There’s so much to see and do in Florida these days, but what if you could travel back in time and wander through Florida’s rich and storied history? While we might need Marty McFly’s help to do that in the literal sense, there are tons of amazing ruins hidden around the Sunshine State that can give you a glimpse into the past. So, start grabbing your cowboy hat to unlock your inner Indiana Jones and get ready to explore these six ancient ruins in Florida that are totally worth visiting.
Crandon Park Gardens
Price: Free admission, $5 parking on weekdays and $7 on weekends
Address: 6747 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, FL
Why You Need To Go: The remnants of this old Miami zoo are hidden inside the Crandon Park Gardens, where you’ll still find abandoned buildings, cool murals, and wild peacocks still hanging around the grounds.
Price: The ferry from Fort De Soto to Egmont Key is $25, and park entry to Fort De Soto is $5.
Address: 3500 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde, FL
Why You Need To Go: Egmont Key is crumbling into the sea and looking amazing while it does. The ruins of old buildings, steps, corridors, and even a lighthouse make for amazing places to climb around and take spooky photos.
Cape Romano Dome Homes
Address: 1527 Buccaneer Ct., Marco Island, FL
Why You Need To Go: What used to be vacation homes now stands as a testament to the reclamation of nature, as the sea slowly swallows these eerie dome homes. They’re stunning from the shore, but if you want to get up close, you’ll need a boat.
Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens
Address: 950 Old Sugar Mill Rd., Port Orange, FL
Why You Need To Go: This ancient sugar mill functioned in the mid-1840s before changing hands several times, even witnessing the death of one of its owners by a renegade slave and several battles before and during the Civil War. It was then reclaimed as an amusement park, the remains of which still stand hauntingly on the grounds.
GPS Coordinates for the ruins: N 30°26.524 and W 81°27.931
Why You Need To Go: The ruins at Cedar Point date back to a plantation by William Fitzpatrick in 1795. Now that it's part of the protected Timucuan Preserve National Park, it makes for a great hiking spot.
Address: 11676 Palmetto Ave., Jacksonville, FL
Why You Need To Go: This haunting plantation still contains slave quarters, a barn, a plantation house, and gardens. Dating back to the late 1800s, there are even stories from guests and staff of ghosts still lingering on the grounds.
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