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Things to Do in Florida

A top vacation spot, Florida visitors can relax on its many beaches – Clearwater, St. Pete, Sarasota, Ft Myers, Marco Island, Naples, The Keys, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm, Cocoa and Daytona - after the theme parks or attractions like Orlando’s Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park and the Disney-MGM Studios, Universal Studios of Florida, SeaWorld or Tampa’s Busch Gardens. There are still more things to do: scuba dive, golf, shop or explore art museums – Dali or Ringling, visit the homes of Edison or Hemingway, or tour the oldest city, St. Augustine, Kennedy Space Center or The Everglades. Discover great seafood restaurants. Stay in hotels, condos, resorts or vacation rentals.
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Armed Forces History Museum

2050 34th Way North
Largo, Florida
727-539-8371
One of the largest collections of military memorabilia in Florida, it displays artifacts ranging from World War I through to the present day including uniforms, military equipment, movie set props, posters and other memorabilia.
Hours & Admission
Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Closed holidays. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: Armed Forces Military Museum

Audubon House and Tropical Gardens

205 Whitehead Street
Key West, Florida
305-294-2116
Attraction Tickets
When artist and ornithologist John James Audubon visited Key West and the Dry Tortugas in 1832, he sighted and drew 19 new species for his monumental "Birds of America" folio. It is believed that many of those detailed paintings were conceived in this garden.

The 19th-century home, originally built by ships' carpenters for harbor pilot and shipwreck salvager Captain John Geiger - whose family occupied the house for approximately 100 years, is a museum that showcases both the...
Hours & Admission
Daily 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission.
Photo ©Flying Compass

Bahia Honda State Park

36850 Overseas Hwy.
Big Pine Key, Florida
305-872-2353
Bahia Honda State Park straddles U.S. Highway 1 just after the Seven Mile Bridge. Guest using the park on the south side have views and use of the Atlantic Ocean beaches, while those on the north side can play in Florida Bay.

Dr. Stephan Leatherman, also known as 'Dr. Beach,' recognizes Bahia Honda as having one of the Top 10 beaches in the U.S.

The 524-acre park on Bahia...
Hours & Admission
Park: daily 8:00 a.m. to dusk. Snorkel trips: depart 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Admission.
Photo ©Flying Compass

Barefoot Beach State Preserve

Barefoot Beach Blvd.
Bonita Springs, Florida
239-591-8596
The park with sabal palms and sea grapes and a one-mile nature trail is comprised of 342 acres on a barrier island. It is the home to gopher tortoise and loggerhead sea turtle. Barefoot Beach is separated from the mainland by tidal creeks and mangrove swamps - an extremely important part of the ecosystem as it is a nursery for young fish.
Hours & Admission
8:00 a.m. to dusk.
Photo Courtesy: Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB

Bay Bluffs Park/Preserve

2000-3600 Scenic Highway
Pensacola, Florida
850-436-5510
See the only natural bluffs in Florida at this 42-acre park overlooking Escambia Bay. Explore the park via nature trails, some with boardwalks.
Hours & Admission
Daily dawn to dusk. Free.
Photo Courtesy: Pensacola Bay Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Boggy Creek Airboat Rides

2001 East Southport Road
Kissimmee, Florida
407-344-9550
Journey to an ecosystem only accessible by airboat. During 30-minute group tours or a 45-minute private tour explore Central Florida's Everglades, home to alligators, turtles and birds, while learning about this unique habitat.

Professional trophy bass fishing guide and gator hunting guide services are offered.
Hours & Admission
Daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed December 25. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: Boggy Creek Airboat Rides

Clam Pass Beach Park

410 Seagate Drive
Naples, Florida
239-252-4000
The 35-acre coastal habitat features a three-quarter-mile-long boardwalk that brings visitors to the beach. The boardwalk doubles as a nature walk and during warmer weather provides respite from the sun.

Clam Pass is separated from the mainland by tidal creeks and mangrove swamps - an extremely important part of the ecosystem as it is a nursery for young fish. Additionally shorebirds call this area home.
Hours & Admission
8:00 a.m. to dusk. Free.
Photo Courtesy: Naples Grande Beach Resort

Conch Tour Train

201 Front Street
Key West, Florida
305-294-5161
Tour Tickets
All aboard the Conch Tour Train for a fully narrated 90-minute tour of Key West's Old Town and points beyond. Along the way learn about island facts and folklore. Crisscross the island while traveling past places of interest like Ernest Hemingway's Home and Museum, the Key West Lighthouse, the Southernmost Point, and the Historic Seaport district (The Bight), among many others.

This is an great introduction to Key West for the whole family. Its small, open, canvas-canopied cars are...
Hours & Admission
Daily 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tours: depart every half hour. Admission.
Photo ©Flying Compass

Crane Point Museum and Nature Center

5500 Overseas Highway
Marathon, Florida
305-743-9100
The Crane Point Museum and Nature Center has more than 10 major exhibits covering the geography, plant and animal life of the Florida Keys, as well as the 5,000-year history of man's habitation in the region. Highlights include:

• a wall-size, color-enhanced enlargement of a Skylab photo of the region that reveals details about the island chain

• a shipwreck display highlights the many ships and men that were lost on the treacherous reefs surrounding the Keys....
Hours & Admission
Monday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: Crane Point Museum and Nature Center

David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts

1010 North MacInnes Place
Tampa, Florida
813-229-7827
The center, in downtown Tampa on a nine-acre site along the east bank of the Hillsborough River, is the largest performing arts complex south of the Kennedy Center.

The 335,000 square-foot facility, consisting of five distinct theaters and a performing arts conservatory, offers a wide variety of world-class events. It boasts one of the nation's leading Broadway series and is nationally respected for producing grand opera, as well as concerts, performances and events....
Hours & Admission
Ticket office: Monday to Saturday 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
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