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ByThe Daily Meal Staff|Nov. 18, 2019 1:30 pm EDT

The Sunshine State is almost synonymous with Disney World and sandy beaches, but there are actually a lot more sights to see in Florida. From safaris to NASA, to charming little streets and seafood shacks, the activities are nearly endless if you know where to look. Here are 50 things to do in Florida.

Art Basel

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Art Basel is an international art fair with three shows annually, including one in Miami Beach (the top honeymoon destination in America). The fair showcases art from more than 4,000 emerging contemporary artists, attracting a large international audience. Over 200 galleries display artwork including paintings, sculptures, photography, film and digital art. Art Basel also hosts a series of conversations about the global art scene.

Bok Tower Gardens

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Bok Tower Gardens has a lush, 250-acre garden and a 205-foot-tall tower with carillon bells. The gorgeous gardens were a product of Edward W. Bok, former longtime editor of the popular women's magazine Ladies' Home Journal, and his wife, Mary Louise Curtis Bok's desire to create a bird sanctuary while they were spending a winter in Florida. They chose an unusually elevated area of the flat state, a hill that rises 298 feet above sea level. Florida's subtropical conditions made it an ideal place to plant bushes and trees, which made it a perfect spot for 126 species of birds.

Busch Gardens

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Owned and operated by SeaWorld, Busch Gardens in Tampa features thrilling roller coasters, safaris, and is home to more than 12,000 animals from 300 different species, outdoing even some zoos. For thrill-seekers, the famous Sheikra roller coaster drops riders face-down at an alarming 90-degree angle and shocking speed. Busch Gardens was ranked among the top 10 best amusement parks in the country by USA Today readers.

Butterfly World

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Butterfly World is self-described as "the result of one man's hobby gone wild," and is located inside Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek. The facility houses about 5,000 live butterflies, all of which fly free inside a massive greenhouse. It is also known for being the biggest butterfly park in the world and often runs campaigns to save various plant species that butterflies need to survive. If you embark on the park's self-guided tour, you can find your way to places like Macaw Landing, the tropical rain forest or an English rose garden.

Ca’ d'Zan Mansion

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The Ca' d'Zan Mansion was the former winter home of one of America's wealthiest — and most eccentric — couples, John Ringling, of the Ringling Brothers Circus, and his wife Mable. They started building the mansion in 1924 for a price tag of $1.5 million. After they died, the estate was given to the state of Florida, but climbing costs of maintenance left the mansion in dingy conditions — Ca' d'Zan was even used as the location for an abandoned mansion in the 1996 Hollywood remake of Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations." The house was officially revived by the state in 2002 and opened to the public. A tour of the residence gives visitors a glimpse into the private lives of the Ringlings, with spectacular views and extravagant rooms that once hosted gatherings for the elite. In fact, Florida is home to several of the largest mansions in America.

Castillo de San Marcos

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The Castillo de San Marcos, located on the shore of Florida's historic city, St. Augustine, is the oldest masonry fort in the United States. The monument was constructed by the Spaniards during colonial conflicts with the English, and it withstood two sieges before Spain ultimately ceded Florida to the United States in 1821. The stones that make up the structure are composed of tiny fossilized shells, and the soft rock actually made the fort more resistant to attack by absorbing the impact of cannonballs.

Club Med

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Club Med is an all-inclusive resort in Sandpiper Bay, about two hours north of Miami. It's a great spot for a family getaway where you can relax at the spa, dig into their famous white chocolate bread and take a scenic yoga class. They also offer kayaking, boating and organized sporting activities. It's perfect for families seeking adventure and indulgence all in one. If you're looking for a June trip, a five-night all-inclusive stay will cost about $700-800 per adult.

Coconut Grove Arts Festival

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Held annually in February, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival is a three-day outdoor event, where more than 360 internationally recognized artists spanning different mediums showcase their work right along the Biscayne Bay. The festival is a celebration of fine arts, live performance and the local food scene with celebrity chef-led cooking demonstrations and tastings. Visitors can stroll through the quaint seaside streets while discovering visual art, performances and tasteful cuisine.

Daytona 500

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The Daytona 500 is a 500-mile-long race held annually by NASCAR at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach. While the race only takes place once a year in February — and race tickets can be expensive — the track is available for viewing, visiting and tailgating all year round. Visitors can participate in a tour of the speedway, attend a smaller-scale event or race, or get tickets to a country music festival held in the stadium.

