Whether you live in Florida or not, there are several places here that deserve a spot on your bucket list. There are tons of incredible things to see here, so we had to make some very difficult decisions to get this list down to a manageable size. Here are the top 18 places in Florida (in no particular order) that you
have to see before you die:
1. The Keys
You might be surprised how many Floridians haven't been to the Keys. (Florida is a very large state, so it's not exactly close to everyone.) The Florida Keys are so cool, unique and full of natural beauty. There's truly something for everyone.
2. Everglades National Park
This one is probably a no-brainer. This park is one of the few places where we can see Florida as it was long before development.
3. Coral Castle, Homestead
Built by a single man in the 1920s, this castle is a real testament to love and determination. It also makes a really fun day trip.
4. Ocala National Forest
Some of our most breathtaking trails and natural springs can be found here.
5. Dali Museum, St. Petersburg
The work of this strange and fascinating artist does not disappoint.
6. Weeki Wachee
The mermaid shows at Weeki Wachee aren't just cool, they're an enchanting display of Florida's charm.
7. Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales
This singing tower in Central Florida is beautiful, and so are its surrounding gardens.
8. Torreya State Park
This park in northwestern Florida is one of the most scenic places in the state. The park is renowned for its high bluffs and the rare tree for which it's named.
9. St. Augustine
St. Augustine is the nation's oldest city, so of course, it's full of history. But it's also full of awesome restaurants, fun things to do, and Anastasia State Park. Every Floridian should visit St. Augustine at least once.
10. De Leon Springs State Park
Not only is this park famous for its springs, it's famous for its unique and very popular Sugar Mill Restaurant, where guests make their own pancakes at the table.
11. Solomon's Castle, Ona
This is another castle built by one man, but this one was made by an artist and houses tons of his really unique art. Rumor has it there's also a delicious restaurant here.
12. Siesta Key
This barrier island in southwest Florida is full of otherworldly beauty, including the whitest sand in the world at Siesta Beach.
13. Bern's Steak House, Tampa
Bern's is a local landmark for a good reason. Not only is it delicious, but Bern's has the largest wine list in the world. Plus, everyone who dines at Bern's is welcome to tour the cellar after dinner.
14. Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, Micanopy
This park near Gainesville is not just a scenic state park; it's home to wild birds, alligators, horses and bison.
15. Rainbow Springs State Park, Dunnellon
They may be man-made, but the prettiest waterfalls you'll find in Florida are at Rainbow Springs State Park. The crystal-clear water is perfect for canoeing, kayaking, swimming and snorkeling, too. For a natural (but possibly less scenic) waterfall, check out Falling Waters State Park in Chipley, instead.
16. Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach
Learn about Japanese culture in a serene setting, through art, tea ceremonies, food and classes. The festivals at this museum are especially amazing.
17. Florida Caverns State Park, Marianna
A lot of people don't even know we have caves (that aren't underwater) in Florida. This state park showcases the only air-filled caves you can tour in Florida.
18. Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando
Of course, if you're really writing your bucket list, you can't leave off the Magic Kingdom. Even if you're not a kid anymore, this place will make you feel young again, at least for a little while.
Did you agree with this list? Are there any places you would add (or remove)? What’s your Florida bucket list? Please share your comments with us below!