For centuries people have been exploring and working underwater. At the Man in the Sea Museum, it’s time to enjoy some of those stories.
Panhandle Florida is a lighter on the weird stuff than the peninsula, but the Man in the Sea Museum is a delightful place to see as you head west from Panama City. Look for the bright red SEALAB 1 as you’re driving down the highway (but be aware you’ll need to be slowing down before you see it or it’ll be hard to make the turn!).
The SEALAB 1 sub was the 1st undersea habitat established in 1964. A tropical storm forced the crew of four men to decompress earlier than expected, but it was still one for the record books: Humans lived more than 50 meters underwater for 11 days. It was restored in 2014, and has been open to tourists since.
The SEALAB program was