Whether you’ve dreamed of exploring underwater or outer space, your adventure awaits in Florida. If your New Year’s resolution was to try something new, we have endless options for you in the Sunshine State. Here are few of our favorites:
1. Crystal River
Everyone always wants to swim with the dolphins, but personally, I think manatees are cuter.
2. Dry Tortugas National Park, Key West
The abandoned Fort Jefferson and the beauty of its surroundings make this park perfect for an expedition.
3. Dinosaur World, Plant City
Explorers young and old will get a kick out of this park in Plant City with more than 200 life-size dinosaurs.
4. Ocala National Forest
The Big Scrub is one of our greatest natural landmarks. Some of our most beautiful springs and unique wildlife can be found here.
5. Big Shoals State Park
Most people don't think whitewater rafting is possible in the flattest state in the country, but there are actually several places where this thrilling activity is possible. Big Shoals State Park has the largest whitewater rapids in the state.
6. NASA Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral
If you ever wanted to be an astronaut when you were a kid, you'll have a blast at the Kennedy Space Center.
7. Everglades National Park
Most outsiders think of Florida and they think of Disney World and crowded beaches, but residents know there's a more wild side of our state. All of the unique wildlife and landscapes that make our state special shine the brightest in this national treasure.
8. The Florida Aquarium
Want to explore the deep, but you don't have your scuba certification yet? This aquarium in Tampa has you covered.
9. Rainbow Springs State Park, Dunnellon
The waterfalls may be man-made, but the history and scenery at this park make it a very popular spot.
10. Skunk Ape Research Headquarters, Ochopee
What could be more adventurous than hunting the mighty Skunk Ape (aka the Florida Bigfoot) at this research center and campground in the Everglades?
11. St. Augustine
Explore like a conquistador in the nation's oldest city. Visit the Castillo de San Marcos, the Fountain of Youth, Flagler College, and The St. Augustine Alligator Farm (one of our country's longest running attractions) for an unforgettable trip.
12. Solomon's Castle
Everyone should check out this quirky spot in Ona, which is filled with the works of artist Howard Solomon, who built the castle from recycled materials.
13. Florida Caverns, Marianna
There's just something exciting (and a little scary) about entering a cave, and these are the only air-filled caves open for tours in Florida.
14. Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park
If caverns aren't exciting enough for you, how about walking down an ancient sinkhole? Pretty wild.
Have you explored any of these places? What other places do you think deserve a place on our list? Please share your comments with us below!