Top 50 Things to Do and to See in Florida

The State of Florida is located in the southeastern region of the United States it shares borders with the Gulf of Mexico to the west, and Alabama and Georgia to the north, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean where as to the south by the Straits of Florida. It is among the top 10 most densely populated states of the United States. Much of Florida is a peninsula. Florida is one of the most famous tourists’ destinations in the United States to visit during the summer months. Apart from its scenice and beautiful coastlines and unimaginable beaches the state is home to some most famous places the world over such as: DisneyWorld, The Keys, Miami, and Universal Studio theme park. There are several other things and activities that you can explore and undertake in the state of Florida. Fifty things that you can enjoy on a holiday trip to Florida are as follows:

1. Orlando

Orlando is one the most famous cities of Florida. Orlando has plenty of great family attractions and attracts many visitors during summer. Orlando has many attractions best suited for a family vacation. In Orlando you can find Epcot Center, Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World. There is also Gatorland, the Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum, the Wet n’ Wild Water Park, and the Central Zoo of Florida. Orlando is also dotted by some very good beaches, resorts and golf resorts as well.

2. Miami

The world famous city of State of Florida, Miami is one of the choicest tourist destinations of Florida. The city has second largest in population in Florida. Miami is home to some of the stunning beaches of the US. Miami also has vibrant night life and rich culture. It offers you urban vacations as well that could be high fashion shopping or relaxing day spas. Miami has rich culture which is a mix of Cuban, Colombian and Haitian cultures. The city has distinctive deco architecture on one side and the turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay on the other reaching up to the South Beach.

3. Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World doesn’t require an introduction for a tourist. Located in Orlando, it is the largest as well as the most visited theme park resorts in the world. Walt Disney World is spread over 25,000 acres of land. Walt Disney World has plenty in store to eat away your vacation time. Once you in you would require uncountable number of hours to the entire space. Some of the unbelievable attractions that Walt Disney World features include: four twenty-four on-site resorts, world-renowned theme parks, four mini-golf courses two water parks, an interactive/video game park, in two different locations, 5 professional golf courses and outdoor recreation. It also has a shopping and nighttime entertainment area. Some of the other attractions of Walt Disney World include: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, An animal-based theme park/safari park, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon (fictional beach). The downtown Disney features Cirque du Soleil – La Nouba, Disney Quest Indoor Interactive Theme Park, House of Blues, Rainforest Cafe, Planet Hollywood, T-Rex Cafe, Pleasure Island, LEGO Bongo’s Cuban Cafe, Imagination Store, AMC Pleasure Island 24 Theatres, and Wolfgang Puck etc.

4. Jacksonville

Jacksonville is the biggest city in the state of Florida in terms of population which offers a plenty of things to tourists interested in exploring the urban life. The city is full with landmarks, museums, and beaches. The urban life in Jacksonville is worth experiencing, the Riverwalk here is a famous place to hang out. If you want to skip from your holiday spots to an urban area in Florida that is not entirely tourist-oriented then Jacksonville is the right place. However, good Jacksonville beaches are easily accessible from the city.

5. Key West

Home to the wonderful beaches of Southern Florida, the Florida Keys must be in your list of must-see places in Florida. Florida Key is home to many different islands. It is estimated that there are around 1700 Islands in Florida Key but some of them are not inhabited. Key West is one of the most famous places for visitors for different reason which has beautiful and stunning beaches. Apart from that you can enjoy a lot of other things here. There are art studios and theatres as well here. You can always find a party here; the Key West motto is ‘One Human Family’.

6. Key Largo

Another of the keys worth visiting is and if you are unable to reach the lower end key, Key West then Key Largo is the right place. This Island is situated in north and it can be easily reached by road such as a car as it has bridges connecting it to the mainland. Key Largo is situated close to the Everglades. It is a place of choice for people who like adventurous treks into nature. A tourist can go for Kayaking or an eco-tour.