Discovery Cove

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Located in Orlando and operated by SeaWorld, Discovery Cove is an ideal spot for anyone who's ever dreamed of swimming with the dolphins. Guests at Discovery Cove can talk, touch, play and swim with bottlenose dolphins. The park also features an underwater walking tour where guests wearing a dive helmet can get an up-close-and-personal look at wild marine life — and even touch unique sea creatures swimming their way.

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Drive-In Movie Theaters

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If you're looking to step back in time for a few moments, consider stopping by a drive-in movie theater. Many drive-ins in Florida are still going strong across the state for good reason — they're a bargain and family friendly. Most drive-in theaters feature films both old and new for under $10 a person and even less for children.

Dry Tortugas National Park

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Dry Tortugas National Park is a cluster of islands 70 miles west of Key West. Spanning 100 square miles, the park is accessible only by boat or seaplane. The park boasts impressive coral reefs and marine life, and a picturesque assortment of bird species that visit the area frequently. Also part of the park is Fort Jefferson, one of the largest 19th-century forts in the country. The park is a great spot for campers. Visitors can also snorkel, dive and explore the surrounding waters.

Duval Street, Key West

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Though Key West screams beaches, Duval Street is one of the most popular attractions of the small, tourist-filled city. The bustling and lively street has things going on day and night with a wide array of restaurants, shops, seafood shacks and pubs. The quaint city also features live music performances right on the street and is home to the best food festival in all of Florida.

Eat Great Seafood

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Fishermen and seafood chefs flock to Florida and serve up impressive dishes. Some of the best towns for beachside restaurants with killer seafood and amazing views include Delray Beach, St. Petersburg, Miami, Key West, and Destin. For a classic seaside dive, check out J.B. Fish Camp & Seafood near New Smyrna Beach and try the rock shrimp and anything fried. To really do it right, Joe's Stone Crab is the one restaurant everyone should try in Florida.

Ed Leedskalnin’s Coral Castle

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Latvian-American Edward Leedskalnin single-handedly built the Coral Castle in honor of his long lost love. The construction of his castle has even been compared to Stonehenge and the great pyramids. Leedskalnin spent more than 28 years building the monument and managed not to be seen while constructing it. The structure consists of 1,100 tons of stones that appear to be coral, but are actually a type of limestone. The pieces form walls, carvings, furniture and a castle tower. Visitors can tour the Coral Castle museum on their own or with a guide. Artifacts include a 9-ton gate that can move with just a touch of the finger, a Polaris telescope and rocking chairs made entirely of stone.

Ernest Hemingway House

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If you're a fan of literary history, don't miss a trip to the Ernest Hemingway House. The American novelist lived and wrote for over 10 years in his unique house in the heart of Old Town Key West that he purchased in 1931 for $8,000. The house is now a museum that honors his life and contributions to society and literature. According to the museum keepers, Hemingway was given a white six-toed cat by a ship's captain, and some of the cats who live on the grounds are descendants of that original cat, named Snow White. As a bonus, the tour guides share quirky narratives about Hemingway's personal life along the way.

Everglades Alligator Farm

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The Everglades Alligator Farm is located near the entrance to Everglades National Park — a swampland just outside Miami — and contains more than 2,000 alligators. The farm offers a tame, controlled method of viewing the intimidating creatures. Visitors can take an airboat tour of the surrounding area or be a spectator to the thrilling alligator shows, snake shows and alligator feedings.

Everglades Tour

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For more daring travelers, Everglades tours are also available. Visitors can kayak, take an airboat or even wade neck-deep through the depths of Florida's swamp. The Everglades' brownish, murky greenery is teeming with poisonous wildlife, including venomous snakes.

Fishing

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On the eastern and western coasts of the state, you can fish for anything from mahi-mahi to lobster. There's saltwater fishing, which is a general term for baiting marine fish that live in ocean water — popular among deep-sea fishermen. There's also fishing tours for beginners who are just getting their feet wet. Once you've reeled in your catch, you can take it to a restaurant that will cook it for you.

