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Welcome to Florida

There’s more to this panhandle US state than just Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom. An airboat experience in the Everglades showcases one of the world’s largest wetlands, the powdery sand beaches on the Gulf of Mexico offer the perfect getaway, and a walking tour of Miami’s vibrant food scene lets travelers in on some of the eclectic elements that make up Florida’s spirit. From Kennedy Space Center to the string of islands that make up the Florida Keys to, yes, Orlando’s ubiquitous theme parks, the Sunshine State mixes outdoor adventure, diverse culture, and family fun to form an all-in-one destination that delights all ages.

Top 15 attractions in Florida

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Bayside Marketplace

Bayside Marketplace

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Bayside Marketplace, a vibrant waterfront mall in downtown Miami—and the city’s most-visited attraction—sits above Biscayne Bay and features many shopping, dining, and entertainment options. The open-air market has more than 100 shops ranging from apparel to bath products to electronics, and often live performers are on hand to keep shoppers entertained.More
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Fort Lauderdale Beachfront

Fort Lauderdale Beachfront

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Thanks to more than 23 miles (37 kilometers) of pristine sand, visitors to the Fort Lauderdale beachfront are spoiled for choice when it comes to water sports and sunbathing spots. Spend the day swimming, windsurfing, deep-sea fishing, or more—or stay on land playing volleyball, jogging, or just kicking back in a lounge chair.More
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Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge

Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge

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If you've ever dreamt of swimming with manatees in their natural habitat, Florida’s Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge is where to go. Established in 1983, the 177-acre (71-hectare) refuge is home to America’s largest concentration of the 1,000-pound gentle giants. West Indian Manatees flock to the more than 70 turquoise-colored springs in Crystal River for warmth during winter. With hundreds of manatees in a small area, sightings are frequent.More
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Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale

Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale

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Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale is a linear public park located by the New River in the historic downtown district of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Its tropical landscaping and winding pathways link some of the city’s best attractions.More
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South Beach

South Beach

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Miami's South Beach neighborhood features 10 miles (16 km) of beaches with a buzzing, carnival-like atmosphere. With a trendy Caribbean-chic café culture and an impossibly hip and sexy nightlife scene, the area is a non-stop people-watching mecca.More
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Mallory Square

Mallory Square

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Overflowing with Key West quirkiness, Mallory Square draws a crowd at sunset thanks to its many restaurants, street performers, and daily Sunset Celebration. During the day, visitors come for some of Key West’s best shopping and to admire the open-air sculpture garden, which pays tribute to famous local residents.More
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Flagler College

Flagler College

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With its red-tiled roofs and wide landscaped lawns, the campus of Flager College features some of the most beautiful Spanish Renaissance architecture in the country. It is routinely named one of the most beautiful universities in the United States, which makes sense given that it was converted into a school from a former resort.The Ponce de Leon luxury hotel (now the college) was first built in 1888. Today it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and was one of the first buildings to granted electricity by General Electric. Often sunny, Flagler College is also a remarkably pleasant place to stroll through. Its brick archways, gleaming fountains, and tall palm trees are reminiscent of southern Spain.Luxurious details such as Tiffany stained glass windows and painted murals now adorn campus facilities such as dining halls, but that doesn’t make them any less beautiful to behold. Don’t miss the original lobby complete with an elegant 68-foot domed ceiling.More
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Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center

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The Kennedy Space Center has been hurtling humans and shuttles into space since 1968 and is still a primary site for NASA launches. Parts of the sprawling campus are open to the public with daily tours offering opportunities to interact with real astronauts, test your skills with a simulated space flight, and see artifacts from the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs.More
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Intracoastal Waterway Fort Lauderdale

Intracoastal Waterway Fort Lauderdale

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Stretching 3,000 miles (4,800 kilometers) between the United States' Atlantic and Gulf coasts, Fort Lauderdale's Intracoastal Waterway provides easy access to maritime activities and on-shore attractions along the 300 miles (483 kilometers) of inland canals that wind through south Florida's unmistakable sky-high resorts and Everglades ecosystem.More
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Southernmost Point of the Continental USA

