Called the Sunshine State, with warm weather and even warmer atmosphere, Florida is a captivating place. Lots of unique art and even more of wild nature, vibrant nightclubs and atmospheric pubs, golden beaches and jewels worn by elegant locals, quirky artistic souls, extravagant individuals, classy residents and relaxed visitors, that’s what it’s made of. Here’s a list of top vacation spots in Florida, places you shouldn’t miss while spending holidays in this sunny state.
Walt Disney World
Say hello to Cinderella and take a picture with Donald Duck. Feel like a princess, or a prince, or a fairy, or whatever you fancy to be. Walk around the castles and spaceships, get yourself a t-shirt with Mickey Mouse, slide and swim in the lagoons. Walt Disney World is the most visited resort in the world, so before you do all these delightful things, be ready to wait in long queues. Unless you really are a fantastic (and fantastically calm) angel, you might lose your patience from time to time, yet still…; It’s a magical world. It’s confetti, sparkles, rainbows, dolphins, swans and thousands of little lights. It’s the dream of every child and, let’s admit it, many adults. Take your children then, your friends or sweethearts and enjoy being inside of the dream. The Walt Disney World Resort offers plenty of attractions, enough to fill several days. Besides of theme parks, water parks and other playgrounds, there are also many resorts, fanciful and creative, fabulous and colorful.
Everglades National Park
The third largest national park in the United States, Everglades covers over 1.5 million acres. This vast area is made of swamp and marshy land and houses a variety of species, out of which many are threatened. American crocodiles, alligators, Florida panther, West Indian manatee, deer, turtles and lots of other animals found their home in Everglades. There’s also over 300 species of birds and fish. Flora in the Everglades National Park is just as fascinating as fauna, with mangroves, cypress and miles of grass, so much that it’s sometimes called “The River of Grass”. All of this creates a unique ecosystem, not to be found anywhere else. Among vacation spots in Florida, this is the one that can astonish all nature-lovers. The park has also practical advantages: a myriad of trails to hike, boat ramps, possibilities for bicycling, kayaking, canoeing and camping.
The capital of glamour, Miami Beach is the favorite place of artists, designers, models and stars. Gorgeous art deco architecture, dazzling avenues full of boutiques, attention to detail and tons of chic, that’s what the neighborhood’s about. The sizzling and varied night-life offers endless options, from trendy clubs to artsy bars. As you walk the Millionaire’s Row, a beach-front road, you understand what happens when wealth combines with taste. The great houses present a collection of architecture styles, while their owners walk around in fancy clothes, all pretty and shiny. Miami Beach is definitely one of the most chic vacation spots in Florida.
Kennedy Space Center
The NASA facility John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) has been the launch site for all American human space flights and, in this moment, serves also as a launch site for unmanned rockets. It was first built for the Saturn V (a human-rated expendable rocket) and the famous Apollo manned Moon landing program. Besides of supporting the rocket site launch, the Kennedy Space Center features a visitor complex. After hours of sunbathing, shopping and spoiling yourself, a visit to the Kennedy Space Center is the best way to add some educational value to your holidays in Florida. Not only grown up science geeks, but also children will surely find it incredibly interesting. Museums with exhibitions representing the history of US space program, IMAX films, the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame, a walk under the Saturn V rocket, a shuttle simulator and virtual moonwalks, there’s enough to make everyone fascinated with space, astronomy and physics.
Amelia Island is unquestionably one of the most relaxing and charming vacation spots in Florida. Glorious beaches and scenic shoreline, wildlife and crystal-blue waters, Amelia Island offers wonderful views. Then there’s also the wealth of tourist amenities, making it not only a beautiful, but also comfy place, easy to get around and delightfully tranquillizing. From luxurious resorts to originally designed ocean-front cottages, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations. Walk around the historic town of Fernandina Beach, have a taste of delicious dishes served in the local restaurants, make a use out of the fine golf courses or rest on a sandy beach, there’s plenty to do in Amelia Island and few to worry about.