Florida, also known as the sunshine state, is by far one of the most visited travel destinations in the world, and all for the good reasons.
The state has everything to offer for everyone regardless of their ages. It is mostly known for its vast theme parks, white sand beaches, sunshine, natural sites and seafood.
In addition, shopping lovers can enjoy endless shopping in numerous stores across the state, while entertainment enthusiasts are spoilt for choice with an array of fun-filled nightlife spots.
There are also a lot of cultural and historical sites that will take you back in history, not forgetting amazing events that take place throughout the year.
Here are 10 places that you should definitely visit the next time you are in Florida.
1. Visit Everglades Holiday Park
If you are in for a thrilling experience, then an airboat ride across the River of Grass in Everglades Holiday Park is what you need.
Not to worry about your safety, all boats are state-of-the-art, built to withstand all weather conditions. In addition, you get to have an animal encounter with different interesting creatures, including alligators, raccoons, skunks, tortoises and snakes, among others.
This park is located in Fort Lauderdale and promises fun and excitement for kids and adults alike.
After the guided airboat ride, you get to enjoy a live presentation of alligators by the famous Gator Boys Alligator Rescue Team. You can also pay for a customized show excursion for your group.
2. Visit Disney World
This is another place that promises adrenaline-charging experiences that will leave you yearning for more. Get to experience Soarin, and other epic rides in Epcot theme park that will awe your imagination.
You can also enjoy other thrill rides inside the Walt Disney World, including some horror experience at the Tower of Terror.
The water parks are to die for, especially on a hot day. If you are craving some water fun, the Typhoon Lagoon is a must stop for some surfing lessons. You then get a chance to ride some waves up to six feet high.
The fun doesn’t stop there, get to explore other resorts in Disney World, each promising a distinct kind of fun experience. In addition, accommodation in Disney is affordable.
You will have the time of your life staying in one of the professional managed Disney vacation homes.
3. Visit the Kennedy Space Center.
This spaceport is located just an hour from Orlando that gets you to experience life in the space, so to speak.
For starters, get to have an encounter with an astronaut as they narrate how it is like to travel into space. In addition, visit the Hall of Fame to learn about space heroes and their lives.
Have a thrilling experience at the Heroes & Legends where dangers of the earliest space missions in America are showcased in a 4D multi-sensory theatre.
See the Space Shuttle Atlantis as well as the Saturn V Rocket on display at the center to get an imagination of them flying into space.
The visit wouldn’t be complete without an experience of how it is like to launch into space through the Shuttle Launch Experience and astronaut training at the Astronaut Training Simulator.
4. Visit ClearWater
For some sand and sun, you can’t afford to miss a visit to this amazing destination filled with pristine sand and natural beauty. You get to view amazing sceneries of lush landscaping and palm trees as you take a walk along the beach.
Experience the crystal clear waters that are home to some of the best marine life, including sharks, turtles, dolphins and stingrays, among others.
You can experience all these creatures at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium that houses the famous bottlenose dolphin named Winter.
In addition, cruise around the blue waters on Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise ship or the Clearwater Ferry.
5. Visit Lori Wilson Park
For a place to relax and play with your gang, this park located in Cocoa Beach is a must-visit. You will enjoy the latte-coloured sand, especially with your shoes off.
If you have been planning to learn how to surf, the waves tend to be consistent and slow, which makes it the perfect place to learn. Explore the tropical maritime hammock on a 1000-foot boardwalk trail.
For play, the park has a playground, sand volleyball court and a large grassy area. You can also make your own barbeque at the grills found at the park and bond around the picnic tables.
6. Visit the summer Museum of Art
This art museum is located just outside downtown Jacksonville, in Riverside. You will get to savor almost 5000 pieces of artwork from various artists. Let your kids make their own masterpieces of art at the Art Connections.
Here, smaller versions of the artwork at the main gallery are displayed, and kids are allowed to touch, feel and paint their own with virtual paintbrushes.
After you are done seeing the artworks, take a stroll through the English and Italian gardens that are a sight to behold. Get inspired by the Cummer oak tree that is the highlight of the gardens.
7. Visit the West Martello Tower
Get to learn the history of the Civil War at this gem located in Higgs Beach, Key West. Learn all about the fort at the Joe Allen Garden Center.
Enjoy the collection of exotic, tropical and native plants and trees including bromeliads and orchids at the garden. The highlights of the fort are the gun mounts, and the vaulted ceilings, the water lily pond and gazebos.
The garden overlooks the ocean; get to enjoy the breathtaking ocean view from a gazebo located at the top of the hill.
8. Ponce Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
This is a popular landmark in Daytona Beach. It is the tallest lighthouse in Florida and one of the tallest in the United States. You will learn about the history of the state, especially on motorcycle racing and automobiles.
Don’t miss the Climb to the Moon event where visitors get to climb, 175 feet, 203 steps to the top of the lighthouse for an up-close experience with the stars and the moon.
You get to enjoy a 360 degrees view of the Atlantic Ocean from up there. It is a monthly event that is a popular sell-out, so you have to plan for it.
9. St. Augustine Nights of Lights
If you want to experience Christmas lights like never before, then this award-winning event should definitely be in your Florida bucket list.
This is a historical event in St. Augustine that businesses take part in lighting all the buildings from the roof to entrances and up the trees, creating a magnificent view. Visit the Plaza de la Constitucion to get a view of the massive Christmas tree and get to take some photos.
10. Tallahassee House of Terror
Test your bravery at these haunted houses located in Tallahassee for a complete Halloween experience. It is a real scare with no hints of what scare will hit you next.
Every corner has a different intense scare including bugs, pitch-black rooms, snakes and strobe lights, among other terrifying things. That is why anyone below 13 years is required to have parental guidance. This is a month-long event in October, so you can look out for the tickets.
Florida is a magical state that has everyone covered. In addition, accommodation and transportation are readily available. Plan your vacations early to ensure that everything goes smoothly so you can enjoy your stay. You will have the time of your life at the above places and the nearby sceneries.