FL Posted in Florida July 31, 2015 by Victoria W 10 More Hidden Gems In Florida That Will Blow You Away From fine art and history to once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounters, Florida has it all. Most people don’t even realize we have so many hidden gems all around us. 1. Naples Botanical Garden Flickr/Carol VanHook If you've never been to the Naples Botanical Garden, now is the time. This renovated garden features a stunning collection of plants from all over the world in six different cultivated gardens and a 90-acre preserve. It's a true plant-lover's paradise. 2. Wat Mongkolratanaram Temple Flickr/Matthew Paulson Visit this Buddhist Thai temple on the Palm River in Tampa on Sundays for an open-air market and authentic Thai food in a uniquely serene environment. 3. Myakka River State Park Flickr/Walter Flickr/Matthew Paulson Myakka River State Park in Sarasota is a favorite among many Floridians for its scenic views, tons of wildlife, hiking trails, airboat rides, and much more. 4. Gatorland Flickr/Dave Campbell Gatorland is a piece of Florida history on the Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando. Come see thousands of alligators and crocodiles, and for the truly brave, take the zip line over the park. 5. Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium Photo by PugCake via www.tripadvisor.com This aquarium in Sarasota is perfect for families that want to see manatees and sea turtles up close. 6. Castillo de San Marcos Flickr/David Ellis I bet a lot of people don't know that the oldest fort in the country is located in Florida. Visitors can tour this picturesque fort and then spend the rest of the day enjoying the rest of historic St. Augustine. 7. Brevard Zoo Flickr/Rusty Clark - hotnfunkyradio.com Features like the treetop trek, kayak adventure through the zoo, and a splash park where kids can cool off make this zoo in Melbourne a notch above most, but at a reasonable price. 8. Wynwood Walls www.tripadvisor.com If you think it would be cool to visit an outdoor art gallery of jaw-dropping murals and street art, you will love Wynwood in Miami. Artists from all over the world have left their mark here in a big way. 9. Morean Arts Center Flickr/CityofStPete Flickr/Joe Bielawa The Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg not only features world renowned glass artists, they offer the opportunity to watch glass-blowing and even hands-on classes in this and other media. 10. Zoological Wildlife Foundation www.tripadvisor.com If you've ever felt like you just couldn't get close enough to big cats and monkeys at the zoo, or you just want some of the cutest selfies ever, Zoological Wildlife Foundation in Miami is the place for you. These hands-on tours are definitely more expensive than the typical zoo, but they're also a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Check out our previous hidden gems here: Part One and Part Two. Do you have any other hidden gems we haven’t covered? Please share them with us in the comments below!