Florida is all about white-sand beaches, wild nightlife and, of course, Mickey Mouse. But there is so much more beauty to be found beyond the celebrated tourist landmarks. Here’s our guide to Key West, the Everglades, and more.
When Spanish explorers first landed in Florida and found the waterways full of manatees, they imagined them to be mermaids. You can find the now-endangered gentle giants floating in the water of the Crystal River, a national wildlife refuge. Manatees live in the area year-round, and you can view them from a distance or up close in the water. The most popular area for above-water manatee viewing is the Three Sisters Springs boardwalk. Join a snorkeling tour and learn all about manatee manners before you enjoy a day with these majestic creatures.
Nick Dauk contributed additional reporting to this article.