North Florida

Mystical natural springs, cypress trees on water's edge, caverns, Spanish Renaissance architecture, and wide open beaches.

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Florida Caverns State Park, Marianna

A true wonder of nature, a deep cave with many rooms where you can see stalactites, stalagmites, and soda straws.

Cummer Art Museum & Gardens, Jacksonville

Beautiful gardens on the river, plus some nice classic artwork inside and a fun kid's area.

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Tropical wonderland of plants and flowers, sculptures, impressive architecture, plus nice enclosures with beautiful animals.

Mission Nombre de Dios, St. Augustine

Adorable ivy-covered chapel that is a Catholic pilgrimage site.

Blue Hole Spring, Florida Caverns State Park

Surreal scenery that will elate you.

University of Florida, Gainesville

An exciting-feeling university on a gorgeous campus loaded with moss-draped oak trees and tons of shade.

Flagler Beach, Palm Coast

Absolutely gorgeous beach with blue-green water and yellow sand, and a fishing pier.

Madison Blue Spring

Paradise! A natural spring in the shape of a round pool, leading to a sandy river beach.

Neptune Beach town, Jacksonville

Lovely dining area right at the beach, with palm trees galore and pastel-colored buildings.

St. Marks Lighthouse, near Tallahassee

Lighthouse in a gorgeous area with wide open spaces.

Pensacola Mess Hall (Science Center)

School-aged kids love this small hands-on science center.

Devil's Millhopper Sinkhole, Gainesville

Zigzag to the bottom of a sinkhole covered in lush tropical rainforest.

National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola

Impressive museum with giant war planes, fascinating exhibits, and a kid's area like a control tower.

Flagler College, St. Augustine

A private four-year college in a sumptuous building, formerly the Ponce de Leon Hotel.

Rainbow Springs State Park, Dunnellon

Beautiful huge natural pool of crystal clear water, in a historic park with waterfalls.

Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville

Attractive, colorful museum with wonderful butterfly rainforest!

Castillo de San Marcos, St Augustine

Star fort with lovely spot on the water.

Memorial Presbyterian Church, St. Augustine

Stunning Spanish Renaissance style church with peaceful blue interior and Tiffany glass windows.

Seaside beach and town

A cute town with high buildings that give shade, and a dreamy beach.

Falling Waters State Park, Chipley

Wonderful short walk past incredibly deep sinkholes. One has a waterfall falling deep into it.

Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Pristine headspring and blue hole where you can swim, plus river for tubing.

Westside Playground, Gainesville

Super fun playground with merry-go-round and tons of climbing structures, all under the shade of tall trees.

Southbank Riverwalk, Jacksonville

Gorgeous views of the blue bridge and wide waterway. See public art, and dolphins.

Jacksonville Beach

Fun place for kids to play in the little sand pools at the water's edge.

University of North Florida, Jacksonville

Campus surrounded by gorgeous tropical jungle, with plenty of fun things to do and a great location by Jacksonville and the coast.

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center

Center with large magical lifelike dioramas of Foster's songs, bell-tower, and river gazebo.

Florida State University, Tallahassee

Large Southern-feeling university with a great in-state tuition program for out-of-state students, and a circus!

Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Beach on a spring full of beauty and atmosphere!

Saint Augustine Beach

Broad beach with sand that has red flecks!

Pensacola Beach, Santa Rosa Island

Beach with long pier, creamy blue-green water, and white sand that crinkles under your feet!

Pirate Playground, Fernandina Beach FL

Playground in a forest setting with water/mud play.

St. Augustine town

Beautiful Spanish terra cotta architecture in an overly commercial town.

Fort Barrancas, Pensacola

Kids enjoy running through the dark tunnels of Fort Barrancas.

Palafox Street, Pensacola

Historic part of town with cute cafes.

Paynes Prairie State Park, Gainesville

Short, easy walk through gorgeous jungle to an observation tower where you might see wild horses and bison.

Jacksonville University

Walk through a paradise of old oak trees strung with moss. The new Marine Science building is gorgeous, but the older buildings are unattractive and musty.

Tom Petty Park, Gainesville

Spacious park with tall trees, merry-go-round, swings, and playground.

Leon Sinks Geological Area, Tallahassee

Hiking trails with flowers in the spring and deep sinkholes with observation decks.

Amelia River Cruises, Fernandina Beach

See the mansions on Cumberland Island, and wild horses from a distance.

Fernandina Beach town

Cute main strip and some streets with historic homes.

Victorian homes, Fernandina Beach

It's nice to walk around the side streets of Fernandina Beach town and see the Victorian homes.

Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville

Pleasant art museum- a good place to beat the heat!

Lightner Museum, Saint Augustine

Beautiful collection of Victorian glass items, in a gorgeous but musty building. Lovely square in front.

Vilano Beach, Saint Augustine

Pretty beach with views of lighthouse- you can park your 4X4 car on the beach.

St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum

Small museum with some interesting treasure- a bit of a tourist trap.

Alligator Farm, Saint Augustine

Beautiful natural lagoon full of hundreds of alligators (sad since they are territorial) and birds.

Tallahassee town

Hilly town with old and new capitol, and some pretty streets covered in a jungly canopy.

Pensacola Lighthouse

Pretty black and white lighthouse with pleasant views but no overseeing of how many people walk the fragile plank.

Big Talbot Island, Jacksonville

Driftwood beach that is prettier in magazines than in real life.

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