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Things to do in  Florida

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

Bayside Marketplace

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

Fort Lauderdale Beachfront

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

Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge

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

Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale

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

Mallory Square

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

South Beach

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

Flagler College

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

Kennedy Space Center

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

Intracoastal Waterway Fort Lauderdale

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

Little Havana

Vibrant Cuban culture permeates every aspect of the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, Florida—you’ll find it in the colorful murals, the monuments to heroes past and present, the residents facing off in the domino park as they discuss politics, and in the cigar rollers at work amidst the ever-present aroma of Cuban coffee.More

Southernmost Point of the Continental USA

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

Governor's House Cultural Center and Museum

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

Sand Key Park

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

St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum

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

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Encompassing 2,900 square miles (4,667 square kilometers, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary protects an underwater world that’s home to the world’s third-largest barrier reef and more than 6,000 marine life species. Plus, several shipwrecks pay homage to the maritime heritage of the Atlantic.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

Top activities in Florida

Key West Sunset Sail with Full Bar, Live Music & Hors D'oeuvres
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Little Havana Food and Walking Tour in Miami
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Speedboat Sightseeing Tour of Miami

Speedboat Sightseeing Tour of Miami

Miami to Key West Day Trip with Activity Options
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Tampa Bay CityPASS

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Key West Dolphin Watch and Snorkel Cruise
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Manatee Snorkel Tour with In-Water Divemaster/Photographer
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Key West Mangrove Kayak Eco Tour

Key West Mangrove Kayak Eco Tour

Half Day Snorkel Trip on Reefs in the Florida Keys
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Everglades Airboat Safari

Everglades Airboat Safari

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Recent reviews from experiences in Florida

Excellent trip to the Everglades.
Matthew_J, Nov 2022
3 - 4 hours Everglades Tour from Miami
Definitely worth a trip to see a different side of Florida.
Trolley Tour of St. Augustine, Florida
Terry_M, Nov 2022
St. Augustine Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
Great way to see places, museums, etc.
Awesome adventure and tour guide
Rebekah_O, Nov 2022
Clear Kayak Adventures through Silver Springs
Bryce went out of his way to give us some fun trivia about Silver Springs and be sure we saw, and got some awesome pictures, of the animals.
Ashley is AWESOME!
Slone_B, Oct 2022
2-Hour Glass Bottom Guided Kayak Eco Tour in Rock Springs (Small-Group)
She made it so enjoyable and she had so much details to offer about the springs and Florida.
Great Manatee adventure
Casey_R, Sep 2022
Manatee and Dolphin Kayaking | Haulover Canal (Titusville)
We got to see a dolphin chase some small fish right up to where we were launching.
Great tour
Emily_R, Sep 2022
Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Adventure in Key Largo
Great tour, good opportunity to see the sealife of the Florida Mangroves and knowledgeable tour guide.
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.
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!
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
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.
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
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...
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.
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!
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
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!!
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.
Super fun- would highly recommend!!
Jason_K, Nov 2022
Island Time Boat Cruise
We were supposed to be in Florida for a hockey tourney that got cancelled by our school division so we we’re looking for fun things to do.
Good value, worth the money
Bailey_B, Oct 2022
Miami Skyline 90 min Cruise of South Beach Millionaire Homes & Venetian Islands
It was fun and a great way to see Miami from the water.
I was a bit scared once...
Teodora_R, Oct 2022
Miami to Key West Day Trip with Activity Options
The driver, and our guide Louis were so nice and helpfull to everyone, and answered all the questions in English and in Spanish fluently.
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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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