Best Places to Visit in Florida, USA

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Florida has more than 8,000 miles of shoreline wherein the Sunshine State is the prime vacation territory. It is known for its beautiful weather which is ideal for beach vacation all year round. Florida is indeed a perfect destination for those who are searching for beaches, sunshine, natural beauty, and even rich culture. From beach bumming or exploring the theme parks,

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Florida has also a range of educational and entertaining attractions like visiting NASA centers, scuba diving or even appreciating forts that are centuries old. You can also go fishing, golfing or hiking if you’re looking for a great adventure. And if you’re in search of the right place on where to spend your entire vacation, there are numerous Florida luxury rentals available in the area that will definitely provide you the ultimate relaxation that you’re eyeing for.

With the diverse destinations in Florida, it may be hard to decide which place is right for your next getaway. That’s why we’ve created the list of the best places to visit in Florida that can help you plan your perfect vacation.

Walt Disney World

It is originally built to supplement Disneyland located in Anaheim, CA. Walt Disney has become the flagship for the Disney theme park empire around the world. This extensive complex contains multiple theme parks, water parks, golf courses and hotels that attracted more visitors compared to other parks of its kind. The iconic Cinderella’s Castle marks the Magic Kingdom. At the entrance of EPCOT, there’s a massive geodesic dome that you’ll surely notice. The Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the Animal Kingdom can also be seen in this theme park that will totally complete your epic Florida wonderland experience.

Universal Studios Orlando

Universal Studios Orlando literally brings the magic of the movies to real life. It included the films like Jaws, Terminator, Transformers, and Twister which are all reimagined as rides, usually featuring the original stars to add up the authenticity to the experience. Universal Studios also got the license to other popular titles like Ghostbusters and Shrek. You’ll also spot some actors dressed as various popular movie stars and characters strolling around the park at any given time like Marilyn Monroe, Optimus Prime and many more.

South Beach

South Beach is located at the southern end of Miami Beach, specifically rests between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. It holds the title of being the oldest section of town. Due to increased development that starts in the early 20th century, its appearance has greatly changed. It features Streamline Moderne art deco architecture which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Apart from the stunning beach, it also features some parks and cultural destinations like the Miami Holocaust Museum and the World Erotic Art Museum in Miami.

Kennedy Space Center

This place is ideal for those space enthusiasts who would like to take in the groundbreaking history of America’s space program. Visitors usually marvel at the restored Saturn V launch vehicle. It was the method used of getting astronauts into space way back the NASA’s Apollo era and even for the two launch pads and the Astronaut Hall of Fame. You’ll also find here the Space Mirror Memorial. It is a black granite slab wherein the names of astronauts who have given their lives in pursuit of space exploration are inscribed. Numerous exhibits enable the visitor to be more aware of the details of the space program inclusive of videos that show behind the scenes of Mission Control as well as the Rocket Garden which highlighted different rockets used throughout the space program’s history.

Key West

It is both a city and the island on which the city is built. Numerous U.S. Presidents visited the island including Eisenhower, Truman, Kennedy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and even Carter. Head to the Key West Historic District located in the city’s Old Town to spot numerous attractions like an aquarium, tropical garden and even the armory. Here, Ernest Hemingway’s house still stands, complete with a pack of cats inclined from his original pet. Tennessee Williams, a famous playwright, is said to have written the first draft of A Streetcar Named Desire while staying in the area.

SeaWorld Orlando

Kids and even adults love to drop by the area to witness the vast array of aquatic life on display. SeaWorld Orlando makes learning about marine life fun and an engaging experience with its Dolphin Theatre to the Manta roller coaster. In the Sea of Shallows, you can see pelicans, dolphins, turtles, flamingos and even manatees. On the other hand, the Sea of Legends brings the nautical tales of fancy to life. This includes the lost city of Atlantis and the mythical Kraken. The most famous attraction in the area is the Sea of Power which features the park’s celebrity performing orcas.

Busch Gardens Tampa

It is the ultimate animal theme park comprises of 335 acres of land and more than 2,700 animals. It features rides and entertainment options thus making it a family-friendly destination. The location of Busch Gardens also showcases African themed rides, decorations and of course, animals in its wildlife area. Be sure to try out and enjoy the thrilling roller coaster rides, shows, adventure safari tours, animal exhibits, and other various kid-friendly attractions.

Castillo de San Marcos

Castillo de San Marcos is a masonry fort built in 1672 way back the time where Florida was still under the rule of Spain. The fort is indeed strong that it withstood two sieges by the British. Over the course of its long history, Spain, Britain and the U.S have all controlled it twice due to the change of treaties as well as those territories exchanged.

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