Florida July 09, 2017
The 11 Most Incredible Natural Attractions In Florida That Everyone Should Visit
Few places can match the natural beauty of the Sunshine State. From top-rated beaches to stunning vistas and crystal-clear springs, there’s always a new adventure waiting around the corner. Find one near you on this list of the 11 most incredible natural attractions in Florida and check it out!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Falling Waters State Park, Chipley
This 171-acre park features the tallest waterfall in the state by far, at over 70 feet tall. Indian warriors used the sinkholes as hideouts in the Seminole War. Visitors today will enjoy the fishing, swimming and hiking, and ending the day gathered around their famous campfires. For a more impressive visit, come after heavy rainfall.
2. Florida Caverns State Park, Marianna
The Florida Caverns are a natural wonder because air-filled caves are not as common here as they are across the country. Most of our caves can only be explored underwater, which requires special training. That's why we believe the Florida Caverns deserves special mention, as they are the only air-filled caves in Florida that offer tours for visitors. The state park named for the caverns is in the panhandle, and it's definitely worth a visit.
3. Torreya State Park, Bristol
Although all of our state parks deserve your attention, Torreya is extra special. This scene might look a little unusual for Florida, and that's because it's taken from a 150-foot high bluff. This park in Northwestern Florida is also home to the very rare tree for which it is named. Judging from the beautiful colors in this photo, fall is a great time to check it out.
4. Everglades National Park
One of Florida's most treasured places is also the largest tropical wilderness in the country. This delicate network of wetlands and forests is home to unique plants and animals you won't find anywhere else.
5. Crystal River
Most Floridians feel a special affection for the gentle (and in our opinion, adorable) manatee. Crystal River is the only place in Florida you can legally have a guided up-close encounter with the playful and curious marine mammals.
6. Big Shoals State Park, White Springs
Big Shoals is located approximately a mile east of White Springs, FL, and home to the largest whitewater rapids in Florida. If thrill-seekers come at the right time, they can kayak down the Suwanee in class III whitewater rapids. It's also a terrific hiking spot.
7. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Key Largo
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is one of the best places in Florida to see our living reef and all kinds of marine life. Even if you can’t or don’t want to get in the water, it’s still possible to explore this magical world with a glass-bottom boat tour.
8. Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park
Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park in Gainesville gives guests the opportunity to hike into a 120-foot sinkhole with a mini-rainforest, small waterfalls, and lush foliage.
9. Blowing Rocks Preserve, Hobe Sound
Large rock formations are not what most people think of when they think of Florida beaches, but we do actually have some rocky coastline. The formations found at this preserve on Jupiter Island in Hobe Sound are the largest of their kind on Florida's east coast. The ocean spray hitting the rocks can be sent up to 50 feet in the air, which is how they got their name.
10. Fairchild Oak, Bulow Creek State Park, Ormond Beach
You will be in awe of the size of this mighty ancient oak. At more than 400-years-old, the Fairchild Oak at Bulow Creek State Park is one of the oldest live oaks in the South.
11. Devil's Den, Williston
Devil's Den has an ethereal beauty that reminds you how lucky we are to live in our state. This unique prehistoric spring is covered by a karst window that lets in a stream of sunlight, like a spotlight into the clear, blue water below. Visitors must be scuba diving or snorkeling to explore here.
How many of these natural attractions have you seen for yourself? What are your favorite natural wonders in the Sunshine State?