If you’ve seen SeaWorld, dreading the crowds at Walt Disney World or feeling anxious at the thought of visiting Miami, you’d be forgiven for thinking that a trip to Florida might not be the ideal destination for you. However the Sunshine State has a wealth of opportunities and activities for holidaymakers looking to get off the beaten track and explore some of the more unusual areas of the region. After all, Florida is not just Orlando!
Yep, you’ve just read that correctly. In Florida’s Northeast, St Augustine’s rich history as well as its unique surroundings make it a must-visit city if you’re travelling across Florida. It is also a city that, once a year, is taken over by swashbuckling pirates.
Re-enactors, historians and casual pirates from across the US gather in the city to celebrate the city’s Golden Age of Piracy back in the day. A re-enactment of pirate mutinies, weapons demonstrations, a Thieves Market and various tales of the high seas all form part of the St. Augustine pirate experience.
This year’s St. Augustine Pirate Gathering takes place on November 8th, 9th and 10th 2013.
Skunk Ape Research Headquarters
Paris has the Eiffel Tower, Berlin has the Reichstag, London has Westminster and the Ochopee, Florida has the Skunk Ape Research Headquarters.
Similar to the myth and mystery surrounding Big Foot, the Skunk Ape is a strange creature that only handfuls have claimed to have spotted. David Shealy, owner of the Skunk Ape Research Headquarters, has spent his whole life tracking the creatures which reportedly have a human appearance, weigh in excess of 450lbs and stand six to seven feet tall.
When he’s not searching for the elusive (possibly made-up) beasts, Shealy is in charge of the Research Headquarters, a museum which contains information on the Skunk Ape as well as exhibits on reptiles, birds, alligators and snakes.
From the outside, NASCAR motor racing is a peculiar pastime for anyone outside of the US. It holds huge national significance in the US but, away from the states, it holds absolutely no significance at all. It’s known as “The Great American Race” for possibly that very reason.
The Daytona 500 is the biggest, richest and most prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar, held in Daytona Beach, Florida. The race track holds around 167,000 fans who whoop and holler their way through the race, delivering a great atmosphere even if you’re not a fan of the sport. If you can’t get a ticket to the event, Daytona Beach is well worth a visit on race day just for the sheer electricity emanating around the city.
Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp
Cassadaga is not just the psychic capital of Florida; it’s the psychic capital of the world, apparently. It is home to a real spiritualist camp that holds classes, tours and involves meetings with real mediums. The town is filled with palm readers, dream catchers and various other psychic paraphernalia, making it the perfect unusual destination for those looking to contact a passed-away loved one or just see what the fuss is about.
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