The old adage “you get what you pay for” is usually a pretty solid rule to go by when it comes to most things, but some gems are an exception to the rule. Lucky for penny-pinchers and travelers with empty pockets still needing to satisfy their itch for adventure, Florida is a place teeming with beautiful and unique attractions that are totally free to visit. So, if you’re looking for some fun and new adventures to check out, then you’ll definitely want to take a trip to these free roadside attractions in Florida.
Explore An Authentic Hindu Temple
Address: 5509 Lynn Rd., Tampa, FL
Why You Need To Go: You don’t need to be religious, or even an engineer major, to appreciate the architectural beauty of this hidden Hindu temple. If you are interested in learning more about the religion, then this a great place to start. Admire a foreign culture without ever leaving Florida and consider leaving a donation to help keep the temple beautiful.
Those who tour the temple are asked to dress modestly with shoulders covered, respecting your body & these sacred grounds.
Explore Ancient Ruins
Address: GPS Coordinates: N 30°26.633 and W 81°27.700 (Cedar Point Boat Ramp Parking Lot), N 30°26.524 and W 81°27.931 (ruins)
Why You Need To Go: Far off the beaten trail, you can travel back in time when you explore these old Floridian plantation ruins that still stand from the 1700s. Cedar Point sits on the Timucuan Preserve National Park in Jacksonville, at the southern tip of Black Hammock Island.
Visit The Truck Graveyard
Address: 4204 Crawfordville Hwy, Crawfordville, FL
Why You Need To Go: The eerie procession of rusted, broken-down trucks looks like something out of a zombie horror flick. The display was arranged by owner Pat Harvey and can be found off the side of Highway 319 near Crawfordville.
See Wild Monkeys On "Monkey Alcatraz"
Address: 5297 S Cherokee Way Homosassa, FL
Why You Need To Go: See free-roaming spider monkeys climbing about on their own private island, hilariously dubbed “Monkey Alcatraz.” The monkeys were moved there from a nearby wildlife attraction in the 1960s. While you’re in the area, be sure to stop by the Monkey Bar & Grill to grab a bite to eat while you watch the primates play.
Orlando Stained Glass House
Address: 13615 Sachs Avenue, Orlando, FL
Why You Need To Go: This stained-glass gem is hidden in Lake Nona, not far from the heart of Orlando. It’s part of an art installation called ICON by Tom Fruin and can be found all around the world.
Cuddle With Alpacas
Address: 18810 Lone Dove Ln Clermont, FL
Why You Need To Go: You can get all the wooly cuddles on this free tour of a family-run alpaca farm. They do ask guests for donations, but knowing that your money is going straight to feed to those adorable alpacas is totally worth it.
You don't have to spend a lot of money to have amazing adventures in Florida. Save some strain on the ol' wallet and get exploring!
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