Southernmost Point of the Continental USA

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The Southernmost Point of the Continental USAmonument is a quick but must-do photo op while vacationing in Key West. The iconic buoy-shaped concrete marker indicates that you’re in the southernmost point of the continental United States, just 90 miles (145 kilometers) to Cuba. Snap a pic and then get busy enjoying island life in this legendary Florida destination.More
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Potter's Wax Museum

Potter's Wax Museum

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This iconic St. Augustine attraction is perfect for the whole family. With some 160 wax sculptures that run the gamut from actors and actresses to historical personalities, famous politicians and more, Potter’s is widely recognized as the first wax museum in America.Travelers who enter this wildly entertaining museum will learn the story of the wealthy George Potter, who ventured to Europe with his family, where he paid a visit to the original Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. Fast-forward to 1948, when this quirky institution was opened, and you have the short version of how Potter’s Wax Museum came to be. Visitors can wander the halls, check out top exhibits and marvel at how lifelike these figures truly are!More
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St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum

St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum

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Located at the nation’s oldest port, the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum offers visitors a chance to step back in time by exploring the active lighthouse and various educational exhibits. The black-and-white striped, red-topped lighthouse, built in 1874, welcomes guests to climb up for sweeping views of the Florida coast.More
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Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach

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With expansive white sand beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, Clearwater Beach is a waterfront Florida community known for its aquatic activities and warm, turquoise waters. Clearwater Beach is an ideal launching pad for kayaking, parasailing, boating, and biking. It’s known as being more low-key than its southern neighbor, the bustling St. Pete Beach, and many consider Clearwater Beach to be among the best beaches in America.More
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Sand Key Park

Sand Key Park

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Beach-loving families (and anyone else looking for accessible white sands with great wildlife-watching opportunities) can find it at Clearwater’s Sand Key Park. Situated on the northern end of the barrier island Sand Key, this small park boasts ample amenities, including a playground, bathrooms, and lifeguards during the summer season. On the Gulf of Mexico side, visitors can find a wide, welcoming white sand beach where sea turtles sometimes lay their eggs. The park also includes a salt marsh where birdwatchers can spot herons, roseate spoonbills and great horned owls, among many other bird species. Beach loungers and water sports fans can find equipment rentals on-site—everything from cabanas and beach umbrellas to kayaks and bicycles.More
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Governor's House Cultural Center and Museum

Governor's House Cultural Center and Museum

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The historic Governor's House Cultural Center and Museum has played many roles in the state of Florida since being built more than 400 years ago. During the colonial period of the 16th century, it served as the official residence and offices of the Spanish governors of Florida. The mansion was then rebuilt in 1710 after being destroyed by British forces. British governors of East Florida ruled from the structure during the American Revolutionary War, often throwing lavish parties. In 1821, history was made here when the Spanish governor turned over the control of Florida to the United States.Once a part of the new nation, it served as a U.S. post office, courthouse, and customs building before opening as a museum in 1991. The structure itself holds centuries of history, though its exhibits go into further detail the significance of the house and the area. Many archaeological artifacts, including Spanish gold and Native American canoes, tell the stories of the multiculturalism that influenced Florida and St. Augustine as it is today.More

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Everglades Tours from Miami

Everglades Tours from Miami

How to Spend 3 Days in Key West

How to Spend 3 Days in Key West

Everglades Tours from Orlando

Everglades Tours from Orlando

How to Spend 2 Days in Key West

How to Spend 2 Days in Key West

Top activities in Florida

Speedboat Sightseeing Tour of Miami

Speedboat Sightseeing Tour of Miami

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Key West Sunset Sail with Full Bar, Live Music & Hors D'oeuvres
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Key West Day Trip from Miami with Activities
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Miami to Key West Day Trip with Activities
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Shell Island Snorkel and Dolphin Catamaran Cruise with Island Time
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Florida Everglades Airboat Tour and Wild Florida Admission with Optional Lunch
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Parasailing with Miami Watersports
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3 - 4 hours Everglades Tour from Miami
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Little Havana Food and Walking Tour in Miami
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Kennedy Space Center Day Trip with Transport from Orlando
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Miami Millionaire’s Row Cruise

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Half Day Snorkel Trip on Reefs in the Florida Keys
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Recent reviews from experiences in Florida

