You’re looking forward to your travel nursing seasonal assignment this year in Florida, where you know you can enjoy reading by the beach on your days off or having some fresh seafood right on the water.
Aside from sipping on mojitos and tanning on your time off, there are some other cool sights you can go out and explore all throughout Florida! From natural swimming pools to wine tasting, to delicious fruit shakes and farmer’s markets, here are seven awesome things any travel nurse should go see throughout The Sunshine State!
1. The Venetian Pool — Coral Gables
This beautiful lagoon carved out of the coral rock is a fan favorite when it comes to soaking up the sun and going for a swim. If you are not a fan of swimming in the ocean, this is the place for you. This spot has been around since 1923, and the water that fills the pool is spring water from an underground aquifer. You’ll also find a bridge, waterfalls, and plenty of palm trees. There is a snack bar here, so come hungry and be ready for a hot slice of pizza and a cold soda!
2. Coral Castle — Homestead
If you find yourself in South Florida, you must make time to go and see this landmark with one of the strangest stories around. History has it that a small man named Ed left Latvia after his fiancee called off their wedding a day before the couple said: “I do.” Heartbroken, Ed traveled and eventually found himself in Florida, where he ended up carving over 1,100 tons of coral rock. Coral Castle was Ed’s gift to his ex-fiancee. The strange part of the story is that no one ever saw Ed move his structures from two different parts of Florida. Did aliens help him?
3. The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum — Key West
If you’re a lover of books and reading, you might want to head to The Keys to check out the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. Hemingway is known for many books such as A Farewell to Arms, The Sun Also Rises, and The Old Man and the Sea. At his home and museum, visitors will get the chance to visit the rooms and garden belonging to the house where this famous author wrote for over 10 years. There is also talk that there are strange cats with six toes, so be on the lookout and have your camera ready!
4. Stiltsville — Miami
This spot is so magical and feels like it’s out of a book or a movie. Stiltsville has a history that spans back to the 1930s. At one point, this mysterious place was where everyone wanted to see and be seen, but hurricanes and other natural occurrences made it difficult for these buildings, which are in the water and built on stilts, to last. In 1960, there were 27 structures, now there are only seven left. You can take a boat ride over and take lots of beautiful pictures. It’s so cool to get to see how someone built their home in the water!
5. Robert is Here – Homestead
This farmer’s market is one of the best around, and if you are looking to come home with fresh fruit and vegetables for a good price, this is the place to go. Better yet, you can grab a friend and come here during a lazy day to enjoy a cold and delicious fresh fruit shake. You can also find different kinds of honey, jams, relishes, and salad dressings to take home!
6. Schnebly’s Redland Winery — Homestead
If you are a fan of wine and want a nice place to go with new friends that you have met on your travel nursing assignment, or with your roommates, Schnebly’s Winery is the place to go. Here you can try all different kinds of local wines made with different fruits like guava, passion fruit, and coconut. Try a flight of these award-winning wines, or buy a bottle and split it with friends over some cheese, crackers, and jam. Sit under a tiki hut and enjoy the cooler weather, or listen to some live music on the weekends!
7. The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens — Delray Beach
Located in Delray Beach, this beautiful ode to Japenese arts is a wonderful place to come by yourself for a relaxing walk or with a friend to learn and explore a new culture. This spot features six historical gardens: the Shinden Garden, Paradise Garden, Early Rock Garden, Karesansui Garden, Hiraniwa Garden, and Modern Romantic Garden. The gardens host several different Japenese-influenced festivals and holidays and also boasts a museum featuring exhibits like a theater, a tea house, classrooms, a research library. This is something you do not want to miss!