The best thing about the Sunshine State is that we have so much to explore here. From crystal clear springs to hidden bars, shelling spots, & the best beaches, we have it all. This list will showcase some of the best ruins to explore in Florida.
Whether you're down for a tame Dora-like adventure or are looking to unlock your inner whip-wielding badassness like Indiana Jones himself, these six Florida ruins will not disappoint.
Ruins of Fort De Soto & Battery Bigelow
Price: $5 daily fee per car.
Address: 3500 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde, FL
Why You Need To Go: Wander the beachy isle of Fort De Soto Park, while also adventuring through the ruins of the fort and Battery Bigelow. A strangely beautiful sight.
Ruins of Fort Dade
Price: You'll have to take a ferry from Fort De Soto to Egmont Key — park entry at Fort De Soto is $5, while the ferry is $25 per adult. Snorkeling gear rentals can be added on for $15.
Address: Start at Fort De Soto State Park, boarding the ferry there — 3500 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde, FL
Ranger Station Coordinates: N 27 36. 032 W 82 45. 623
Lighthouse Coordinates: N 27 36. 047 W 82 45. 634
Why You Need To Go: You'll find ruins crumbling in the sea you can climb on, partially intact structures with corridors, steps, and platforms, and even an old abandoned lighthouse. There's a little bit of everything at Egmont Key.
Price: Donations accepted.
Why You Need To Go: You'll need a permit to visit this beauty. Considered one of Florida's best-kept secrets, Stiltsville stands abandoned in the middle of the ocean. It used to be a residence for rum runners and a place for debauchery, now it's a hot spot for photographers and private events. A lot of mystery still surrounds this location.
Cape Romano Dome Homes
Address: 1527 Buccaneer Ct, Marco Island, FL; you can see them from the shore, but if you want to see them up close, you'll need a boat.
Why You Need To Go: These domes used to be an enchanting single vacation home, now they're crumbling into the sea in the most breathtaking display of abandonment as they desperately try to stay standing together.
Ruins of Ft. Jefferson at Dry Tortugas
Price: $15 entrance fee, you can also camp here for an additional fee.
Why You Need To Go: Surrounded by crystal clear turquoise waters, this brick fort offers a striking stark contrast of color against the waves. You'll also get amazing views that are surprisingly perfect for summer photos in and outside of the abandoned military fort.
Ruins of Nike Missile Testing Sites at Dagny Key
Price: $2.50 per person, just drop your payment in the honor box.
Why You Need To Go: Wander through the jungles of Key Largo and hunt for abandoned buildings that are a part of Florida's forgotten past. From wooden structures to abandoned missile sites, there's so much to explore with bonus stunning nature views.
We're ready to put on our hats, fill up our satchels & whip our way through these awesome hidden ruins scattered throughout the Sunshine State — here's to adventure!
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