If you're visiting Florida sometime between April and October, chances are you'll experience one of our world-famous thunderstorms. Sure, there are plenty of bowling alleys, movie theaters and indoor playgrounds, but for a truly unique and local experience, we've put together a few of our favorite indoor attractions from Amelia Island down to St. Augustine.
This interactive children’s museum focuses on the science and history of Northeast Florida. Museum highlights include an Allosaurus dinosaur skeleton, live animal shows, daily science programs, KidSpace, planetarium and traveling exhibits. Admission $15 adults, $12 children, seniors, military, students and teachers.
Located in the hip downtown area of Hemming Park, MOCA has five changing galleries featuring contemporary artists as well as a permanent collection featuring Hans Hofmann, Alexander Calder, Joan Mitchell, James Rosenquist, Alex Katz and other masters.
On the grounds of a private Tudor mansion on the St. Johns River, the museum holds a permanent collection with works dating back to 2100 B.C. and also American Impressionist paintings, 18th-century porcelain and Japanese woodblock prints. Admission $10, with discounts for seniors, students, military and children.
Housed in the old Nassau County jail, the museum covers history from the Timucuan Indians through its occupation under eight flags. The museum offers permanent and temporary exhibits, interactive children's areas, holiday home tours and Friday night ghost tours. Open daily.
Experience historic artifacts, personal memorabilia of famous golfers, interactive exhibits, an 18-hole putting course and Florida’s largest IMAX screen. Nearby is the World Golf Village featuring luxurious accommodations and two championship golf courses.
The former Alcazar Hotel constructed in the late 1880s is part of railroad baron Henry Flagler's legacy of grand Florida resorts. The property now serves as a museum of Victorian memorabilia such as stained-glass art by Louis Comfort Tiffany, paintings, sculpture, toys, porcelain and furniture. Open daily 9 am-5 pm.
Home of one of the world’s largest collections of authentic pirate artifacts and treasures. See the world’s only authentic pirate chest, its oldest wanted poster and one of only three Jolly Roger flags in existence. Fire a cannon, climb aboard a ship and learn about famous pirates.