Try These 10 Activities in Florida this Season
Whether you’re a history buff looking to explore our history-rich state or are looking for more light-hearted fun and adventure, make sure to check out these 10 activities to do in Florida this season:
1. Castillo de San Marcos
Begin your adventure where Ponce de Leon first arrived over 500 years ago on the “First Coast” of Florida. The Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fort in the United States and offers a unique and rare glimpse into how Spanish explorers lived with tours that are fun for the whole family.
2. Take in a Race
NASCAR season begins and ends in Florida, starting at the Daytona International Speedway and concluding at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. If you can’t make it in February or November, then don’t worry: there are lots of other races held around the state and tours of the famous racetracks are available on non-race days.
3. Biscayne National Park
Biscayne National Park is located South of Miami and is a United States National Park which protects Biscayne Bay and the nearby offshore barrier reefs. Spanning over 172,971 acres, 95% of the park is water, and the shore is made up of a vast mangrove forest.
4. The Kennedy Space Center
Learn about the foundations of space exploration at the world famous Kennedy Space Center. This family-friendly stop includes up-close tours of historic launch pads, inside the Vehicle Assembly Building where rockets were built and prepared for launch into space, the daily Astronaut Encounter where veteran astronauts take questions from the audience, and much more.
5. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
Located in Key Largo in the Florida Keys, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is the first underwater park in America. Teeming with marine life, this stunning attraction offers up snorkeling, scuba diving, glass-bottom boat rides, hiking, and much more.
6. Walt Disney World Resort
No summer would be complete without a trip to the world-famous Disney World in Florida. No matter what your age the Magic Kingdom is sure to delight with two water parks, Hollywood Studios, the Animal Kingdom, and over 20 resort properties making the “most magical place on earth” a hotspot for tourists and thrill-seekers alike.
7. Everglades National Park
The National Park is the largest wilderness of any kind located east of the Mississippi and is home to over 300 species of fresh and saltwater fish, 50 types of reptiles, 40 species of mammals, and the largest mangrove ecosystem in the western hemisphere.
8. Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park is one of the best places in the state to view manatees, with floating observatories which allow visitors to get up close and personal with the mammals. The park is also home to the famous hippopotamus Lu, who has made appearances in films for the past 40 years.
9. Discovery Cove
Discovery Cove is owned by SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment and contains a coral reef where visitors can swim with stingrays, thousands of kinds of tropical fish, and bottlenose dolphins. If swimming isn’t your thing, take a lazy float down the heated Tropical River, which runs through the park and the free-flight aviary.
10. Dry Tortugas National Park
Dry Tortugas National Park is located 68 miles west of Key West in the Gulf of Mexico and preserves Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas islands. The park is teeming with sea life, tropical birds, coral reefs, the remains of shipwrecks and much more.
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