From tropical gardens to golf and skydiving, don’t miss these out-of-the-ordinary Florida attractions.
It’s no surprise that more than 110 million people make Florida their top travel destination every year. Fabulous beaches, interesting historical sites, world-class culture and, of course, theme parks fill every corner of the state. You’ve probably heard of the most popular places to visit, but these seven less-traveled Florida attractions offer unique outings for all ages.
Chocolate Kingdom, Orlando and Kissimmee
A factory tour at Chocolate Kingdom invites an intimate encounter with this beloved confection. You’ll learn about the entire chocolate production process – how it evolves from simple beans into sweet chocolate candies. See the chocolate museum, informative exhibits, various chocolate sculptures and chocolate production using old-world machinery. Samples are included!
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Fans of the “Dolphin Tale” movies can see the real-life Winter the Dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. This working hospital treats sick and injured ocean animals including sea otters, sharks, turtles and pelicans. For an additional fee, you can sign up for an animal encounter to feed and touch the animals. Don’t miss the Sea Life Safari Boat Tour to watch marine scientists at work and spot dolphins in the water.
See Winter the dolphin at Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables
David Fairchild was one of the most famous plant explorers in the world, and the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is named after him. Experience a colorful butterfly garden, tropical rainforest, palm tree garden, rare plant house and aromatic fruit trees. Take a guided walking tour or sit back on a narrated tram tour and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
LEGOLAND Florida, Winter Haven
LEGOLAND Florida covers nearly 59 hectares and boasts more than 50 rides, attractions and shows designed for ages 2 to 12. In addition, the park has a wide array of restaurants and shops, the historic Cypress Gardens and LEGOLAND Water Park. The Ninjago World and World of Chima attractions are hugely popular with fans. The park has two accommodations options – the LEGOLAND Resort and LEGOLAND Beach Retreat – that feature fun, LEGO-themed décor and family-oriented amenities.
A boy has a blast riding a Lego car at LEGOLAND
Skydive Palm Beach
If you’ve always dreamed of skydiving, over Florida’s scenic and flat terrain is a great place to do it. Take in the beauty of Palm Beach and Lake Okeechobee from high altitude under the guidance of professional skydiving trainers. The thrills will all be captured on photo and video to take home and show your friends.
Located in west Central Florida, Tampa’s Topgolf is a unique entertainment center that makes a true game for everyone out of the sport of golf. Try short- and long-game competitions, test your accuracy by hitting microchipped balls into targets or compete against your friends to win bragging rights. The free Kidzone is fun for children under 12, with billiards, video games and golf for kids. There’s also a restaurant and full bar on site.
TreeHoppers Aerial Adventure Park, Dade City
TreeHoppers is the ultimate ropes course and zipline park in one. This large aerial park is located 40 minutes north of Tampa and features eight courses with varying levels of difficulty. Cross wobbly bridges, climb swaying rope ladders, scale challenging climbing features and soar on ziplines through the trees. There’s a training course and safety harnesses to help you have fun safely.