If you have never traveled to the sunshine state of Florida, this area provides an abundance of exciting adventures. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the east side, and the Gulf of Mexico on the west side, many miles of white sandy beaches are available for fun in the sun.
This peninsula state is tipped in the south by a series of islands known as the Keys. They are the southernmost border of the United States. Inland hosts the city of Orlando with days of exciting family entertainment. Whether you are a sportsman, family, honeymooners, snowbirds migrating south in the winter, or enjoy a fusion of cultures, Florida can accommodate your sense of adventure. Here are some suggestions on the best places to visit.
Great Places To Stay
If you are a history buff, St Augustine is the oldest city in the USA plus offers a Spanish stone fort dating back to the 1600s. Located on the Atlantic, it offers beautiful beaches and area shopping.
Key West is famous for it's laid back atmosphere. If you are looking to beach bum during your vacation, the pace is low and slow on this friendly island. Don't forget to try the Margaritas. It was Ernest Hemingway's go-to place.
If this is a family vacation, Orlando will fill the bill for a week's worth of entertainment. It is within an hour drive of the beaches but you might not get there with all there is to do in Orlando. The kids will love you for this family getaway.
There is no other city like Miami. This stylish area offers a blend of cultures, money, and fame. The architecture of the rich and famous is exotic. Top name entertainment is featured after the sun goes down. Miami is one of those cities that never shuts down.
Activities You Will Want to Do
Underwater adventures await when outfitting in scuba gear. Coral reefs and exotic varieties of fish create seascapes that are breathtaking. Remember to take a waterproof camera. If scuba diving is not your thing, you and your family can take a glass bottom boat tour to view the local underwater life.
Looking down on the area from a hot air balloon is a visual that you will not soon forget. You will be amazed not only with what you see but also how much you can hear. If hot air balloon tours thrill you, you may want to take it up a notch with a helicopter tour of the area.
The kids will want to visit attractions like Disney World Resort, Sea World, and Universal's Island of Adventure. This is a week's worth of entertainment for the whole family not to mention the many other adventures offered in the area.
Florida offers a very popular space adventure like no other. Located in Cape Canaveral, the Kennedy Space Center has tours that will be a blast for the whole family. You will think it is out of this world.
Sights You Don't Want To Miss
For the nature lover, the Everglades is a unique experience you will not want to miss. Take a guided airboat ride into this wetland and swamp exploration. The flora and fauna are as exquisite as the wildlife.
City of Live Mermaids is located in Weeki Wachee. This underwater show has been entertaining vacationers for over 75 years. This is a nostalgic blast from the past show, giving a visitors feel of the old Florida.
If you are a lover of the surreal then make a plan to visit the Salvador Dalí Museum in St Petersburg. This is the second largest Dali collection in the world and well worth the visit for art enthusiasts. Don't be surprised if there are other works of art with names you recognize.
Manatee Springs in Chiefland is the winter grounds for manatees. If you have never seen one in the wild, visiting the state park will give you that opportunity during the winter months. Kayaking is allowed and the manatees are friendly. They may just let you pet them.
While in the St. Augustine area, stop by the world's largest collection of authentic pirate items on display at the Pirate & Treasure Museum. If you have the kids, be sure to ask about the treasure hunt, matey. Be sure, they won't make you walk the plank.