Florida Museum of Natural History

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If you're in the mood for discovery, the Florida Museum of Natural History is the perfect place to explore fossils, "Waterways & Wildlife" and a butterfly rainforest are among many exhibits on display at any time of the year. The museum is located partially on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville and partially at the Randell Research Center in southwest Florida.

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Food festivals

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Because Florida's cuisine ranges from Caribbean to Southern, it's an ideal place for food festivals and food-related events. If you're spending spring break in Florida, Delray Beach's annual free-admission wine and seafood festival is all about fish tacos, shrimp gumbo, Cajun crab cakes and other local delicacies. If you're a fan of garlic, head to Lake Worth — close to West Palm Beach — in February for the ultimate Garlic Fest, which boasts more than 100 garlic-infused dishes, a cooking competition and liquor bars. If you're there in August, hit the Lobsterfest in Downtown Key West.

Gaylord Palms

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Though Walt Disney World is just a short drive away, Gaylord Palms might appeal to you just as much with its castle-like flair. The upscale resort in Kissimmee is filled with cavernous rooms overlooking the Everglades and luxurious amenities like a full-service spa to keep you entertained during your Florida trip. During Christmastime, the resort is dressed up in twinkling lights, festive decorations and hosts extravagant events and shows. There's also a guest-exclusive water park with a surfing simulator.

Gumbo Limbo

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The Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton sits on 20 acres of protected land filled with barrier reefs, forestry and waterways. There is a butterfly observatory, scenic boardwalk and dozens of other wildlife-focused activities to take part in. To support wildlife, you can adopt a resident sea turtle at Gumbo Limbo by funding the care, feeding and growth of a turtle or a hatchling you pick, and you'll get an adoption certificate to take home.

Kennedy Space Center

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NASA's Kennedy Space Center visitor complex near Orlando takes guests to infinity and beyond — without ever actually leaving earth. It's a hub for rocket launches and space exploration and you'll find exhibits and displays, historic spacecraft memorabilia, two IMAX theaters, and a range of bus tours of the spaceport. The tours are arranged chronologically from the beginning of space exploration to current and ongoing missions, so visitors get a full-circle look at NASA's story and what it means for future endeavors into the unknown.

Legoland

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Legoland features rides, tours, a water park and more kid-friendly attractions fun enough to entertain the whole family. Visit the botanical gardens, meet life-size Lego people and build larger-than-life Lego creations.

Lighthouses

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Florida is home to 29 stunning lighthouses up and down its expansive coast. You can view rockets launching from the Kennedy Space Center at the iconic lighthouse of Cape Canaveral or travel south to the pristine Cape Florida Lighthouse just below Miami.

Lion Country Safari

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Florida's only drive-through safari in Palm Beach County is an adventure with over 1,000 animals to see. You can tour the grasslands in your own vehicle, opening your windows to touch the noses of passing giraffes and zebras. Visitors can pet a rhino, drive by a cheetah and simply marvel at fierce lions in this famous park. The park was ranked a top 10 wildlife park by USA Today readers in 2018.

McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary

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McCarthy's Wildlife Sanctuary is home to over 200 displaced or injured animals. And visiting the sanctuary is so much more than just a stroll through nature — you can get an up-close glimpse of all kinds of rare wildlife in one of the on-site tours. The Sanctuary looks after tigers, lions, pythons, eagles and dozens of other animals in need of care and rehabilitation. It also rescues wild animals from all types of situations, including privately owned captive tigers that are in danger, and brings them to the sanctuary with the help of local wildlife officials.

Miami Children's Museum

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Children of all ages have something to gain from a visit to the Miami Children's Museum. The nonprofit museum features intriguing exhibits like the two-story sand Castle of Dreams and an interactive virtual aquarium.

Miami Seaquarium

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The Miami Seaquarium is a 38-acre aquarium located on the island of Virginia Key in Biscayne Bay that houses fish, sharks, sea turtles, birds, reptiles and even manatees. Visitors can swim with the dolphins and pet and feed the penguins or even come face-to-fin with stingrays and nurse sharks.

Mount Dora

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Mount Dora is a city in central Florida known for its adorable handmade shops and exciting annual festivals. The town is quaint, the people are friendly, and the streets are dappled with vendors selling art, spices, wine and unique knick-knacks.

