You’ve probably heard of the Seven Wonders of the World, a collection of the most impressive works of human ingenuity across the world in ancient times. Those are great and all, but we think that when it comes to wonders, there’s no need to look outside of Florida. For our wonders (it was extremely difficult to choose just seven), we chose natural as well as man-made wonders, most of them with a rich history as well. After much consideration, here were our final choices:
1. The Florida Reef
The Florida Reef is the third largest barrier reef in the world, and the only living one in the continental United States. The reef, which is also called the Florida Keys Reef Tract or the Great Florida Reef, is protected by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Biscayne National Park and John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.
2. Gulf Islands National Seashore
With pristine white sands, emerald waters and blue skies, this stretch of well-preserved beaches, trails and forts in Northwest Florida is something everyone should see for themselves.
3. Fort Jefferson
At the time it was being built, Fort Jefferson was one of the largest forts ever constructed. It was under construction for 30 years, but never finished. Nonetheless, it is still the largest masonry structure in the Americas. It is now part of Dry Tortugas National Park, located west of Key West. The fort and its incredible surroundings have become a beautiful and popular destination.
4. Silver Springs
Silver Springs in Central Florida is one of Florida's oldest attractions, as well as one of the biggest springs in the world.
5. Lake Okeechobee
Lake Okeechobee, which literally means big water, is the seventh largest freshwater lake in the country. The Big O spans 730 square miles, but its average depth is only about nine feet.
6. Venetian Pool
The Venetian Pool in Coral Gables is the largest freshwater pool in the United States, pumping in 820,000 gallons of clear spring water from the aquifer, where it returns when drained (sometimes daily). It was completed in 1924, with coral structures designed to make it look like the Italian city of Venice. The beautiful surroundings, complete with waterfalls and grottos, make this a unique swimming experience. It is the only swimming pool on the National Register of Historic Places.
7. Devil's Den
Devil's Den is a karst window (basically a collapsed cave over an underground river) in Williston. Not only is it a stunning sight to behold, remains of prehistoric humans and animals have been found in one of the passages within the cave.
Have you seen any of these wonders for yourself? What places would you have chosen? Please let us know in the comments!