What Can You Do

beach funSo, what can you do in Florida? Well, that’s a valid, though probably unnecessary, question. Obviously we could give you the standard, go to the beach, answer. However, there are a number of excellent options to entertain you while you are visiting this great state that don’t require sun, surf and sand. Feel free to check these opportunities out on your next visit to the Sunshine State.

Marco Island

While we started this piece off telling you that there were plenty of n0n-beach things to do in Florida, we discovered an article on a place near Marco Island called, Cape Romano. Cape Romano is apparently attached to the Ten Thousand Islands Aquatic Preserve that borders the Everglades National Park. Now, that might not really interest you, but the dome houses that are slowly being engulfed by the sea will. Apparently, they were created in the 80s by an oil tycoon who had dreams of self-sustainability on the island. Sadly, the rising waters and erosion caused these unique structures to be left abandoned in the 90s. Look them up, there’s some interesting stories and we suspect they’d make great photo opportunities on your next visit!

St. Augustine

Surely, you’ve heard about this historic Florida site, but maybe you’re less familiar with the Ximenez-Fatio House. Therefore, allow us to intrigue you to the point you put it on your bucket list. The Ximenez-Fatio House is a museum these days, but it includes a coquina stone house believed to have been constructed in 1798! It is slam full of artifacts from that time period to give guests a true representation of early statehood and territorial life. There are restored pieces of furniture and art as well as a spittoon and oil cloth surround (for those who missed). ┬áIn the dining room you’ll find something called a punkah which was apparently a fan like structure that consisted of canvas and pulleys. A servant would pull the ropes to create a waving motion in the canvas thereby keeping the flies off those dining. We’d tell you more, but there’s just so much you should go see it for yourself!

Destin

If you’re familiar with Florida at all you know that alligators are a big factor. Basically, Floridians will tell you that, “if there’s water, there’s alligators.” Obviously that doesn’t apply to the ocean water, but pretty much any other waterway in the state will have some. So, if you’d like to get a real good glimpse of Florida’s scaly friends (that might be too nice of a word), you should check out Gator Beach in Destin. Maybe you never heard of Destin, and that’s ok, that’s why we’ve created the list this way, to introduce you to new things. Destin is near Panama City. Gator Beach is attached to Fudpucker’s (a local restaurant) and has over 80 gators within its refuge. You can pay to feed the gators using a cane pole from a safe distance, or you can watch a show involving skilled gator handlers. There’s also a chance you might see a rare albino gator named, Pearl, so keep your eyes peeled!

Oh So Much More

We’ve only included three Florida based sites for your perusal. We could write multiple blogs about some of Florida’s unique experiences. However, we hope these three will get your thoughts going and set you on a visit Florida plan! If you’d like to add to the list, or comment on the sites we included here, please leave us a comment below!

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