When we think of Florida road trips, the first thing that come's to mind is theme parks and popular beaches, but sometimes the best road trip memories come from the least expected places.
Here are our top 5 destinations that may lead you to grabbing your friends and trusty camera on a journey you'll never forget.
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#5 Ancient Spanish Monastery
16711 W Dixie Hwy, North Miami Beach, FL 33160
Originally built in the 12th century, the Monastery has brought Miami one gem that will leave visitors breathess upon arrival. From the stone statues, to wooden-cast doors and stain-glass windows, this location will spark your imagination about the history of Monastery, or fill your phone storage up with countless selfies.
#4 John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
102601 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
Created in 1963, this park is the country's very first undersea playground. The iconic park provides 178 seafaring square miles of coral reefs, seagrass, and mangrove swamps filled with sealife to discover. The Christ of the Deep statue draws most adventurers to this loctation, which can be accessed by a snorkel tour. Time to bust those flippers out!
#3 Devil's Den
5390 NE 180 Ave, Williston, FL 32696
Time to head north for this one! Due to a small circle of land that collapsed over this subterranean river quite some time ago, we now have one of the most captivating cave diving spots in the country. Natural elements lace the rock walls of the cave while conveniently placed heated pools above-ground allow divers to look forward to a moment of relaxation after an adventurous dive below.
#2 Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
3251 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33129
Narrowing down to the last few must see destinations in Florida, this Venetian villa is sure to please. Built on the water's edge in 1923, a walk around the property will have you dreaming of Europe and will certainly draw you to checking out the culture-overload of artwork, furniture and structures inside.
#1 Little Talbot Island State Park
12157 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32226
As the last location on our list of the best hidden Florida road trip destinations for this Summer, we certainly saved the best for last. The Little Talbot State Park offers a truly natural, relaxing escape. It's preserved habitats, ranging from forests, to desert-like dunes, plead guilty towards dropping your jaw in awe. Hike the forest trails, fish along the tidal streams, or simply lay back and enjoy a view you will never forget.
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