Ask most people what first comes to mind when they think about a Florida vacation and chances are you’d hear “Disney!” Nothing wrong with a trip to the Magic Kingdom, but there’s a lot more to do in Florida than visiting Mickey.

Ghosts and Mediums

You don’t have to travel too far from Orlando to find a town devoted to spiritualism. Cassadega is unique. You’ll can take classes at a spiritualist camp and talk to real mediums. In town, you’ll spot signs for “ghost crossings” and other quirky happenings. Whether you’re just curious or really want to learn more, Cassadega is certainly out of the ordinary.

Watchng the Manatees

Manatees are very special gentle giants, many scarred from the propellers of boats and protected by law. Manatees need water temperatures about 68 degrees, so during the winter they congregate around many of Florida’s natural springs, great places to visit and see the “real” Florida.

There is good manatee-watching at:

  • Crystal River Natural Wildlife Refuge
  • Blue Spring State Park
  • Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
  • Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
  • Manatee and Springs State Parks

Monkey Jungle

In the Miami area, if you want to entertain the kids for a while, Monkey Jungle should do it. Here, the people are caged, not the monkeys. An animal behaviorist brought some monkeys to the Everglades, but wanted to observe their behavior without caging them. So the monkeys roam free while the people are “caged” on paths. It’s fun to watch the monkeys acting as they would in their natural environments.

Everglades National Park

Another must-do Miami-area attraction is Everglades National Park. The Everglades is the nation’s second-largest national park. There are many boat trips into the Everglades, a fun way to admire the natural beauty and spot a wild variety of wildlife, including alligators.

Kennedy Space Center

Older adults may get more out of a visit than the kids since they remember the moon landings. SpaceX is using Kennedy for some launches, so it may be possible to watch a rocket take off. Just remember that launches tend to be scrubbed at the last minute. If you’re lucky enough to see a rocket rise into the clouds, it’s an unforgettable experience.

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