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Driving tours take a do-it-yourself approach to travel. Let a scenic highway take you along for a ride through downtowns, small towns, romantic getaways and discover the "Hidden gems of Florida" all along Florida's scenic highways and by-ways!

Florida is a great place to drive through. Though you won't see the hills you see up north, you will experience the fresh salt air, the back roads, the "old" unspoiled Florida. If you are driving from the north once you reach Florida's border expect at least a 7 hour trip until you reach Miami. But why not tour it?

Take your time. This is probably the only way you can experience Florida's natural beauty. We have given you a choice of 5 tours. By no means are ours the last say, but you will find these scenic Florida road tours fun and worthwhile.

Pensacola Scenic Bluffs Highway

Starting Point - Pensacola, Fl
Travel, Miami, Pensacola, Gainesville, Cocoa Beach, Kennedy Space CenterThe Pensacola Scenic Bluffs Highway is a unique driving experience offering panoramic views of Escambia Bay from giant bluffs that are the highest points along Florida's entire coastline. Approximately 11 miles in length along U.S. 90, this scenic highway travels from the Bayou Texar Bridge to the north end of the U.S. 90 Bridge across the Escambia River. Access the highway from I-10 by taking I-110 south to U.S. 90/98 (Cervantes St.) and following U.S. 90 east.

Highlights:
As you explore the Pensacola Scenic Bluffs Highway, stop at the 32-acre Bay Bluffs Park, (850) 436-5670, near the I-10 overpass. This unique, enchanting park offers numerous wooden boardwalks leading visitors through dense forest, under beautiful canopies of oaks and pines, to the warm waters of Escambia Bay. Large bluffs of red clay, once used to make bricks, line the Florida beaches and tint the sand a soft pink hue. Take a walk along the beaches of the Bay Bluffs Park and watch the sun sink into the horizon over the soft waves of Escambia Bay.

Key West Naples beach Everglades National Park BradentonExplore historic downtown Pensacola or visit the Florida National Museum of Naval Aviation, (850) 452-3606, where you will find numerous displays tracing the history of flight from wooden planes to the Skylab module. The museum is one of the largest in the world with an adjoining IMAX® Theater presenting big-screen aviation films that make you feel like you're in the cockpit. The museum's Florida attractions include flight simulators and tours led by retired aviators with first-hand experience. Visitors to the museum must use the west entrance to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, at the end of Blue Angel Hwy. Head west on U.S. 90 to U.S. 98. Follow U.S. 98 then turn left on Barrancas Ave. (S.R. 292), which becomes Gulf Beach Hwy. Follow Gulf Beach Hwy. then turn left onto Blue Angel Hwy. (U.S. 173).

Old Florida Heritage Highway

Starting Point - Gainesville
Gainsville hiking biking canoeing kayaking fishing camping Florida KeysThe Old Florida Heritage Highway 
makes up a 48-mile trail that begins south of Gainesville on U.S. 441, travels through Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park and winds its way through forested and pastoral countryside to the historic communities of Micanopy, Rochelle, Evinston and Cross Creek. Travelers can access U.S. 441 from I-75/S.R. 331 Williston Road exit and head south, or from the Micanopy- C.R. 234 exit to head north along the trail.

Highlights:
For a true taste of Old Florida, visit the town of Micanopy - the oldest inland town in Florida. You really get a sense of history and heritage when you arrive among the old Florida bungalow homes, stately oak trees, quaint cafés and antique stores. The cafés and restaurants alone are worth the trip! If you feel that something is vaguely familiar it may be because Micanopy was the setting for the films, "Doc Hollywood," with Michael J. Fox, and "Cross Creek," with Mary Steenburgen and Rip Torn. The main street in Micanopy is located just south of U.S. 441 along N.E. Cholokka Blvd., and is lined with old brick buildings that now house some of the finest and most affordable antiques in the state of Florida.

