The ‘Sunshine State’ offers a wealth of turquoise warm, waters, rustling mangrove forests, and pristine white beaches. You’ve also got the world’s best theme parks, charming towns and cities to explore, and some of the best nature reserves in the USA. It’s no wonder there are so many things to do in Florida including partying in South Beach, alligator spotting in the Everglades, or visiting Mickey in Walt Disney World®. Here are a few highlights you might not want to miss.

Places to go

Florida things to do must be sure to include its unspoiled beaches in the beautiful Florida Keys. Travel the Overseas Highway and discover turquoise water, coral reefs, colonial history, and powdery sands. Tampa Bay area is another superb beach, home to Caladesi Island State Park. Accessed by ferry or canoe, families can enjoy swimming, picnics, or playing in the sand. Sanibel Island’s another popular beach escape, famous for beautiful seashells, spectacular sunsets and mouth-watering seafood.

Florida’s renowned for its natural beauty and its best example of that has to be the Everglades. Explore the wetlands, swamps and grasslands via swamp buggy and discover alligators, manatees and sea turtles in breathtaking surroundings. As evening draws in, sample Florida’s lively nightlife headlined by the clubs of Miami in the trendy Art Deco district, and the bars of Key West where the cocktails flow.

Attractions

A family holiday to Florida isn’t complete without visiting one of its unique theme parks. Theme park attractions in Florida come in all shapes and sizes, with Walt Disney World® being the jewel in Florida’s crown. Immerse yourself in the magic of Disney in this mega amusement park, where you can experience rides that the whole family will enjoy while spending time with Mickey and friends. Meet the exotic animals in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, or jump into your favourite movie set at Hollywood Studios, where the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a must-see attraction. After that, you’ll need to cool off at the waterparks at Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon and soak up the Florida sunshine. There really is something for everyone.

African-themed Busch Gardens effortlessly combines rollercoasters with wildlife and live entertainment or, for a day out with a difference, head to Florida’s Space Coast to world-famous Kennedy Space Centre where you can meet astronauts, see rockets and the Space Shuttle Atlantis. It’s an unmissable selection on any attractions in Florida list.

Places to visit

With its pristine beaches, diverse landscapes and an array of wildlife, Florida’s outdoor wonders need to be explored. Once you’ve had your fill of nature, try something a little louder and more exciting. Places to visit in Florida must include the Daytona 500 International Speedway, one of the most famous races in the NASCAR Cup Series, attracting huge crowds annually. Wildlife fans may prefer the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, home to 50 species of butterfly. The Turtle Hospital is another favourite, devoted to saving endangered sea turtles.

 

1. Daytona 500

You don’t have to be a racing fan to make the most out of your day out at the Daytona International Speedway. The whole family is guaranteed to enjoy a trip to the world’s first motorsports speedway
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3. Fun Spot America

There’s absolutely no doubt that there are some incredible theme parks located close to International Drive. But what makes Fun Spot America stand out among
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4. Orlando Eye

Standing tall in the heart of bustling International Drive is the spectacular Orlando Eye. Located at I-Drive 360, the 400 foot tall structure is dubbed as an ‘observation wheel’
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5. Disney Springs

New for 2016, and formerly known as Downtown Disney, Disney Springs is the place to go to experience food from around the world while being amazed by the jaw-dropping entertainment.
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7. I-Drive NASCAR Kart Racing

Experience the thrills of a racing circuit at International Drive’s very own NASCAR Kart Racing centre. The challenging indoor track consists of 12 turns, three hairpin corners and the famous Senna inspired snake-like pathway.
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11. Kissimee Air Museum

Away from the theme parks, take time out to visit the Museum of Military History or the Kissimmee Air Museum both will suit all lovers of history and those looking to discover more about the American heritage.
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12. Kissimmee shows and dinner

A popular evening activity, enjoy a dinner and a show at one of the entertaining themed nights. There are lots of themes to choose from and can be found at Universal Orlando® Resort, Walt Disney World Resort or Kissimmee itself.
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15. Epcot

This enormous, iconic dome houses two distinct zones: Future World with the wonders of tomorrow and today, and World Showcase, where you can visit 11 countries in one day. With over 30 attractions in one place, here are just a few not to be missed.
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17. Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park is the polar opposite of other Water Parks, quite literally! It’s based on a melted ski resort in the middle of tropical Florida, packed with downhill slides and plenty of ways to lay back and relax in the warm, Florida heat.
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19. Magic Kingdom Park

The Magic Kingdom Park is home to the iconic Cinderella Castle that sits at the end of Main Street, U.S.A. and is not to be missed. Make your way through six enchanted lands with over 40 thrilling attractions based on the timeless fairy tale classics synonymous with Disney.
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20. Gatorland

Relish in Florida’s swampy countryside and see the scaly creators that live in the notorious Gatorland. Tourists have visited the huge 110 acres since 1949 and it’s still rich in nostalgic charm.
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22. Shopping in Lake Buena Vista

Take a break from the rides and parks and indulge in some retail therapy. Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores is one of Florida’s best kept secrets as it has discounted prices for quality merchandisers straight from the factory.
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23. Golfing in Lake Buena Vista

The beautiful location and warm weather means that a game of golf is high on the agenda when staying in Lake Buena Vista. There are lots of exceptional courses in the area, some of which are the popular Disney Golf Courses.
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26. Watch an exciting game of basketball

Cheer on your favourite basketball team against the celebrated Orlando Magic MBA in a thrilling home game. You don’t have to be a sports fanatic to enjoy basketball as the fast nature of the game means there’s always something new and exciting going on.
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28. Golfing in Orlando

For a golfing experience like no other, head to one of Orlando’s lavish courses worthy of any professional. The glorious weather and interesting landscapes only add to the experience of playing in this golfing paradise.
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