Naples Botanical Garden

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In 2017, the Naples Botanical Garden was given a Garden of Excellence award by members of the American Public Gardens Association. The site encompasses 170 acres of cultivated gardens and preservation land. The total campus represents seven distinct natural habitats and ecosystems, and features over 1,000 species of plants. During December, the garden's ecosystems are decorated with lights and festive ornaments.

National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola

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The military and aerospace museum chronicles the history of military aviation, including that of the United States Navy, the United States Marine Corps and the United States Coast Guard. More than 150 aircraft and spacecraft are on display, including impressive helicopters and biplanes.

Sarasota Opera House

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Built inside a renovated and historic theater, the Sarasota Opera House attracts talented opera singers and world-class performances. The building and surrounding areas have a rustic, old-timey castle vibe — perfect for photoshoots.

Shop until you drop

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At Orlando International Premium Outlets — the state's largest outlet mall — you can shop from over 180 brands.

Palm Beach Zoo

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Florida is home to a number of zoos, but Palm Beach Zoo in South Florida has an impressively large exhibit of tigers and other big cats, along with koalas, sloths, Komodo dragons, Capuchin monkeys and more. Functioning as a nonprofit, the zoo also hosts many community events such as 5K races and fundraisers, as well as lecture series with wildlife experts to reinforce efforts for conservation and care of natural ecosystems.

SeaWorld

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At SeaWorld, you can learn about animal rescue efforts, see killer whales in action and ride thrilling roller coasters — all at the same park. You can also stroll through immersive aquariums to observe some of the most beautiful wildlife through a window to the ocean.

MLB spring training

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If you go during February or March, you can watch MLB athletes get warmed up before the start of the regular season and catch a ballgame on a budget. The teams visit the stadiums in various Florida cities to play exhibition games, all of which offer tickets at low costs. Some of the cities include Sarasota, Clearwater, Tampa — where the New York Yankees play, Jupiter, Fort Myers — temporary home of the Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals, West Palm Beach and more.

St. Augustine Distillery

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Restored in 1907, the St. Augustine Distillery offers a historic tour through locally founded and community-owned craft distilling. Tours of the distillery are free and you can watch workers distill small-batch vodka, rum, gin and whiskey in an old ice manufacturing plant with access to locally grown sugar cane, wheat, corn and citrus.

St. Augustine Historic District

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St. Augustine, one of the 50 most underrated small towns in America,is known as the Nation's Oldest City and is filled with old-timey avenues and unique restaurants. Embark on a Tasting Tour of the old town or walk around the city to explore the arts and culture of the district.

Stetson Mansion

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Stetson Mansion, located in DeLand, Florida is self-described as "the largest, grandest, and most historic home ever built in Florida before the twentieth century." Thomas Edison himself installed the first iteration of its electricity for famous hat mogul John B. Stetson when he built the home in 1886. Tour guides now exhibit the mansion's embellished halls and no room is off-limits.

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Tampa Bay Food & Craft Beer Tours

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The three-hour Tampa Bay Food & Craft Beer tour showcases the best food and drink in the area. In a group of six to 12 visitors, you can stroll around the Bay area while eating at the best restaurants and touring the best breweries. Whether you're into food, craft beer or fine spirits, there's a tour for you.

The Dali Museum

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The Dali Museum is an elaborate homage to the Spanish surrealist from Catalonia, Salvador Dali. The museum catalogs collections of his paintings, sketches, sculptures and photographs. The geometrical building was designed to celebrate both the rational and the fantastical — from the outside, it's a simple rectangle from which a free-form geodesic glass bubble explodes. This structure, known as "The Enigma," is 75 feet tall and is a tribute to the dome top on Dali's museum in Spain.

The Orlando Eye

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Operated by the same company as the famous London Eye, the Orlando Eye towers over all of Orlando's theme parks with a 360-degree view. The observation wheel is 400 feet high and visitors can hop on any day of the week. In 2016, Coca-Cola rebranded the Ferris wheel as the "Coca-Cola Orlando Eye."

The Ringling Art Museum

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In 1925, circus master John Ringling wanted to build an art museum to honor his legacy and also as a memorial to his wife Mable. The museum's repertoire consists of over 10,000 objects on display, with almost two dozen galleries of 16th-to-20th-century European paintings as well as Cypriot antiquities and Asian, American and contemporary art.

