So you’re looking to discover more of Florida but you don’t want to settle for the standard traveler’s fare of activities? Well, Florida’s beaches live up to their reputation but otherwise, we don’t blame you for wanting to shake things up, and we’ve got you covered. Locals and soon-to-be residents, come forth! This isn’t your typical tourist trap hit list; read on for some of the best, most overlooked ways to have fun in Southeast Florida.

See sea turtles by the moonlight.

Night strolls are enjoyable pretty much anywhere south of the Mason-Dixon line, but for half the year, strolls by the Florida coast have a particular awe-inspiring twist. March through October is sea turtle nesting season, and if you take a night walk by the coast at the right time, you’ll be lucky enough to witness it. Over the course of the season, more than 100,000 turtles will build nests along the shore to lay their eggs. If you’d like more information or to experience it with a group, there are plenty of parks and environmental groups that offer nighttime sea turtle walks in June and July (the peak of the season), but it’s up to you how you want to take in this natural Florida marvel. Just be respectful of the creatures, observe, and let nature take its course undisturbed.

Check out the world’s fastest sport in Dania Beach.

The Dania Beach Casino hosts play for the world’s rumored “fastest sport,” Jai Alai. The sport, invented in the Basque region of Spain and popular primarily in Latin America, is a high-speed game with similarities to racketball and lacrosse and is otherwise hard to describe to those unfamiliar with it. Come see the spectacle for yourself, it also is one of the few sports that’s legal to gamble on! We can practically guarantee this is something you won’t see anywhere else.

Add to the Jungle Queen experience.

The Jungle Queen is a dinner cruise that provides participants a four-hour tour of the New River and an all-you-can-eat BBQ feast. It is also known to locals as perhaps the biggest tourist trap in Florida. It’s campy and weird, but it does also provide a good view and introduction into the area, so it might be worth doing once if you’re new to the area. However, there’s a far more interesting local tradition related to this popular boat tour to tackle if you want to stake your claim as a native: moon the Jungle Queen.

The idea supposedly dates back to a full moon night a half-century ago outside the Downtowner Saloon, when a man let everything show—front and back—to the riverboat during a drunken tirade. Since then, it’s become a regular, welcoming way for locals to greet tourists… some people will even march out in groups to do it. If you want to prove yourself as a local, this is the most unique way to do it.  

Take a boat to dinner.

Traveling by water taxi at $20 a day is a miraculously efficient (and cheap!) way to see Broward County in Southeast Florida. The scenery is fantastic and the route of the boats feature extensive stops for bars and restaurants so you can get your fill of food, drink, and sunshine. What better way is there to spend an afternoon?

Visit a psychic.

You wouldn’t think of Southeast Florida as a hotspot for Romani immigrants, but it is! You can find fortune tellers along the Route 1 highway or at the Metaphysical Chapel in Fort Lauderdale.

Bike the finger islands off of Las Olas Boulevard.

In the 1920’s, developers in Fort Lauderdale borrowed the Venetian technique of dredging parallel canals with long peninsulas and a central road. It’s why the area is often referred to as “the Venice of America,” and it’s what makes it a fun area to explore on bike. You could also join a Cycle Party and hop on a group bike with 14 other partiers to bar hop and jam out to some good music.

Scan the local airwaves for pirate radio.

A little-known fact: a majority of the pirate stations busted by the FCC in recent years have been from South Florida. Turn your dial carefully to find some truly unique broadcasts.

Join Fort Lauderdale’s Critical Mass.

The Critical Mass is a social, family-friendly ride that brings together bicyclists from around the area to engage in a group ride to have fun and raise awareness of bicyclists. The leisurely 14-mile ride starts at 8 p.m. in Holiday Park on the last Friday of every month and casually winds itself through the streets of the town. For locals, it’s an enjoyable, longstanding tradition, and for newcomers, it’s a great way to make friends in town and get acquainted with the area.