USA: 5 Fun Places To Visit In Florida

USA: 5 Fun Places To Visit In Florida
When someone suggests Florida as a holiday destination, what do you instantly think of? For us, especially Vicky, it’s Disneyland in Orlando. Having spent a number of family holidays in Orlando as a teenager, visiting Mickey and his mates were always top of the agenda. However, and this fact surprised us, not everyone likes the sugarcoated wonderfulness that is Disney (shocking we know). In fact, they demand more from their holiday. If you or a member of your family are one of those people luckily, and of course obviously, Florida has so much to offer to keep you busy and interested for a week or two. You don’t even have to step foot in the Magic Kingdom to realise why Florida is a great place to head with something to entertain the whole family.

Florida Holiday Essentials

Villa

We love villas, especially ones with a pool. As Florida is a state that has almost year-round pleasant temperatures and sunshine, a pool is highly recommended, if your budget allows of course. Florida villa holidays are a great option if you want the luxury of having your own space and not be confined to a hotel or apartment. One of the main benefits of hiring a villa for us is that they have a kitchen. Therefore ideal if you like to cook, have family meals or are budget conscious and would rather spend your money on attractions than eating out. If travelling with family, especially little ones, staying in a villa will also ensure you have the space to put them to bed at night and still have living space within the villa to relax without having to worry about waking them. Hiring a villa in Florida will ensure that you have a great base when on holiday as they are usually ideally placed for hitting the road and exploring to your heart’s content.

Hire Car

Hire A Mustang in Florida, USA

Another thing we recommend is hiring a car. There are lots of companies in Florida that offer different sized cars depending on the number of people in your party and the amount of luggage you are travelling with. Most also offer airport pick up, meaning you can hit the road straight away and not have to worry about transfers to your accommodation. If you are travelling as a couple, and again if your budget permits, a Mustang is the only car to hire. Yes – you are obviously a tourist, but cruising along the long wide open highways with the roof down is so much fun. As Brits, we had never driven in America before, until last year. It was initially daunting but by the end of our trip, it had become second nature. Having the car means you are free to go wherever you want, when you want. Meaning you can see as much of Florida as you want, time depending of course.

5 Places to Visit & Why

Cape Canaveral

Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

If you or any member of your travel group or family are interested in space and/or space travel then Cape Canaveral is somewhere you must visit while in Florida. With a population of under 10,000, it is by no means a large city. However, it is home to one of America’s most popular tourist attractions, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The centre attracts around 1.7 million people annually. It’s a great place for kids (and big kids) of all ages to visit. You will get the opportunity to learn all about NASA and its operations, giving you a sneak peek behind the scenes into the technical and logistical side of space travel. Also, learn all about the Apollo Moon Landing and the astronauts who took the journey, amongst others. As this is a popular attraction, especially with day trippers from Orlando, remember to book your tickets well in advance.

Miami

Miami, Florida, USA

If you are looking for the party capital of Florida, Miami is the place to visit. With numerous bars and nightclubs, if dancing the night away is top of your agenda then the South Beach neighbourhood is where you need to head. With world class DJs playing the music in world-class clubs there’s no wonder it is a firm favourite with celebrities and their entourages. It’s also home to stunning art deco buildings, Gianni Versace’s Mansion and a soft white sand beach. If you are looking to shop till you drop while in Florida, you have to hit the malls, outlet stores and designer boutiques in Miami. Or if food is your thing, then Miami’s eclectic mix of cuisine will pique your interest. With seafood a plenty together with many international restaurants particularly Latin American ones, we’re sure you’ll find something that whets your appetite, literally.

Florida Keys

Florida Keys, Florida, USA

If chilling out is the main aim of your holiday, The Florida Keys are the place for you. “The Keys” is an archipelago located off the southern coast of Florida. Made up of approximately 1,700 islands. The most popular ones being Key Largo which is the largest and the closest to the mainland. And Key West which is Florida’s southernmost point. With breathtakingly beautiful palm tree lined beaches and relatively quiet nightlife, compared to the mainland, the islands of The Florida Keys offer relaxation like nowhere else in the State. However, if you do like a bit of adventure then there are water sports aplenty off the coast of the islands. There are many activities to try your hand at including water skiing, snorkelling and kayaking. If you like the ocean but at a more relaxed pace, why not take a catamaran trip, you may even spot a pod of dolphins.

The Everglades

The Everglades, Florida, USA

The Everglades National Park is a 1.5-million-acre wetland preserve in Southern Florida. It is not only the largest subtropical wilderness in the state but also the whole of America. Even if the sound of it does not appeal, it really is somewhere that has to be seen to be believed. It is the perfect place to visit if you love animals, as you find them in abundance here. Including, amongst others, various breeds of birds, endangered leatherback turtle, Florida panthers, manatees, racoons, deer, wild hogs, snakes and of course, the parks most famous and notorious inhabitants – crocodiles and alligators. The park is a great place to head if you like to hike, sail, snorkel or dive. However, the best way of seeing the park in all its glory is to take a ride on an airboat with an experienced guide. Grab your camera and get ready for a ride you’ll never forget.

St Augustine

St Augustine, Florida, USA

Located on the northeast coast of Florida, this city which was founded in September 1565 claims to be the oldest in America. As with many Floridian coastal cities, it has fantastic sandy beaches. However, St Augustine also has a lot more to offer. It is famous for its Spanish colonial architecture which can be seen and admired along the narrow streets and throughout the city. Therefore, if it is a European feel you are looking for, this really is the city for you. Check out some of St Augustine’s most famous landmarks including Castillo de San Marcos – a 17th-century Spanish stone fortress, Ponce de Leon’s “Fountain of Youth,” and the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse. You can also learn about the city’s history by visiting some of the museums in St Augustines including Father O’Reilly House Museum, Lightner Museum and the Old Jail Museum.

We hope our quick guide has helped you decide where you should visit in Florida if Disney just simply is not your thing. of course, there are so many more cities and towns in Florida that a great to explore. However, these five are not to be missed. So once you’ve booked your villa and hired your car, the next step is to enjoy what the Sunshine State has to offer.

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