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The Sunshine State of Florida is one of the top destinations in the United States for a vacation, whether you’re looking for a relaxing getaway, a fun family beach adventure or an exciting trip with your friends. With a wide variety of cities and attractions to choose from, there’s a spot here for every taste, budget and itinerary. From the bright lights and sounds of Miami Beach to the excitement of Daytona and the endless adventures in Orlando, these vacation spots in Florida have everything you need for your next great vacation.
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The exciting city of Miami isn’t just one of the most popular vacation destinations in the country, it’s also one of the most popular in the world. Visitors come from all over to experience the lively South Beach district with its white sandy beaches, clear blue water and brightly colored buildings. During the day, you can stroll through the art galleries, boutiques and shops, and then later, you can dance the night away at one of the strip’s many hot spots. But, that’s not nearly all. You can also take a tour of the city, have an Everglades adventure with alligators, visit the aquarium or enjoy the historic Italian renaissance architecture and décor at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.
Of course, the city of Orlando is always a great vacation spot with all of the many family-friendly theme parks there are to visit. Besides the infamous Disney World Resort, there’s also EPCOT Center, Universal Studios, MGM Studios, LEGOLand and Sea World. Your family could stay entertained for days just visiting the parks, but Orlando is also home to the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, a giraffe farm and several alligator parks, as well as lots of shopping, restaurants and recreation including everything from miniature golf to airboat rides.
St. Augustine is America’s oldest city, so it’s a great vacation spot for history lovers. From the beautiful Spanish-style architecture to the living history museums, there are tons of things to do. Because of the many different people who have lived and passed through the area, you can find castles, military forts, historic lighthouses and ornate hotels all in one place. You can take a tour by train, trolley or boat and check out attractions like the Colonial Quarter and the Medieval Torture Museum. Food and drink lovers will also want to check out the city’s wineries and distilleries, as well as the Whetstone Chocolate Factory, where you can take a behind-the-scenes tour.
Key West is a vacation like no other. In fact, it’s probably the closest thing you’ll get to taking an island vacation without leaving the mainland. The town is full of palm trees, brightly colored buildings and lively music, especially on the popular Duval Street, where you can enjoy a tropical drink at one of the many quaint bars and hot spots (including the state’s oldest bar). But, you won’t want to spend all your time inside here, because the crystal blue waters will be calling you to go snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming and sailing. The city is also where Ernest Hemingway made his home, which is open to the public for tours. And of course, while you’re in the city, you’ll definitely want to snap a selfie standing at the Southernmost point in the Continental United States!
Located along the Gulf Coast, the city of Tampa is one of the most diverse vacation destinations in the state. Besides the obvious reason, the beautiful beaches, Tampa is a great family vacation destination because of the long list of things there is to do and see. There’s the Florida Aquarium, ZooTampa, the Busch Gardens theme park and the Glazer Children’s Museum for kids to enjoy. Plus, craft breweries, world-class spas and championship-level golf courses for the adults to enjoy. And if you’re an outdoor enthusiast, there are plenty of opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, hiking and even doing some adrenaline-pumping activities like ziplining and ropes courses high in the trees.
Daytona Beach isn’t just your average beach town, it’s also the home to one of the most popular race tracks on the NASCAR circuit. Not only can you catch a race at the Daytona International Speedway, but you can also hop in a stock car yourself with the Petty Driving Experience and tour the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. And then there’s the beach – 23 miles of it to be exact. Where you can drive your car right onto the sand, pop open the trunk and tailgate right on the beach! The Daytona Boardwalk and Pier also runs along the beach and features restaurants, shops and amusement rides including thrill rides like the SlingShot.