Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
From a gorgeous beach, to amazing nature trails and even the Cape Florida Lighthouse, this hidden destination has a little bit of something for everyone. There are multiple dining relaxing dining options at the park as well that include, Lighthouse Cafe which provides views of the Atlantic Ocean and Boater’s Grill which overlooks Biscayne Bay. Whether looking for a less ‘busy’ spot or simply wanting to make the most of an outdoors experience, this park is a must visit this summer. Visit their website for additional information on this park and all it has to offer.
Bahia Honda State Park
Located at mile marker 37 in the Florida Keys, this park is an ideal island paradise getaway. It’s scenic, quiet and offers tons to do, making it the perfect hidden destination.Don’t miss the legendary snorkeling or fun filled kayaking. The park also offers a concession facility that has a gift shop, snack bar, and free WI-FI 24 hours a day for those that need to momentarily get back to the ‘real world’. For more information on this great park visit their website or ‘like’ them on Facebook.
Neptune Memorial Reef
For those more into an adventurous hidden destination, this is the site to visit. This artificial reef is located not far from Miami and only 3.25 miles east of Key Biscayne. Originally built as an ‘artistic interpretation of the Lost City of Atlantis, it now serves as a memorial site where people can have their remains deployed to ‘create life after life’. Be sure to visit their website and Facebook page for more information on this one of a kind site.
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Florida’s Swap Shop
Not everyone is looking for an outdoor experience in their hidden destination, so for those wanting something a little less in touch with nature check out Florida’s Swap Shop in Fort Lauderdale. While there will be many people here and it boasts being ‘the second-largest attraction in south Florida’, many still don’t even know it exists and all it has to offer. This 80 acre complex offers a flea market, farmers market, amusement rides, arcade games and what is likely among the last few drive-in movie theaters. For updates & additional information ‘like’ them on Facebook and visit their website.
The Ancient Spanish Monastery
History lovers will not want to miss visiting this hidden destination. The construction of this Monastery dates back to 1133 AD and in 1964 was purchased by Colonel Robert Pentland, Jr. who then gave it to the Bishop of Florida. Visitors can tour the facilities, attend a class or worship service or often times listen in on a concert being offered there. Check out their website for the latest updates and special events going on.
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Suzy Fielders is a working mom of a spirited 9 year old daughter. She has an MA in Communication Studies and BA in Psychology and Communications. She works in marketing/public relations, is a freelance writer and is very involved in the Winston-Salem community and arts & films scene.