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110 Unique Things to Do in Florida

January 2, 2020 10 min read

Florida is one of those places that many people love to visit. Whether it’s because of the beaches, the sunny weather, or Disney, the Sunshine State gets plenty of visitors yearly.

Having lived in Florida my whole life, I have noticed that people either go to Disney or wonder what to do in Florida. I’ve had friends not know what to do in the Sunshine State, so as a Floridian, I thought it would be a good idea to list 110 unique things to do in Florida.

You will find things to do in the list below separated by city. So if you’re going to a certain city, scroll to the table of contents to find the city you’ll be going to. 

Miami

Miami is my hometown, so there’s a lot about Miami that most tourists will not know about. Even after living in Miami throughout my childhood, I still learn about new activities and places to visit.

1. Wynwood

Amazing street art, wonderful galleries to explore, and also some great eateries.

2. Art Deco Historic District

Offers some retro buildings and has some fun tours. Also has the Art Deco Weekend, a three-day event full of music, art, food, and much more.

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3. Food Tour in Little Havana

Learn more about the Cuban culture and taste delicious Cuban Cuisine as well as tasty drinks.

4. Vizcaya Museum & Gardens

Majestic and beautiful museum with amazing gardens.

5. Eat cinnamon rolls at the Knaus Berry Farm

Popular with the locals for their cinnamon rolls. They also have shakes and other goodies!

6. Fruit & Spice Park

The beautiful 37-acre botanical park contains over 500 fruits, vegetables, spices and herbs. Although you are not allowed to pick fruit from the tree, visitors are welcome to sample fallen fruit.

7. Bayside Marketplace

An open-air shopping center in Downtown Miami. Has a tropical look and it’s wrapped around by the banks of Biscayne Bay.

8. Miccosukee Resort & Gaming

Play in the casino or eat brunch, there’s plenty to do within the resort.

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9. The Coral Castle

Located in Homestead and has a unique history.

10. Take a trip to the Everglades

If you’re more on the adventurous side and love the outdoors, then you’ll definitely like the Everglades. They have plenty of tours, airboat tours, and a lot of nature!

11. Miami Beach

Take a trip to the beach, and get some rays and drinks in.

12. Have lunch in Brickell

A very posh neighborhood in Miami, Brickell has plenty of great restaurants.

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13. Design District

Head on over to the Design District to admire the architecture and wonderful stores.

14. The Biltmore Hotel

Said to be haunted, The Biltmore Hotel is a very beautiful hotel to visit, whether it is to stay or have brunch. They do offer free tours that occur every Sunday at 1:30 and 2:30 PM. 

15. The Venetian Pool

Located in Coral Gables, this is a great public pool to visit. 

16. The Burger Museum

Holds 3,000 collectibles from Burger and Comfort Food Restaurants from all over the United States. (UPDATE: This Museum is no longer there, but you could always visit the casino).

17. See celebrity mansions

Take an hour-long boat tour and cruise past celebrity homes on Fisher Island, Star Island, and Palm Island. 

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18. Roam around the Ancient Spanish Monastery

A medieval monastery was transported from Spain and rebuilt in Miami. 

19. Holocaust Memorial

Miami Beach has a Holocaust Memorial, which was conceived by a group of Holocaust survivors.

20.  Visit The Bass

a historic art deco space featuring diverse art and sculpture gardens. They even have their own “magic mountain”, which is referred to as Miami Mountain. 

21. Go to the Unicorn Factory

If you love art and unicorns, this is the place to visit. 

22. Jungle Island

Like the zoo, except there are more exotic animals. 

23. Wander around The Kampong

A botanical garden located in Coconut Grove, The Kampong contains a fascinating array of tropical fruit and flowering trees.

24. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

This beautiful botanical garden is located in Coral Gables and has 83 acres of rare tropical plants. 

Fort Lauderdale

25. Cinemark Paradise 24

Watch a movie at this beautiful Egyptian Temple movie theater.

26. Swap Shop Flea Market

Go to a drive-in movie at the Flea Market or go shopping.

27. Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

Filled with a collection of art and the personal treasures of the Birch/Bartlett families.

28. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Even if you don’t need a room, this hotel has it all: a big nice pool, restaurants, a spa, memorabilia, and a casino.

29. Butterfly World

The largest butterfly park in the world, the facility houses around 20,000 live butterflies.

30. Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Said to be something out of Narnia, this State Park offers visitors a freshwater lagoon, diverse wildlife, hiking, fishing, and much more.

31. Museum of Discovery & Science

One of the largest museums in Florida of its kind, this museum offers interactive exhibits and an IMAX theater.

Orlando/Kissimmee

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32. Kennedy Space Center

Check out all things NASA, shuttle launches, IMAX films, and astronaut memorabilia.

33. Try Axe Throwing

Epic Axe Throwing offers anyone visiting the opportunity to throw axes.

