Florida, “The Sunshine State”, is home to unique experiences of the world. Which makes it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States. In 2018, the state hosted over 126.1 million visitors and has been breaking records every year.
Many people travel to Florida for the world-famous theme parks at Disney World and Universal. While some for the endless golf courses, the state parks, and even the Kennedy Space Center among many other things. With a rich history and cultural past, the state is an interesting place to widen your pool of knowledge. You will have the chance to learn about the natives and the influences that have been prevalent over the years in Florida. Plan your summers in the state with the help of our Tourist’s Guide to Florida.
Jacksonville is a natural paradise for travelers who look for an inexpensive yet comfortable place ideally situated along the Atlantic Ocean in Northeast Florida. A very few people know that Jacksonville was the original Hollywood in the early 1900s. And, the motion picture capital of the world.
The City of Jacksonville Beach is worth visiting. It is just a few minutes’ drive south of Atlantic Beach. Be sure to visit the Beaches Museum, the Riverside Arts Market, and the Museum of Science, after all the sun and sea. Besides the many permanent exhibits on the coast, you can also visit a late 19th-century chapel. The chapel has been carefully restored. And, do not miss to learn about the past of beach communities.
Without visiting the oldest city in America, St. Augustine, which is also one of Florida’s most charming destinations, a trip to Florida will not be complete. With 500 years’ history, visitors can delight in some of the state’s most important historic monuments. A true historic highlight of any trip to the city is visiting St. Augustine’s Castillo de San Marcos, which was built on the coast by the Spanish in the late 17th century.
Visit St. Augustine’s excellent San Sebastian winery to become an expert in wine. And also learn about the wide variety of grapes used to make wine. The Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Architecture Park is also one of the best things to do in St Augustine. Along with all these places, you can tour the Pirate and Treasure Museum or even join a cruise on the Black Raven Private Ship.
Made famous for holidays, lovely people, and one of Florida’s most beautiful beaches, Miami is Florida’s most dynamic and enjoyable city of fun. South Beach’s fashionable nightlife, bejeweled by the Art Deco district’s eye candy, Miami is a perfect combination of culture, language, and fine dining. Sample one of Radio Bar’s finest homemade cocktails with a hipster alternative music heaven, a pricy whiskey, and a seasonal creative cocktail.
Go among the thriving Japanese-style exotic trees with a red bridge and stone lanterns in the Botanical Garden of Miami Beach. Further experience a sunset at the beautiful Holocaust Memorial. Strip down to the popular Haul over Beach in the United States. Or attend an outdoor audiovisual “wall cast” while listening to the New World Symphony at New World Center.
120 miles of stunning tropical islands, The Florida Keys is a piece of paradise known for its abundance of water activities and relaxed vibes. Moreover, the place is full of wildlife, scattered beaches, and stunning resorts. Florida’s top attractions, such as Turtle Hospital, Dolphin Discovery Center, and Aquarium Experiences can be found in the Marathon center of Middle Keys.
Duval Street, which runs from Mallory Square to the Southernmost Point marker is a great location for sightseeing, hosting numerous annual festivals and parades. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is also a mesmerizing place to visit with the rich underwater life.
Orlando is one of the most loved places on the list of its long list of theme parks, a family-friendly holiday destination with activities to satisfy the entire family. Disney World, Universal, and Sea World are popular for their thrills and roller coasters. While Kennedy Space Center is where you explore the galaxy or become an astronaut for a day. Afterward, you can go to Discovery Cove, where you can enjoy a 30-minute session with friendly dolphins in the water.
Nature lovers might enjoy the crystal-clear water at Blue Spring State Park or Kelly Park, and horseback riding at Forever Florida. Visit the 400-meter ICON Orlando International Drive to enjoy an amazing glass capsule view of the area. Besides all these, you can also create your custom crayon in the Crayola Experience.
There are many things to do in Tampa for residents and tourists alike. From paddling along the River Hillsborough, drinking Tequila at a festival in the margarita, playing pro or a hockey game, to riding a thrilling rushing boat at the Busch Gardens, or watching an opera at Starz Center. Florida Aquarium is the go-to place in Tampa for exploring the wetland habitats of Florida itself.
Afterward, you can visit the Tampa Bay History Center to unravel the pre-historic past of the city. Finally, next to the Glazer Children’s Museum is the amazing Tampa Museum of Art, which makes for a perfect outing for the whole family.
Apalachicola is the place to be if you are looking for a true Old Florida experience. This fun little fishing town is one of the best-preserved Florida jewels of rustic charm at its finest. The place has over 900 historic listings including Orman House Historic State Park, The Raney House Museum among others. Which comes with some of the freshest seafood and most friendly people in the state. It offers tourists an opportunity to see Florida’s oysters, wood, and fishing heritage from the ground floor.
Vincent National Wildlife Refuge is another exciting place to visit in Apalachicola. After a day of sight-seeing, a stop at Apalachicola Chocolate & Coffee Company will help enjoy handmade chocolates, gelato, and coffee.
The state has a lot to explore in its 65,755 square miles of land. Florida is a world of dazzling fishing, splendid beaches, amazing diving, and varied wildlife both above and below water. Anyone can plan a yearly trip without getting a day of boredom. There are hundreds of beaches for water bugs and sun worshippers, and shopping connoisseurs can find many luxury boutiques and shops in each of the cities.
Lastly, although several of these Florida plants are open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, check out the safety protocols in each region of Florida. Take your mask with you and remember to maintain a safe distance from society.