Florida is a state with amazing beaches, endless sunshine, great fishing and diving experience, and various wildlife below and above water. The cities of Florida has terrific attractions ranging from massive, modern Miami beaches to the beautiful Florida Keys, and of course, something for the kids at Orlando’s Walt Disney World. The parks in Florida are terrific, ranging from the world-significant Everglades to the underwater paradise of the Biscayne National Park.
Here are seven great destinations to visit in Florida during your next trip, and if you have kids, there is endless fun for them too.
Miami is famous for the parties, beautiful people, and one of the most amazing beaches in Florida. It is the epicenter of fun and sizzling nightlife. Miami is a major port city and home to the largest number of passenger cruise ships. One of Miami’s main attractions is its sunny beaches ranging from family-friendly beaches to party scenes.
Across the bay from Miami on the barrier island is Miami Beach, famous for its Art Deco architecture and glamorous South Beach. The marine life at Key Biscayne, alligator-filled swamps of the Everglades National Park, endless entertainment, and fine dining experience makes Miami an excellent destination to visit during your next trip to Florida.
Panama Beach City
Panama Beach City has terrific beaches and spectacular nightlife, making it a fantastic destination for your next trip. The Panhandle offers 43km of white sand beaches on the Emerald Coast. It is also visited by residents of the Southern United States and thousands of high school and college students during spring break. If you go with kids, they’d love the Gulf World Marine Park, where they can swim and play with the dolphins, or the Shipwreck Island Waterpark with its waterslides. Apart from having lots of fun in the sun, there’s also sport fishing on the gulf.
St. Augustine is known as the oldest city in America, and a trip to Florida wouldn’t be complete without a visit to this historic region. A reminder of this city’s Spanish past is the Castillo de San Marcos, a 17th-century Spanish fortress built with stones, offering an astonishing view of the ocean and St. Augustine Inlet.
The beaches in this area are breathtaking, fine white sand, and the most popular being St. Augustine Beach and Crescent Beach. When you visit this area during your next trip to Florida, don’t forget to visit the foundation of youth, explore centuries worth of history when you walk the colonial-era fort Castillo de San Marcos, and climb the historic 142-year-old lighthouse.
Clearwater is a popular holiday destination for individuals and families alike, known for its spectacular 3-mile-long beach, great weather, and a long narrow barrier reef. Lined with fancy hotels, resorts, restaurants, and bars, Clearwater offers many fishing, sailing, kayaking, and dolphin tours. If you travel with the kids, take them to see the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where injured dolphins and sea turtles are taken to recover and rehabilitate.
You can also enjoy the shady boardwalk trails through Moccasin Lake Nature Park or tour the bay area to see the playful dolphins in their natural habitat. Clearwater comes alive when the sun goes down, offering you lovely night scenes. At night, you can buy locally-made crafts from the artisans and stroll along Beach Walk, where you can find drinking fountains and showers to wash off the sand.
Your trip to Florida isn’t complete if you don’t visit the Florida Keys. The keys are a 120-mile long chain of tropical islands that goes around the base of the Florida Peninsula and are connected to the mainland by series of bridges. The most astonishing of the bridges being the Seven Mile Bridge in the Lower Keys. The bridge has been featured frequently in movies, including True Lies and Fast 2 Furious.
From any location on the Keys, you can charter a boat to go fishing, snorkeling, or diving; rent a Kayak and explore the mysterious mangroves, enjoy unique local cuisine, stroll along the colorful streets, and relax in one of the many rustic beach bars to get a real feeling of the Keys. The first Key reached on the Overseas Highway in Key Largo and is home to the underwater Christ of the Abyss statue. Big Pine is another large Key where you can see the knee-high whitetail deer.
At Fort Lauderdale, the best place to start your exploration is at the Strip—the long, wide promenade that runs along the ocean, lined with elegant outdoor restaurants, lively bars, boutiques, and luxury hotels. Visit the oldest structure in Fort Lauderdale, the 1901 Stranahan House.
Take a walk or boat ride via Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, and visit the NSU Museum of Art to get a glimpse of what local art looks like at Fort Lauderdale. Fort Lauderdale has one of the busiest cruise-ship ports globally, with mega-ships leaving daily for the Caribbean, Mexico, and beyond. With impressive tourist attractions, Fort Lauderdale offers lots of golf courses, marinas, cultures, and events for your entertainment.
Fort Myers is home to lovely beaches that attracts thousands of tourists every year. With so much to do in this area, besides swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, and relaxing on the sand, you can visit the Davis Art Museum downtown. If you go with kids, take them to Lakes Regional Park to ride a miniature train or unleash their imagination at the Imaginarium Science Center, the aquarium, and hands-on science museum. You can also take a tour of the Edison and Ford Winter Estates, where Thomas Edison and Henry Ford spent their winters on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River.
Florida is viewed as the top U.S travel destination for many travelers and fun-seekers. With many lovely beaches and fantastic theme parks that you can’t find elsewhere, the above destinations are the seven places you should visit during your next trip to Florida.