Florida beckons visitors with its sunshine, orange orchards, mangroves, world-class offshore fishing, historic monuments, delectable food, and many natural attractions. If you’re planning a Florida vacation, then consider these twelve destinations that encompass the best of what Florida has to offer.
12. Salvador Dali Museum
The Salvador Dali Museum is in St. Petersburg. The artifacts are housed in a building as unique as Dali’s creations. Avant-garde, contemporary, or traditional, the museum is home to all kind of art. Prints, objects, photographs, paintings, etc. are a part of the museum’s permanent displays. If you’re a fan of Dali or even have a passing interest in art, then head to this museum. A visit to the museum is also an opportunity to enjoy the sunshine and beautiful shoreline of the Sunshine City.
Official site: http://thedali.org/
11. St. Augustine
If you appreciate history and beautiful architecture, then St. Augustine should be right up there in your list of places to visit. It is one of the oldest towns in the state. When there, pay a visit to Flagler College; its old 19th century building is one of the most beautiful in Florida. Castillo de San Marcos is a masonry fort that was constructed in the 17th century and offers a clear view of the sea.
10. Everglades National Park
The Everglades National Park is one of the world’s most enchanting national parks. It is spread over 1.5 million acres and is a habitat for panthers, deer, cormorant, alligators, otters, fish, and other creatures that can survive only in this unique ecosystem. The Everglades are a crucial catchment for rain and a source of fresh water for the state. Since 1947, this park has enthralled and educated visitors. If you wish to catch a glimpse of Floridian wilderness, then head to this park.
Official site: http://www.nps.gov/ever/index.htm
9. Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral
Space shuttles and Cape Canaveral are an integral part of American psyche and symbolize America’s reign as a global superpower. The Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral is spread over thousands of acres, and is located just outside Orlando. A one-day visit to this site gives you an opportunity to watch rockets being launched into space. The “Heroes and Legends” section offers an immersive experience where you learn about the brave men and women who breached new frontiers for mankind.
Official site: https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com
8. Daytona 500 Nascar
Daytona is to America what Formula One is to Europe. The Daytona 500 Nascar car race is one of the most prestigious races in America. Come February, motorsports lovers head to Daytona Beach to herald the first race of the season. Visit the stadium any time of the year and experience what racing car drivers experience — be the passenger and feel the thrill of the car speed hitting 160mph as the professional instructor steps on the gas. You can even drive the car for 24 laps. Considering a career shift?
Official site: http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com
7. SeaWorld Orlando
SeaWorld in Orlando is akin to a national institution. It’s where Florida folks head to during vacations. Trained dolphins and whales give flawless performances. You get to see marine life up close and personal, enjoy rides and roller coasters, and dine at specialty restaurants. Turtles, stingrays, manatees, penguins, pelicans, and many wonderful creatures live in recreated settings at SeaWorld.
Official site: http://seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-orlando
6. Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens are a wonderful recreation of the African wilderness. Situated in Tampa, this theme park features roller coasters and rides, shows, and animal attractions. The last-mentioned includes the very popular “Edge of Africa” walk that allows you to see hippos, lions, hyenas, and other fabled African beasts in their natural habitat. Grab a musical show at the Sunny Day Theater and then dine at Africa-themed restaurants. A visit to the Busch Gardens is a day well spent.
Official site: https://buschgardens.com/
5. Miami Beach
Miami is where the big boys come to play; the town, with its art deco buildings and superb dining, is also a great family vacation destination. South Beach, Ocean Drive, Haulover Beach Park, Lummus Park, and the Ancient Spanish Monastery are city landmarks that should be on your must-visit list. An art deco tour that can take up to half a day can easily be the highlight of your visit to Miami Beach. Midway between Miami Beach and South Beach is the island where the Miami Children’s Museum is located. Kids love the interactive exhibits here.
4. Dry Tortugas National Park
The glass clear waters off the Dry Tortugas National Park invite tourist to snorkel and admire the beauty of marine life, including reefs and fish. You can also fish and go scuba diving here. These reef islands are a part of the Dry Tortugas National Park. The huge sea fortress Fort Jefferson is a part of the national park. It is open to visitors. The park covers more than 47,000 acres and is home to many avian species critical to the ecology of that region.
Official site: http://www.nps.gov/drto/index.htm
3. Walt Disney World
Easily one of Florida’s most popular attractions, Walt Disney World in Orlando beckons young and old alike. It’s a magical place that has retained its charm over the decades. This is an amusement park like no other. People throng to the Magic Kingdom to enjoy rides, seek thrills, and catch up with their favorite Disney characters.
Official site: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/
2. Key West
Key West attracts with its fine beaches, great seafood, historical sites, and some of the most beautiful tropical gardens in America. Duval Street is a great place for a leisurely walk and absorbing the essence of this beautiful town. Close by lies Mallory Square, a sea-facing plaza that is also a great place for viewing the sun set each evening. The Caribbean vibes in this town are unmistakable. When here, make it a point to visit the Southernmost Point in America. Ernest Hemingway’s home, which is now a museum, is another place worth visiting.
1. Universal Studios
Universal Studios is one of the most famous studios in the world. Situated in Orlando, the studio is a theme park-cum-film studio. Here, you can enjoy rides and catch concerts while staying in on-site resorts. Catch characters from Harry Potter, Transformers, and others. Enjoy themed shows that bring to life icons such as Sinbad or witness Universal’s Superstar Parade. There is entertainment wherever you look.
Official site: https://www.universalorlando.com/
Originally posted 2017-04-14 11:19:21.