Attractions

Top Choice Stadium in Daytona Beach

Daytona International Speedway

The Holy Grail of raceways has a diverse race schedule. Ticket prices skyrocket for good seats at big races, headlined by the Daytona 500 in February. It's worth wandering the massive stands for free on non-race day…
Top Choice Museum in Gainesville

Florida Museum of Natural History

The highlight of this excellent natural-history museum is the expansive Butterfly Rainforest (adult/child $13/6). Hundreds of butterflies from 55 to 65 species flutter freely in the soaring, screened vivarium. As yo…
Top Choice Museum in Jacksonville

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

This handsome museum, Jacksonville's premier cultural space, has a genuinely excellent collection of American and European paintings, Asian decorative art and antiquities. An outdoor area showcases classical English…
Top Choice Museum in St Augustine

Lightner Museum

Henry Flagler's former Hotel Alcazar is home to this wonderful museum, with a little bit of everything, from ornate Gilded Age furnishings to collections of marbles and cigar-box labels. The dramatic and imposing bu…
Top Choice Museum in Jacksonville

Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville

The focus of this ultramodern space extends beyond painting: get lost among contemporary sculpture, prints, photography and film. Check out www.jacksonvilleartwalk.com for details of the free MOCA-run Art Walk, held…
State Park in North Central Florida

Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Relax in a giant inner tube and float through gin-clear waters at this popular park, plopped on the lazy, spring-fed Ichetucknee River.Various water sports are available here, but tubing is certainly the most popula…
Landmark in Gainesville

Bat House & Bat Barn

Across from Gainesville's little Lake Alice, adjacent to a student garden, stands what appears to be two oversized birdhouses. However, these stilted gray-roofed structures are actually home to a family of Brazilian…
Landmark in Atlantic Coast

Fort Matanzas National Monument

The tiny, 1742-built Fort Matanzas National Monument is located on Rattlesnake Island, near where Menéndez de Avilés executed hundreds of shipwrecked French soldiers and colonists when rations at St Augustine ran lo…
State Park in North Central Florida

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Wild horses and bison roam the 20 biological communities that constitute 21,000-acre Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. This slightly eerie preserve's wet prairie, swamp, hammock and pine flatwoods are crisscrossed…
Museum in St Augustine

Villa Zorayda Museum

Looking like a faux Spanish castle from a medieval theme park, this gray edifice was built out of a mix of concrete and local coquina shells in 1883. The structure was the fantasy (and maybe fever dream) of an eccen…