Florida Travel

Florida Travel

Florida Travel

Florida is the most visited travel destination in the world. This does not mean it is the most visited international destination, but if you add the total number of visitors from within the United States to the number of international visitors you roughly get about 80 million people that select Florida as their destination of choice. Florida travel destinations include theme parks such as Disney World, Sea World, and Busch Gardens as well as natural history destinations like Everglades National Park, the Seminole Indian reservations, and the Florida Caverns State Park. Florida is one state that has something for everyone. With all of this tourist appeal it is no wonder that it is also popular for people to retire to Florida. There are not any restrictions on those that want to travel to the sunshine state but international visitors will have to look into seeing if they need a Florida visa before arrival.

The concentration of theme parks in the central part of the state makes central Florida particularly attractive as a Florida travel destination. This is where Disney World, easily thought of as the most popular theme park on Earth, is located. There are other theme parks in central Florida like Sea World and Busch Gardens, each of which are also world class in catering to their particular niche. Wet and Wild and Universal studios are also must see theme parks, both are also located in Central Florida. All of these parks are within an 60-90 minute drive from each other, so you can set up your Florida travel itinerary to include several theme parks and be able to use a single hotel as a central hub. One last theme park that is lesser known but sure to give you stories to tell when you return from your Florida travel vacation is Gatorland. Gatorland has a lot of alligators, but it also has other activities including a family water park, railroad, and many animal shows.

 

Once you have finished with the theme parks, you can enjoy the Kennedy Space Center’s Visitors Complex. This is located in Cape Canaveral and has a number of displays, shows, and exhibits that anyone interested in space or technology will find interesting. In addition to the Space Center’s visitors complex you can also check with your Florida travel agent and see if there are any scheduled rocket launches surrounding your visit. The space shuttle may be retired but there are other rockets that launch regularly. It may be worth scheduling to see.

If you love history then it would be worthwhile to see the oldest city in the United States. St. Augustine is the one place in the United States where you can find history that reminds you of buildings you see every day in Europe. This city was established by Spain in 1565. If you like history you may also want to stop by one of the many Florida lighthouses. They are all over the state and each has a unique historical story behind it. Adding a lighthouse as an additional stop on a day trip could be interesting. There also is one stop that those interested in history should not miss and that is the Holocaust museum that is in St Petersburg, Florida. This is an excellently presented museum and is worth considering if you have never been to a holocaust museum before..

For sports fans you have your choice of baseball or NASCAR. If your Florida travel itinerary has you in the state around spring training, you can watch teams from all over the country. Each team practices in a different location. These locations are spread across the state so it may be worthwhile to see if one is near you. This is a great time for true baseball fans to get a closer look at their favorite teams and players than they can get at an actual game. Seeing spring training for a true baseball fan is an absolute treat. For the NASCAR fan there is the Daytona International Speedway. If you are there in February consider getting tickets for the Nextel Cup. If you are there during other months check in with the Speedway to find out what events are happening.

If design, art, and the art of engineering appeal to you then consider the Salvador Dali Museum or the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The Dali museum is located in St Petersburg and has the largest number of Dali pieces anywhere outside of Europe. This is a choice destination for anyone that appreciates design. On a more industrial front but still for those that can appreciate design, consider taking a look at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, in person. This modern marvel cost $244 million dollars to construct and was finished in 1987. It is considered by the Travel Channel as one of the Top 10 bridges in the world. It really is fascinating for those that can appreciate industrial engineering and design.