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A walk down a long stretch of boardwalk will normally lead you to a pristine Florida beach — but one boardwalk takes you somewhere quite different.

You can unlock your inner Eliza Thornberry and explore a gorgeous hidden rain forest, right here in the Sunshine State.

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Seaside, Florida feels too charming to be real. There's no need to leave the state to encounter a whimsical place and a perfectly quaint town to relax. This small beach town will take your breath away.

This place is worth exploring during your next Florida road trip. Seaside offers a sense of connectedness with the community as well as wonderful outdoor experiences. You will find a calm and serene vibe at the white-sand beach right on the Gulf of Mexico.

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Florida’s barrier islands hold much of the state’s beauty, with pristine sands, unparalleled views, and feeling being on a far away, tropical place without actually leaving the state. If you love island hopping in The Sunshine State or are just looking for a new place to wander, Amelia Island in Florida is a must-add to your travel bucket list.

This barrier island can be found on Florida’s northeast coast, with 13 miles of gorgeous beaches, wildlife encounters, and some truly unique ways to explore the area.

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The season of spooks and frights is almost upon us, and there’s no better time to delve into Florida’s storied history. On this haunted Florida tour of the St. Augustine Lighthouse, you can hunt for ghosts and take your Halloween shenanigans to new heights when you explore one of the most haunted places in The Sunshine State.

The Dark of the Moon Lighthouse Ghost Tour takes you onto the grounds of the infamous St. Augustine lighthouse at night.

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The spookiest season of them all is right around the corner, and it’s never too early to get in the Halloween spirit. Florida is full of mysterious places to explore to help you do just that, and next month, you can take your frights to new heights when you join this haunted St. Augustine tour through lighthouses, jails, and other spooky spots. The tour will take you deep into Florida’s chilling history and give you just the right amount of frights to keep things thrilling and fun.

The Strange Escapes Haunted St. Augustine tour will take you on a paranormal investigation of the haunted St. Augustine lighthouse. But the spooky fun doesn’t stop there, as the tour also includes a walk through the Old Jail with Ghosts and Gravestones, as well as the Castillo de San Marcos.

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Jacksonville's field of dreams will turn into a socially distanced outdoor movie theater next month.

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, the city's minor league baseball team, will host a movie and fireworks show at 121 Financial Ballpark.

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Summer in the Sunshine State is hot. Along with hitting the waves at one of Florida's famed breezy beaches, grabbing an innertube and hitting a lazy river will provide just as much relief from the sizzling weather. Tubing on Ichetucknee Springs State Park is one of the best spots to beat the summer heat.

This six-mile crystal blue river near Jacksonville calls tubing enthusiasts to its banks all year round. You'll glide underneath the towering trees that dominate and cascade over you like soldiers defending their emerald kingdom.

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There's a gorgeous river in Florida that flows through a habitat bursting with wildlife, and you can explore it this summer. Silver Springs State Park offers world-famous Glass Bottom Boat Tours that allow visitors to peer deep into the beautiful spring and high into the lush trees. You can see everything from manatees to monkeys on this captivating journey. 

Silver Springs State Park is less than a two-hour drive from Jacksonville. Book a Glass Bottom Boat Tour soon and take a summer road trip to this amazing spot bursting with diverse life above and below the surface. 

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When one thinks of catching a sick wave, the beaches of California come to mind. Surfing in Florida is not usually a past time, but one would be understating the Sunshine State's gnarly waves. These six beaches provide huge swells for those who are looking to "hang ten" or just love watching waves crash against the shoreline.

Up and down the state, surfers wait for the next big wave to ride. Once you catch a wave, it seems as if the earth, for one brief moment, stands still, and the ocean does the talking.

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It's time to get that camping gear ready to go. The weather in North Florida will be perfect for a weekend camping trip to one of the area's many state parks. All of this is thanks to a dust storm traveling over 5,000 miles away.

A huge Saharan dust storm is making its way to Florida, and not only will it put a temporary plug on hurricane season, but will also afford outdoor enthusiasts a chance to actually enjoy a (relatively) rain-free weekend in the Sunshine State.

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Spooky tales are everywhere in Florida’s rich and storied history. In St. Augustine, you’ll find tons of ghost tales, tours, and scary spots that even the bravest among us might not want to stay the night in. You can take a terrifying night tour of one of Florida's haunted prisons, the Old St. John’s County Jail, or visit during the day where they’ll even book you as an inmate!

Not only was this spot St. Augustine’s very first jail, but it was also operational up until 1953.

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Florida has a vast and rich history, but if you think the only way to learn about it is tedious lectures and musty books, you’ve got another thing coming. What if you could actually travel back in time and explore 17th century Florida, wander ancient halls, and take in picturesque views that have seen brutal battles all from your home? Skip the lines and books and immerse yourself in the history of Castillo de San Marcos with this virtual tour!

Castillo de San Marcos finds its home in St. Augustine, at what used to be the northernmost point of a vast Spanish empire. The stories of 320 years worth of battles, treaties, and life are retold through weapons demonstrations, reenactments, and monthly events.

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