7. Port Saint Lucie

If you are bored with the urban life and in the lookout for something quieter and relaxing then this city is the right place. It is a midsized Florida city in the East Coast of Florida. It is a good spot for enjoying boat rides, golfing, and also for long walks on the beach. There are a good number of aquatic activities. It is also a perfect place for individual vacation. Atlantic Ocean is located to the east of Port Saint Lucie. On the north you will find Saint Lucie River. You should also go on breathtaking scenery of natural Florida. Do under take hiking in the Savannas Preserve State Park.

8. Cape Coral

Cape Coral is best known for over 400 canals that are present here. Cape Coral is a great tourist choice for water fill. Cape Coral is also home to lakes such as “mega-river” and even a waterpark. Cape Coral is a perfect place to spend good time doing tubing and boating and fishing. If you feel that Cape Coral doesn’t have beaches then you are wrong there good beaches that attract plenty of tourists here.

9. The Everglades

The best of wet islands in the world is arguably Everglades in Florida; the Everglades can be termed as one of the most unusual and amazing of all the habitats. Here you can enjoy canoe, bike, kayak or walk around the park and also airboats and swamp buggies. Here you can get a chance to understand the delicate ecosystem that has encapsulated the Everglades forever. Stand still tall enough to watch an alligator’s back surfacing from above the black water and take in the unbelievable scenes of big sky, wet prairie and long silences.

10. Sanibel Island

If you are looking for a perfect beach spot then Sanibel Island is for you. It is a beautiful barrier island. Also you can lookout for seashells along the porcelain sand, and also spot night herons, anhinga and alligators in JN Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Bowman’s Beach in Sanibel is the quietest sand beach in Sanibel. There is a historic lighthouse that invites visitors to take a stroll at the beach. Delicious fresh seafood waits at one of the quaint beach-shacks. Sanibel Island is an east west destination, it has got the distinction of the She Islands, ocean’s beauty- cockles, conch, and scallop shells are present in abundance here.

11. Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach is famous as one of America’s finest beaches as it has been well kept and attracted countless families and couples to its broad, sandy shores along with the beachfront hotels. The beach is spread along a 3-mile stretch of the Pinellas Peninsula on the Gulf Coast. The beach straddles tranquil Tampa Bay to the east and the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the west. You can enjoy a host aquatic adventures at this beach that include: diving into a game of beach volleyball, sunbathing, taking a dolphin-watching cruise, going on fishing boats, and parasailing. You can also move to the mainland museum and aquarium.

12. Port St. Joe

It is a little Panhandle of Florida at the Northwest corner of the state. Port St. Joe is one of the best Panhandle to experience in the USA. It also has the advantage of being closest to St. Joseph Peninsula State Park which is a wonderful and cool place for camping. There are plenty of adventures available here such as: water sports, beaches, snorkeling, even hiking to enjoy with your family on a good vacation.

13. St Augustine

St Augustine is home to plenty of museums that are rich in history. Take a stroll along cobbled roads; spend relaxing time at charming cafes. You can go on a horse-drawn carriage ride through the Historic District. St Augustine is one of the oldest European settlements in the US. It is founded by the Spanish in 1565 and preserved for centuries. If you are hungry, go off to a fine dinner at any gas lamp-lit restaurant provides smacking Florida delicacies.

14. Caladesi Island State Park

Caladesi Island State Park is situated in the Tampa Bay area and ranks at the top of national surveys for the best natural beaches. It has a beautiful beach and easily be reached by canoe or a ferry from nearby Honeymoon Island. The park has tremendous nature trails and a pristine, palm-lined 3-mile beach. The beach is also a perfect place for an indolent day of swimming and picnicking.

15. Vero Beach

Vero Beach is a small town/city with a population of just around 20000 people. The town/city offers you small-town life in Florida away from the beaches like Clearwater. Though the place is small but potential to enjoy is large. You can do multiple vacation activities, the main attractions, of course, are the beaches which are exemplary here. Apart from beaches there are quite a few historic landmarks to visit that including historic arcades, hotels, and theatres.

