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28655 South Dixie Highway, Miami, FL 33033
There are not a lot of castles in America, let alone Florida, so this one is a must see!
It's not a huge place, but it's a great stop off for 60-90-120 minutes. The tour guides know about all the history of the place and can tell you about the meaning behind every one of the special stones.
This is a fun place if you like:
At $18 an adult and $8 a child (7-12), it's not the cheapest place, but it's still fairly affordable. Check for coupons!
11901 Rod and Gun Club Rd, Fort Myers, FL 33913
Can't get enough nature and fresh air? Check out the Wild Turkey Strand Preserve! With some military history and lots of trails, you can explore the 3000+ acres of nature preserves south of Lehigh Acres in the Fort Myers area.
It's a great area to find wildflowers, check out local birds, and possibly even see some wildlife! Bring some water and some hiking boots. A good portion of the trail is paved or boardwalk, but around half of it may be marshy or even under water during the wet parts of the year. Winter and early spring might be your best times to visit, but you can do the solid trail parts all year!
3800 Corkscrew Rd, Estero, FL 33928
Looking for a bit of history and adventure in SWFL? Check out the Koreshan State Historic Site. It's not too far from US-41 and I-75, off of Alico Rd.
Visit the location of the historic Koreshan Unity community. With several preserved buildings and beautiful grounds, you can get a clear look into the culture of the group, dating back over 100 years! The volunteers and staff are knowledgeable, too. There are all sorts of tales and interesting anecdotes to hear about this Hollow Earth society!
At his location, you can also:
This trip is definitely worth taking!
St. Augustine, FL
There's so much to say about downtown St. Augustine and even more to see...
There are dozens of great sites to take a peek at, and they've really built the city for tourism. Trolleys and buses are all over the place, and parking wasn't that hard to find, either. For $2.50 an hour, you can definitely see some stuff without breaking the bank.
We visited the waterfront by the Bridge of Lions, then went through the park, hit Flagler College, and also visited the Lightner Museum. There are dozens of small shops and restaurants, and you can't forget the Castillo de San Marcos, either!
This is a great place to take your time and spend 2-3 days looking around!
1 S Castillo Dr, St. Augustine, FL 32084
Like castles, forts, and military history? Want to know more about colonial America? Check out the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida! It's the oldest and largest masonry fort in America. It's seen a lot of history, with Spain, England, and America all holding the fort at different times.
You can view cannons, living quarters, the watchtowers, and the central courtyard of the fort, and then go walk the walls and the moat. Take in the bay and check out the city view from the fort!
Let's get exploring!
4931 South Peninsula Drive - Ponce Inlet, FL 32127
Looking to climb some steps? Look no further! Climb the Ponce De Leon Lighthouse at Ponce Inlet, Florida. It's the highest Lighthouse in Florida!
Also check out the lighthouse keepers' homes and lifestyle memorabilia. Additionally, there is a whole building dedicated to the beacons and lights from lighthouses! Some of them are just HUGE!
Five Minute Field Trips
Learn about all sorts of cool places to visit alone or with your family. We look for inexpensive but fun places to visit. Being an educational spot is always a plus!