Oh, Florida. Not only are you beautiful with fairly changeable weather, but you also march to the beat of your own drummer. These three SoFl attractions are as quirky as they are different from each other: a gigantic Key West buoy, an erotic museum, and a circle known as America’s Stonehenge are just some of Florida’s weirdest things to see.
Key West’s Southernmost Point
There are many, many reasons to take a road trip to Key West, but while you’re hanging out with Hemingway’s nine-toed cats or watching the sun set in Mallory Square, be sure to go for the classic, if cheesy, South Florida photo-op of you standing in front of Key West’s Southermost Point marker. This massive black-and-red concrete buoy has let tourists know that they’re only 90 miles from Cuba since 1983. Everyone in South Florida has one of these photos, so show your friends back home that you’ve visited Key West’s Southernmost Point, at the corner of Whitehead and South streets.
The World Erotic Art Museum
Why go to the movies after a date when you can go see over 20 rooms of random erotic ephemera, including items seen in Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi classic A Clockwork Orange? Yes, the World Erotic Art Museum (or WEAM) has its home right here in South Florida. The 12,000 square foot museum showcases thousands of erotic artifacts dating from 200 B.C. until the present day. Sound kitschy? Think again: Picasso and Renaissance master Rembrandt are both part of this sexy collection, and three etchings of Rembrandt’s are part of an ongoing collection: “Adam and Eve” (1638), “The Ledikant” (1646), and “ Jupiter and Antiope” (1659). Hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 am to 10 pm, and Friday and Saturday from 11 am to midnight. The World Erotic Art Museum is located at 1205 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach. Call 1-866-969-WEAM for more details. Adults are $15; seniors with ID are $14; students with ID, $13; patrons under 18 are not admitted.
The Miami Circle
Known as America’s Stonehenge, the Miami Circle is an ancient circle 38 feet in diameter carved in limestone. Found in 1998 when developers were leveling apartments to make way for new property, the Miami Circle is believed to be between 1700 and 2,000 years old and was probably built by the Tequesta Indian Tribe as either a structure or a worship site. While the circle itself is now buried for protection and is not yet open to regular visitors, History Miami has opened a waterfront site called Miami Circle Park where visitors can learn about the Miami Circle and its original origins.