Florida is a spectacular holiday destination for people across the globe, and while we all love incredible attractions such as Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Studios, Florida is also home to other marvelous and unique attractions.
The sunshine state has plenty of intriguing sites and fun activities for people of all ages to enjoy, and whether you’re a history buff, adrenaline junkie or seeking something that has that special fairytale magical, you can find it all here. So, we’ve listed the top five unique attractions you can only experience in Florida:
Weeki Wachee: City of live mermaids
Florida makes the impossible possible and for many young ones, their dreams can come true right before their eyes. The city of live mermaid’s show is no different, and people of all ages are transfixed as they watch this underwater world come to life.
Here you can find one of the world’s largest mermaid shows, which families love to come watch time and time again, enjoying this impressive underwater wonder combining dance, theatrics and water skills, with a touch of added magic.
Make yourself comfortable in the submerged 400-seat auditorium, and see the incredible rendition of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid. We all know this captivating story filled with princes, wishes and witches, with some thrills included, too. So, enjoy the glorious costumes in this fun and thrilling show, which you can see all year round in the Weeki Wachee Spring State Park.
Tigris: Florida's tallest triple-launch coaster
Spring of 2019 saw the launch of Florida's tallest triple-launch roller coaster - Tigris, a must for any thrill seekers visiting the Florida area. This teeth-chattering ride can be found at Busch Gardens, where you can experience animal encounters, family friendly events and a host of exciting, jaw-dropping rides.
The Tigris is designed to mimic the awe-inspiring power of the tiger, and pays homage to the endangered Bengali tigers (which call the park their home). Holidaymakers can even go and see these majestic creatures at Busch Gardens, as soon as their feet are back on the ground.
Zip along over 1,800 feet of track both forwards and backwards; enjoy the wind in your hair through the thrilling twists and turns, and down the 150-feet drop which will make your stomach drop with adrenaline. This ride is not for the faint hearted, but if you’re 54 inches and above, make sure you take a ride on Florida’s tallest roller coaster.
Neptune Memorial Reef: Florida’s Atlantis
This has to be one of the only underwater cemeteries still in use, and this submerged world certainly looks and feels like the lost city of Atlantis. Scuba divers often dive down to visit this iconic spot, which has ancient looking columns and stoic lions guarding the entrance, where you can swim through the giant gates, and along the stone roads.
Holidaymakers can find Neptune Memorial Reef three-miles out to sea from Biscayne Bay in Miami, and are welcome to come visit for free to admire this submerged world. Florida artist - Kim Brandell designed the memorial, which was then opened in 2007, and the world’s oldest diver - Bert Kilbride, is amongst the many people who are buried here.
This artificial reef is an important ecological site, and many people also visit to discover the wildlife and fish living here, as well as the impressive underwater art. Visit this lost underwater city that is completely unique to Florida, found 40-feet under the ocean; providing the perfect trip for adventurous thrill seekers, and families with teenagers and older children.
Bok Tower Gardens
If Rapunzel was to be found anywhere, it would be in this astounding one-of-a-kind tower. Bok Tower Gardens is beautifully designed both inside and out, resembling a fairytale tower and found at the top of one of the highest points in Florida. Children will love the bells sounding as they make their way up this winding tower, filled with endless pictures and art to peer at along the way.
Walk around the charming gardens filled with fascinating wildlife, elegant butterflies and a host of colourful plants and flowers; a truly gorgeous place to visit on a summer’s day. A children's garden can also be located at the tower, comprised of a sand pit and water park, with plenty of other interactive activities and events happening throughout the year.
The lush gardens, expansive ponds, as well as the woodland and bird sanctuary offers a welcome break from the heat and the hustle bustle of Florida, for young families and culture buffs alike.
Pegasus and the Dragon
In Florida, you will find the second tallest statue in the United States and what is thought to be the largest largest bronze equine statue in the world. Pegasus and the dragon are locked in an eternal battle of good and evil, and this mystical story has been created on an epic scale, costing about $30 million dollars.
Travellers can find this towering scene at Gulfstream Park, outside the racetrack and casino at Hallandale Beach. So, make sure you stop by here in the evening, when the statue is lit up (at the light and laser show), and atmospheric mist surrounds these iconic giants. The little ones will be in awe of these amazing mythical creatures, and there is nothing quite like these figures soaring in the clouds above you.