The Turtle Hospital

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The Turtle Hospital is a small nonprofit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of endangered sea turtles. Visitors can attend educational sessions that teach attendees about the lives, struggles and rehabilitation of endangered sea turtles. At the end of the session, visitors are invited to hand-feed the sea turtles and view them up close.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

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Dubbed Harry Potter World, this Universal Studios attraction is a dream for fans of the wizarding world. And even if you haven't read any of the books (or watched the movies), the enchanted mock-up of the fictional universe, including the Hogwarts Express, is bound to leave you impressed. Hop on roller coasters like Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure or make your way through Hogwarts on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. And to top it all off, gulp down a jug of butterbeer in Diagon Alley. Universal Studios is really the only rival to the Disney theme parks and there's a little something for everyone — whether it's Harry Potter you're a fan of or Jurassic Park.

Water parks

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Florida happens to have some of the biggest, most elaborate water parks in the entire country — so the beach isn't the only place to hang out by the water. The largest one in South Florida is Rapids, located in West Palm Beach with 30 acres of water rides including 42 slides, a wave pool, seven-story speed slides, and a quarter-mile lazy river. Another popular park is Big Kahuna's Water & Adventure Park in Destin, home to 40 different water attractions including a new ride called Kowabunga Racer. Up to four people can plunge 300 feet and race to the finish line down a slide that's as long as a football field.

Water taxi in Fort Lauderdale

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Experience Fort Lauderdale from the water on one of these water taxi tours. From the comfort of a bright yellow boat, passengers can view the coastline of one of Florida's biggest cities while enjoying drinks and shopping at the various stops along the way.

Wynwood Walls

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The murals of the Wynwood Walls in Miami, which showcase street art from over 50 well-known graffiti artists, are an epic display of creativity. They began in 2009, when Tony Goldman was looking to transform the warehouse district of Wynwood. His idea was to trurn Wynwood's large stock of warehouse buildings — with no windows — into "the greatest street art ever seen in one place."

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FAQs

What is there to do in Florida without Disney? ›

Non-Disney Attractions Near Orlando Florida
  • Universal Studios Orlando. ...
  • Islands of Adventure, Orlando Florida. ...
  • Sea World Orlando Florida. ...
  • Wet 'N Wild Orlando Florida. ...
  • Busch Gardens at Tampa Florida. ...
  • Kennedy Space Center.

What should I not miss in Florida? ›

Top Attractions in Florida
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. 41,251. Amusement & Theme Parks. ...
  • Wynwood Walls. 8,947. Points of Interest & Landmarks • Art Museums. ...
  • Dry Tortugas National Park. 5,502. ...
  • Sunshine Skyway Bridge. 3,704. ...
  • Fort Lauderdale Beach. 9,282. ...
  • Clearwater Beach. 12,734. ...
  • Naples Botanical Garden. 4,411. ...
  • The Ringling. 7,286.

What is the number 1 attraction in Florida? ›

What is this? Walt Disney World, located in Lake Buena Vista near Orlando, is the flagship of Disney's worldwide theme park empire and the most popular tourist attraction in Florida. It is also by far, the world's largest and most-visited theme park resort.

Is Disney free if you live in Florida? ›

Enjoy an action packed visit to Walt Disney World Resort! Florida Residents can save 40% on 4-Day Tickets and 30% on 3-Day Tickets compared to the non-Florida Resident price of a 3-Day or 4-Day Ticket. Want to visit for a day? One-day, one-park tickets start at $109, depending on the date and the theme park.

How can I enjoy Disney without parks? ›

And now on to the list of 101 Walt Disney World Activities Outside the Theme Parks:
  1. Dine with Characters. ...
  2. Play miniature golf. ...
  3. Take in a movie at AMC's 24 theater complex at Disney Springs.
  4. Swim at your resort's pool.
  5. Visit the horses and explore Fort Wilderness.
  6. Watch an outdoor movie at your resort.
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What is the number 2 attraction in Florida? ›

2. Kennedy Space Center. The Kennedy Space Center is one of Florida's most exciting, fascinating, and educational attractions.

What are negatives of Florida? ›

Since there are good reasons not to live in Florida. The drawbacks include severe weather, heat, humidity, sales taxes, fees, and the negative effects of urbanization.

