Florida's Pirate Adventures

By: Carrie McLaren


Pirates are no strangers to Florida; they must like the sunshine, too.

Check out these spots throughout the state that are pirated themed, but beware - you may even run across a pirate or two of your own!

Climb aboard and live the life of a pirate in the classic Pirates of The Caribbean ride at Walt Disney World. I guarantee you’ll be singing “Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Pirate’s life for me.” Be on the lookout at the end of the ride for a Johnny Depp lookalike!

After the ride, check out Captain Jack’s pirate tutorial where kids can learn to talk and act like a pirate. 

Also at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World, don’t miss the new experience - “A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasure of the Seven Seas.” This interactive quest takes families throughout Adventureland searching for treasures using pirate maps and the help of Captain Jack Sparrow. This experience is included in park admission.  

At the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum, you can stand on the deck of a replicated pirate ship and touch a real pirate treasure chest. The museum even proudly displays a geniune Jolly Roger flag - one of only a few in the world.  

In Fort Myers Beach, pirates sail daily aboard the ‘Pieces of Eight’ pirate ship. The scurvy pirate team takes guests on a 90-minute interactive adventure in the Gulf of Mexico  searching for lost treasures. The 65-foot Spanish galleon replica ship will make even the youngest pirate feel like they are a part of the crew. 

In May, pirates come ashore in Fernandina Beach for the Isle of Eights Flags Shrimp Festival. In addition to great food, the festival celebrates the area’s rich pirate history. In 1817, pirate Luis Aury’s flag flew above the island. On Friday night of the festlval, don’t miss the pirate ‘invasion’ as they storm the beaches and there’s even a pirate parade.  

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