Whether you’re a tourist or a lifelong resident, there’s always something new to discover in Florida. These tours provide very different but equally fascinating glimpses of Florida’s unique history, architecture, culture, and wildlife.
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. The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum
This was the home of one of America's literary giants during the 1930s. Here you can still see Hemingway's furniture and descendants of his cats roaming the grounds. This 30-minute guided tour is available every day of the year, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2. Marsh Landing Adventures, St. Cloud
There's more to Central Florida than theme parks. This tour will show you the fantastic flora and fauna found at the headwaters of the Everglades. Tours range from one to four hours long.
3. Art Deco Walking Tour, Miami Beach
Art Deco Tours, Inc., offers two-hour tours that teach you all about the history, culture and architecture of Miami Beach's historic Art Deco District. Tours are given daily between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
4. River Ventures Manatee Tour
This 3-hour tour includes an up-close encounter with Florida's favorite gentle giants. Everything you need, from snorkel to wet suit, is provided. Tours are given every day of the week, all year long.
5. Babcock Wilderness Adventures, Punta Gorda
This 90-minute eco-tour explores a working cattle ranch with information on the history, environment and wildlife in this piece of Old Florida.
6. Historic Pensacola Village
Guided tours of some of Pensacola Village's historic buildings are included in admission, and they run Tuesday through Saturday, at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. A seasonal tour about Victorian Holdiday Traditions will run on Saturday afternoons from November 15th through December 23rd.
7. Stetson Mansion, DeLand
Florida's first luxury home, built by the famous hatmaker blends different architectural styles and Gilded Age decorations. The house is especially charming dressed up for the holidays. Christmas tours are given November 15th through January 15th. Tours run 75 to 90 minutes long, at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 5:00 p.m., every day except on Sunday mornings. Reservations required.
8. Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine
Our nation's oldest city is a very popular tourist destination, which can make it difficult for first-timers to find their way around. These tours allow visitors to hop on and hop off at 23 historic stops around the city. Ghost tours and holiday tours are also available.
9. Farm Tours of Ocala
Ocala is famous as Florida's Horse Country, and now you can get a behind-the-scenes tour of three farms and interact with these impressive animals and their professional trainers. Tours run Monday through Saturday, from 8:45 a.m. through noon.
10. Chocolate Kingdom, Kissimmee
These 45-minute tours take guests through the entire chocolate-making process from bean to bar. Tours run every hour from 11 a.m to 5 p.m., every day of the week.
11. Palm Beach Segway Tours
If you want to tour Palm Beach but hours of walking seems too tiring, try the latest trend in city tours. Each guests gets to ride their own Segway in a fun and informative adventure through West Palm Beach and over the bridge to Palm Beach Island. Booking in advance is recommended.
12. Ybor City Historic Walking Tours, Tampa
For history, culture, art, architecture and cuisine, head to Tampa's Ybor City. These walking tours last nearly two hours and are celebrated for being both informative and entertaining.
13. Conch Tour Train, Key West
Key West is a beautiful place with centuries of history to explore, so if you're new to town, this thorough tour is a good place to start. Various packages, some with other attractions included, are available.
Have you taken any of these tours? Do you have a favorite Florida tour we might have missed?