The monkeys at Silver Springs State Park are no longer a planned part of the show. They’ve been roaming wild since the 1930s. The monkeys have attracted tourists — and controversy — for years.
Florida State Parks
Stephen Foster State Park is transformed into a brilliant winter wonderland during the annual Festival of Lights.
A notorious, Reformation-era massacre still haunts Rattlesnake Island on Florida’s Atlantic Coast, just south of St. Augustine. Visitors today can experience a hint of those dangerous days at Fort Matanzas, built by the Spanish in 1742 to protect the back door to Florida’s oldest city.
Sinkholes in Florida are notorious for suddenly swallowing cars and houses. But these geological oddities are also a natural and sometimes spectacular part of the landscape. These five hikes from around the state are all great ways to safely enjoy Florida’s sinkholes.
If you were to stumble upon a chest of buried treasure, Florida’s Talbot Islands would be the perfect setting. Far away from the crowds, you could sit in the dunes under the shade of a scrubby sabel palm and savor your discovery without distraction.
Here are 6 day trips within two-hour’s drive of Orlando that won’t break your pocket book. And as a bonus, these will give the kids a glimpse of a Florida they won’t find at the theme parks.