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Three Non-Orlando Places to Stay in Florida

For travelers who visit Florida, most flock to Orlando to take in the magic of Disney World. Though this is a beautiful state with a lot more to offer than it’s famous theme parks.

There are plenty of lesser-known places that offer their own, unique experiences for travelers. If you’re seeking sandy beaches, unique food options, and a diverse, colorful culture, you might be surprised what these little-known gems Florida has to offer.

If You’re Into Nature

If you like thick forests, rich with wildlife and a variety of plants, then Florida’s Ocala National Forest is a definitely a must-see spectacle. With more than 600 square miles of protected forest, the area is full of adventure.

According to one article, visitors have plenty of options at their disposal when they visit the forests. They can swim in the cool waters, paddle, canoe, or kayak along the Juniper Spring run, or hike, bike, or ride horseback along the 66 miles of trails throughout the forests.

As long as you have the right gear, the forests are filled with activities for any and all outdoorsy visitors.

If You’re A Foodie/Brew Fan

In this list describing the top places for young professionals in Florida, the Wynwood Art District in Miami was included as one of the most exciting places for food and beer lovers alike.

Grab a bite of some traditional Americana-style food with flair at Wynwood Kitchen & Bar—the neighborhood hot spot that features artwork from locals and live music. Or you can opt for some Japanese-influenced cuisine at the highly rated Asian-fusion restaurant, SuViche.

And with the help of Wynwood Brewing Company, otherwise known as Miami’s first craft brewery, as well as Wakefield Brewing, and Concrete Beach Brewery, your glass will never go empty.

If You’re a History Buff

Fort Matanzas. Photo by Eccentric Scholar

If you’re a fan of historical events, architecture, and artwork, tourists need to look no further than Amelia Island, a part of the barrier islands, just north of Jacksonville.

The area hosts various historic homes and sites for tourists to explore, as well as local events that celebrate the area’s rich past. This page shows the region’s local calendar for celebrations, including a local jazz festival that features everything from swing to big band to Dixieland.

Among the jazz greats to grace the stage at the festival are Grammy winners David Sanborn and Ramsey Lewis, so you never know who you might get to see perform.

Disney is amazing, but there are plenty of other reasons to visit the Sunshine State. Set your GPS to any one of these fun destinations, and you’re guaranteed to have a vacation and you won’t soon forget.

Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; a website dedicated to opening your eyes to the wild & natural world.

Committed to bringing you the best in adventure travel from all around the globe, there is no mountain too high, and no fete too extreme! They haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on their list.

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