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Flora, Fauna, Florida: Creature Features in the Sunshine State

A park devoted to butterflies, a power plant that attracts huge aquatic mammals, and a state park with real-live mermaids. Travel nursing in Florida’s always an adventure, and Advantage can help you find the perfect placement.

Travel nursing in Florida is pretty much a no-brainer: the state boasts beautiful beaches, the world’s greatest amusement parks, and unbelievable weather year-round. But it’s also a wonderfully weird state that’s ripe for exploration, filled with peculiar roadside attractions, hidden oases, and chances to spot some of the country’s most fascinating wildlife. The travel enthusiasts of Advantage have gathered five Florida adventures you’ll have to see to believe. Let’s go!

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Flutter By Butterfly World

Looking for some relaxation? Skip the crowded amusement parks and spend a few hours wondering at the world’s prettiest insects. Located in Coconut Creek, Butterfly World is the world’s largest butterfly park and is home to thousands of live butterflies, beautiful gardens, and a host of exotic birds [including a giant hummingbird aviary]. Go ahead and lose yourself—the world will still be here when you get back.

Photo by Sally Walton © 2012

Meet The Weeki Wachee Mermaids

Bigfoot may be an out-of-focus myth, and the Loch Ness Monster is probably a log. But it turns out that mermaids are totally real and perform two shows a day [three on weekends]. Weeki Wachee Springs state park features waterslides, a riverboat cruise, a veritable menagerie of native species, and the signature mermaids, who have been performing since 1947. The underwater dancers perform coordinated routines with the aid of air pipes, custom fish tails, and some impressive color-fast makeup.

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Get Wild at Gatorland

In a state that loves its alligators, only one attraction dares to call itself the “Alligator Capital of the World:” Gatorland in Orlando. A private wildlife refuge that features thousands of alligators, crocodiles, and other reptiles, Gatorland features scheduled feedings, alligator wrestling, and a number of rare white gators. If you’re feeling particularly daring, you can try the 1,200 foot zipline that flies riders above a pool of alligators.

Spot Some Manatees at Tampa Electric

“Incredible wildlife” might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about power plants. However, thanks to the warm water created by the discharge canal from Tampa Electric’s Big Bend Unit 4, a colony of manatees has taken up residence here every winter. Hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to the area every year, and the utility company has opened an official Manatee Viewing Center, which you can visit free of charge. There’s even a gift shop!

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Flamingo Gardens

Located near Fort Lauderdale, Flamingo Gardens is a wildlife sanctuary that contains more than 3,000 species of plants, birds, and animals native to Florida, including black bears, bobcats, and panthers. Feed flamingos and peacocks from the palm of your hand, take the guided tram ride, and wonder at the collection of massive champion trees.

Ready to make the leap and check out Florida? Visit our Florida page for tons of ideas on fun things to do—and an extensive list of great nursing placements.

Call Advantage Medical Professionals 504.456.0073

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