16. Apalachicola National Forest

Apalachicola National Forest is the largest of Florida’s three national forests, and spread over almost 938 square miles of the Panhandle. It is located west of Tallahassee to the Apalachicola River. A good place to undertake adventures such as hiking and biking, it is a place consisting of dunes, cypress hammocks, swamps, karst terrain and sinks. So if you would like to divert yourself from beaches and urban life move to this national forest.

17. Delray Beach

The Delray Beach village is located in north of Boca Raton in Palm Beach County. As it is located at Ocean and Atlantic Avenues it provides you greater charm being a village by the sea. Its popularity can be gauged from the fact that around 1 million tourists hit the family-friendly 2-mile-long beach. The beach is a good place for swimming, sunbathing, and sandcastle-building. After dusk taking a stroll on festive Atlantic Avenue and going to seafood restaurants is a favorite past time of the tourists. Go on to experience cool architecture and the Pineapple Grove Arts District.

18. Jungle Island

Jungle Island is located in the heart of Miami city and lies between downtown and South Beach. It is one of the famous tourist places of Miami. Jungle Island features some of the world’s rarest and most incredible animals, such as Mama Cass, Pinky, the hi-wire bicycle riding Cockatoo, the only tame Cassowary on the planet, and Vulcan the liger-mix of a lion and tiger. It is also a place to see lord Ivory a rare White Lion. It also has Orangutan twins. There are wonderful animal shows and presentations conducted here. The park’s amazing and breathtaking landscapes and vistas are worth exploring. You can also go on a VIP Safari Tour. There are also charming Madagascan Lemurs in the Jungle Island. There are countless animals, things and adventures to see and undertake in this Island.

19. Naples

Naples city is a good mix of beaches and Millionaires mansions. Chill on the pearly white sands in Naple beaches or enjoy the manmade beauty of the gleaming mansions. On the 12th Avenue South there is one of the most popular beaches at Naples Pier. And there is one more wonderful beach situated a few miles north of Old Naples, at the Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, it is good place to go on a family vacation and camp for the day.

20. South Beach

Away from town-life South Beach features international playground that offers you sandy shores, non-stop nightlife and unique architecture. South beach is picture perfect beach, with lifeguards, and people dressed in beautiful beach wares. It is a long, man-made beach that goes up to the Atlantic for miles and it is a good place for early morning walks and runs and also sunbathing. Waters here are clean and clear as the Atlantic gets. South beach is also the best place to view the city lights at night.

21. Weeki Wachee

Again a small place away from the hustle bustle of city life or beach culture, it is the smallest city in the state of Florida, it’s spread only one square mile in size and just about a dozen people live here. The city is the result of these people who transformed it to a tourist attraction. The Weeki Wachee springs located here offers underwater performances by mermaids. Though it may not a be perefcet holiday spot, this is worth a stop if you’re driving through the Western side of Florida.

22. Amelia Island

Amelia Island features Fernandina Beach, and it is a beautiful shrimping village with 50 blocks of historic buildings. The village has delightful eateries and unique barbeques exclusive to the village. Amelia Island is also referred to as a moss-draped southern fantasy. The Island has miles of shark-tooth covered shoreline along with an impressive Civil War-era fort anchoring it.

23. Atlantic Beach

If you are looking for relaxing then Atlantic Beach is a perfect place to do with sand soft and white as sugar boosted with brilliant sunshine and azure waters. It is just a short drive from Jacksonville, which makes it convenient for vacationers who are looking for a short airport-to-beach commute. There is also a beach museum around this beach. The beach has small-town charm. You can also head to Beaches Town Center’s pedestrian-friendly cobblestone streets to find the market life.

24. Siesta Key

Siesta Key is one of the busiest Keys that offer you so much to see and do. With what be called contagious sand the island allures sand lovers. If you are beach lover the silky shores of the beach here give you the advantage of the wide expanse of sand and the tranquil gulf waters. The Siesta Key Beach is perfect place for aquatic adventures such as kayaking and renting catamaran or strolling and shell-collecting. It is a good family vacation venue, which has plenty of beachside picnic areas and playgrounds.

