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4 Unique Places to Visit on Your Florida Vacation

Updated on February 14, 2017

So You Want to Visit Florida?

Everyone does at some point. But where to start? There are so many different places to choose from. Most travel blogs just stick with the well-known locales. As a Florida native, I can show you some places that are a bit off the beaten path. Here, I've compiled a list of some of the very best and quirkiest spots in the Sunshine State.

Bok Tower Gardens

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Bok Tower Gardens: Lake Wales, Florida
Bok Tower Gardens: Lake Wales, Florida
Bok Tower Gardens: Lake Wales, Florida | Source

Best Gardens in Central Florida

Bok Tower is a beautiful site located in between Tampa and Orlando in a little place called Polk County. The gardens are open almost 365 days a year and feature an art deco neo-Gothic singing tower as their main attraction. The tower carries a carillon, or a musical instrument that features a keyboard and bells. Concerts are held twice a day. Reserve a ticket today.

Map of Polk County

Bok Tower Gardens:
1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales, FL 33853, USA

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St. Augustine

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World's Tallest Cross: Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche
World's Tallest Cross: Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche
World's Tallest Cross: Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche | Source

Places to go in St. Augustine

St. Augustine is the oldest city in America. Its architecture is Spanish colonial and its mystique is unparalleled. If you're going to St. Augustine, you're going to want to visit a few key places: The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, The Great Cross, the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument (a beautiful fortress jutting out into the Matanzas River), and the Fountain of Youth. Yes, Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth!

Map of St. Augustine


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Gatorland: Orlando
Gatorland: Orlando
Gatorland: Orlando | Source

World's Best Roadside Attraction

Gatorland is one of those old, roadside places that has grown up with the times. It was established in Orlando in 1949 and features a giant open-mouthed gator as the entrance to the park. Gatorland has everything an attraction needs: zip lining, behind-the-scenes tours, nighttime tours, gator wrestling, and some of the greatest photo opportunities you will ever find! Have you ever wanted to be photographed wrestling an eight or nine foot gator? Here, you can do just that. Tickets are $26.99 per adult and $18.99 per child.

Map of Orlando

14501 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32837, USA

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The Cassadaga HotelCassadaga Spiritualist Camp: Volusia County, FL
The Cassadaga Hotel
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Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp: Volusia County, FL
Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp: Volusia County, FL | Source

Haunted Places in Florida

Ah, Cassadaga. Haunted, quirky, spirited Cassadaga. Located near Lake Helen, it's called the "Psychic Capital of the World" for a reason. There are around fifty mediums and psychics that call the town home. Cassadaga's Spiritualist community believes that the dead can communicate with the living. If you happen to stop by this quiet, sleepy town, make sure to book a room at the Cassadaga Hotel. If you book two psychic readings you can get 25% off your hotel room!

Map of Lake Helen

Cassadaga Hotel:
355 Cassadaga Rd, Lake Helen, FL 32744, USA

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