Bordering the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other, Florida boasts miles upon miles of white sandy beaches. Despite its stereotypical reputation for being the home of Disneyland and alligators, the Sunshine State certainly holds a lot of cards to its chest when it comes to fun and relatively under the radar things to see and do. It's moderate climate and stunning landscape is ready and waiting for you to take full advantage of its impressively varied and exciting attractions.
The lovely Sanibel Island can be found just off of Fort Myers in the Gulf of Mexico and is connected to the mainland via a causeway. This quiet, natural travel destination is perfect for families or those looking for a laid-back vibe. The area is full of wildlife refuges and is the perfect place to spend some time on the beach hunting for cool sea shells. Its 7000 residents are proud to call this little haven their home and, aside from the beaches and abundance of wildlife, other attractions include a historical museum, botanical garden, lighthouse and arts centre.
The Seacrest Wolf Preserve
The Seacrest Wolf Preserve has been going since 1999 when a husband and wife team decided to create a place that cares for and preserved large grey wolves. The wolves are typically displaced captive animals that would be faced with death without the help of this non-profit organisation. Visitors are welcome to interact with the wolves during their two and a half hour tours and should expect the wolves to do the same! This is a rare place where people are able to get up close and personal with these stunning creatures and is certainly a very worthwhile place to stop and explore during your Florida stay.
As the world's largest freshwater pool, the Venetian Pool in Coral Gables is a one of a kind experience due to its natural ability to empty and refill itself during the summer, keeping water clean and inviting! Having being built in 1924 from the remains of a Florida coral rock quarry, the public pool was built to reflect likeliness to a Venetian grotto. Florida's attempt to bring a piece of the Med into the states certainly paid off as visitors are able to float around and enjoy the beauty and sounds of this peaceful location.
This remote island has a long history of sea turtles and sunken treasure as well as one of the world's largest coastal brick fortresses. The fort was abandoned by the army in 1874 after the stretch of land being discovered in 1513 and now operates as part of the Dry Tortugas National Park. This part of Florida is only available for reach by sea plane or boat and is considered to be one of America's most remote and least visited national parks.
Before you take on the adventure of a lifetime in 'The Sunshine State', be sure to apply for your ESTA online- the simple application process ensures that you are able to enter the country without having to apply for a visa.