11 FREE Roadside Attractions-Florida

11 FREE Roadside Attractions-Florida

Pensacola:Blue Angel on a Stick

A Blue Angel jet can be seen soaring over the Florida Welcome Center on Interstate 10. The aircraft on a stick is a Grumman F-9 Cougar which was used by the Blue Angels from 1954 to mid- 1957. So why is this on display in Pensacola? Well, because Pensacola is home to the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron known as the Blue Angels. If you are interested in seeing the Blue Angel on a Stick you can find it at the first rest area on eastbound Interstate 10 just as you cross into Florida from Alabama

      

Fort Walton Beach:Shark Photo Op

Nothing really much to say about this stop other than it’s a cool place to stop by if your in the area for a cool picture.

Destin: Magnificent Magnolia

 

Now this was just AMAZING to see. It is a 170-year-old magnolia tree that died in 2014. In order to preserve its history, several local artists carved dozens of beautiful animals and sea life into its trunk and remaining branches. This tree-sculpture has a prominent place at a seaside harbor walk in front of Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville.

                                    

  Tallahassee:Solidarity Tree

After 5 months, on July 4, 2016, local chainsaw sculptor John Birch completed the carving of a dead oak tree. He turned it into an amazing piece of art! Birch carved out a little girl in a tree fort, and a little boy leaning back reading a book. If you look closely you can see a Dad peeking out of the tree.

                    

San Augustine: Car Bumper Horse

This amazing Mustang was created by metallurgist, Sean Guerrero. He used only 1950 and 1960 chrome bumpers! Super cool right? This horse weighs over a ton and is about 20 feet long! It really is an amazing sight to see.

    

St. Augustine: Massacre Anchor

This anchor was pulled from the depths of the Matanza’s Bay. It represents the many people who were slaughtered in 1565.

St. Augustine:Ripley’s World Famous Log House

Here is another amazing piece of Tree Art. This Log house was made by Len Moore and it took him only 4 months to carve the inside and outside. Not bad right?

                           

St. Augustine: Replica of Michelangelo’s David

So this was an interesting piece of art to see! It is one of only 2 exact replicas of Michelangelo’s David. It was made from a solid piece of pure Carrara Marble quarried from Pietra Santa in Tuscany, Italy. It weighs 10 tons and measures 17 ft high exactly like the original. It took the Sollazzini and Sons Studio of Florence , Italy nearly three years (1960-1962) to carve it for the 1964 New York World’s Fair. After the fair, it was acquired by California millionaire Ron Fong and was placed in the Movieland Wax Museum in Buena Park, Calif. for 42 years. In 2007 it moved to St. Augustine. How cool is that! I had heard of the David statue before but I never knew that it is suppose to be King David thinking before the battle with Goliath. I found that to be interesting when I read the plaque.

 

St. Augustine: Giant Nile Crocodile

The giant Nile crocodile is the creation of Keith Coleman. It is 24 foot long, 8 foot wide. The crocodile is created entirely out of iron and scrap metal. Did you know? That the number-one animal killer in Africa is the giant Nile River crocodile.

      

St. Augustine: World’s Tallest Cross

This cross was just amazing to see. It is 208 feet tall and is made out of stainless steel. I hear it is gorgeous to see at night because it is illuminated by spotlights. However, we visited during the day and it was just beautiful. The cross was erected in 1965 for the city of St. Augustine’s 400th birthday! (If you would like to see the World’s Largest Crucifix check out our post)

      

St. Petersburg: Yabor City

I found this to be an interesting historical marker on our way out of St. Petersburg.

Keep on the search for amazing Roadside Attractions!

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48 thoughts on “11 FREE Roadside Attractions-Florida

  1. Well I made it to the last one and thought I had seen nothing in Florida but, I have been to Yabor City. My mother lives near Tampa so I have visited some of the near by areas.

  2. Very interesting. Especially about magnolia and David sculpture. I would like to see all of that 🙂

  3. I have never thought of stopping by roadside attractions while traveling, but it’s such a fun and education way to see things while taking a road trip! I still can’t believe the world’s tallest cross is made out of stainless steel. That must have taken a lot of labor!

  4. This is great, I love Florida! When we were traveling through the US a few years ago, one of our favorite things to do was stop off at random places that caught our eye while driving. Such a fun way to explore and we got to see the shack where Muddy Waters was born in Mississippi. X

  5. The carvings of the magnolia tree are really beautiful. Forget the 170 years that it lived for, this tree is still living in an, even more, special way!

  6. My friend recently moved to Florida, will advise her to check these places! 🙂 She & her kiddos will surely love it! Thank you for sharing!

    God bless!

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  7. It is nice to take road trips and have all these great sights to see along the way. It is a nice way to break up the trip and do some traveling. Those sights were all fun stopovers.
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  8. I can’t believe I have lived in Florida for over 40 years and have never seen any of these, never heard of them either. Pinning this to make sure I remember to visit the replica of David and the Famous Log House.

  9. I always love cool stuff like this. We have no shortage of roadside attractions here in New England and I always like to see them when I travel!

  10. I LOVE round-ups of free activities to do while traveling to a place, I actually just wrote one for Raleigh, NC a couple days ago! These are all incredible suggestions! I’ll make sure to come back to this article if I ever were to travel to Florida (it’s on my bucket list!)

  11. These seem like such great adventures! Going on road trips with your family is a great way to bring everyone together, and I love that these options are free! These are definitely things that my kids would enjoy doing. I’ll have to check these out if I am ever in Florida!

    ~xo Sheree
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  12. Whoa! My preschooler and husband would both geek out over the Blue Angel on a Stick! Seeing them at Seafair in Seattle is a summer highlight!

  13. I need to go to Florida! These are such awesome ideas for a fun road trip! Will bookmark.

  14. Such a unique post. I love it! I went to college in Pensacola and remember watching the Blue Angel’s perform at the beach 🙂

  15. The Shark photo op is hilarious and my nephew would love that! The Mongolia sounds amazing! So many awesome places to see!

  16. This makes me so excited to visit someday! I’ve heard so many good things (including this post), and I’m looking forward to planning a trip there soon. x

  17. This makes me want to go back to Florida now! We admittedly drove straight from Orlando to Miami as we were in a bit of a rush and I think we missed quite a bit because of that! Will have to go back
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  18. I love going to Florida to visit Disney! I never knew there were so many attractions along the way!

  19. I am going to save this for our trip to Florida this coming spring. What a great resource, thank you! There are so many things to do but we never know where or how to find them!

  20. This is awesome! I’ve never been to Florida but can’t wait to get there one day and this is great to know. Lots to see and do!

  21. I think my favorite is the Magnolia tree carvings. The artists really transformed the dead tree into something spectacular. It would be amazing to see it in person.
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  22. I grew up in Florida and sadly I haven’t seen most of these roadside attractions. I’ve only been to St. Augustine once when I was younger so perhaps we did stop at the attractions on your list. I guess I need to pay more attention to my home state.
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  23. It looks like you all had a wonderful trip. We love going to Florida! St. Augustine is just gorgeous.

  24. These are so great! Next visit to Florida I will have to be sure I have your post along for the ride.

  25. These look like great attractions! We visit Florida often because my husband’s dad lives in West Palm Beach. I’ll be sure we have these on our to do list for our next visit.

  26. I had no idea there was so much to see along the roadside to Florida. I think the carvings in the 170-year-old magnolia tree would be cool to see!
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  27. Wow – I had no idea there were so many free attractions to visit in Florida! I’ll definitely need to check these out the next time I’m in Florida.
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