Perfectly situated between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, the Florida Keys’ moderate temperatures and generally favorable weather are just a few of the things that bring in millions of vacationers all year round. There is plenty to see and a lot of activities to busy yourself with on this beautiful archipelago. The Florida Keys is filled with endless outdoor recreation, plenty of wildlife, fascinating activities and a long list of other things. Here are some of the things you can consider doing on a trip to the Florida Keys.
Experience an Underwater Park
The first underwater park in the US is located in the Florida Keys. Just some miles away from downtown Miami, the John Pennekamp state park is located within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and offers an exciting underwater world for visitors to explore.
But that’s not all the underwater fun, the Florida Keys has to offer. You can also get a room at the only underwater hotel in the United States, the Jules Undersea lodge where you can get a room 30 feet under the sea; a truly unique experience for those who have the heart for it.
Explore the great outdoors at the Everglades National Park
The Everglades National Park offers you up to 1.5 million acres of outdoor fun to explore. Perched on the southern edge of Florida, the park widely unusual park has 14 different rare and endangered wildlife species on display including the Florida Panther and the popular West Indian Manatee among others. Adventurists will find several swamps, subtropical jungles, grass prairies among other unique natural habitats to explore. So if you are a wildlife enthusiast, get a taste of the wild walking, camping, and canoeing to your satisfaction.
Take a tour of the Ernest Hemingway House
The Florida Keys home of famous award-winning American Novelist Ernest Hemingway was named a National Historic Landmark in 1968. The Spanish-styled colonial building which was originally constructed back in 1851 is another lovely place to visit on a trip to the Florida Keys. You can take a guided tour of the house and also get to see the numerous Polydactyl (six-toed) cats living on the property
Visit Fort Taylor
You can learn all about the rich history of the Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park when you take a trip to the Florida Keys. The waterfront fort has played a huge role during the American Civil war. Today, it is home to the largest collections of seacoast canon in the US. While visiting, after taking a tour of the fort which begins at about 11 am, you can also explore the local beach in the area where tourists visit to swim, and for a picnic.
See Florida Keys’ “Little White House”
Although the house officially reckoned as the little white house is located in Warm Springs, Georgia and was the personal retreat home of Franklin D. Roosevelt. However, President Harry Truman also had a little white house in the Florida Keys. The house severed as his Winter White House and also served as a makeshift white house for subsequent presidents as well during the Cold war. Today, the house is open to the public as a museum of cold war relics among other things.
These are just a few of the many adventures you can have on a visit to the Florida Keys. A day is not enough to fully explore the entire area but no matter how long you are planning to stay, there is definitely enough to see and do.