Updated: Apr 7, 2022
Florida, USA, aka the Sunshine State is home to some of the best beaches, world-class resorts and amusement parks. But there are some yet to be explored beautiful destinations you may not know about. We look at 5 beautiful places in Florida that you may not have known existed.
Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden - Delray Beach:
Make a trip to Delray Beach for a unique Japanese experience outside of Japan at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. You will get to experience peace fountains, gorgeous trees and foliage as well as serene ponds. You also get to experience Japanese Art Deco, tattoo culture, be a part of a traditional tea ceremony and the art of creating bamboo baskets! This tranquil gardens offer you the opportunity to experience variegated exhibitions centered on different aspects of Japanese culture.
Neptune Memorial Reef - Key Biscayne:
Want to experience the haven for boaters, scuba divers and marine biologists? Then you should check out the Neptune Memorial Reef at the Key Biscayne area. Considered the largest man-made reef in the world, this Atlantis-inspired site covers over 16 acres of the ocean floor. The reef is not only known for its underwater experience, but also its “life after life” experience where people send off the ashes of loved ones in this tranquil memorial.
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens - Gainesville:
Just off Archer road sits Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, which is known as one of the best botanical gardens in the U.S. and it is just minutes from the University of Florida. Kanapaha Botanical Gardens houses twenty-four different gardens that sit side by side, ranging from Japanese and rose gardens to an enchanted butterfly garden. The garden is home to the state’s largest collection of bamboo trees, the biggest herb garden in the Southeast, and ponds full of giant Victorian water Lillies. Stroll along lush trail paths filled with oaks draped in Spanish moss and finally enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Kanapaha while relaxing on a bench.
Falling Waters State Park - Chipley:
What comes to mind when you think about Florida? Beaches? Well, you are not the only one! But if you want to see some breathtaking nature and appreciate local history, then check out Falling Waters State Park in Chipley. Falling Waters is a remote tropical paradise, fern-covered park with paths leading to its iconic 73-foot waterfall (the highest waterfall in the state), which drops into an extensive sinkhole. Relics and local legends tell us that the park contains numerous sinkholes that were used as hideouts by Native Americans who fought Andrew Jackson in the Seminole Wars. So, get ready for some exciting experiences because the Park’s springs have great swimming holes, as well as amazing fishing, camping and hiking trails.
Coral Castle - Miami:
After taking time away from Miami’s beautiful beaches and want to do some more exploring, you should considered what some call the eighth man-made Wonder of the World, Coral Castle. This beautiful piece of architecture took Ed Leedskalnin 28 years to turn 1,100 tons of coral rock into an extravagant castle. Ed Leedskalnin secretly built this eye-catching castle under cover of night, at a time when there was no access to modern construction methods. This is the most remarkable artificial structure in the state and it stands as one of the world’s most mysterious accomplishments.
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