25. Key West

Key West is popularly called as paradise that is located just off the coast of mainland Florida. It is considered as the original changer of latitudes and attitudes. Among Florida’s most beautiful places is Fort Zachary Taylor State Park that has wide stretches of sugary sand and tranquil waters. Tourists can go on snorkel gear or kayak from the concession area. On the land adventures include renting a bike and navigating to the single bike path that winds beside the Key West shipping channel, near the fort, through a rocky secluded beach and take you through the countless picnic places.

26. Sarasota City and Circus

If you wish to have a different experience than the usual beaches than circus would offer you a different experience. Sarasota is the home to John Ringling Brothers in the winter. John Ringling’s legacy on display in the Ringling Museum Complex here that has a fine art museum, and his former home. You can also visit the church that the circus built, and more importantly do watch one of the circus shows that happen in town.

27. Palm Beach County

Palm Beach County offers more than 47 miles of pristine beaches. But the most important of is exclusive Palm Beach which has more than a 14-mile-long, ½ mile-wide island of wealth and extravagance. It is a winter home to a slew of newly minted millionaires. Palm Beach also has some of Florida’s finest restaurants, hotels, and shops, as well as some other truly beautiful beaches. Located next to the Gulf Stream, Palm Beach has the benefit of warm blue water and tender breezes.

28. Hemingway’s Home

The Ernest Hemingway’s Home and Museum is located in the Key West and one of the National Historic Landmarks of Key West. The Spanish Colonial house was built in the 1850s and it was home to the famous author. Tourists to the Hemingway Home and Museum can visit the writing room at second floor from where the writer produced some the master pieces of his work. The room still has the author’s typewriter, chair and mementoes.

29. Ponce de Leon Lighthouse

The Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station is located around 10 miles south of Daytona Beach. It is the tallest lighthouse in the Sunshine State; it is a National Historic Landmark and built of brick and with a height of more than 170 feet. It was first lit in the 1880s and the beacon provides illumination 20 miles out to sea. It is one of the nation’s first lighthouses that was commissioned using kerosene as a lighting source. The light station has more than 200 steps and you need to climb these many steps to reach to the top.

30. Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

It is located in the central Florida and spread over 5,400 acres in Indian River County in Pelican Island. National Wildlife Refuge was the first national wildlife refuge in the United States. It is also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. This refuge was orchestrated by U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903 in an attempt to protect herons, egrets, and spoonbills from being extinction. The island features endangered and threatened species such as bald eagles, green sea turtles, and indigo snakes. Here you can also enjoy recreational opportunities such as canoeing, fishing, boating, and wildlife observation.

31. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Located in South Miami Avenue, Vizcaya is a national historic landmark and the Museum and Gardens was used to be the winter home of industrialist James Deering. It is a landscape of great splendor and opulence. The museum has extraordinary objects such as 17th and 18th century Italian sculptures, a second century AD Roman altar, and works by the 20th-century artist Gaston Lachaise. Vizcaya is visited by plenty of people every year.

32. Captiva Island

Captive Island is Florida’s second best shell Island after Sanibel, it is mostly considered as the place to find the larger of the intact shells. One of the best beaches in Captive Island for shell is Turner Beach, how it is not a right spot for swimming because of fast currents. The shelling laws in the state are very stringent and be cautious while shell hunting get acquainted with the shell laws before jumping for shell hunting. When done with the shell hunting and reaching near sunset head to Captiva Beach located at the end of Captiva Drive to witness a spectacular sunset scene.

33. Daytona International Speedway

The Daytona International Speedway is located in historic Daytona Beach. It is kind of NASCAR and Florida icon. The speedway is a 480-acre motorsports complex. It got constructed in the late 1950s. Daytona International Speedway has been hosting one of the world’s most well-known races, the Daytona 500 Since 1959. Different tours of the speedway are usually available throughout the year that also includes visits to pit road, victory road and the press box. The track for NASCAR racing is a 2.5-mile and includes 31-degree high banks. The capacity of the facility is more than 167,000 fans.

