This hidden bombing range in central Florida has it’s very own ghost town, SAM missile sites and a mock-up runway. It provides target practice for Navy jet pilots preparing for combat.
The Coral Castle is an oddball mix of engineering derring-do, romantic obsession, and just a little hint of creepiness. It was enough to inspire Billy Idol to produce the 1987 song and music video “Sweet Sixteeen.”
In that rare instance when you need to make the drive from Salt Springs to Welaka, the Fort Gates Ferry will save you about forty miles and a pointless journey up through Palatka and back. But that’s merely practical. What’s fun and impractical is driving miles out of the way to float your car across the top of Lake George at the St. John’s River.
Celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Yearling with a road trip to Cross Creek, Florida.
Before Disney World, your best bet for family fun in the Orlando area might have been a concrete tower, where the lucky visitors could enjoy panoramic views of lakes and orange groves. Three notable towers on the Florida Ridge still offer the highest observation points in the state — and a glimpse of Florida from a few generations ago.