What is Florida's oldest attraction? ›

1. Silver Springs (1888) Back in the 1880s, a fellow named Hullam Jones put a pane of glass in the bottom of a rowboat and charged passengers five cents apiece to ferry them above the clear waters of Silver Springs. Florida had its first tourist attraction.

What part of Florida has the most things to do? ›

Orlando[SEE MAP]

Orlando is theme-park city, having more theme parks than any place else in the world. There's Walt Disney World, Epcot Center, Universal Studios, SeaWorld and Gator Park, to name a few, all of which bring 51 million visitors a year to this central Florida city of 2 million people.

Is Disney free on your birthday? ›

Disney DOESN'T give you free admission into the theme parks on your birthday. They DON'T give you free hotel stays or free meals. You CAN'T skip the lines or get special dining reservations.

What happens if my child turns 3 at Disney World? ›

Remember to get her complimentary birthday button from your Disney Resorts Collection hotel or any merchandise location! Now, when it comes to tickets, once she turns three, she'd need a ticket to enter any of the Theme Parks.

What age is still free at Disney? ›

Disney World offers two ticket categories according to age level: One is for ages 10 and older; the other is for ages 3 to 9. Admission is free for children under the age of 3. Read on to learn about the types of passes and what is/is not included.

Can you go to Disney World without paying? ›

Hang out on the Disney Boardwalk

Or do nothing at all! It's one of our favorite places you can go without a Park ticket at Walt Disney World; there's so much to see and do and the vibe is just such a nice change. Check out everything you can do on a Free Disney Day at Disney's Boardwalk.

What can I skip at Disney World? ›

Top 10 Things to Skip at Disney World
  • Mad Tea Party.
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin.
  • The Barnstormer.
  • The Seas with Nemo and Friends.
  • Under the Sea – Journey of The Little Mermaid.
  • It's Tough to be a Bug.
  • Country Bear Jamboree.
  • 3. Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room.
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Where is the bluest ocean in Florida? ›

There are lots of beautiful blue water beaches in Florida. The area from Destin, Florida to Panama City, Florida is known to have the clearest water in Florida. This area has been awarded the Blue Wave Beach Award for clarity, water quality, and beauty.

What is the number 1 beach in Florida? ›

1. Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, Key West. If you're searching for sunny days and temperate waters, it doesn't get much warmer than the beaches of Key West, the state's southernmost point.

Where is hidden beach in Florida? ›

Located in the Florida panhandle, you'll find St. George Island. This 22-mile barrier island in the Gulf is home to some of the quietest, most unspoiled beaches in the entire state. Enjoy visiting the state park and explore all the unfettered natural beauty this gem has to offer.

What is the happiest place in Florida? ›

The Top 10 Happiest Cities in Florida
RankCityAverage Commute Time
1Coral Springs26.8
2Jacksonville23.5
3Tallahassee17.8
4Cape Coral26.8
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What is the most quaint town in Florida? ›

The 16 Most Charming Small Towns in Florida
  1. St. Augustine, Fl. ...
  2. Naples, Fl. ...
  3. Micanopy, Fl. ...
  4. Lakeland, Fl. ...
  5. Sanibel Island, Fl. ...
  6. Key Largo, Fl. ...
  7. Islamorada, Fl. ...
  8. St.
22 Feb 2021

What is the fanciest part of Florida? ›

Located in South Florida, Palm Beach is the most expensive place to live in the entire state. Palm Beach is known for its upscale estates and boutiques, as well as its world-famous beaches.

What should I worry about in Florida? ›

Living in danger: Florida's most fearsome creatures
  • Spiders. Brown recluse and Southern black widows are near the top. ...
  • Florida black bears. The Florida black bear is the largest land animal in the Sunshine State. ...
  • Sharks. ...
  • American alligators. ...
  • Snakes. ...
  • Wild boars. ...
  • Florida panthers. ...
  • Fire ants.
27 Jul 2018

What is the safest city in Florida to live? ›

Safest Places to Live in Florida
  1. Naples. Naples is not only famous for its low crime rate, but also its fabulous schools and amenities. ...
  2. Weston. ...
  3. Satellite Beach. ...
  4. Palm Beach. ...
  5. Cape Coral. ...
  6. Parkland. ...
  7. Jacksonville. ...
  8. Windermere.
3 Oct 2022

