What is your favorite non-Disney destination in Florida, and why?
I've lived in Florida for the past 14 years. Recently, I'm finding more and more "off-the-beaten-path" non-touristy little gems. Where (or what) have you visited in Florida that was surprisingly refreshing and worth recommending?
Key West. It's not as commercial as you would think, all private little shops,casual, unique , lots of entertainment and fun things to do. You never know when you'll run into someone well known there. No need for cars either!
We absolutely love Key West! The Ernest Hemingway Home, Maritime Museum, Harry S Truman Little White House, Conch Tour Train, Southernmost Point, Mallory Square, Duval St, and many other great things to see. Awesome restaurants & best conch fritt
Thanks for your recommendation, CariKay. I have never been to Kelly Park, although it is only a short 1 hour drive from my home. I will check it out as the ratings on Trip Advisor are excellent. Love the photos of the lazy river & crystal clear w
Ah yes, my beloved Cypress Gardens - which has since been reincarnated into LegoLand. I, too, loved the laid-back "old Florida" feel of that former legend. Touristy? Yes, but it never seemed hectic like its Central Florida counterparts. May it RIP
Yes, it's true! LegoLand, Florida opened 3 years ago on October, 15, 2011. I haven't been there yet, as it's mostly for younger children. Eventually I will visit, as it's the 2nd largest LegoLand in the world! I do enjoy looking at the Lego displays.
This is a good question. Most people come to Florida to visit Disney. There is so much more to the state: beaches, museums, historical places, and the numerous fantastic restaurants. I loved St. Augustine with all it's shops and historic value but I guess I most enjoy sitting on the beach all day and watching the ocean waves roll in.
I HIGHLY recommend St. Augustine - for its historic heritage, not only to the State of Florida, but for our nation! Also, the annual 'Nights of Lights' is a must see over the Holidays, 1 of Top 10 places in the world according to National Geographic!
Outdoor attractions that are non-touristy?I depise tourist traps! I'm moving to Aus in 1.5 weeks and I want to know the adventurous places to visit that are non-touristy. Come on locals, I'm sure you can...