34. Visit Titanic: The Artifact Museum

This beautiful museum showcases all things Titanic.

35. Stroll around the Bok Tower Gardens

Known for its “singing” tower, this peaceful garden has a tower whose carillon bells play several times a day.

36. Visit the Tallest Tree in Florida

Big Tree Park is home to the tallest tree in Florida.

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37. Hangout with Celebrities at Madame Tussaud’s

A museum full of life-size wax replicas of celebrities.

38. Make Your Own Pancakes at The Old Spanish Sugar Mill

Located inside De Leon Springs State Park, The Old Spanish Sugar Mill allows guests to make their own pancakes.

39. See the City of Orlando on The Wheel

The Wheel at ICON Park allows you to see Orlando from about 400 feet up in the air.

40. Go on a Beer Tour with Hop on! Orlando

Go to several breweries with Hop on! Orlando and sample some delicious beer.

41. Go to the Sea Life Aquarium

Beautiful exhibits with a variety of sea creatures.

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42. Drink Around the World at Epcot

Have some adult fun by drinking around the world at Disney’s Epcot.

43. Explore Fort Christmas Historical Park

This park features replicas of historical buildings.

44. Feed Lemurs at Safari Wilderness

Safari Wilderness allows you to go on a safari and also feed the animals.

45. Take a Drive around the Apopka Wildlife Drive

If you’re a nature lover but you don’t want to walk trails, then the Apopka Wildlife Drive is a good place to visit. See wildlife while you drive in your car.

46. Stroll around Disney Springs

If you’re on a budget but want to experience the magic of Disney, visit Disney Springs.

47. Go on the Central Florida Ale Trail and Try Different Beers

Simply get a map from one of the participating breweries and begin your journey. Once you complete the map with stamps, you will get a special growler to celebrate.

48. Take a Tour of Florida’s Natural

Learn about their history and sample orange juice.

49. Go on a Pub Crawl in Downtown Orlando

Every month, the pub crawl has a different theme. So dress up and visit all the bars included in the crawl.

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50. Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards

Sample some delicious wine and take the tour.

51. Go Canoeing or Kayaking at Lake Louisa State Park

Located in Clermont, Lake Louisa Park is a 4,372-acre Florida State Park offering visitors plenty to do.

52. Go to the Citrus Tower

One of Florida’s first attractions, you will be taken all the way to the top to get a view of Clermont.

53. Presidents Hall of Fame

Take photos of their replica Mount Rushmore and check out their museum with a miniature replica of the White House.

54. Showcase of Citrus

From picking fresh Florida Citrus to riding on a monster truck, this spot has plenty to do.

55. Visit Cassadaga and Take a Tour

A small community known for having many psychics and mediums and has been named the “Psychic Capital of the World.”

56. Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

See some odd things such as rare animal skeletons at this museum.

57. Capone’s Dinner & Show

Watch a 30’s gangland Chicago-themed show and enjoy an Italian-American buffet.

Tampa

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58. Go to Junk Art of Hong Kong Willie

A property decorated with buoys, ropes, and many other random things.

59. Cruise along the Tampa Riverwalk

Take the Pirate Water Taxi and explore everything Tampa Bay has to offer.

60. Visit Ybor City Historic District

Located northwest of Downtown Tampa, this area has an interesting history as well as some fun things to do.

61. Dinosaur World

Between Tampa and Lakeland, Dinosaur World is an open-air museum with more than 150 dinosaur models.

62. Henry B. Plant Museum

Beautiful museum with original furnishings and artifacts.

63. Take a Tour of the Yuengling Brewery

A completely free tour that shows you how Yuengling is made.

64. Gasparilla Pirate Festival

I’ve heard so many good things about this festival. This year, it takes place on January 25th and usually occurs around January every year. This is a large parade and the main event of the festival is the Parade of Pirates.

Saint Augustine

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65. Learn More about Castillo de San Marcos

The historic fort offers visitors a self-guided tour and beautiful views.

66. Visit the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

Take a tour of this beautiful lighthouse and museum. Climb 219 steps to the top to enjoy a breathtaking view.

67. Go to the Lightner Museum

Home to a collection of fine 19th-century art.

68. Take a Tour of Saint Augustine Distillery

Ranked #1 Whiskey Tour in 2018. Learn about Bourbon, Gin, Rum, and Vodka.

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69. Go on a Pirate Cruise on the Black Raven Pirate Ship

This pirate-themed boat ride offers live entertainment and cocktails.

70. Go on a Haunted Pub Tour

Explore different haunted bars while learning more about the history and drinking booze.

71. Go to a Pirate Festival

The Old City Pirate Fest is a weekend full of pirate fun. This year it is going to be from January 25th to January 26th.

72. Take a Trolley Tour

There are plenty of trolleys in St. Augustine that will take you around the city to learn more about the history of each attraction.