34. Lauderdale Beach

The Lauderdale Beach city is famous for its beaches and boats. It has a Klein that is located on the Atlantic coast; Fort Lauderdale is popular as the “Venice of America” because of its expansive and complex canal system. Lauderdale was once a prominent spring break destination and now a stylish and urbane city. The best of beaches in the city is Fort Lauderdale Beach it is central along the beach strip and has crisp, new, wavy-walked promenade that separate the beach from the low-rise restaurants, lodgings, and shops at the beach.

35. Kennedy Space Center

One of the prominent places of the Florida if aerospace in the US is considered is Kennedy Space Center. Since 1968, it has been the launch site for all the US human space flights. It also operates as a launch site for unmanned rockets. That makes it a Florida’s tourist attractions as well. The Kennedy Space Center is home to museums, theater, a rocket garden and visits to important shuttle preparation and launch facilities.

36. Annie Pfeiffer Chapel Florida Southern College

It is located in Lakeland, Florida and has 12 structures at Florida Southern College. It was built between 1939 and 1958. The chapel has the largest s single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work in the world. Wright wanted to create not just architecture, but also a community. He has named the campus “Child of the Sun”. The campus’s signature building is spatially complex. It was mostly constructed with the help of students and got completed in 1941.

37. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

It is located in Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne, Florida and has warm waters and natural shoreline. It is voted very often among top 10 beaches in the U.S. Millions of tourists every year go on sunbathing, swimming, camping, picnicking, hiking and kayaking in this remarkable park. The park also has the Cape Florida Lighthouse which is the oldest structure in South Florida. It was built in 1825. The park is spread over 428 acres of land and has 1.25 miles of beach on the southern tip of Key Biscayne.

38. Universal Studios

One of the world’s famous and premier movie theme parks is Universal Studios. There are many things to explore here for a movie buff and adventure buss. It offers a variety of rides for an adventure enthusiast that includes the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit multi-sensory roller coaster, Krustyland on the wild and hilarious The Simpsons Ride. You can also jump into darkness on the psychological thrill ride, Revenge of the Mummy. See, hear and feel the action via the miracle of OgreVision in Shrek 4-D and list goes on and on. It is a good place for adventure lovers who have seen great adventures in Universal Studio movies.

39. SeaWorld, Orlando

One of the best marine adventure parks with world-class shows in Florida is SeaWorld. It is a place to enjoy thrilling rides along with unforgettable animal encounters. The animals that you are likely to see include dolphins, the killer whales, sea lions etc. The Manta is a mega-attraction of the sea world that takes the tourists on to a journey of ‘seeing-to-being’, where you can view manta rays underwater, then ride a flying coaster inspired by the largest of all the rays. And there are so many other adventures to undertake here.

40. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Tampa bay is one of the most famous family adventure parks in Florida. It is spread over 335 acres of wonderful attractions based on exotic adventures around the world. Tampa bay offers a unique mix of thrilling rides, live shows; one of the premier zoos with more than 2,000 animals, restaurants, shops and games. The Bausch Gardens Tampa Bay offers plenty of things for a tourist to explore including Cheetah Run, Ice Shows, Puppets, costumes and music.

41. Billie Swamp Safari

The Billie Safari is spread over 2,200 acre of eco-heritage Wildlife Park that is located in the Florida Everglades on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation. The Billie Swamp Safari is home to swamp buggy eco-tours and airboat rides via the huntamed Everglades including venomous snake shows, animal swamp critter shows, nature trail, and also the reptile exhibits. There are wonderful restaurants that offer awesome food.

42. Magic Kingdom Park

The Magic Kingdom Park has plenty of magic for you in store. You can go through six lands and see for yourself how fantasy can become a reality when you learn how to be a pirate or match wits with funny monsters or conquer mountains. There are other things that you can truly enjoy which are: Small world, Space Moutain, Dumbo the Flying Elephant. You can also see go on boat journey and find Captain Jack Sparrow that is present in Pirates of the Caribbean. There are splendid fire work shows that children would really love to see.

