is the perfect option. It is filled with modern and contemporary art and boasts fantastic views of Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami.
These are just a few of the places that you can explore on a trip to Florida. While many people head to the main tourist areas, there is plenty to experience slightly off the main tourist trails. Why not explore what the state has to offer and start planning your next trip.