FLORIDA – Looking for the ultimate Florida getaways? Whether you’re interested in an outdoor adventure, a relaxing day at the beach, immersing yourself in arts and culture, or discovering some of the many quirky destinations the Sunshine State is known for, there’s plenty to discover from the Panhandle. at the Keys.

1. Florida Keys

This archipelago off the south coast of Florida offers a stretch of gorgeous tropical islands, each with something different to offer visitors. It’s about 98 miles to drive from the start of the Florida Keys to the southernmost point, making for a beautiful scenic drive. The Keys are divided into five unique destinations – Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, The Lower Keys and Key West – according to FloridaKeys.com. There are plenty of outdoor, beach, and water activities — from snorkeling and diving to big game fishing — and plenty of arts, history, and culture. Stroll historic and noisy Duval Street in Key West, soak up the remote beauty of Dry Tortugas State Park, snorkel at Key Largo’s John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, discover our dolphin friends at the Dolphin Research Center and check out Robbie’s Marina in Islamorada, where you can feed tarpon, grab a bite to eat and enjoy various water activities.

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2. Sanibel and Captiva Islands

These two small barrier islands just off Fort Myers are known for their tranquil beauty and laid-back vibe. Between the two islands, you’ll have access to around 15 miles of incredible beaches, according to Sanibel-Captiva.org. they are also a sheller’s paradise, as more than 250 different shells from the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean have been found on Sanibel and Captiva. If you’re looking to do more than just hang out on the beach, visit the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, visit the Sanibel Lighthouse, or explore the JN “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the States. -United,

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3. Cedar Key

This small island community off the northwest coast of Florida gives off strong old Florida vibes and has less than 1,000 permanent residents, according to FloridaRambler.com. Stroll through historic downtown Cedar Key for adorable shops, waterfront attractions, restaurants and drinks. If you are interested in bird watching, you will find plenty of birds and other wildlife at the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge. If history is your thing, the 18-acre Cedar Key State Park is home to the Cedar Key Museum and the Whitman House. There are also plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy, especially fishing.

4. Mount Dora

Just an hour from Orlando, this charming, historic city attracts visitors from around the world and is known for hosting many festivals and events throughout the year. The city was also known as the “antique capital of Florida” and still has many antique shops and a stop on Florida’s antique trail, according to WhatToDoInMtDora.com. Be sure to visit the unique Museum of Modernism, search for treasures at the Renninger Flea Market and Antique Center, and learn about the area’s history with a ghost tour.

5.Orlando

Orlando might already be on your list because it’s home to Walt Disney World and Universal. But there are so many things to do outside of the theme parks. If you love arts and culture, the Orlando Museum of Art is a must visit. Old Town Kissimmee, with its shops, restaurants, rides and more, is a throwback to kitsch old Florida. Gatorland is a 110-acre private theme park and wildlife sanctuary founded in 1949. There are also many interesting neighborhoods and neighborhoods for shopping, dining and more including Mills 50, The Milk District, Ivanhoe Village, Audubon Park Garden District and neighboring town of Winter Park,

6. Saint Augustine

In northeast Florida, the nation’s oldest city boasts over 500 years of history and offers plenty of options for guests who flock from all over the world. Be sure to explore historic sites including the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, St. Augustine’s Lighthouse and Maritime Museum, the Lightner Museum in a former Golden Age resort hotel, and the Fountain of youth of Ponce de Leon. If you’re looking to spend some time in nature, visit nearby Anastasia State Park and its 1,600 acres of beaches, tidal steps, sand dunes and more. And the Old Town Trolley is a fantastic way to see this historic city with one day free unlimited re-boarding with every ticket.

7. Matlacha and Pine Island

This laid-back, colorful community may be located along a single road and surrounded by water on both sides, but it still has plenty to offer visitors. This island village near Cape Coral and Fort Myers is known for its wide array of art galleries, shops, restaurants and fishing spots. You can also take the bridge across Matlacha to Pine Island, where you’ll find more sites to explore, including water preserves ideal for kayaking and canoeing. Be sure to visit the whimsical Leoma Lovegrove Gallery and Gardens, hit the water with Hook’d Up Fishing Charters, grab a bite to eat at the Yucatan Waterfront Bar & Grill, and learn about the region’s history at the Museum of the Islands. .

8. Cassadaga

Hidden in the woods just north of Orlando, this colorful town of psychics has seven parks and meditation gardens throughout the small community, according to Cassadaga.org. Even if you don’t want a psychic reading, there’s still plenty to explore. Visit the beautiful and haunted Cassadaga Hotel or take one of the daily tours through the Spiritualist Camp – both historical tours and paranormal-focused after-dark tours. There is also an array of adorable shops.

9. St. Petersburg

This vibrant little city is an art lover’s dream with its stellar world-class museums, galleries showcasing works by local artists, and colorful public art everywhere you turn. The lively central avenue is full of shops, restaurants and bars. If you’re in the mood for nature, you’re just a short tram or car ride from the Gulf Coast beaches to the west, and St. Petersburg’s pier and bayside parks to ballast. Be sure to explore the largest collection of Dali’s works outside of Spain at the Salvador Dali Museum, visit The Factory, including the immersive St. Pete Exhibition Center in the Warehouse Arts District, experience from the city’s famous downtown mural tour, kayak among the mangroves at Weedon Island Preserve, or discover old Florida at Sunken Gardens.


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