Miami Pensacola Gainesville Cocoa Beach Kennedy Space Center hiking bikingWhile traveling the looped trail, visit the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park, (352) 466-3672, located 10 miles east of U.S. 441 in Cross Creek, Fl (take C.R. 346 to C.R. 325), and reconnect with the past. Meander through the historic home and farmland where Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Yearling, lived and worked from 1928-1953.

Just a couple of miles north of Micanopy along U.S. 441, stop and stretch your legs at Payne's Prairie Preserve State Park, (352) 466-3397. This 21,000-acre park has a national reputation for its abundance and diversity of wildlife, including buffalo. The park offers wonderful recreational activities such as hiking, biking, horseback riding, paddling, fishing and camping.

Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Highway

Starting Point - Titusville
The Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Highway is an educational, relaxing and family-friendly 166-mile loop beginning at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, (321) 861-0667. The nature and beauty along this roadway is something to experience first-hand.

Kennedy Space Center Florida travel Miami Pensacola Gainesville Cocoa BeachHighlights:
Starting from the Refuge, located east of Titusville, Fl on U.S. 1, head west/south on U.S. 1, turning east on S.R. 405 to the not-to-be-missed Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, (321) 449-4444. Located on more than 6,000-acres of the Canaveral National Seashore, this world-class facility is known not only for its advancement of space exploration, but also for its dedication to preserving the natural environment and providing a home for thousands of native wildlife species. After a full day of space, head to Titusville along S.R. 406 to feast upon succulent broiled rock shrimp at Dixie Crossroads Seafood Restaurant, (321) 268-5000. It's really worth the drive!

From S.R. 405, head south on S.R. 3, just five miles past S.R. 528, to join "The Boat Lady" of Island Boat Lines Water Taxi & Tours, (321) 302-0544, in Cocoa Beach, Florida to get a true appreciation for the abundant natural assets of the Indian River Lagoon Estuary System, which runs along this scenic corridor. Approximately 2,200 species have been identified in the lagoon, making it the most diversified estuary in North America.

Key West Naples beach Everglades National Park BradentonReturn to S.R. 528 east that turns south to become S.R. A1A and drive approximately 60 miles to Sebastian Inlet State Park, (321) 984-4852. Sebastian Inlet includes the McLarty Treasure Museum, the site of a Spanish salvors' encampment, and also offers great snook, redfish, bluefish and Spanish mackerel fishing from the jetties, beach or the Indian River. Other activities include surfing, sun bathing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking and a ranger-led boat cruise to the first wildlife refuge in the U.S., Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge, (772) 562-3909. Though facilities are limited at the National Wildlife Refuge, located just off S.R. A1A on Historic Jungle Trail, as part of the Centennial Celebration of Pelican Island and the National Wildlife Refuge System in 2003, a boardwalk and observation tower to view Pelican Island, Fl, two trails and restrooms were opened. Access to Pelican Island itself is not allowed, but viewing the island by boat, canoe or kayak, as offered by a number of local businesses provides excellent, up-close bird watching and photography opportunities

Leaving Sebastian Inlet State Park, drive south on S.R. A1A about five miles to the town of Orchid, Fl, turn west on S.R. 510, then after two miles turn north on U.S. 1. Stop five miles up the road for lunch on the open-air, riverfront patio deck at Captain Hiram's, (772) 589-4345, just off U.S. 1, in Sebastian.

Fl, Zoo, Florida, TitusvilleAfter a relaxing meal, drive north 20 miles on U.S. 1 and make a short detour in  to visit the Brevard Zoo, (321) 254-9453.

Turn off U.S. 1 on Suntree Blvd. for a half-mile, then turn right on Wickham Rd. The Brevard Zoo, Florida's newest and most interactive zoo, is just three miles down the road, with a zoo train, free-flight aviary and "Expedition Africa" that includes giraffe feeding.

From the Brevard Zoo, return to U.S. 1 north to Titusville to wrap up your adventures on the Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Highway.

