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State Bucket List: Florida

10. Chocolate Kingdom

Kissimmee

While you are in the area for Walt Disney World, make sure you swing over to Chocolate Kingdom. This interactive tour of a functional chocolate factory is sure to make your mouth water. Just make sure that you don’t watch Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory right before you get there.

(image via TheTimTracker)

9. Rock Springs at Kelly Park

Apopka

Not all of Florida’s noteworthy water fun is on its beaches. Because of Kelly Park’s crystal clear pools, many people like to relax by floating on inner tubes down Rock Springs Run. The hour and a half tube ride takes advantage of the natural free-flowing springs and is fun for the whole family.

(image via Rock Springs at Kelly Park)

8. WhirlyDome

Orlando

WhirlyDome is a relatively new attraction, but that doesn’t stop it from quickly becoming one of the state’s most well loved. The gaming center offers many exciting events, including whirly ball. The game itself is a cross between, basketball, lacrosse, and bumper cars. You are sure to have a blast playing it.

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7. Schnebly Winery

Homestead

Florida also has some luscious wine country. Schnebly Winery is known for making mixtures from unusual elements, such as avocados and passion fruit. The estate is so beautiful that many couples opt to have their weddings here.

(image via Schnebly Redland's Winery)

6. Meet a Manatee

Crystal River

Hundreds of manatees call the Crystal River Wildlife Refuge home, making it a prime location for anyone interested in ocean life. The tours allow you to strap on snorkeling gear and swim with these majestic creatures. Be sure to snap a picture to show your friends back home.

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5. Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

Key West

The famous writer lived many places during his life, but he always wrote fondly of his home in Key West. On the tour, you will learn so much about the life and habits of Ernest Hemingway, including some tidbits that you may find surprising. This is a must-see attraction for fans of history and literature.

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4. City of St. Augustine

Founded in 1565 by the Spanish, St. Augustine has a long and complex history. Several of the top destinations in town include the Castillo de San Marcos, the Lightner Museum, and the Old St. Johns County Jail. St. Augustine is also the headquarters for the Florida National Guard.

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3. Alligator Cove Airboat Nature Tours

Lake Wales

This airboat tour is a great way to take in all of the exotic wildlife of the Everglades. While it is marketed as an alligator tour, you will see so much more, such as birds, turtles, and plant life. Tours are conducted by the famed Captain Flame, who aims to share his passion and knowledge with visitors.

(image via Alligator Cove Tours)

2. Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum

Pensacola

Since the 19th century, the Pensacola Lighthouse has aided many sailors through treacherous waters. Still active today, you can come and learn about its fascinating history. After the museum, visitors are even able to climb to the top of the lighthouse and see how it is operated.

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1. Siesta Beach

Siesta Key

It wouldn’t be Florida without a trip to the beach. Off the southwest coast of the state lies Siesta Key, a barrier island with breathtaking views. While enjoying a day at the beach, you should also check out the local community, with shops and art galleries that are great places to find souvenirs.

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