North Florida Attractions
Here's our list of attractions (which are not affiliated with TouristFlorida.com, LLC):
|Northeast Florida - DeLeon Springs - Marineland - Jacksonville - Saint Augustine|
|North Central Florida - Gainesville|
Saint Augustine - 1(800) OLD-CITY (where they offer free vacation guides). 120 miles Northwest of Orlando (approximately 2 hours by car from Orlando). Founded in 1565, St. Augustine is "America's Oldest City" (pssst, don't ask the Aztecs or Cortes about it). Widely recognized as the site of the mythological Fountain of Youth (see also Old Spanish Sugar Mill below). This city has many things to offer tourists. Some of them include:
3-D World tm & Fantastic Fountains - (904)824-1220 or (904)829-9829 - A 3-D motion theater with two adventure films with motion and surround sound and one 3D movie without motion. 28 San Marco Ave, across from the visitor's center.
Authentic Old Drugstore - (904)824-2269 - a drugstore museum displaying original olde-tyme pharmacy items. Admission is FREE! - 31 Orange St.
Authentic Old Jail - 1(800)397-4071 or (904)829-3800 - A jail built by Henry Flagler in 1891. They also have guns and other weapons on display. 167 San Marco Ave. Free Parking.
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument - (407)829-6506 - This national historic landmark is the oldest and best preserved stone (coquina) Spanish fortress in North America. It's big, and has a moat (drained) with many canons on display. Operated by the National Park Service. It's a MUST SEE!
Colee's Sightseeing Carriage Tours tm - (904)829-2818. Horse-drawn carriage rides and lecture tours. Located at 123 Ferdinand Ave., 32804
Deep Sea Fishing at Sea Love Marina - (904)824-3328 - All day and 1/2 day trips, U.S. Coast Guard approved vessels.
Fort Matanzas - a Spanish fort circa 1740, free admission. On A1A.
Fountain of Youth, Juan Ponce de Leon's - 1(800)356-8222 or (904)829-3168 - where there are the springs and archeological remnants of first settlements. The Old Spanish Sugar Mill's (below under DeLeon Springs) previous owners had claimed that theirs was the original Fountain of Youth (why not see both?) St. Augustine's Fountain of Youth is located at 11 Magnolia Ave., 32084
Government House Museum - (904)825-6830 - Once the site of the seat of colonial Spanish government, it's now a museum.
Lightner Museum, The- (904)824-2847 - between Granada and Cordova streets is a three floor non-profit art museum housed in a former grand hotel called The Alcazar. They mainly feature Victorian art glass including works from Louis Comfort Tiffany, antiques, and mechanical musical instruments.
Museum of Weapons & Early American History, Inc. - (904)829-3727 - The have a weapons collection dating from the 1500's. They also have many important historical artifacts from America's past. 81-C King St.
Nombre de Dios Mission - Translated as "Name of God" Mission, this is an original spanish mission. Includes the "Our Lady of La Leche Shrine" Founded in 1565. Also features a 208 ft. stainless steel cross and numerous other shrines and statues. San Marco and Ocean Avenues.
Oldest House, St. Augustine's - (904)824-2872 - (probably not the oldest house in America, just the oldest house SITE!) This national historic landmark is operated by the St. Augustine Historical Society. It is the site of various structures since the early 1600's, the current structure has the original coquina stone walls of a house built probably between 1702 and 1727 and contains authentic period antiques spanning 300 years. Located at 14 Saint Francis St.
Oldest Store Museum, The - (904)829-9729 - Over 100,000 items on display. See antique merchandise from a by-gone era. 4 Artillery Lane, St. Augustine FL. 32084-4463
Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse in the U.S.A., The - 1(888)OLD-SCHOOL - Estimated to have been built before 1763, it represents the way a school would have looked 200 years ago. 14 Saint George St., St. Augustine FL, 32084
Parasail Inc. - (904)819-0980 - Soaring at up to 1400 ft. with up to 3 people at a time.
