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Mysterious, Unusual Spots In Florida You Never Knew Existed

Discussion in 'Areas of Interest' started by Nautical Gator, Jan 9, 2016.


  1. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member
    Thread Started By

    Mysterious, Unusual Spots In Florida You Never Knew Existed
    Florida never ceases to amaze us with all of its wonder and weirdness. If you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, skip the theme parks and head off the beaten path to one of these places.

    1. Stiltsville
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    By most accounts, Stiltsville began in the 1930s as several offshore clubs cropped up a mile south of Cape Florida in Miami-Dade County. These clubs were popular hangouts for all kinds of wealthy and influential people seeking to indulge in vices such as gambling, until a hurricane in 1965 damaged the community beyond repair. The remaining seven houses are maintained and protected by the National Park Service. Currently only the exteriors can be viewed, and the interiors are off limits.
    2. Spook Hill, Lake Wales
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    Spook Hill is a strange Florida attraction in Lake Wales. Visitors who follow the posted directions will watch as their cars seemingly roll uphill, defying gravity.
    3. Coral Castle, Homestead
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    Coral Castle in Homestead, FL, was built and sourced completely single-handedly by a lovelorn Latvian man. He lived alone in his creation and gave tours until his death.
    4. Koreshan State Historic Site
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    The Koreshan Unity was a religious community that settled in Estero, FL, in 1894. They held the belief that the Earth was hollow and humanity lived on the inside of its shell. Visitors can tour the historic grounds and even stay at the campground.
    5. Cassadaga
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    Cassadage is called the unofficial psychic capital of the world because there are so many psychics who reside there. If you have any burning questions, a trip to Cassadaga could be the perfect way to find an answer.
    6. Monkey Island, Homosassa
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    Monkey Island came into being when a man developing what would later become Homosassa Wildlife State Park needed a place to keep his misbehaving monkeys where guests could watch them from a safe distance. The tiny place is still attracting curious visitors today.

    7. Whimzeyland, AKA The Bowling Ball House, Safety Harbor
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    This colorful artists' paradise, also known as The Bowling Ball House, is decorated with bright colors, all kinds of yard art and, yes, tons of bowling balls, painted and lovingly arranged in different ways. It's kind of hard to explain, but it's definitely worth seeing for yourself
    8. Neptune Memorial Reef
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    Neptune Memorial Reef is the brainchild of artist Kim Brandell and is located three miles off the coast of Key Biscayne. Ashes are cast into memorials that make up a 16-acre artificial reef divers are encouraged to explore.
    9. Airstream Ranch, Dover
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    This strange yard art created by Frank Bates to celebrate Airstream's 75th birthday looks like eight Airstream trailers growing out of the ground. It's now the property of Tampa RV, but is still visible from the highway.
    10. Spanish Monastery, North Miami Beach
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    How did a monastery that's older than this country end up in North Miami Beach? This 12th-century marvel was purchased by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst in the '20s, but his plans were sidetracked by shipping complications. It was finally purchased again in the '60s and reassembled in Florida.
    11. Atsena Otie Key
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    This barrier island near Cedar Key was the original location of the settlement. The island has a long history but officially became a town in 1858 and had a thriving lumber mill and fishing industry. A hurricane in 1896 wrecked the town and most of the inhabitants moved to what is now Cedar Key. Atsena Otie now includes a swimming area, trail, and the ruins of the Faber pencil mill.
    12. Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park, Gainesville
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    Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park in Gainesville, gives guests the opportunity to hike into a 120-foot sinkhole with a mini-rainforest, small waterfalls, and lush foliage.

    Have you been to any of these places? Please share any other unique or mysterious things you can only find in Florida in the comments below!
     
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  2. I've visited the Coral Castle, having been intrigued by Ed Leedskalnin for quite a long time.
    If he held some secret knowledge, or if he was a master of Leverage, at any event he was a genius.
    I am of the opinion that he knew things, a la Nikola Tesla.
    Or he was just plain old nuts.
    His writings can be found at the following link:
    http://www.leedskalnin.com/Leedskalnins-Writings-A-Book-In-Every-Home.html
    I would like to think that 'A Book In Every Home' is some code... but I have my doubts.
     
  3. shrimpmansteve

    shrimpmansteve Carpenter

    Very cool. The sinkhole in gainsvile may be first on my list to checkout.

    Thanks for sharing
     
  4. Diesel Dave

    Diesel Dave Blackbeard

    I have heard of a place called Croakers Hole in Lake George. A fisherman was telling me he catches big strippers there. A Volusia County Deputy on the VC dive team said it is a cave in the lake that is big and goes down at a angle. He said to drop a anchor at the mouth of the cave. Go down by anchor line because you can't see and then the water gets clear because of the flow from the spring at the bottom of the cave. He said there is a variety of fish, fresh and salt. He said saltwater also comes in and looks pretty cool as it blends with fresh water. Sounds unique for divers who like to dive caves.
     
  5. Bossman

    Bossman Moderator on Deck Staff Member

    My office is right around the corner from Devil’s Millhopper. You'll get your exercise climbing those steps.
     
  6. robthetimekeeper

    robthetimekeeper Swashbuckler

    Oh my! lol

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  7. Diesel Dave

    Diesel Dave Blackbeard

    Ha that is funny. You won't see any of those. You will see stripers. :)
     
  8. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member
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    Rock Springs Run is Florida's Natural Lazy River

    Rent your tubes before you arrive at the park
    Jump in, in the 10ft deep water at the start of the springs and swim or float for the next 1mile. Advise that you take shoes for the water as the 1st half is rather rocky. 2nd half is very sandy so fine on your feet.

    Gotta arrive before 10am especially at weekends, otherwise you are turned away.
    $5 to hire a tube and $5 entry to to park

    Much better than the water parks at Disney, Aquatica or Wet N Wild
    .... get there early




    Kelly Park / Rock Springs Run
    A favorite park for tubing, Kelly Park features a free-flowing natural spring and Rock Springs a clear, swift creek.




    Kelly Park features a free-flowing natural spring (Rock Spring - 68 degrees Farenheit year round) issuing from a vertical rock bluff. Rock Springs Run, a clear, swift creek, is popular with tubers.

    The Wekiva – Rock Springs Run Canoe Trail connects this park with Wekiva Springs State Park via Rock Springs Run, which flows approximately 10 miles from Kelly Park to the Wekiva River just below Wekiwa Springs.

    The park features a full-service concession, picnic pavilions and playground. Tent and RV camping are also available at this park. Kelly Park's Camp Joy for group camping is just next door.

    This park fills up quickly on summer weekends, and closes when it reaches maximum capacity, so plan to arrive early. A favorite activity is floating or “tubing” the spring run. Bring your own, or rent tubes from private outfitters located just outside the park.

    At a Glance:
    Activities: Swimming, tubing, snorkeling, canoeing/kayaking, wildlife viewing, hiking, picnicking, camping, playground

    Entrance Fee: Yes

    Scuba Diving: No

    Onsite Camping: Yes

    Dogs Allowed: Service animals only

    Type of Park: County Park

    Address and Contact Information:
    400 E Kelly Park RD

    Apopka, FL 32712

    Phone:(407) 254-1902

    Email: parks@ocfl.net

    Location: Lake County Lat. 29° 04’ 52.68” N., Long. 81° 34’ 33.18” W

    Get More Information:
    Kelly Park/Rock Springs Run website
     
  9. 120-foot sinkhole with a mini-rainforest, small waterfalls, and lush foliage to cool
     
  10. dmhwrd

    dmhwrd Newbie

    Very nice list, thanks for sharing!
     

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