Is Texas or Florida cheaper to live? ›

Not only is Texas 8% cheaper than Florida overall, but housing, utilities and groceries all cost significantly less in the Lone Star State.
...
1. Affordability: Living Wage and Cost of Living.
CategoryTexas Cost of Living IndexFlorida Cost of Living Index
Overall92.3100.7
Housing83.599.6
Utilities103.3103.1
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13 Aug 2021

Which side of Florida is colder? ›

The coolest, zone 8b, is located in northwestern Florida from roughly Gainesville and northwest including Tallahassee. Low temperatures range from 15 to 20 °F (−9 to −7 °C).

What is the cheapest city to live in in Florida? ›

Cheapest Places to Live in Florida in 2022
  • Jacksonville.
  • Cape Coral.
  • Gainesville.
  • Dade City.
  • Dunedin.
  • Kissimmee.
  • Bartow.
  • Homosassa Springs.
13 Oct 2022

What is the most crowded city in Florida? ›

Jacksonville. Jacksonville is the largest city in Florida. It is the most populated, and spans 747.3 square miles. Situated on the northeastern coast of the state, the city is known for its public beaches, attractions, and for having the largest park system in the entire country (a total of 80,000 acres of parks!).

What is the most up and coming city in Florida? ›

1. Freeport – 228.0% Growth. The fastest growing city in the Sunshine State isn't the capital or one of the many vacation destinations spread across Florida — it's Freeport, Florida, a small town located in the north-east corner of the state. From 2010 to 2020, Freeport's population grew from 1,787 to 5,861.

What is the number 1 tourist? ›

Most visited destinations by international tourist arrivals
RankDestinationInternational tourist arrivals (2018)
1France89.4 million
2Spain82.8 million
3United States79.7 million
4China62.9 million
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What do old people like to do in Florida? ›

Thanks to Florida's beautiful weather, seniors can enjoy farmer's markets, festivals, and theme parks year-round. Each of these options have so much to offer when it comes to staying active, staying social, and even meeting others.

What was Florida old name? ›

The state received its name from that conquistador, who called the peninsula La Pascua Florida in recognition of the verdant landscape and because it was the Easter season, which the Spaniards called Pascua Florida (Festival of Flowers).

Is there an old town in Florida? ›

Old Town is an unincorporated community in Dixie County, Florida, United States, located at US 19–ALT 27-98 and State Road 349. The ZIP Code for Old Town is 32680.

What is Florida's number one food? ›

Florida's most famous export besides oranges may be Key Lime Pie. Named after the small, tart, aromatic limes commonly associated with the Florida Keys, the meringue-topped pie combines the tangy lime juice with sweetened condensed milk and egg yolk, all poured into a graham cracker crust.

What is Florida's best fast food? ›

Some that may ring a bell include Pollo Tropical, Tijuana Flats, Bento Asian Kitchen + Sushi, Seasons 52, and Twistee Treat, to name a few popular ones among locals. However, when it comes to the best Florida-based fast food chain in the Sunshine State, according to Mashed, it's none other than 4 Rivers Smokehouse.

Where are people the nicest in Florida? ›

Florida is one of America's top vacation destinations thanks to its theme parks, beaches and warm weather.
...
Augustine rounded out the top three, with its historic charm and locals who go the extra mile.
  • Orlando.
  • Miami.
  • St. Augustine.
  • Key West.
  • Tampa.
  • Sarasota.
  • St. Petersburg.
  • Fort Lauderdale.

What are 3 things Florida is famous for? ›

What Is Florida Known For? Florida is known for its warm weather, beautiful beaches, and delicious seafood. Florida is also famous for its unique culture and diverse population. There are many things that make Florida a great place to visit, but these are some of the most famous.

Why is Florida so popular? ›

Every day, the Sunshine State attracts hundreds of newcomers to its sandy shores – and it's not hard to see why. No state income tax, sunny weather, its diverse population, delectable food and exciting attractions make it a particularly interesting place to live.

What is something Florida has a lot of? ›

It has more than 7,700 lakes, 11,000 miles of rivers, 2,276 miles of tidal shoreline, and has produced more than 900 world fishing records, more than any other state, or country. Florida has more than 700 freshwater springs. Of them, 27 are classified as first-magnitude springs, more than any other state.

