Are you looking for things to do in Florida that aren’t all theme park and Disney World related?
How about visiting the oldest attractions in the state? Some of them have been around for at least 100 years! Discover underwater mermaids, catch a live alligator show, or cool off with a scoop of the creamiest ice cream you’ve ever tasted, from the most popular sweet shop in all of South Florida.
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The Fountain of Youth (St. Augustine)
The Fountain of Youth goes all the way back to the 1500s when Juan Ponce De Leon first discovered Florida. He was searching for a magical fountain he’d heard stories of; One that promised to keep anyone who touched the water looking young. He believed he found it in St. Augustine. Today, visitors from all over still come to visit this archeological park.
Weeki Wachee Springs (Spring Hill)
Have you ever seen a mermaid up close and personal? Head to Weeki Wachee Springs where you can view several of them together in a live underwater show. You might even see some fish and turtles swim by also. Mermaids have been entertaining guests here at the springs since 1947.
Florida is known for alligators, and there’s a couple of different places you can go to see them. The Everglades National Park is one of them, and Gatorland is another. This 100-acre “Alligator Capital of the World” has been owned and operated by the same family since 1949. Here visitors can watch live shows, bravely zipline overtop the alligators, and take nightly tours with flashlights.
Bok Tower (Lake Wales)
Edward Bok was a well-known American author and editor who worked for the Ladies’ Home Journal for 30 years. He and his wife used some of their money to create a little piece of oasis located in Lake Wales. It is the Bok Tower. Take a walk around the serene botanical gardens, look for native birds flying around and stay for a soul-soothing orchestral performance. It’s a romantic little spot to visit with your spouse.
Jaxson’s Ice Cream (Dania Beach)
Step inside Jaxson’s ice cream parlor and find out firsthand why it’s been a favorite among for the last 60 years. View their neat collection of rural American memorabilia they have decorated throughout the restaurant. Then, share a “kitchen sink” filled with the most scoops of ice cream, hot fudge and whipped cream you’ve ever seen.
Miami Seaquarium (Miami)
Miami Seaquarium has been delighting families for decades. It’s probably the most popular marine life attractions in the state. You can walk around and view their aquariums, get splashed in the aisles at the killer whale show, and even swim with dolphins! Fun fact: It was one of the main shooting locations for the original movie, Flipper.