Potter's Wax Museum International Hall of Fame - 1(800)584-4781 or (904)829-9056 - Known as the first wax museum in the U.S.A., they have over 170 historical wax figures of popularly known people. They also have a waxworks shop and a gift shop. 17 King St., St. Augustine FL, 32084
Ripley's Believe It or Not, St. Augustine - 1(800)584-2956 or (904)824-1790 - See London Tower Bridge made out of hundreds of thousands of matches, a revolving walkthrough tunnel and other amazing oddities. 19 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine FL, 32084
San Sebastian Winery - (904)826-1594 - Free tours and wine tasting featuring Florida produced wines. 157 King Street, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
Spanish Quarter Village & Museum - (904)825-6830 with live re-enactments of the daily life of Spanish settlors hundreds of years ago amongst restored gardens and homes. 29 to 33 Saint George St.
St. Augustine Alligator Farm - (904)824-3337 - 22 species (all the worlds species) of crocodilians. They also have tropical bird shows, giant tortoises, other reptiles, parrots, monkeys and a petting farm with goats, sheep and other farm animals. Located on Route A1A South in St. Augustine, it's accross from the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, Inc.
St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, Inc. - (904)829-0745 - a beautifully restored active lighthouse located on Anastasia Island (accessible by 4 lane non-toll bridge), this is a popular tourist stop where you can go up the 219 steps to the top and walk around outside the pinnacle on the catwalk for a beautiful view of St. Augustine and the beaches. See the working first order Fresnel lens. Children must be at least 7 years old and 4 ft. tall to climb many steps of the tower. They say they get 140,000 visitors a year. It's accross from the St. Augustine Alligator Farm.
Visitor Information Center Museum Theater - (904)825-1000 - Gives a historical review of the old city. On San Marcos Ave.
World Golf Hall of Fame & IMAX Theater at the World Golf Village - (800)948-4746 or (904)940-4000 - Located just off of International Golf Parkway.
Zorayda Castle - Interesting architecture with a moorish style built in the 1880's. 83 King St.
Marineland tm - near St. Augustine (888)817-DATE OR (888)446-DIVE OR (904)460-1275 - See one of Florida's 1st marine life/aquatic theme parks. With dolphin encounter, diving and snorkeling.
DeLeon Springs - Old Spanish Sugar Mill - DeLeon Springs (2 to 2-1/2 hours from Orlando and very near St. Augustine) - (904)985-5644 - Remember Ponce de Leon and the mythical Fountain of Youth? Bath in it. Also, there's a restaurant inside the Sugar Mill where they have a griddle at the center of each table; they bring you pitchers of their homemade pancake batters (they actually grind the flour on-site with French millstones) and you make your own pancakes. They offer other foods such as sausage, eggs, breads and cookies made from their flour, salads and more. 601 Ponce de Leon Blvd., DeLeon Springs FL 32130
Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour - (904)696-8373 - See "The King of Beers" being created, learn the history of brewing including their traditional brewing methods using the finest ingredients. 111 Busch Dr.. Jacksonville, FL, 32218
Cummer Museum of Art - (904) 356-6857 - Diverse collection in diffent media.
Jacksonville Museum of Science & History - (904)396-6674 - includes a time-traveling simulator ride, planetarium and more.
Jacksonville Zoo - (904)757-4462 - 8605 Zoo Parkway - a 73 acre zoo, see their cool train The Okavango Railroad.
Pablo Historical Park - (904)246-0093 - A real steam locomotive and a railroad memorabilia museum.
Also, nearby is Amelia Island and its Amelia Island History Museum, Fort Caroline National Memorial and the Kingsley Plantation.
North Central Florida
Well-known for its Historic Mansions and its University of Florida campus, it also offers:
Devil's Millhopper State Geological Site - (352)955-2008 - a 120 ft. deep, 500 ft. wide sinkhole with steps to the bottom. It also contains rare flora. 4732 Millhopper Rd. (a.k.a. State Rd. 232).
