You might remember our first list of hidden gems in Florida, but we thought we could do better. These gems are even better and brighter than before. Best of all, this is just a few of the amazing things to experience in our state.
Located in Pinellas County, Fort De Soto Park is made up of five keys connected by bridges or causeway. Visitors can explore beautiful beaches, shallows, piers for fishing, and the remnants of Fort De Soto.
Coral Castle in Homestead, FL, was built by a lovelorn Latvian man by hand as a tribute to an unrequited love. He lived in the formations made of stone he sourced and built all by himself, giving tours to the public until he died. Was he crazy or romantic?
The famous hatmaker’s 10,000-square-foot, three-story mansion sits on two acres in DeLand, FL. This remnant of the Gilded Age blends many different architectural styles and claims to be Florida’s first luxury home.
This paradise may be popular, but it has remained relatively unknown to those outside the area.This gorgeous park is accessible only via private boat or a ferry from Punta Gorda, Pine Island, Fort Myers, Sanibel Island, or Captiva Island. Be sure to make reservations, because this park is every camper’s dream.
This college in St. Augustine was once the Hotel Ponce de Leon and has to be one of the most beautiful campus buildings in the country, complete with 79 Tiffany stained glass windows, chandeliers, hand-painted ceilings and murals, and a 68-foot domed ceiling with ornate carvings. This is a college you will want to tour even if you’re not interested in a degree.
This swimming hole in Branford, FL, is like a water park on the Suwannee. Its rope swings and impressive water slides make it perfect for thrill seekers.
This park in Citrus County is a local favorite and a great place for viewing all kinds of Florida wildlife, including manatees.
In the late 1800s, Cyrus Reed Teed founded the Koreshan Unity in Estero, FL. as the “New Jerusalem,” centered around his belief that the Earth was hollow and humanity lived on the inside of its shell. When the celibate community finally came to an end in the ’60s, the last of the followers donated the well preserved buildings to create this park. Tours, wildlife viewing, canoeing, and camping are available at the site.
Highlands Hammock near Sebring, FL, is one of the oldest parks in Florida and features beautiful old hammock and oak trees and wildlife that can be viewed from the historic catwalk.
This historic 1924 public swimming pool located in Coral Gables will give you a very unique swimming experience.
Stunning formal gardens and a shoreline dotted with coquina formations make this park in Palm Coast, FL, an instant favorite among many visitors.
This museum in Sarasota is a must-see which features fine art housed in the circus magnate’s unique winter mansion and gardens.
This small group of islands at the end of the Keys is home to the never-completed Fort Jefferson.
Visiting this Greek community in Pinellas County feels like vacationing in a faraway land without ever leaving Florida.