What do you think of when you imagine Florida? Sandy beaches, Disney characters running amok and lavish villas with private pools and glorious views?

Well, it does have all of that of course, but there’s also plenty of interesting landmarks you might not know about, and that, dear readers, is the rabbit hole we’re travelling down today.

Don’t dawdle, we’ve got a lot to get through.

1 Mallory Square

Mallory Square in Florida

If you go anywhere in Florida, then please make this your top choice. It’s possibly one of Florida’s most beautiful locations and renowned for offering an unparalleled view of the Key West sunset. Even better, there are nightly festivals that are free and fun, full of street performance and music.

Location: 400 Wall Street, Key West, Forida

2 Wynwood Walls

Wynwood Walls Florida

This fantastic and free ode to street art is one of the most intriguing cultural hotspots in all of Florida. Created by artistic pioneer, Tony Goldman, it’s an astonishing clash of colour and concept. Some of the most pivotal street artists have added their work to it, including that of Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf and Swoon, but these are just a handful in what has become an intricate tapestry. You’ll also be treated to great food and music whilst you walk around, so it’s well worth a visit.

Location: 2520 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, Florida

3 Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum

This beautiful lighthouse has been around since 1860 and a visit will treat you to a 105-step climb to the top! Once you’ve arrived at the top however, you’ll be glad you made the journey as the sights are truly stunning, offering a tree-laden landscape and a beautiful view of the Loxahatchee River. The museum, which is a restored World War Two building, is also fantastic, offering curiosities like the Oil House & Keepers Workshop Exhibit and Five Thousand Years on the Loxahatchee, among others.

Location: 500 Captain Armours Way, Jupiter, Florida.  

4 Ca d'Zan

Ca d'Zan in Florida

What a place. This beautiful structure sits as a homage to the classic American dream and what was known as the roaring twenties. Inspired to imitate the classic Venetian Gothic style which the owners, John and Mable Ringling, so admired, it now stands on the horizon in all its splendour. It’s well worth a visit for those interested in this part of history, and especially for those who delight in daring architecture.

5 Fort Clinch State Park

Fort Clinch State Park in Florida

This magnificent location is perfect for both history buffs or nature lovers and stands as testimony to its key role in the Civil War. With a row of cannons lined up beside the river and endless trails to cycle along and view wildlife, it really is one of Florida’s most popular landmarks. With tours available, bird spotting and even the potential of having it as a wedding venue, this historical location makes for a great day out.

Location: Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Florida.

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