 Florida Keys Scenic Highway


Starting Point - Key Largo
Florida Keys Key Largo Key WestPalm trees, tropical beach huts and sandy roadsides grace the 106.5 miles of Florida Keys Scenic Highway connecting the world-famous island-hopping Florida Keys along U.S. 1 to Mile Marker 1 - the southernmost point in the Continental United States. With the gentle turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico on one side and the majestic Atlantic Ocean on the other, you will travel over forty-three bridges from Key Largo to Key West. The "Seven Mile Bridge," located at Mile Marker 47, is more than 35,000 feet in length. With more than 800 keys, most of them uninhabited, this drive offers breathtaking sights so have your camera ready!

Highlights:
One of the most popular activities in the Keys is snorkeling, and there are great locations to swim with the fish all along the Florida Keys Scenic Highway. They say, "If you can swim you can snorkel." With some basic instruction, you can be in the water observing more than 500 species of tropical fish, 47 varieties of living coral and other marine life that make up the underwater world of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS), (305) 743-2437. Encompassing 2,800 square nautical miles surrounding the entire archipelago of the Florida Keys, the FKNMS stretches from Biscayne National Park, (305) 230-7275, east of Homestead on Florida's mainland, down to Key West and beyond. Several other marine sanctuaries, wildlife refuges and state parks offer beautiful scenery, recreational opportunities and access to this amazing marine world all along the way.

Key West Beach Cocoa Beach Kennedy Space Center hiking canoeing kayakingFollow U.S. 1 south to Key West (98 miles south of Key Largo) for a visit to Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, (305) 292-6713, located at the end of Southard St. This National Landmark covers a total of 87 acres and was one in a system of seacoastal forts initiated in the 1800's to prevent hostile invasions. Take a ranger-guided tour and hear tales of its past or browse the fort on your own. Then, enjoy one of the best Florida beaches in Key West.

Florida Keys Key Largo Key West Naples beach Everglades National ParkWhile this area is known for its scenic and recreational abundance, it is also rich in culture and history. Key West was home to many literary greats including Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Robert Frost and Thornton Wilder. But the author most often associated with Key West was Ernest Hemingway, who penned For Whom the Bell Tolls, A Farewell to Arms and To Have and Have Not during his 10 years living there. The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, (305) 294-1136, is now a National Historic Landmark museum and a "must-see" location during your visit to Florida.

 Tamiami Trail Scenic Highway

  Starting Point - Naples

The Tamiami Trail Scenic Highway, crossing the southern tip of Florida, runs east on U.S. 41, beginning south of Naples, through 50 miles of breathtaking scenic landscapes of the Florida Everglades filled with sawgrass and a tropical wilderness like no other in the United States. The Tamiami Trail Scenic Highway covers a small portion of the 275 mile Tamiami Trail, which reaches from Tampa to Miami and is considered among the world's great engineering feats. Opened in 1928, the Tamiami Trail was constructed while working in 95-plus degree heat, fog-like humidity and alligator-filled swamplands. The trail took almost a dozen years and $8 million to complete, including almost three million sticks of dynamite and an ox named "Blue."

Florida, Everglades, Tampa, miami, Highlights:
This scenic highway runs through Big Cypress National Preserve, (239) 695-1201, offering visitors the opportunity to stop and escape into the wilds of Florida and possibly catch a glimpse of a ghost orchid or the endangered Florida panther.

Take a short detour from the Tamiami Trail Scenic Highway, to enhance your trip through the area by visiting Everglades National Park, (239) 695-3311, using the northwest entrance. Turn south on C.R. 29 at Carnestown (31 miles east of S.R. 951) and drive three miles into Everglades City then follow the signs to the Gulf Coast Visitor Center. The visitor center offers natural history exhibits, park information, and passes. Canoe rentals and a narrated boat tour are also available, (239) 695-2591.

everglades canoeing kayaking fishing camping Florida Keys Key LargoOther points of interest along the Tamiami Trail are the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, (239) 695-4593, located just west of Copeland, Fl on S.R. 29, north of the Tamiami Trail. Thirty-two miles west of C.R. 29, Shark Valley Tram Road, (305) 221-8776, on the northern border of Everglades National Park lies in the heart of the "river of grass" that stretches 100 miles from Lake Okeechobee to the Gulf of Mexico. The 15-mile tram road (not open to private vehicles) offers a narrated tram ride providing one of the best opportunities to view the spectacular wildlife and birds, such as alligators and the endangered snail kite, in Everglades National Park.

