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Old Florida Attractions That Continue To Spark New Memories

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It’s easy to keep kids entertained no matter where you travel in Florida. Tourism is Florida’s largest industry. Starting in the late 19th century, people traveled to Florida to ride glass bottom boats, to watch mermaids, and to interact with the out-of-the-ordinary, exotic environment. Although the majority of these unique roadside attractions no longer exist, many are still thriving and are a great option to create family memories that will last a lifetime.

Here are a few of our favorite Authentic Florida family-friendly destinations:

Blowing Rocks (Martin County)

Named for its rocky Anastasia limestone shoreline, Blowing Rocks offers a rare window into Florida’s natural history. Located in Martin County, on Florida’s east coast, visitors can get a glimpse of one of our state’s rarest surviving landscapes – an intact Florida dune habitat with beach sunflower, bay cedar, sea grape, and sea oats. It’s incredible to watch coastal waves force through limestone rock crevices creating a geyser effect, often erupting 40-50 feet into the air.

Three hiking trails and boardwalks feature interpretative signs all along the paths. Swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving are allowed from the beach during listed hours. The Hawley Education Center provides tourists and the local community an opportunity to learn about efforts to protect native habitats, plants, and animals in Florida and around the world.

Drive the scenic Bridge Road to Hobe Sound Beach passing under an enchanting canopy of Florida banyan trees. From there, walk south along the spectacular Atlantic Ocean to the Blowing Rocks. It’s well worth the walk.

AuthenticFlorida, excerpt posted on SouthFloridaReporter.com, Mar. 23, 2018

A Florida resident since 1974, Melanie Lentz-Janney is the owner/CXO of AuthenticFlorida.com, a travel and lifestyle blog devoted to the Sunshine State's most unique and quirkiest treasures. Authentic Florida is intended to inspire discovery of the accessible, yet under-appreciated areas of the state as well as celebrating good old-fashioned Florida kitsch. Lentz-Janney’s lifelong passion has been discovering Florida’s genuine side – some old, some new – with a focus on “fun and affordable.” Authentic Florida has been recognized as the BEST Blog of the Year, the BEST Travel Blog (twice), and BEST Food Blog at the Florida Sunshine Awards. Lentz-Janney is a member of Florida Outdoor Writers Association and the Society of American Travel Writers. She is also a well-respected marketing expert and an award-winning filmmaker.

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