Is Gatorland worth the money? ›

If you're an alligator fan or a just an animal lover in general, Gatorland is definitely worth it. From the sheer number of reptiles that call the park home to Gatorland's uniquely thrilling way of seeing them via zip line, it's a theme park experience unlike any other.

Is Crystal River worth visiting? ›

Boasting of warm, spring-fed rivers, abundant natural beauty, a rich history, and a remarkable number of wildlife, Crystal River is a city worth visiting. You'll love exploring the lakes and rivers, diving in for delicious scallops, hiking through unspoiled forests, and swimming with the adorable manatees.

Can you get around Florida without a car? ›

Buses, Shuttles & Trains

Looking to move around the state without renting a car? Florida bus services could be your best bet. Bus companies like Greyhound and Megabus offer multiple daily trips to popular routes around Florida including Miami, Orlando, and West Palm Beach.

Can you visit the Everglades from Orlando? ›

The Everglades National Park is located in southern Florida, several hours away from Orlando by road. However, the city of Kissimmee is known as the gateway to the Everglades by boat, and it's just half an hour away from Orlando. Since the park is so large, you can access it from several different locations.

Does Gatorland serve gator meat? ›

Guests have been known to drive for miles for some of Pearl's famous gator bites. Oh, how they love´em! Everything is priced affordably so as not to break the bank while you're here. Where else can you munch on fried gator meat while surrounded by hundreds of man-eating reptiles?

Are there any rides in Gatorland? ›

The new Stompin' Gator Off-Road Adventure takes guests into a section of the park never before seen, running alongside the swamps that feed the headwaters of the Everglades. In monster-style off-road vehicles, riders experience Florida's natural beauty as they venture through several different ecosystems.

Has there ever been an accident at Gatorland? ›

Two People Stranded Dangerously Above Alligator Infested Waters in Gatorland Zip Line Accident. A man and a child were left dangling above an alligator pit while taking part in a zipline attraction at a popular Florida tourist destination late last week.

Do you have to pay to swim at Crystal River? ›

The boardwalk and property around the springs can ONLY be accessed through the City of Crystal River's services 8:30 am - 3:30 pm and daily admission fees apply.

Can you touch manatees in Crystal River? ›

Remember - Look but don't touch manatees

The Crystal River and Kings Bay area is the only area in Florida where swimmers are monitored around manatees. Viewing guidelines and sanctuary rules must be followed.

Can you swim in Crystal River without a tour? ›

You might be wondering if you can swim with manatees on your own without a tour. Yes, that's possible, but only if you are a local who knows where to go, what to do, and how to conduct yourself properly in their habitat.

Is driving without insurance illegal in Florida? ›

State officials estimate 1 in 4 drivers in the Sunshine State don't have auto insurance as required by law. Driving without insurance is illegal in Florida, and it's a serious problem that could result in the suspension or revocation of your driver's license.

Can you be on your phone in the car in Florida? ›

It's important that all Florida drivers make safety a top priority while on the road. This means cutting out as many distractions as possible, including texting or talking on the phone. While it isn't illegal for civilian motorists to take a call, make sure that you can do so safely before picking up the phone.

What is the cheapest place to live in Florida? ›

Cheapest Places to Live in Florida in 2022
  • Jacksonville.
  • Cape Coral.
  • Gainesville.
  • Dade City.
  • Dunedin.
  • Kissimmee.
  • Bartow.
  • Homosassa Springs.
13 Oct 2022

Can a person survive in the Everglades? ›

Keep moving west or east in the daylight and avoid all rivers or deep-water sections because they are home to numerous alligators. The most important thing to remember, however, is to never give up hope. As long as you believe in yourself and that'll you'll be home again soon, you can easily survive the Everglades.

Can you walk through the Everglades? ›

There are various ways to access this pristine, watery wilderness - one being on a guided walk with Big Cypress Gallery's Everglades Swamp Tours. You'll take a long, leisurely walk through a submerged trail on the grounds behind photographer Clyde Butcher's gallery.

Is Everglades free? ›

All visitors to Everglades National Park are required to pay an entrance fee. Please be prepared to show your hard copy pass or digital pass on your mobile device. The park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. However, visitor center hours vary depending on staffing levels and seasons.

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