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Good excursion
Elizabeth_J, Aug 2022
Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter
Was able to see gators and pet a bsby gator during the exhibit.
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Have been on this tour...
Mike_B, Aug 2022
Florida Everglades Airboat Tour and Wild Florida Admission with Optional Lunch
This time got to see a gator egg nest, mother and infant (12” long) gators in the wild!
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Brilliant trip for all the family
Sue_W, Jul 2022
Florida Everglades Airboat Tour and Wild Florida Admission with Optional Lunch
The boat trip was definitely a family favourite, lovely to see the Florida wildlife, on a warm day it was great to be on the water for an hour
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Must see
Linda_J, Jul 2022
Florida Everglades Airboat Tour from Fort Lauderdale
Everglades are a must see in Florida, summer probably a bit hot for seeing much wildlife though we only saw 2 alligators as opposed to 27 in Apopka.
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Fun ride
Maria_M, Jul 2022
Ultimate Jet Ski Tour of Key West
Franky was a super host, nice, humble and fun , we enjoy our tour very much We love to see how beautiful is the Florida Keys
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Unique, cool, fun!!
Debra_M, Jul 2022
2-Hour Glass Bottom Guided Kayak Eco Tour in Rock Springs (Small-Group)
A glass bottom Kayak trip through crystal clear, blue waters, mix in a bit of wildlife, lush, semi-tropical scenery and a dip in the cool springs...
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Awesome
Joshua_c, Jun 2022
90-min Everglades Airboat Tour in Central Florida
Got to see a live gator in the swap the guide was awesome captain Scott.
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Ghost Trolley Tour
Clarissa_P, Jun 2022
Key West Ghosts and Gravestones Trolley Tour
After a long day in the summer sun in Florida it was so nice to kick back and ride around hearing ghost stories!
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Honeymoon
David_Z, Jun 2022
Key West Day Trip from Miami with Activities
We are far from here to see Scenery water and parks food people are very nice in key west Florida we enjoyed the trip
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AMAZING!!
Michelle_T, Jun 2022
Clearwater Encounters with Dolphins Tour
Not only did we see dolphins we were also lucky enough to see a group of manatee’s!!
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Amazing experience and customer service
Nora_M, Jun 2022
Manatee Snorkel Tour with In-Water Divemaster/Photographer
They were extremely nice, made sure we got to see numerous manatees and springs.
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A great experience!
Roshan_B, May 2022
Key Largo Coral Reef Glass Bottom Boat Adventure
The corals are an amazing ecosystem that deserves preservation as they are under threat from pollution, human activities and climate change.
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Gretchen_M, May 2022
Clear Kayak Adventures through Silver Springs
It was just an easy , beautiful way to enjoy Silver Springs!
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Gliding thru everglades ...
jane_g, May 2022
3 - 4 hours Everglades Tour from Miami
Great guides & driver Highly recommend Have fun on this great way to see florida
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Great last day of our trip
Melissa_H, Apr 2022
Guided Island Tour - CLEAR (or Standard) Kayak or Paddleboard - Bonita Springs
The only that could have made it better was to see a dolphin.
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It was a good time
Brenda_C, Apr 2022
Everglades Airboat Tour from Fort Lauderdale
Came to Florida to visit family.
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Nice day!
Todd_C, Mar 2022
Schooner Clearwater- Afternoon Sailing Cruise-Clearwater Beach
Captain Mark and his mate Kyle both have the friendly, laid back style that makes Florida so fun to visit.
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Magic Sunset
sigler716, Mar 2022
Sunset Cruise of St. Augustine
The Osprey (Florida Water Tour) Keep everyone engaged and having a good time, even got to see the dolphins in the are.
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Stacy_V, Mar 2022
Key West Florida Reef Half-Day Snorkeling Excursion
The staff was great and they took us to see the Florida barrier reef which was super cool!
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A great learning experience!
Victoria_N, Mar 2022
Manatee Sightseeing and Wildlife Boat Tour
It was great to see a Manatee in its natural habitat!
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All about Florida

When to visit

Depending on what you're looking to do, the best time to visit Florida varies. If theme parks top your list, winter is your best bet for good weather, though you’re guaranteed to encounter high-season crowds and prices come December. If it’s beaches and sunshine you’re after, you can count on summer for blue skies and sunshine.

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