Some of the best museums and attractions 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 attractions that excite the senses in a much different way than a roller coaster or a Shamu splash. By the way I’m just going to come out and say it - animal attractions are by far the cruelest and unfair to any and all creatures and you should really reconsider your idea of a “good time” if it involves the expense of another living creature. Anyway on to my #uncruel museum and attraction list!
Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, FL:
Florida is home to NASA which is the leading team in all spacecraft knowledge and exploits in the world - super fascinating in itself! This is the most legit place for anything and everything space related. The Kennedy Space Center houses space crafts 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 really make the “race to space” come to life. Catch a glimpse of the incredible “Crawler" from the guided bus tour and even spot some bald eagles on the way. You can easily spend an entire day here.
Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, FL:
This is the eccentric museum dedicated to the work of Salvador Dalí. It's also home to the largest collection of Dalí's works outside Europe. Every month the museum features a different “theme” of Dali’s work and other contributing artists as well. It’s an interesting look into the mind of Salvadore Dali.
Key West Shipwreck Museum, Key West, FL:
Ahoy! Witness real deal artifacts from the pirate ships of the past 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.
St. Augustine Lighthouse Museum, St. Augustine, FL:
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. The lighthouse itself is also one of the most 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 the creeps. The tour comes included on Saturday tickets and I wish I knew that info before we visited last month because we ended up going on a Sunday. The museum also has a Lost Ship archaeology tour that is a must see. Also, a little fun fact that I learned while I was there - the St. Augustine Lighthouse is the oldest working lighthouse in the country.
Crowley Museum & Nature Center, Sarasota, FL:
The Crowley site is 191 acres of old Florida habitats with native plants, animals, insects, and birds. The home is a historical site featuring multiple pioneer areas with awesome displays. The farm also features hiking trails as well as 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.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami, FL:
These gardens on on my list! The Vizcaya Museum is a former villa and estate 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 as well as ten acres of European-inspired formal gardens.
Railroad Museum, Miami, FL:
The railroad museum has over three miles of tracks that preserve railroad history. The Museum strives to teach 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."
Sunken Gardens, St. Petersburg, FL:
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. Matthew and I have been several times - it’s a great place to relax around nature and it makes for a great place for photography. You can see the resident birds there are well as some exotics and even get them to talk back to you. The flamingos are adorable too of course and the gardens also have a beautiful koi pond on site. You can usually find a good deal on groupon so I would recommend looking on there before going to purchase tickets at the gardens.