The List

 50 Things to Love About Florida
for the Non-Theme Park Enthusiast

This list is a work-in-progress, beginning in April 2010.


1.  Spending a Day at the Beach — swimming in the ocean, walking along the shore, building sandcastles

2.  Alligator Spying — Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge, Lake Woodruff Wildlife Refuge

3.  Lighthouse Exploring — St. Augustine Lighthouse, Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse, Sanibel Lighthouse, Key West Lighthouse, Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse

4.  Swamp HikingLittle Big Econ State Forest

5.  Scuba DivingKey Largo, Key West, Jupiter, Ginnie Springs

6.  Marine Center Exploring – Tampa Aquarium, Ponce Inlet Marine Science Center


1.  Sanibel Island — shell collecting, bike riding

2.  The Florida Keys — Key West (Hemingway House, Mel Fisher Maritime Museum, Lighthouse, Sloppy Joes); Key Largo (John Pennekamp State Park); the drive from one end of the Keys to the other.

3.  Amelia Island — Fernandina Beach Historic Downtown and Marina, Fort Clinch State Park

4.  Flagler Beach — Fishing Pier, small-town ambience, award-winning Blue restaurant

5.  Cross Creek — Orange Grove home of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning fiction book The Yearling

6.  Jupiter and Juno Beach Jupiter Inlet, Jupiter Lighthouse


1.  Oak Trees draped in Spanish Moss – Fairchild Oak, Maitland Art Center

2.  Florida BirdsOspreys, Sandhill Cranes, Snowy Egrets, Brown Pelicans

3.  Freshwater Springs — Ginnie Springs, Wekiva Springs, Gemini Springs, Blue Springs


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