43. Lion Country Safari

The Lion Country Safari is an exhilarating Lion Safari park that has low priced and high priced entries. The park offers an exciting drive-thru safari and the cool walk-through park. The Safari stretches to over 4.2-mile and spread over about 300-acre drive. The Safari has more than 800 animals that might roam just inches from your car. It also has a splendid walk-through park that is home to Animal Theater, bird feeding, pontoon boat tour, petting zoo, paddle boats, golf course, flying elephant ride, giant Ferris wheel safari maze, giraffe feeding exhibit, restaurant, shops etc.

44. Discovery Cove

It is an all-inclusive family adventure place where in tourists can undertake swimming along with rays, dolphins, and tropical fish and other hand-feed exotic birds. At Discovery Cove tourists can experience the most delightful animal encounters the world has to offer. The Discovery coy is spread over a 30-acre tropical oasis. It is also home to plenty of rocky lagoons surrounded by lush green coral reefs, Tropical River, landscapes waterfalls and white sand beaches.

45. Festival Bay Mall

The Festival Bay Mall is a unique and famous mall located in Orlando. It has a unique selection of stores, restaurants and exciting entertainment venues. Stores such as Ron Jon, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Sheplers Western Wear, Surf Shop, and PacSun entice the rich and wealthy. The Festival Bay Mall also offers best family entertainment as it features indoor glow-in-the-dark miniature golf at Putting Edge Fun Center, the best indoor playground- Monkey Joe’s Parties & Play and Cinemark 20 Movie Theatres along with Vans Skatepark!

46. Northwest Region State Parks

Northwest Region stretches from Perdido Key on the Alabama line to St. George Island near Apalachicola and Maclay Gardens in Tallahassee. There are 36 state parks that are located within Northwest Region Park that is referred to as District 1 also. The Northwest Region includes diverse natural communities, historical sites as well as recreational opportunities not to be found elsewhere in Florida. The parks include some of the world’s best beaches that have been featured in top best beaches of America frequently.

47. Northeast State Region State Parks

The Northeast State Region parks also called as District 2 are spread over from Inverness to Fernandina and from Jacksonville to the Suwannee River. It is home to 34 parks, spread over an area of 117,643 acres. The special features of this region are numerous freshwater springs which provide an excellent opportunity for kayaking, canoeing, or a picnic along the banks. Visitors can also go to watch a beautiful sunrise at Talbot Islands and a breathtaking sunset at lovely Cedar Key. Where as in Prairie you can experience a wonderful wildlife, the park is also famous for extensive hammocks, rivers, trails, camping and cultural sites, etc.

48. Central Region State Parks

The Central Region is home to sunken treasure, beautiful gardens, cracker cowboys, cool springs and astonishing beaches. It is also referred as District 3 and features an abundance of opportunities to explore what is called as the Real Florida. The Central Regions has 29 district state parks and spread over 194,800 acres of parklands. The adventures that you can undertake here include swimming, canoeing, hiking, biking, and horseback riding.

49. Southwest Region State Parks

Another entry in the list of state parks is Southwest Region Parks that stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the Lake Wales Ridge as well as from Inverness to the Everglades. It is also called as District 4 and there are 35 Florida State Parks in this district. The parks are home to landscapes that are covered with dry prairie, scrub, swamps, a salt spring, pine flat-woods, the world’s longest fishing pier, lighthouses, and equestrian trails, it also has miles of wonderful beaches. A bunch of recreational activities await here for a tourist that include both land and aquatic.

50. Southeast Region State Parks

The last of beautiful park districts is Southeast Region also called as District-5 it is spread over 300 miles, from Ft. Pierce to Key West. The District-5 has 24 state parks and has some of the unique features such as the historic island parks of Indian, Lignumvitae Key and the freshwater marshes of the Savannas Preserve. Southeast region is also rich in, cultural history and breathtaking scenic beauty that is landmark of the region.

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