Are you planning a trip to the Sunshine State? Don’t finalize your itinerary until you check out this list of 10 awesome things to do in Florida.
In today’s changing economy, people worry about taking time off their jobs. The thought of being away from a desk for more than seventy-two hours sends some people into anxiety mode.
It doesn’t have to be that way. All work and nothing else doesn’t make you a better person. Balance does. Work is needful. But play is as important as work.
So, dust off your luggage and get ready to call the sitter. But don’t finalize your itinerary until you check these out:
10 Awesome Things to Do in Florida
Florida isn’t all sunshine, sand, and rolling waves. This beautiful state is packed full of wonderful, entertainment options.
From theme parks to museums to historic landmarks, Florida has some of the best tourist attractions in the world. Where to start first?
1. Take a Sunset Cruise
Florida is surrounded by one of the warmest bodies of water–the Gulf of Mexico. During the sunset hours, the sun reflects off the ocean’s surface, setting the most romantic tones.
Get a taste of that by taking a Sunset Cruise. Sunset cruises sail through the Gulf of Mexico, allowing visitors to see different sides of Florida. It’s fun for a date night or making memories with friends.
You can book and board the cruise in two different locations-Key West and Clearwater. These double-decker Catamarans take you out on the water for a few hours of memorable fun and relaxation.
Some of the cruises offer champagne while others offer both champagne and appetizers.
2. Visit Key West
Florida has an island and its name is beautiful Key West. This Carribean Island is only 4 miles by 1 mile long but has a lot going for it.
Key West has an endless coastline and the sun shines year-round. Take in the historic nightlife in Mallory Square. Every night musicians and street performers come out to celebrate the Island. People take in a selection of cuisine from food stands and party while the sun sets.
Key West was once home to Ernest Hemingway and Jimmy Buffet. Young adult author, Judy Bloom lives there and is an active voice in the community.
Come visit the city where the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico meet and take a look at this destination guide.
3. Swim in a Spring
Florida is home to 33 springs. Three of them–Rainbow, Weeki Wachee, and Wachulla Springs–are famous for swimming.
People drive from all over the world to come and take a dip in clear blue spring water.
Weeki Wachee Springs, the most well-known of the three, is a national state park. After swimming in the crystal-clear water, people take in live mermaid water shows. The mermaids perform underwater classics like The Little Mermaid and other great musical numbers.
Mermaids are the beginning of the fun. Trek over to Rainbow Springs and go tubing in one of its three springheads. Then jump off and spend the rest of the day wading in clear blue spring water.
If that doesn’t do you in, dive deeper into Wachulla spring water. Its springs are the largest and deepest in the world. And when you get tired of swimming, take in some underwater beauty on a glass-bottom boat tour. Look down 75 feet into beautiful, blue spring water.
4. Visit Museums
There are hundreds of museums in Florida with subjects ranging from Anthropology to zoo life. If you’re looking for somewhere fun to take the kids or to do something interesting, Florida has an assortment of museums that offer entertainment and an educational experience.
A few that are worth the visit:
- Salvadore Dali Museum – St. Petersburg, FL
- Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum – Old Key West, FL
- John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art – Sarasota, FL
- Orlando Science Center – Orlando, FL
- The MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry) – Tampa, FL
- Great Explorations Children Museum – St. Petersburg, FL
- Bass Museum of Art – Miami, FL
- WonderWorks – Orlando, FL
Take in some STEM with the kids are some philanthropic history for yourself. Visit some museums in Florida.
5. Go to a Theme Park
Mama, I’m going to Disney World! You can. Disney world isn’t just for NFL players after they win the Super Bowl. You can take in some Mickey and Minnie on your own time.
Disney World Orlando, FL has four theme parks and two water parks:
- The Magic Kingdom
- The Animal Kingdom
- Hollywood Studios
- Typhoon Lagoon
- Blizzard Beach
Purchase a ticket to one park or get a park hopper and visit all of them for the weekend.
Orlando is also home to Seaworld, Universal Studios, and Arcade city.
6. Take in the Night Life
You don’t have to go to Sin City to enjoy a night on the town. Florida has some of the hottest nightlife scenes on the map.
Take a drive down to South Beach and light the night up on this little barrier island at a mega-club or at the Bodega. Enjoy the bar scene and dance the night away hopping from hotel to hotel along the strip.
If that’s not enough, take in some laughs at some of the best comedy clubs in the Sunshine State. Hit Bonkers on Daytona Beach, Comedy Zone in Jacksonville, and Coconuts in sunny St. Pete.
7. Dive in The Devil’s Den
Don’t just swim on Florida’s beaches, learn to scuba dive. The Devil’s Den in Williston, FL offers scuba diving training.
Named for its steam that rises from the chimney of the cave, this hidden treasure is open to those interested in learning to scuba and snorkel. The temperature remains a steady 72 degrees year-round. Snowbirds, feel free to sneak down in the winter for a warm weekend getaway.
8. See Historic Sites
St. Augustine, FL is the oldest settled city in the history of the United States. It is more than 450 years old and was first established by the Spanish.
Tarpon Springs is the only city in the country with the highest population of Greek-Americans. It is also home to one of the most historic ports for sponge fishing.
Historic jewels like these two cities make Florida a premier place to visit.
9. Kennedy Space Center and The Everglades Tour
Florida has a space center and lots of alligators. You have to see it to believe it.
Kennedy Space Center is named after President John F. Kennedy after his promise to put an astronaut on the moon and bring him back safely.
Apollo 11 launched from KSC, sending Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins into space.
The Florida Everglades National Park, just outside of Miami, is the largest swampland in the United States. Filled with mangroves, sloughs, and other wildlife, the Everglades is most famous for its plethora of alligators.
Go see for yourself.
10. Chill on a Beach
After you’ve blazed the state taking in parks, museums, historic sites, and the nightlife, take some time to chill in the sand.
Florida has 663 miles of beaches. That’s a whole lot of water to dip your toes in. If you’re unsure of where to start, check out the most popular beaches first.
For some spring break fun, hit up Daytona Beach for college weekend. If you’re bringing the family with, Caladesi Island State Park is the place to go. The kids get to take a ferry ride and play on the beach for hours. At sunset, the adults can watch the sun settle on Honeymoon Island.
Clearwater beach and Pass-a-Grille beach also top the list of the best beaches in Florida. Pack your sunscreen, towel, and beach chair then head for the shore.
There is a cadre of things to do in Florida. From tourists attractions to sunset cruises, and nights out of the town, Florida is the place to go for a memorable time.
Print out your itinerary and this awesome list and head to the Sunshine State.
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