Only 15 miles further west, just before you reach the end of the Tamiami Scenic Trail, you can stop at Miccosukee Indian Village, (305) 223-8380, and take a tour through the history, culture and lifestyle of the Miccosukee Indian Tribe. With airboat rides, a museum, restaurant and gift shop, it's a fun and educational way to wrap up your day.
By Visit Florida staff



All Designated Florida Scenic Highways:

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NORTHWEST FLORIDA ("THE PANHANDLE"):

CENTRAL FLORIDA:

A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway (Composed of the three Scenic Highways: 1.) 1A Ocean Shore Scenic Highway 2.) A1A River & Sea Trail Scenic Highway &  3.) Historic A1A Scenic Highway

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What is MOSI?
"2009 Winner of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service!"

MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry) is the largest science center in the south, and home to Florida’s only IMAX® Dome Theatre. The globally recognized IMAX® brand stands for the world's most important and successful theatrical platforms for major event Hollywood films, with IMAX theatres delivering the world's best movie presentations.

EXHIBITS INCLUDE:


THE "NEW" SAUNDERS PLANETARIUM:
The Saunders Planetarium now features a new projection dome and a state-of-the-art star projector—the GOTO Space Simulator Chronos projection system—capable of recreating the night sky from any time in less than 20 seconds from the past, present, and future from anywhere on the planet! In addition, the new interactive planetarium is capable of playing movies, ultra 3D graphics and live videos from NASA.

MINDBENDER MANSION: -  "Think Outside the Box With MOSI's New Exhibit!"
Mindbender Mansion is an exhibit full of brain teasers and interactive challenges guaranteed to test the brainpower and problem-solving skills of even the most experienced puzzlers! Join the Mindbender Society by gathering hidden clues and secret passwords scattered throughout the mansion. Clues and passwords are revealed by solving select brainteasers and group challenges.

DISASTERVILLE:
MOSI’s newest permanent exhibition, Disasterville featuring Bay News 9 WeatherQuest, combines education and interactive fun on the remarkable science behind natural disasters. Located in the 2nd floor exhibit gallery, the 10,000 square foot exhibition will immerse you in nine disaster genres that occur within the U.S. and throughout the world!

THE AMAZING YOU:
The Amazing You is a state-of-the-art, 13,000-square-foot exhibition about health and wellness of each developmental life stage. In this informative, educational, and interactive exhibition, guests will have the opportunity to explore the intricate world of the human body. Within each developmental life stage, guests will explore what’s amazing about each stage, identify developmental milestones, and learn what it takes to stay healthy at each stage and how to return to wellness, Guests will learn about medical conditions and diseases including which are most prevalent during each developmental stage of life.

MOSI also includes "KIDS IN CHARGE! " The newest and largest children’s science center in the nation.

THE MOSI CAFE:
The MOSI Cafe is a great oasis and fun place to eat for the whole family! Take a break during your visit and enjoy terrific family favorites or our amazing Daily Chef's Special. Fridays are seafood day - a treat you don't want to miss with creations by Tampa's own Chef John Sellers of Chef Images. Making a visit to the The MOSI Cafe is a perfect recipe for lunch or a snack.

CATERING & FACILITY RENTAL:
Download Facility RentalMOSI, The Museum of Science & Industry, will make a dramatic impact with your guests. Visualize their arrival and seeing their reception under our dinosaurs, a sit down dinner in Our Florida Exhibit, or a soda bar set up in our 50s diner.

Whether you are hosting a social gala or a corporate event, MOSI will make your experience a memorable one!
For more information, contact our Special Events department at (813) 987-6065.
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