What strange things in South Florida will you find?
The state of Florida is already a major travel destination in the United States. The state’s sunny weather, exotic locales and vacation destinations such as Walt Disney World attract millions of Americans each year to travel there on their vacations.
OK, you’re planning to travel to South Florida. You love the beach but maybe you’re also looking to do something a little out of the ordinary while you’re there.
6 Strange Things in South Florida
For those that want to see more than the beaches, South Florida has plenty of offbeat attractions. Here are just some of the more unusual things to see and do while in South Florida.
Visit a castle
Located in Miami-Dade County, Coral Castle is a must-see attraction for those that love the weird and wonderful. Technically, it’s not a castle – nor is it made of coral.
However, the limestone structure is still very impressive and it has a mysterious history that makes it all the more fascinating (the castle was apparently built in 1920 by one man, Edward Leedskalnin, using supernatural abilities to move the stones).
Look out for the skunk ape
According to local legend, the Everglades has its own Bigfoot known as the Skunk Ape. Journey to the tiny town of Ochopee and you may increase your chances of sighting this mythical hairy creature.
The town even has its own Skunk Ape Research Headquarters, where you can learn more about the Skunk Ape and buy souvenirs to take back home.
Visit The World Erotic Art Museum
The World Erotic Art Museum in Miami is certainly a bit different to other museums in Florida. It contains over 4000 erotic objects and artworks collected from around the globe. It’s both fascinating and giggle-inducing. Miami is also home to a number of other unusual museums such as the Lock & Load Museum and the Museum of Graffiti for those seeking out other weird exhibitions.
Drink in a Miami speakeasy
Miami is home to a number of secret bars or ‘speakeasies’ as they’re sometimes referred. You’re unlikely to stumble across these – they’re deliberately hidden away and can only be found by those in the know. The internet has unveiled the identity of many of them, making it possible to track them down. A bar crawl of these speakeasies could be a great way to spend an evening in the city. Don’t worry about the hangover the next morning – IV therapy services such as Reset IV can help you recover. Alternatively, you could recuperate with an unconventional breakfast from Daily Creative Food Co.
Get caged in a zoo
Monkey Jungle is a zoo with a twist – instead of the animals being in cages, it’s the human visitors that end up in a cage. The zoo takes you through a series of caged walkways in which the monkeys are all around you. Over 300 primates live within the zoo, including some rare species that have almost become extinct in the wild.
This could be the perfect day out for animal-lovers (don’t forget to also visit Zoo Miami).
Explore an underwater city
Neptune Memorial Reef is a mysterious underwater city/underwater cemetery off the coast of Key Biscayne. It’s possible to take diving tours here and explore it for yourself, providing that you can dive.
Florida is also home to a number of other fascinating dive sites such as the wreck of USS Oriskany and Devil’s Den.
Other unique places and attractions throughout Florida worth a visit include:
- Weeki Wachee Springs State Park (Spring Hill)
- University of Florida bat house and bat barn (Gainesville)
- Carabelle Bottle House (Carabelle)
- Prison Animal Farm (Stock Island)
- Goofy Golf (Fort Walton Beach)
- Stiltsville (Key Biscayne)
- Church by the Sea aka the “chicken church” (Madeira Beach)
How many of these bizarre attractions have you visited? Do you have any other weird and wonderful places to add to our list?
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’ll visit again real soon . . . . Janice B