We’re guessing it’s not so surprising to learn that Florida is a pretty common backdrop for a movie. Many movies were filmed in the Sunshine State, and there’s a good chance you’ve seen some of them. For our today’s article, we’ve put together a list of 6 places in Florida you’ve seen in the movies – most likely. Feel free to test our assumptions by checking the best movie locations in Miami and Florida as a whole. Also, if you haven’t seen any of the movies we’re about to show you, there’s the next movie weekend right around the corner. Okay, so let’s begin!
#1 Kennedy Space Center in Titusville (Apollo 13)
Have you watched the 1997 Ron Howard blockbuster Apollo 13? Suppose you’ve enjoyed the beautiful space adventure based on a true story in which the astronauts Lovell (played by Tom Hanks in one of his best roles), Swigert, and Haise successfully end an almost-doomed Moon mission. In that case, you might want to visit the famous Kennedy Space Center in Titusville, Florida. The movie about the ill-fated Apollo mission has increased the site’s popularity for the past two decades. Both space and movie enthusiasts flock to the city to see where it all happened. (At least where it all began), as we’ve heard from the folks at orangemover.com. Also, you might want to know that Kennedy Space Center is the starting point of the most famous Apollo mission, the one that immortalized Neil Armstrong as the first person to walk on the Moon.
If you ever visit the Kennedy Space Center, don’t forget to do a tour of the US Astronauts Hall of Fame.
#2 Art Deco Historic District in Miami Beach (Scarface)
Well, you’ve probably expected to see this one since Scarface is one of the most iconic movies ever. Also, it’s one of the best movies ever to be filmed in Florida. Also, there’s no way someone might assume it was filmed anywhere else but Florida. A good portion of the movie was filmed in the Miami Beach Art Deco Historic District. Remember the infamous chainsaw scene (Watch what happens to your friend)? The gruesome scene was filmed inside one of the modernist buildings. Walking the streets where Tony Montana once reigned is a pleasure for many movie fanatics visiting Miami Beach. If you’re a movie fan, don’t hesitate to visit.
#3 Grande Oaks Golf Club in Fort Lauderdale (Caddyshack)
Okay, so the 1980 flick called Caddyshack might be one of the most quotable movies ever produced. Also, did we say it’s absolutely hilarious, all thanks to the awesome performances by Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, and none other than Bill Murray? Anyway, the iconic golf scenes were filmed at the Grande Oaks Golf Club. Once it was called the Rolling Hills Golf Club, but we’re using its current name. What about the famous dinner scene? Here’s the answer: it was shot at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Lastly, you’ll find the Grand Oaks Golf Club in Fort Lauderdale, while the Boca Raton Resort & Club is, obviously, a little bit more to the north in Boca Raton.
#4 Villa Vizcaya in Miami (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective)
Remember the goofy pet detective that goes by the name of Ace Ventura? Well, of course you do! He’s only one of the most widely recognized Jim Carrey roles, and above all – 90s comedic characters. The 1994 movie was shot all over Miami, including the pre-renovated Miami Dolphins stadium. However, our focus is on the Villa Vizcaya, something you’d call an impressive mansion-turned-museum. It’s where many other movies were filmed, including the 2003 Michael Bay flick Bad Boys II, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. So, what’s so special about Villa Vizcaya? To say that Villa Vizcaya is beautiful would be an understatement. It’s a museum surrounded by ten acres of formal gardens. Folks say that it’s pretty easy to end up inspired by Villa Vizcaya and who are we to argue?
Also, remember that Villa Vizcaya is listed as a National Historic Landmark. Together with the aforementioned Art Deco Historic District in Miami Beach, it represents only a tiny portion of what Miami and its neighborhood have to offer. You’d definitely enjoy moving to Miami if you’re a history buff. If not, you might want to think about it first. However, to say that Miami is only attractive to history buffs is too far from the truth.
There’s no need to argue about Villa Vizcaya’s beauty as one of the places in Florida you’ve seen in the movies.
#5 Daytona Beach (Monster)
The fifth place on our list of places in Florida you’ve seen in movies is reserved for Daytona Beach, thanks to the flick that won Charlize Theron an Academy Award, one of the best movies set in Florida. Of course, we’re talking about Monster, a movie from 2003 that gave us a glimpse into the world of Aileen Wuornos, the first female serial killer in the US. In the movie, you’ll enjoy (not sure if this is the right word) the Central Florida scenery. Of course, the context isn’t the most pleasing one, but Monster is nevertheless a fantastic movie. If you’re a big fan of the movie, don’t forget to stop for a drink at The Last Resort bar in Daytona Beach. The moment you step in, you’ll quickly see why we’ve suggested this.
Even though it’s a beautiful place, Daytona Beach served as a backdrop for the 2003 flick Monster.
#6 Lakeland, Lutz, and Tampa Bay area (Edward Scissorhands)
The last addition to our list for today is related to the 1990 Tim Burton cult classic Edward Scissorhands. The movie was Twilight for your middle-aged wacky aunt’s generation. The leading roles are played by Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder at what seemed to be their very rise to stardom. If you’ve watched the flick, you might remember the stereotypical yet silly suburbs where the whole story takes place. You’ll want to know that the movie was shot at locations in Lutz, Lakeland, and the Tampa Bay surrounding area.
Final words on the subject
Okay, folks, so that’s about it for this list of places in Florida you’ve seen in the movies. Hopefully, you’ve had a fun ride reading this one. Also, we hope that it has inspired you to visit some of these places and enjoy the iconic scenery. Florida’s full of movie gems, and this is just the tip of the iceberg, as they say.