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12 Must-See, Under-the-Radar Spots in Florida

Posted by Sample HubSpot User on Aug 11, 2015 3:09:00 PM
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Are you looking to make the most of the remaining summer days and plan some truly exciting family adventures? Huffington Post compiled 12 under-the-radar and totally gorgeous Florida finds to help you avoid the typical theme park and tourist-heavy crowds and enjoy adventurous quality time and memory making before the fall rush begins. Plus, with Seacoast's online and mobile banking features you can bring us along for the ride! Win/win. ;) 

1. Explore the totally awesome and gorgeous Ocala National Forest. 

Close to Orlando, Ocala offers over 600 lakes, streams, rivers and springs -- the springs are perfect to swim, snorkel and dive in.

2. Try snorkeling in Molasses Reef. 
florida keys

Make like the Beach Boys and head to Key Largo, where you can spot cool fish in North America's only living coral reef.

3. Head to Mosquito Lagoon, formerly a prime viewing spot for space shuttle launches. 
mosquito lagoon florida

4. Drive over nothing but ocean on Florida's 113-mile highway.
the overseas highway

Yes, you can get stuck in some traffic, but take a gander at those ocean views!

5. And check out some of the coolest graffiti street art while you're in Miami. 
wynwood walls miami

Basically the perfect minivan photo opp!

6. Soar into the sky in Pensacola. 
blue angels florida

Watching the Blue Angels fly at breakneck speeds, incredibly low to the ground, ALL while upside down is something you'll truly never forget.

7. Make like Cap'n Jack and set sail for Tortuga. 
dry tortugas

Dry Tortugas that is. You'll have to use a pirate ship or plane to get to the islandsnestled just off the coast of Key West, which are the perfect spot for camping, snorkeling, or bird-watching.

8. Float on through Ichetucknee Springs.
ichetucknee springs

With super clear water and a pretty strong current, you don't have to make any effort tubing or canoeing these waters. PERFECTION.

9. Stay in Mount Dora and paddle through Dora Canal. 
mount dora florida

It's the super cute Victorian town you never expected to see (or paddle through) in Florida.

10. Hang with some manatees in Crystal River. 
crystal river florida

If you're looking to swim or snorkel with manatees, the only place in Florida to legally do so is Crystal River. Added bonus? It's not Sea World.

11. Get your golf on in Fort Walton Beach. 
fort walton beach

Known for being "no fuss," Fort Walton Beach has such pretty beaches, golf courses and emerald waters you'll be left wondering where all the tourists are.

12. Hunt for treasure on the Space Coast. 

Sebastian Inlet State Park is one of Florida's secret beaches, sporting an annual wave-riding contest, a museum full of 18th century shipwreck treasure and a "Monster Hole" that surfers flock to.

Read the original article on Huffington Post. Copyright 2014.

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