Miami is one of the most trendy cities in the US. Not only does the city habe a vibrant nightlife with many cool nightclubs, it also has beaches such as Miami Beach which are some of Miami’s best attractions. The tropical beaches alone make Miami a perfect mix between American culture and the Caribbean. The reason for Miami having so much Caribbean influences is because of its population. The Cuban district ‘Little Havana’ is a perfect example of this and definitely one of Miami’s top things to see. A culinary tour ($60) in this neighborhood is one of the most popular tours in Miami.
2. Key West
Another thing to do from Miami is a day trip to Key West. This island is the southernmost point of the USA and is known for the many water sports you can try out, the beaches and the historical sites you can visit. Key West’s old town with its special architectural structures is one of Key West’s biggest attractions. One of the most fascinating excursions in Florida is a ride with the conch train that brings you along all of Key West’s top sights. It’s the perfect way to experience the Caribbean atmosphere of the Florida Keys.
3. Fort Myers
During a visit to Florida, a stopover in Fort Myers is very popular with tourists. The city on the west coast of the Sunshine State is described as a place where the atmosphere of ancient Florida is still hanging in the streets. Although most of the travelers come to sunbathe on these beaches, it’s the view of Fort Myers from the Caloosahatchee River which is considered to be one of the top things to do in Florida. Reason enough to come and visit this cosy city!
4. Visiting Everglades National Park
Visiting the Everglades National Park is undoubtedly one of the many highlights of Florida. The swamp is the home of crocodiles, alligators and many reptiles. The park is easiest to explore with an airboat. At high speed you float over the water and the swamp between the crocodiles thus makes one of the most booked excursions in Florida. Whether you are a nature lover or not, visiting the Everglades National Park will leave a deep impression. The National Park is one of Florida’s most visited attractions.
5. Fort Lauderdale
With the nickname ‘Venice of America’ you shouldn’t be surprised that the city’s extensive channel system is one of the best things to do in Fort Lauderdale. The channel system, along with the many beaches, attracts millions of tourists making it one of the best things to see in Florida.
Orlando is known for theme parks such as Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Studios and SeaWorld Orlando. It’s therefore not surprising that Orlando is one of the most important attractions in Florida when you’re traveling as a family with children. For the kids, visiting Universal Studios is one of the highlights of Florida. In addition to the ever-popular theme parks, there are many other attractions in Orlando that are worth it to spend a few days here. Alongside the major International Drive, you can shop for more than an afternoon as well.
7. The Tampa Bay Area
The Tampa Bay Area is located near the Gulf of Mexico and is a region full of cities with a vibrant culture. The bustling nightlife ensures that it’s one of Florida’s best things to do according to many tourists. The amusement parks combined with the Caribbean atmosphere create the true holiday feeling.
8. Biscayne National Park
A visit to Biscayne National Park can’t be anything less than one of the best things to do in Florida. This protected coral reef is a unique experience. The underwater world can be explored during a snorkeling session, but for the people who like to keep it dry I recommend renting a canoe with a glass bottom. This alternative way of viewing the coral reef is one of the most unique attractions of Florida. In addition, you can also camp at one of the two camping sites located on an island. Little sights in Florida bring you as close to nature as this one.
9. Kennedy Space Center
The Kennedy Space Center is home to NASA and is the place where every American flight to space was launched since 1968. The Space Center is located alongside Cape Canaveral near Cocoa Beach. The tours offered will give you insight into how a space flight is being prepared. If you’re in the area, it’s therefore one of the attractions in Florida that you should definitely visit.
10. Dry Tortugas National Park
The many sights in Florida make you wonder if two weeks of vacation is enough to get to know the Sunshine State. Do we ever have enough time?! Those who have had it with the many beaches, amusement parks and other things to do in Florida can visit the Dry Tortugas National Park by boat or plane. It’s one of the remote islands west of Key West. On the islands you can see the impressive Fort Jefferson, a nineteenth-century American fort.
11. Dali Museum
The Dali Museum in St Petersburg is a museum dedicated to the artist Salvador Dali, exhibiting just about the second largest collection of his work. This makes it one of the greatest places to visit in Florida at an artistic and cultural level.
12. Turtle Hospital
The Turtle Hospital located in the city of Marathon is a hospital focusing on the care and rescue of endangered sea turtles. This place may not be one of Florida’s most famous sights, but their noble goal is more than enough reason to add them to this list. The Turtle Hospital is a non-profit organization that helps cure wounded turtles and later helps them rehabilitate in the wild.
The place has both a scientific and educational purpose for visitors via guided tours.
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Hi, I'm Sam Van den Haute. The last three years I've been traveling the world almost constantly. Heading out for an adventure and visiting the most beautiful places are what I love to do! Let me inspire you with great stories, beautiful pictures and handy tips from my adventures and travels. On my facebook page and instagram account you'll get to see the latest updates and photos to inspire you for your next vacation.