Known as the Sunshine State, Florida is famous for its warm weather, beautiful beaches and natural beauty. Ever since the twentieth century, tourism has been the main industry of Florida and millions of tourists visit this state every year.
Here are some of the main attractions of the Florida that must be visited on anyone’s trip to this wonderful place.
10. Walt Disney World Resort
Located near Orlando and Kissimmee in Bay Lake, Florida the Walt Disney World Resort is the crown jewel of the Disney’s global corporate empire. The resort holds the record of being the most visited holiday resort in the entire world with over 50 million visitors every year.
The Walt Disney World Resort was opened for visitors on October 1, !971 and it features four theme parks, twenty seven themed hotels, four golf courses, nine hotels which are not themed, two water parks, a camping resort, two mini golf courses, a shopping district and many other venues.
9. Kennedy Space Center
The Kennedy Space center is located right next to the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in the east coast of Florida and it is NASA’s flagship facility for payload and launching systems. Ever since 1968 the Kennedy Space Center is also the main center for human space flight.
The KSC carried out such famous space programs as the Apollo, Skylab and Space Shuttle making it a popular of site for tourism. Public tours of the KSC and the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station are offered by the visitors complex of KSC.
8. Exploring the Coral Reef in Florida Keys
The entire North America has only a single living coral reef and that reef is located in the crystal clear waters of Key West in Florida Keys. The flawless coral reef features tropical species of ocean life that are not found anywhere else on the planet.
Snorkeling is one of the best way to explore the reefs up close and personally and there are a lot of companies offering guided tours of the reef with other attractions like catamaran trips, food and drinks. There is no better way than to spend the afternoon roaming around the third largest coral reef system in the world.
6. Dali Museum
If you are an art lover than the Salvador Dali Museum is the perfect place for you to visit on your vacation to Florida. It contains the largest and most complete collection of the artist’s work outside of Europe. It also serves as a great start off point for the rest of exploration of the city.
It may come as a surprise for people that a large and amazing collection like this can be found in St. Petersburg Florida.The museum is located in an astonishing building on the beautiful waterfronts of downtown St. Petersburg.It also serves as a great start off point for the rest of exploration of the city.
5. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Situated in the Universal Orlando Resort the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a themed resort consisting of two theme parks, the Islands of Adventure and the Universal Orlando Studio in Orlando, Florida, USA.The Islands of Adventure has two phases one is famous for the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.
This famous attraction is a part of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry which is the recreation of the original school from the movie along with the recreation of Hogsmeade which has a lot of restaurants and gift shops themed on the books and movies.
4. Clearwater Beach
Distinguished by its 4 km long white sandy beaches, Clearwater beach is located on the west of the Intracoastal Waterway near the city of Clearwater, Florida. It also features a residential and resort area on the Gulf of Mexico.
Clearwater Beach is known to be one of the best beaches in the USA, not only that the Sandpearl resort located there is also known to be one of the best coastal resorts in the country. In 2013 USA Today’s reader poll ranking put Clearwater Beach on the top of best beaches in Florida list.
Florida is often known as the “Alligator Capital of the World,” so it is not surprising that there is a 110- acre alligator theme park and wildlife preservation center called Gatorland. The park contains thousands of crocodiles and alligators, a breeding pit with a tower for observation and a boardwalk.
Gatorland also features a petting zoo, reptile shows, swamp walks and many educational programs. Nuisance alligators that would otherwise be killed are bought by the park and rescued.
The Snakes of Florida exhibition is also held in Gatorland which features different and exotic snake species like the indigo snake, cottonmouth snakes and rattlesnakes.
2. Daytona International Speedway
Built by NASCAR founder William “Bill” France, Sr and home to the most eminent NASCAR race Daytona 500, the Daytona International Speedway is probably the most famous race tracks in NASCAR history. International Speedway Corporation owns and operates the track and the 29- acre Lake Lloyd used for hosting powerboat racing.
Other races like the USCC, AMA Superbike, Motocross, SCAA and USCC are also hosted on the Daytona International Speedway. The Daytona Rising project was started in order to improve the experience of fans with enlarged and redesigned entrances and also the seating was made bigger and more comfortable.
1. Everglade National Park
Visited by more than a million people every year, the Everglades National Park is the biggest wilderness of any kind in that part of the Mississippi River in Florida. This park has a diverse wildlife and it is a safe haven for thirty six endangered species which include the American Crocodile, the Florida panther and the West Indian manatee.
There a lot of fun activities that can performed while on a visit, these include biking, camping, bird watching, kayaking and a lot more. The best way to explore such places is to take hiking tours and experience the wilderness first hand.