A Blog by: Lily
Edited by: Nina
Has 2020 left you feeling down & uninspired?
As Florida natives, we feel it is our duty to uplift & inspire our fellow readers by sharing our hidden Florida gems that YOU must visit! These places hold such special memories in our hearts & we hope that once we get this pandemic under control, we can start doing adventures like this once again! This week we are starting with Lily’s top 3 must-see hidden gems of Florida!
Do you know that Florida has its very own prehistoric landmark? With fossil beds dating back to 33 million years ago, what an adventure you’d have swimming around in literal history. Devils Den got its name because in the early cold winter mornings you can see steam thick as smoke rise from the cave’s hole. Will a cool temperature of 72 degrees year-round, you are bound to have a splash at this place! What makes this place so special is that it is underground! Yes, you read that right, to get to the spring you have to take a staircase all the way down to where you can dive & swim. Our family decided to pack up and go one day during the peak of summer, and it was one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had! There is snorkel/scuba equipment you can rent, year-round. There are also campgrounds and cabins there, just in case you want to get the full experience! S pack up your swimmers because you definitely won’t regret the drive!
The Space Coast
If you are true Floridian than I can guarantee you have seen a shuttle launch! It is an experience you’ll never forget. To watch an object successfully launch right into the stars is something that’s is still a sight to see. Did you know that the reason Florida is the best destination to launch is mainly because of the equator? With the earth rotating most quickly at the equator the orbital velocity gives it that extra push into space. If you go to https://www.nasa.gov their website has up to date information on any of their next launches! I took my husband to his first launch earlier this year and he was so in awe of the live countdown & actual launch. See when the next one is and take a trip to the Space Coast!
“Founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers, it is the oldest continuously inhabited European-established settlement”- oldcity.com. This area holds a lot of history and has so many activities to do. My favorite is the Colonial Quarter! You can sashay down this 2-acre attraction and catch a glimpse of history learning about the 16th,17th, and 18th centuries! The one historical building I always visit is the “Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse”. Built around 1716, it is still standing tall and welcomes visitors from all around the world. For my social media ladies looking for that cute picture for the gram, there’s an old fashion outhouse just for that picture-perfect setting- HA. Also, if you are up to it, take a ghost tour while you are there! With all that history, there’s bound to be spirits waiting to haunt the living. The tour would be a great fall activity, because, spooky!
I hope you enjoyed my 3 favorites hidden Florida Gems! Have you been to all of them? None of them? Are you planning a trip of your own somewhere soon? Tell us all about it in the comments!
Tune into next week when Nina shares her 3 favorite Florida places!