Are you planning a summer vacation to Florida? Or are you craving long, sandy beaches and breathtakingly serene nature reserves of the Sunshine State? Well, we are here to help you with the planning process. We have compiled a list of 6 places that you definitely must visit when in Florida.
This is among the best places for family vacations in the entire USA. It is never crowded, no traffic jams and the restaurants here are amazing. You can stroll around the town at any time of the day without fearing for the safety of your kids or your pet. While here, take a trip to the Medieval Torture Museum, a 4,000-square foot building full of weapons that were used for torture purposes all the way from pre-civilization and into the civilization era. If your budget allows, you can see some of the most magnificent artworks in the history of mankind at the Micro Masterpiece Gallery and buy some souvenirs at the many gift shops that are adjacent to the museum.
You will have to camp here for days or rent a vacation rental because of the fun-packed activities that you can partake while on this island; they are countless. If you like swimming, the beaches on this island are long, exquisite, and are never crowded all around the year. The Boneyard Beach and the Fernandina Beach are among the famous places to visit while in Amelia Island.
If you love history, visit Fort Clinch State Park and indulge yourself in the rich history of the Civil War as well as the history of Florida as a state. You can also choose to spend a day on the beaches collecting shark teeth and seashells to take back home. Your kids will also love this experience. On your way out, enjoy amazing foods at Palace Saloon and learn a little more about the town and the Florida native cultures.
This is the home to the hottest outdoor activities that America has to offer. You can book a vacation rental while here particularly because there are many so you will have a variety to choose from, they are cheap, and they are big enough for both small and big families. The town has St. Pete Beach for those who love swimming and Caladesi Island for those who love adventure.
You can take a boat ride to the island with the help of expert sailors from Dolphin Racer or better still, take some sailing lessons from Sailing Florida Charters and then sail on your own as you enjoy the company of dolphins in the waters. Do you love sports? This town is a must-visit then. You will have an opportunity to watch the Tampa Bay Rays live in action, especially if you visit from early May through July.
Kissimmee is strategically positioned for an easy, convenient tour around Orlando. If you want some quiet place to relax and enjoy nature, you can try out the Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park and the Great Florida and Birding and Wildlife Trail. Both parks are within a walking distance from Kissimmee. If you want to give your kids some Disney experience, there are many amusement parks in and around this place. Some of them include Fun Spot America and Universal Studios.
Fort Walton Beach
The beaches here are in a world of their own; Green waters and sandy, long, picturesque shoreline. If you love history, there is the Air Force Armament Museum where you can learn everything you need to know about Florida’s Emerald Coast. The Emerald Coast Science Center is also in this neighborhood and with a little fee, you will have a chance to interact with some of the world’s most exquisite exhibitions.
If you have time, pass by the Indian Temple Mound Museum and see artifacts that are more than 2,000 years old. Also, don’t forget to try some amazing cultural foods at Okaloosa Island Pier on your way to Grayton Beach.
Our list cannot end without telling you about the Annual Swamp Stomp Music Festival which goes down every July at the Tallahassee Museum Park. You will love the unique blend of music from the Caribbean, some Asian cultures, and native Florida songs. If you can’t make it in time for this festival, you can visit the St. Mark’s National Wildlife Refuge for some wildlife experience. Some tourists visit Tallahassee for the amazing Tallahassee Antique Car Museum. We recommend this to you as well.
Written by Lilly Herbertt