If you are looking for the crazy and unusual then fly yourself to Florida. Family hotels, romantic villas and a host of accommodation are at your fingertips, perfect to lay down your head after a day exploring the crazier side of this American state. Florida is host to more than just Disneyworld and this article will alert you to few of the more bizarre attractions it has to offer.
Upon leaving your Florida family hotels, please make sure you tap Homestead, Florida, into your GPS systems. Here, there exists a crazy labour of love that took 28 years to create – Coral Castle. Genius, Ed Leedskalnin, sculpted over 1,100 tons of coral rock into a “fantasy world carved out of stone”.
This is a feat in itself, but our bizarre craftsman also created this unique masterpiece using only homemade tools. The castle is affectionately referred to as “America’s Stonehenge” and was built as a love letter to Leedskalnin’s soulmate, Agnes Scuffs, who abandoned him at the altar and left him eternally heartbroken.
Another unique and fantastical experience in Florida is Wonderworks, billed as “Orlando’s only upside-down attraction!” Contained within its boundaries are over 100 interactive exhibits that range from the thrilling to the bizarre. There is a mammoth laser tag arena and amazing virtual reality sports. If you have ever wanted to know what it feels like to be caught in a natural disaster, then take a trip in the hurricane or the earthquake simulator. In this great virtual arena anything is possible, and lying on a bed of nails is only a few buttons away!
Are you a classic film lover? Then get yourself to the marina at Key Largo where a cinematic treat awaits you in the form of a famous boat. Sitting on the waters at the marina is the original boat used in the 1951 classic film, ‘The African Queen’. This movie great was directed by legendary film director, John Huston, and starred such film icons as Humphrey Bogart, Katherine Hepburn and Robert Morley. It will be no problem if you are looking for Florida family hotels, motels or inns in the area, as there are plenty within transport distance.
Weeki Wachee Springs
Believe in mermaids? Have some underwater fun in Weeki Wachee Springs, Florida. This attraction was established in 1947 and includes the brilliant and highly entertaining waterpark Buccaneer Bay as well as fantastic sightseeing trips up the river with the Wilderness River Cruise. The main attraction for some, however, is the live mermaid shows, which include the Hans Christian Anderson’s tale, yes, you guessed it, ‘The Little Mermaid’
If you need something a little spookier to get you out of your Florida family hotels and motels, then travel to Lake Wales. To be more precise, travel to ‘Spook Hill’ in Lake Wales and park your car at the bottom of the hill. Then be amazed as your car travels up the hill! Are invisible spirits pulling you car? Is it an optical illusion? Or merely a magnetic unexplained natural occurrence? Go and find out!