Theme parks and warm weather are the first things that come to mind when thinking about Florida holidays. Although both of these are fantastic reasons to book a getaway, it’s not the be-all and end-all. There’s so much more to discover in this vast ‘Sunshine State’.
If you love an adventure as much as I do, then visiting the USA’s 27th state should move right to the top of your bucket list. Here are some of the top reasons why and how you can discover the real Florida.
Culture and the sights
The best thing about going away is getting to experience all the history, nature and fun things a destination has to offer. Florida’s no exception to this! If anything, you’ll need to come back time and time again, as there’s so much to do. Once you’ve arrived at your hotel, unpack your bags quickly and head to some of these fantastic places.
- Kennedy Space Centre
- The Dali Museum
- Ernest Hemingway Museum
- Fort Jefferson
- Bok Tower Gardens
- Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine
- Everglades National Park
- Rainbow Springs State Park
- Biscayne National Park
- Sloppy Joe’s
- Scandals Saloon
- Tier Nightclub
Food and drink
If you consider yourself a bit of foodie, Florida is the perfect destination for you. With thousands of restaurants, markets and even food festivals to choose from, no matter when you go, you’ll find the perfect place for you.
For years, different places in America have been claiming that their Cuban sandwiches are the best in the world. The International Cuban Sandwich Festival in Tampa is a three-day competition that brings sandwich makers together to settle this age old debate. But, for those of you who’ve never tried a Cuban sandwich, this savoury treat is made of ham, roast pork, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard on Cuban bread.
Key lime pie is found on almost every dessert menu throughout Florida. No trip is complete without trying a slice of this tangy tart. Head to Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe; it’s been rated as having the best pie by the Today Show, Food Network and National Geography. If you have a sweet tooth and want to try making your own at home, you’ll need lime, cream and a buttery biscuit base.
Florida is the unofficial home to orange juice because it’s jam-packed with orange farms. If you’re looking to do something different on your holiday, visit one of the many orange groves here. As well as having a glass (or two) of this fresh citrus drink, you’ll also learn about how it’s produced.