The Best Places to Visit in Florida

 

National parks, amusement parks, beaches, and various unique tourist attractions make Florida one of the most popular and visited states in America. Families head to Orlando, while beachgoers go to the coastal cities like Fort Lauderdale, Miami, cities along the southern Gulf Coast, and during summer, to the Florida Panhandle’s breathtaking white-sand beaches.

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There is nothing quite like the Florida Keys and Key West for a more relaxed vacation and a slower-paced life to experience the island life. For a relaxing and rejuvenating vacation, Florida luxury rentals are the perfect option. You’ll also find a long list of must-see sights and events, from the Dayton 500 to the Kennedy Space Center, spread across the state.

Miami

A major American city and seaport at the southeast end of Florida, Miami is a city of colorful and unique neighborhoods on the Atlantic coast. Visitors will surely fall in love with the pastel-hued art deco architecture of the Art Deco District, the Latin energy and Little Havana’s music, the stunning beaches and luxury hotels at Miami Beach, the historical sites at Coral Gables, and great shopping at Coconut Grove. Miami is also home to some of the country’s best golf courses and some of the best football, baseball, basketball, and hockey teams. Around Miami is the sea, so it’s great to take the opportunity to experience sea fishing, sailing, snorkeling, diving, dolphin watching, and other sea creatures.

Naples

Naples is one of the most popular tourist destinations for people who are looking for white-sand beaches and is located in southwest Florida on the Gulf of Mexico. Here you’ll find the popular city icon, the 1888 Naples Pier, where you can go fishing or watch dolphins passing. If you’re traveling with the kids, you can take them to the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, located on small islands in the artificial lake. From your boat, it is fun watching the animals. It is worth visiting the Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Recreation Area on a barrier island, where you can find a lovely beach. Take time to visit the historic Palm Cottage and take a walk through the Historic District to learn about the history of Naples. Never miss the Naples Philharmonic performance and witness the diverse art at the Baker Museum at the Artis.

Wakulla

Wakulla County, part of the Tallahassee area, is the perfect place if you’re looking for a more relaxed Florida and old scenic views. This county is located in the Gulf of Mexico. The county consists of plenty of charming small towns where you can enjoy swimming in the warm Gulf waters. Some of the best things to do are hiking, bird watching, boating, and fishing. The most visited is the small town of St. Mark, having only 300 permanent residents. You can also visit one of the oldest lighthouses in Florida, San Marcos de Apalache Historical Park, salt marshes protected within the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, and one of the world’s deepest freshwater springs – the Wakulla Springs.

Orlando

A city in central Florida, Orlando is a giant playground for kids and kids at heart. It is popularly known as the World Theme Park Capital, with over a dozen theme parks. Some of the most famous theme parks in Orlando are the Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Discovery Cove, SeaWorld Orlando, and many more. You can also found here some of the best museums in the world, such as Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Skeleton’s Museum, and the Orlando Science Center.

Panama City Beach

Located in the Gulf of Mexico in northwestern Florida, Panama City Beach is a lively coastal town with stunning beaches and the best nightlife making it the most popular destination for thousands of students during the spring break. If you want to experience swimming with the dolphins, head to Gulf World Marine Park. Some of the most famous destinations for younger kids are the Shipwreck Island Waterpark with its waterslides and pools, or Camp Helen State Park to see large dunes at the Philips Inlet. You can also walk around Lake Powell and swim in the Gulf of Mexico. There are also available boat tours to see the dolphins or throw a line off Rusell-Field Pier.

Everglades National Park

The biggest subtropical wild area in the States, Everglades National Park, is a 1.5-million-acre wetland located on Florida’s southern tip. It is an International Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site. In this national park, you’ll find coastal mangroves, pine Flatwoods, and sawgrass marshes. These sawgrass marshes provide a home to hundreds of animals; some are rare and endangered, such as leatherback turtle, Florida panther, American crocodile, and the manatee. The best way to experience everything Everglades has to offer is by simply taking a quiet walk along one of the many boardwalk trails, a guided tour, or a tram ride.

Sanibel

You’ll find Sanibel, a lush green island on the Florida Gulf of Mexico, a short trip from Fort Myers. This amazing and beautiful island is surrounded by breathtaking beaches and is famous for its beautiful sunsets and old lighthouses. Some of the best things to do in Sanibel are snorkeling, boating, and sunset watching. If these activities are not enough for you, you can visit Darling National Wildlife Refuge, which protects half of the island and where 245 species of birds live.

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