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With all the things to see and do in Florida from St. Augustine, to Disneyworld-how can anyone get it all done? I have seen Disney, and each time you go back they have something new to see-it's those darned imagineers they never stop working. It's very cold, white and snowy here so today I wanted to cover the coolest spots in Florida to visit.
Sanibel is a popular family spot, there are a ton of shells on it's beaches, ripe for the plucking. The island was named (in one story) after Roderigo Lopez the first mate of Jose Gaspar who missed his love in Spain-so he named the island Sanibel. This might or might not be true, there are several theories on the origins of the names. We know there were tons of pirates here! But, it's Florida pirates were everywhere.
The Everglades, a green, lush, alligator infested homestead with paths trailing dangerously close to their homeland. There is only one place to get a air boat tour with Everglades Boat Rentals These gliders let you move across the top of the swamps while brushing the mosquitoes out of your teeth.
As you can see, Devil's Den is unique. Prehistoric they call it-fossils are stuck in the cave walls, museums have taken some for their collections as well. The steam that comes out of the hole in the top of the cave looks ominous, so Florida's settlers called it the Devil's den. You can rent a two person cabin, and eat there from a neat little food truck. The water is 72 degrees year round.
Florida is not for lovers, it's not just for Disney geeks, and it's definitely not only for retirement. There are so many things to see and do that one trip or two will never, ever cover it. I've traveled there several times in my life, several for Disney World, and several just to explore. I think the most fun I have ever had was the exploration of the state. This month, St. Augustine should be one of the top places to take a trip to. The city itself boasts over 450 years of history making it the self-touted oldest settlement in the United States.
Ponce de Leon sailed in search of fabled places in 1513. He came upon the Fountain of Youth which was the home of the Timucuan Indians. He claimed the place for Spain, and took a few sips of the water just to see if it would actually keep him young. It didn't.
1. Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park.
Colonial America started here, 55 years before the pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock. Tour the park, it's got free range peacocks, a spring house where you can try out the Fountain of Youth for yourself and if you can't make it you can even purchase the water online here.
"Be it known by this that I, Alonzo Soriano, shareholder and resident of Brillar, contributed and certify to the public that I was present at the beginning of the rising and setting of the Sun. By order of the Royal Crown of Aragon he made his description at the Fountain which is good and sweet to the taste. It was in the year 1513. "
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