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The "Top Bucket List Experiences" in the world were just ranked by TripAdvisor, and on that list is an excursion located in Florida! There are so many things to do in the Sunshine State, but swimming with manatees is one of the most unique.

At Crystal River, just north of Tampa, you can see gorgeous clear water springs and spend the day kayaking or taking a dip with these gentle giants.

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You can now go glamping at one of the best nature parks in Central Florida. It's located just 30 minutes outside of Tampa with resort-style tents for rent at Hillsborough River State Park.

The site stretches seven miles and offers those who go easy access to various trails and wonderful wildlife viewing. It also has stunning riverfront views, where you can just jump in a kayak and enjoy your surroundings.

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There's an exciting adventure waiting to happen at Myakka River State Park in Florida, where you can find an incredible suspension bridge and gorgeous prairie field that you would only dream of.

This park is actually home to the first treetop trail in North America, and it's just an hour drive from Tampa to Sarasota.

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First, there was Rachel, Monica, Ross, Chandler, Phoebe, and Joey, and, now, there's you and your squad. There's a new Friends-themed Airbnb in Tampa, Florida, and it is all the rage for the sitcom fans.

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What are two of things Florida is most rich in? If you thought alligators and tourists, you wouldn’t be wrong. But nature and history are pretty abundant in The Sunshine State, too. One Florida island holds an enchanting palm tree forest on the beach where you wander a surreal scene of nature and ruins from the past.

On Egmont Key, you can hunt for shells, experience Florida’s nature wildlife, and even wander a magical palm tree forest right on the shore.

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The Tampa Bay area is full of fun and exciting adventures go on, from thrilling rides to pristine beaches. But sometimes you just need a break from the noise and the crowds, no matter how much fun you’re having. This affordable Florida Airbnb rental cabin with a riverside hot tub view is the perfect spot to unwind and reconnect with the peace and quiet of nature.

Found in the historic town of Homosassa, this cabin will provide all you need for the perfect weekend getaway. You can escape with your favorite adventure buddy or travel solo, either way, the views are totally worth it.

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Florida is a modern hub of technology and innovation, and the state’s bright future is prefaced with a long and rich history. You can still find pieces of Florida’s deep past today, in the steadfast ruins of old forts and the crumbling remains of long-gone plantations. Florida ruins to explore this fall include the Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins, which make for the perfect spooky autumn adventure.

The dusty ruins of this ancient mill take you back in time to the mid-1800s.

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There are plenty of areas in The Sunshine State that provide bike riders a challenge off the paved road. At one Florida trail, Carter Road Trails near Tampa, you can take your mountain bike on challenging and thrilling paths. Part of the trail also involves some truly wicked ramps.

The Cater Road Trails sits within the Loyce E. Harpe Park near Lakeland and is a destination for mountain bike enthusiasts and those wanting to test out some cool ramps.

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Florida’s natural wonders include so much more than just pretty beaches. From coast to coast and everywhere in between, you’ll find secret indoor jungles, turquoise blue springs, and magical forests. One secret Florida gem is the hidden Edward Medard Park and Reservoir, where whimsical and ancient trees still stand.

The park is a breath of fresh air from the urban sprawl of Tampa Bay, immersing you in Florida’s gorgeous natural world.

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Searching for seashells by the seashore is a favorite pastime of many. Sometimes you see a super special shell and you can’t help but take it home with you! Shell hunting is taken to a whole new level at this stunning Florida beach, where shark teeth can be found by the handful. Beachcombing just got a whole lot more exciting!

Found on Florida’s Gulf Coast down the strip of shoreline considered Venice Beach, Caspersen Beach is a gem of its very own.

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There are plenty of unique rentals across The Sunshine State to give you stunning views while you travel, but you don't have to break the bank to enjoy them! This affordable Florida rental will give you ocean views for cheap and is a perfect weekend getaway for you and your besties.

The rental is located on an island in Charlotte Harbor, which offers easy access to the sandy beaches of Southwest Florida.

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Want to live the island lifestyle without being too far away from civilization? In Florida, you can do that. All you need is a kayak or paddleboard and you can be on your way to discovering untouched island oases just moments from the coast. While there are many islands to find throughout the state, if you're looking for something close to Tampa, Anclote River Park (or Anclote Gulf Park) should be your launching point.

A quick look on the map will reveal that this inlet area of the coastline is dotted with small and large islands, some of which you can explore.

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