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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 10 attractions in Florida

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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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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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The Ringling

The Ringling

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The once winter estate of wealthy circus magnate John Ringling and his wife Mable is today a museum complex showcasing Ringling’s vast private art collection alongside the state of Florida’s art collection. There’s also a circus museum, the Ringling Bayfront Gardens, the historic Asolo Theater and Ca'd'Zan, the Ringling’s opulent Prohibition-era mansion, built in the in the Venetian Gothic style, complete with ceiling frescos and abundant marble.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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The Florida Aquarium

The Florida Aquarium

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Just a short drive from downtown Tampa, The Florida Aquarium houses more than 20,000 aquatic plants and animals within a 200,000-square-foot (18,500-square-meter) facility in Tampa Bay. The entire family will enjoy this aquarium, which offers specialty tours, dolphin cruises, an outside water adventure zone, and on-site bar and grill.More
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Salvador Dalí Museum

Salvador Dalí Museum

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The extensive Salvador Dali Museum is home to the largest collection of works by the famous Spanish surrealist outside of Europe. Visitors to the St. Petersburg highlight can view key works from every stage of Dali’s career as well as exceptional pieces from every medium of his artistic endeavors—oil paintings, original drawings, prints, sculptures, and photos—along with manuscripts and an extensive archive of documents.More
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Clematis Street

Clematis Street

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Clematis Street is right at the historic heart of West Palm Beach and is home to some of the area’s best restaurants, shopping and nightlife. Busy by day and perhaps even busier by night, the colorful district is home to twelve historic landmarks that tell the story of the area. Detailed architecture represents centuries of eclectic styles, while the many fountains and gardens (along with oceanfront location) make this an especially scenic spot.Boutiques line the street, which is full of antique shops, restaurants, art galleries, and cafes (Antique Row features 40 specialty shops alone.) Boats dock at the floating pier at the water’s edge, and year-round water sports and activities can be launched from nearby. By night there are often live music performances or music booming from one of many nightclubs. The area is known for its nightlife particularly on Thursday nights, when it transforms into a lively street party called ‘Clematis By Night.’ The event also hosts weekly free concerts on the waterfront.More
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Fountain of Youth

Fountain of Youth

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Your quest for the Fountain of Youth is over once you’ve visited this park in St. Augustine, Florida. This site where Spanish explorer Ponce de León came in search of the elusive fountain in the 16th century, founding the oldest European settlement in the US. Sip the legendary waters while you learn about the area’s indigenous history.More
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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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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

Trip ideas

The Florida Aquarium: A Virtual 360° Tour

The Florida Aquarium: A Virtual 360° Tour

5 Best Weekend Getaways from Key West

5 Best Weekend Getaways from Key West

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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Biscayne Bay Jet Ski Tour

Biscayne Bay Jet Ski Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Florida

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We saw Alligators ❤️
Renee_H, Jul 2021
90-min Everglades Airboat Tour in Central Florida
I love this place Chris was a very nice tour guide my kids was very interested and had fun as well when visiting Florida stop here for things to do u won’t be disappointed
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Amazing
Channing_b, Jul 2021
Miami Skyline 90 min Cruise of South Beach Millionaire Homes & Venetian Islands
We got to see the island Nd celebrities homes and mansions
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Incredible tour
Matthew_G, Jun 2021
2-Hour Glass Bottom Guided Kayak Eco Tour in Rainbow Springs (Small-Group)
Rainbow Springs is the prettiest place in Florida!
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What a ride
Devin_K, Jun 2021
Airboat Ride in Panama City Beach
Able to see areas of Florida that aren’t seen from the beach.
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Best time ever!
Krysten_D, May 2021
Florida Everglades Airboat Tour and Wild Florida Admission with Optional Lunch
I unfortunately couldn’t stay long but thankfully was able to see them feed the gators.
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Nicely done
Anthony_L, May 2021
Little Havana Food and Walking Tour in Miami
Nice to see something other than another Florida strip mall.
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Great Time!
CarolWard, Apr 2021
90-min Everglades Airboat Tour in Central Florida
We were lucky enough to see 4 gators.
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Must see experience
John_K, Mar 2021
Champagne Sunset Cruise in Ft. Lauderdale
From the staff being so friendly to getting to see the beautiful sunset by the Florida waters.
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Great time
Edward_J, Mar 2021
Florida Everglades Airboat Tour and Wild Florida Admission with Optional Lunch
Exciting and magnificent to see God’s creation.
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I would go back.
Robbie_S, Mar 2021
Everglades Airboat Safari
We got to see birds & 2 alligators in the wild.
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Good 👌
Rodney_T, Mar 2021
Florida Everglades Airboat Adventure and Wildlife Encounter
next time I come to Florida we got a chance to see a real live alligator👌👌👌👌
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Great Customer Service
Anngela_E, Mar 2021
Sunset Sail in Key West with Beverages Included
I can't wait to visit Key West again and I will go on this Sunet Sail!
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Great Morning on the Water
Jennifer_C, Jul 2021
Cape Romano Shelling and Sightseeing Boat Tour from Marco Island
We stopped for shelling once and saw the Dome houses which was so cool to see in person.
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Long but WELL worth it!
Latoya_R, Jul 2021
Miami to Key West Day Trip with Activities
I was surprised to see roosters and iguanas crossing the street but it was a sight to see.
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St Pete Cruise Tops Expectations
David_T, Jun 2021
Evening Yacht Cruise with Optional Dining in St. Petersburg
I’m trying to find new things to do on our Florida visit we stumbled on this dinner cruise.
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This is a fun way to spend your afternoon
Bef, Jun 2021
Orlando - Ocala Dune Buggy Rides
The fruits farms were pretty cool to see how they grow mangoes eggplant dragonfruit and lychee.
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Fantastic adventure to end our trip.
Mike_H, May 2021
Ten Thousand Islands Eco Tour and Shelling with Hobie Kayak (with pedals)
Also recommend water shoes and polarized glasses to see into the water - there are so many shells it is very likely to cut your feet.
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The cane juice hit the spot.
Christine_B, May 2021
Little Havana Food and Walking Tour in Miami
A good way to find out where to visit in Little Havana if you are new to Miami.
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Gorgeous...Pittsburgh meet Fort Lauderdale
Dennis_H, May 2021
Parasailing
Can't wait to see them again for our next getaway!!
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Worth every penny
Gabby_G, May 2021
Key West Full-Day Power Adventure: Sailing & Watersports Package
Crew divided us into groups for social distance and to make sure everyone was able to do the activities.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions