A diver looks at a piece of art in the Underwater Museum of Art in Florida
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Underwater Museum of Art

South Walton, Florida

Half a nautical mile from the coast of Florida’s panhandle and 60 ft. below the lapping waves, an 8-ft.-tall stainless-steel pineapple reaches its spiky leaves back toward the sky. It’s one of the seven sculptures placed in America’s first underwater museum, which opened this summer. But the pieces are meant to do more than look pretty, says Jennifer Steele, the executive director of the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA). “The purpose is for them to become part of the environment, enhancing it and stimulating the ecosystem,” she explains, noting that new designs will be added each year. Although visitors who want an up-close experience need be trained scuba divers—or fish themselves—it is possible to sneak a peek from the surface. CAA just asks that boats not anchor nearby; they wouldn’t want you disturbing the art. —Kaitlin Menza

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