There’s no denying that Florida is filled with nightlife and excitement, but there’s a different side to the this area that few rarely think about: the natural sights of Florida. Florida offers tourists and residents the chance to take in the beautiful wildlife and plant life that is unique to the area. The following places are not necessarily sought after by tourists, but they do offer visitors the chance to get in touch with nature.
The Florida Keys
Located at the tip of Florida, the Florida Keys are on many people’s checklist when it comes to visiting the area, and it’s no surprise why. The 120 mile stretch of the Florida Keys offer crystal clear waters, a chance to see sea life like manatees and dolphins. Take a swim or, f you’re feeling adventurous, try snorkeling in the water to truly experience the serene setting.
Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve
Located in Jacksonville, the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve gives visitors a history lesson in addition to a beautiful area to look at. Before Europeans came to America, this area was ruled by Timucuan Native Americans and for 6,000 years this area was preoccupied. Learn the ways that humans were able to take advantage of the land throughout the centuries and what species of animals also live in the area.
Gulf Islands National Seashore
The Gulf Islands National Seashore stretches across the beaches of Mississippi and Florida, with many different spots along the way to visit. Along the shores, you can take in the natural beaches, hiking areas, wildlife, and even historic sites. For example, the Fort Pickens Area is home to Fort Pickens, one of 4 forts that were built to defend the nation. It was used throughout the Civil War and was even modernized years following the war. Tours are available daily on the fort.
The American Everglades is a huge reserve in the south of Florida that covers 1.5 million miles. Within the reserve lives hundreds of species of protected wildlife, hiking, canoeing, and events throughout the year. Be a part of a tour group and learn about the endangered species that live in the area, or learn about the effects of climate change and unique ecosystems that thrive in the Everglades.