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What is your favorite non-Disney destination in Florida, and why?

  1. Glenda Motsavage profile image82
    Glenda Motsavageposted 3 years ago

    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?

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  2. Penny G profile image72
    Penny Gposted 3 years ago

    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!

    1. Glenda Motsavage profile image82
      Glenda Motsavageposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      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

  3. Cari Kay 11 profile image92
    Cari Kay 11posted 3 years ago

    The natural springs tubing at Kelly Park outside of Apopka.  The kids always have such fun there.

    1. Glenda Motsavage profile image82
      Glenda Motsavageposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      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

  4. favored profile image38
    favoredposted 3 years ago

    I know it is a tourist thing, but I still enjoyed Cyprus Gardens and the smell of the orange blossoms.

    1. Glenda Motsavage profile image82
      Glenda Motsavageposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      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

    2. favored profile image38
      favoredposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Say it isn't so! I'm so sad to hear that it's gone.  I guess you can tell how longs it's been since I was to Florida.

    3. Glenda Motsavage profile image82
      Glenda Motsavageposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      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.

    4. favored profile image38
      favoredposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      At least it isn't a parking lot or a mall smile  Thanks Glenda

  5. teaches12345 profile image94
    teaches12345posted 3 years ago

    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.

    1. Glenda Motsavage profile image82
      Glenda Motsavageposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      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!

 
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