Fred Bear Museum tm - (352)376-2411, ext. 5 - A collection of bow-hunting equipment founded by the late Fred Bear (who also founded one of the biggest archery equipment manufacturers in the world), with stuffed/preserved animals such as: lion, buffalo, bear and wolf. Also on display are native american tools and weapons. 4600 SW 41st Blvd. (a.k.a. Fred Bear Drive).
Florida Museum of Natural History - (352)846-2000 - FREE ADMISSION! (donations accepted) - Located on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville on the corner of S.W. 34th St. and Hull Rd.
Gainesville Raceway - (352)377-0046 - Professional and amateur auto and motorcycle racing; site of the NHRA Gator Nationals. 11211 N. County Rd. 225
Harn Museum of Art, Samuel P. - (352)392-9826 - FREE ADMISSION! - Located on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville, they possess a permanent collection of art from Asia, Africa, pre-Columbian, and early 20th century & contempory American. On the corner of S.W. 34th St. and Hull Rd. at Powell Hall.
Santa Fe Community College Teaching Zoo - (352)395-5604 - FREE ADMISSION! - This is the only (known) community college teaching zoo in the U.S.A.. They feature endangered species from around the world. They are open weekends, and the zoo-keepers offer guided tours, but on Mon.-Fri. you have to make an appointment. 3000 N.W. 83rd. St.
Just outside of Gainsville but within Alachua County you can find:
Archer Community Museum - Archer - (352)495-1044 - Historical artifacts from the area include railroad memorabilia, documents, photos, antique clothes and school memorabilia. State Rd. 24 at U.S. Hwy 41/27.
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens - (352)372-4981 - They have a butterfly garden, hummingbird garden, palm hammock, bamboo garden, herb garden, rock garden, sunken garden, water gardens, a vinery, bog garden and many smaller gardens. There are alligators and bald eagles within the boundaries of the gardens, but you have to be lucky to see them. 4700 Southwest 58th Dr.
Kanapaha Plantation House - (352)338-9162 - A former cotton plantation house from the late 1850's. Tours by reservation. Exit 75 of I-75 on Archer Rd.
Tallahassee - The State Capitol of Florida, and its seat of Government, Tallahassee features the:
Historic Ante-bellum Homes
Tallahassee Museum of Art & The Odyssey Science Center
Tallahassee Antique Car Museum - (850-942-0137 - located on 3550A Mahan Dr., Tallahassee, FL, 32308
Tallahassee Museum of History & Natural Science - (850)576 -1636 - located at 3945 Museum Dr., Talahassee FL, 32310-6325
Also, nearby are the Maclay State Gardens and Wakulla Springs State Park
Fort Walton Beach - Florida's Gulfarium -(850)244-5169 - They have a $2 off discount coupon on admission (available on their site, good for up to twelve people, availability may change without notice).One of Florida's 1st marine-themed parks with sea-mammal shows and a large variety of other sea life. 1010 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Hwy 98, Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548
The makers of the BEACHES OF SOUTH WALTON website at http://www.beachesofsouthwalton.com/ sent us this link to a nice looking online guide to this Northwest Florida locale.
Gulf Breeze - The Zoo, Gulf Breeze
Panacea - Gulf Specimen Marine Lab - (850)984-5297 - 30 miles south of Tallahassee, located on Gulf Drive.
Panama City - Known for it's beaches and it sportfishing fleet, Panama City also boasts:
Panama City Visual Arts Center - (850)769-4451 - located in downtown Panama City at 19 East 4th St. 32401, on the corner of 4th St. and Harrison Ave. across from the Martin Theater.
And nearby there is the picturesque Saint Andrews State Park.
At the western tip of the panhandle on the Gulf of Mexico, it is known for its famous Naval Air Station, and the National Museum of Naval Aviation - (800)327-5002 or (850)453-2389
Nearby are the barrier islands and their beaches of the Gulf Islands National Seashore Park.
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