By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com November 11 2009 10:00 AM ET

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings House
Venture back in time to 1930s farm life with a visit to the spot the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Yearling called her “place of enchantment,” Rawlings’s restored home located in Cross Creek. FloridaStateParks.org/MarjorieKinnanRawlings 

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Bison, wild horses, and over 270 species of birds are among the wildlife inhabiting the state’s National Natural Landmark. Visitors can bicycle, hike, and ride horseback over trails year round. FloridaStateParks.org/PaynesPrairie 

Florida Museum of Natural History (pictured)
Focusing on the flora, fauna, fossils, and historic peoples of the state, permanent exhibits include the Butterfly Rainforest, an outdoor screened enclosure with waterfalls, a walking trail, lush subtropical and tropical plants, and hundreds of live butterflies. FLMNH.ufl.edu 

Harn Museum of Art
Art can both inspire and educate. Witness the Harn, located in the University of Florida Cultural Plaza, and home to over 7,000 works of art—one of the largest and most diverse university-affiliated collections in the country. Harn.ufl.edu