10 Fantastic Attractions in Florida That Tourists AND Even Most Floridians Don’t Know About

Some of the best museums and exhibits are right here in Florida and no we’re not talking about SeaWorld or Busch Gardens! These are some of the most interesting and scenic museums that excite the senses in a much different way than a roller coaster or Shamu splash.

1. Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, FL

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Florida is home to NASA, and America is the leading team in all spacecraft knowledge and exploits in the world. The Kennedy Space center is an amazing place where you can see numerous space crafts and exhibits and artifacts that will honestly leave your head spinning. The center is filled with so much information and the tour guides are so much fun and interesting. Catch a glimpse of “The Crawler” on a guided bus tour and even spot some bald eagles on the way. There’s so much to do here!!! For more information strictly on how to spend your day at the Space Center read our article  10 Things To Do At The Kennedy Space Center and discover how WE spent our day here and how YOU can see all the major things without missing out on anything!

2. Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, FL

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This is the eccentric museum dedicated to the work of Salvador Dalí. This museum is home to the largest collection of Dalí’s works outside Europe.

3. Key West Shipwreck Museum, Key West, FL

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Ahoy! Real artifacts from REAL pirate ships including the shipwreck of Isaac Allerton, the richest shipwreck in Key West’s History. The ship was salvaged when she sunk in 1856 and was rediscovered in 1985. Catch a glimpse of the Isaac’s booty and the 19th century life that the wrecking’s influence had on the islands society.

4. St. Augustine Lighthouse Museum, St. Augustine, FL

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Much more than a lighthouse lets just say that. The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum has some breathtaking views of Northeast Florida and a ton of artifacts have been recovered from our ancestors. The museum houses history that will take you back several centuries from St. Augustine and beyond. We are a big fan of haunted tours at Agape Voyage and being as St. Augustine is one of the mot haunted places in America, rest assured this “All Ghosts, No Gimmicks” Dark of the Moon paranormal tour will knock your socks off and give you nightmares (maybe nightmares?). The museum also has a Lost Ship archaeology tour that is a MUST SEE.

5. Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, FL

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Ahhh Dinosaurs!!! In lieu of the new Jurassic Park movie (Dinosaurs get us real excited here) we couldn’t help passing up the opportunity to tell you about this museum. The Florida Museum of Natural History has awesome display rooms and so many different methods of info delivery. Movies, music, signs, touch and feel, lighting, artifacts etc. They also have a Butterfly Rainforest 😉 

6. Crowley Museum & Nature Center, Sarasota, FL

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The Crowley site is 191 acres of old Florida habitats with native plants, animals, insects, and birds. The Crowley site is a farm type of historical site featuring multiple pioneer areas with awesome displays. The farm also features hiking trails that are quite the adventure through the Florida terrain.  They also offer a folk school where you can learn how to blow glass, farm and other fun activities 🙂 The featured picture is the Tadem house, go inside and see the old fashion house and the previous owners who use to run the farm so many years ago. 

7. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami, FL

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The former villa and estate was that of the businessman James Deering. Now a museum, the Vizcaya still retains most of its original furnishings as well as the historic layout of the formal gardens. Here you will find sites such as the Main House with 34 decorated rooms that hold over 2,500 art objects and furnishings. The Vizcaya possesses ten acres of European-inspired formal gardens including an orchid collection totaling 2,000 specimens and 25 acres of endangered primary growth forests.  Vizcaya is accredited by the American Association of Museums and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1995 for its significant architecture, landscapes, interiors and collections.

8. Railroad Museum, Miami, FL

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Lovely little piece of history. The railroad museum has over three miles of tracks that preserve railroad history. The Museum strives to teach railroad history with interactive displays, artifacts, movies and railroad materials. It houses over 30 historic trains such as the “Silver Crescent” which was the Western Pacific’s most prized railroad car. Here you will also find engines such as Florida East Coast “113.”

 9. Sunken Gardens, St. Petersburg, FL

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Finally a tropical garden in one of the most tropical states if you also want to count Hawaii! This tropical paradise is St. Petersburg’s oldest living museum; a century-old attraction featuring thousands of plants, butterflies & wildlife shows. The Sunken Gardens is a botanical paradise with more than 50,000 tropical plants and flowers. Explore cascading waterfalls and beautiful demonstration gardens ♥

10. Bishop Planetarium and Parker Manatee Aquarium, Bradenton, FL

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Dawwww just look at that face! Say hi to Snooty, the oldest known manatee in the world at a whopping 64 years old. This wonderful place is a planetarium, aquarium & history museum all under one roof with dioramas, films &  of course the one and only Snooty the Manatee. The natural and cultural history museum houses the history of Florida’s amazing Gulf Coast!! Here you will find exhibits displaying Florida’s history from the prehistoric to the present. Aw, and c’mon Snooty is the REAL display you want to see if anyway 😉

  1 comment for “10 Fantastic Attractions in Florida That Tourists AND Even Most Floridians Don’t Know About

  1. June 18, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    I have toured all except Kennedy Space Center. And the Dinosaur Museum in Gainesville. But its on my list.

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