Florida is USA’s southernmost state, flanked by the clear blue waters of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Putting the emphasis firmly on fun in the sun, Florida’s Latin flavor, vibrant nightlife and abundance of amazing family activities make it an enduringly popular tourist destination.
Florida holidays may be all about living it up in the heat, but when it’s time to cool off, there are many natural and education attractions to discover.
Here are 10 ways to spend summer in The Sunshine State.
Florida beaches have it all; romance, serenity, family fun and adventure. White sands and sparkling turquoise waters are a given — but each has its own unique personality and attractions, from meditation and shell-collecting at Barefoot to fireworks and live music at Daytona.
As the land of endless summer, it should come as no surprise that Florida boasts more water parks than any other US state. Beat the heat with a relaxing bob in the wave pool or a race down thrilling slides.
No visit to Florida would be complete without a theme park visit. The problem is deciding which one to choose. From Disney World to Sea World, Universal Studios to The Epcot Centre — each one is packed with jaw-dropping attractions.
The Florida Keys are a string of tropical islands that stretch out from the southern tip of the state. Known for their relaxed, friendly atmosphere, the Keys are a great destination for fishing, boating and some of the world’s finest scuba diving.
Key West Butterfly Conservatory
While visiting the Florida Keys, be sure to take a magical stroll through this tranquil tropical paradise filled with 50-60 different species of butterflies from around the world.
Florida Caverns State Park
The only Florida state park with blissfully cool, air-filled caves, Florida Caverns also features dazzling limestone formations and is a popular site for a range outdoor activities including horse-riding, hiking and camping.
Visitors strolling through the cobbled streets of St. Augustine, America’s oldest city, will discover attractions including living history museums, stunning Spanish colonial architecture and Fort Matanzas national monument.
Swim with dolphins
Few animals are associated more with Florida than the dolphin and the state offers countless opportunities to spot, feed, touch and swim with these amazing creatures.
Take an air-boat tour through the mystery and ecology of the Florida Everglades, learning about its four ecosystems housing a world of precious wildlife.
If the heat gets too much, cool off at one of Florida’s world-class museums, including the Orlando Science Centre, The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art of Ripley’s Believe it or Not!