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73. Visit the Presbyterian Church

The church was constructed in 1889 by Henry Morrison Flagler. Not only is the outside of the church gorgeous, but the inside is even better.

74. Go on a Tasting Tour in San Sebastian Winery

Offers complimentary tours and wine tasting!

75. Make a Pit Stop at the Kings Head British Pub

A wonderful U.K. Pub/restaurant with unique decorations.

76. Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park

Beautiful park showcasing the 16th-century Spanish settlement.

Key West

77. Go Scuba Diving/Snorkeling in Key Largo

One of the best spots to scuba dive and snorkel.

78. Visit the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum

If you’ve read any of his books or stories, then this is a good spot to learn more about him.

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79. Eat Some Delicious Key Lime Pie in Mallory Square

Key West is known for its Key Lime Pie, and it’s even better when you eat it in Mallory Square.

80. Go to the Pier to Watch the Sunset

Go to the Sunset Pier to see the best sunset.

St. Petersburg

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81. Eat a Delicious Meal at the Toasted Monkey

One of my favorite beach bars, the Toasted Monkey has some amazing food, beautiful views, and lots of entertainment.

82. Have Some Drinks at Postcard Inn on the Beach (PCI Beach Bar)

One of the oldest bars on the beach, the PCI Beach Bar is a great spot for drinks, plus their decor is cool to look at.

83. Take a Ride to the Beach with Free Beach Ride

Get free local rides with Free Beach Ride. The drivers work for tips only.

84. Go to the Salvador Dali Museum

An art museum that houses the largest collection of Dalí’s works outside Europe.

85. Admire Glass Art at the Chihuly Collection

Unique sculptures by glass artist Dale Chihuly.

Safety Harbor/Clearwater

86. Eat a Sandwich at the Sandwich on Main

They have some amazing sandwiches, and I absolutely love the drinks they have.

87. Admire the Art in Whimzeyland

The most colorful house in Safety Harbor, this place also has a bunch of bowling balls and other decorations around the house.

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88. Watch the Sunset from Pier 60 in Clearwater Beach

The sunsets here are breathtaking and absolutely gorgeous.

89. Crooked Thumb Brewery

Drink some craft beer or join in on Trivia Night.

90. Philippe Park

Go check out the National Historic Landmark, the Tocobaga Indian Mound at this beautiful park.

Tallahassee/Pensacola

91. Visit Wolves at the Secrest Wolf Preserve

You get to be near them rather than seeing them behind a fence.

92. Florida Caverns State Park

We don’t have many caves in Florida, but this State Park has caves.

93. Fort Barrancas

A United States Military Fort and also a National Historic Landmark.

94. National Naval Aviation Museum

One of the largest aviation museums in the world.

DeLand

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95. Take a Tour of the Stetson Mansion

Said to be one of the largest homes in the state built before the 20th century.

96. Take an Audio Tour of Downtown DeLand

Thanks to the App, Florida Stories, you can take your own audio tour of downtown DeLand for free.

97. Bill Dreggors Park

Beautiful park with a lot of history.

98. Catch a Show at the Athens Theatre

Lovely theatre with live entertainment.

Daytona Beach

99. Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens

Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens is a botanical garden with ruins from a 19th-century sugar mill.

100. Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier

The Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier is a great spot with entertainment, amazing views, restaurants, and more.

101. Tour the Daytona International Speedway

Take a tour of the Daytona International Speedway, where the Daytona 500 races occur.

102. Go Waterfront Dining

Enjoy the beauty of Daytona by dining near the waterfront.

103. Visit the Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse

Located 10 miles south of Daytona Beach, the Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse is one of the most well-preserved and second tallest in the country.

Jacksonville

104. Kingsley Plantation

Kingsley Plantation has an interesting history and is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.

105. Visit Mosh

Visit Mosh, Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History.

106. Surfer the Bar

Surfer the Bar is a beachside bar known for its live music performances.

107. Cummerbund Museum of Art and Gardens

The Cummerbund Museum of Art and Gardens holds one of the finest art collections in the Southeast and features 2.5 acres of historic gardens.

Naples

108. Naples Botanical Garden

Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre garden paradise.

109. Naples Pier

Naples Pier is a favorite spot among many locals.

110. Tin City Waterfront Shops

Tin City Waterfront Shops are locally owned stores and restaurants by the waterfront.

Florida is such a wonderful state to visit, especially with the number of activities and places to see. Hopefully, this list of unique things to do in Florida will help you plan your next visit. 

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3 Comments

  • Nicola January 13, 2020 at 6:25 am

    This is a fantastic list. Wow, there’s so much stuff to do in Florida! I’ve been there once but I didn’t know about most of these things. If I ever go again I’m referring to this list for different things to do 🙂

    • Hanny January 13, 2020 at 9:03 pm

      Awesome thanks! There is plenty to do in Florida and my list could have actually been longer, but I had to cut it somewhere lol

  • Elly Camron November 8, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing

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