Florida is internationally known for its fantastic theme parks such as Walt Disney World, SeaWorld and Universal Studios. However, there is much more to this beautiful state. Florida offers a large variety of attractions, from stunning wildlife experiences to fast paced adrenalin adventures.
Exploring Florida’s Nature and Wildlife
Florida is abundant with interesting wildlife and nature. For a fantastic wildlife experience, Gatorland is a great day out. Gatorland allows you to get up close to real alligators, snakes and other reptiles. The Park makes an ideal family day out, with a petting zoo, nature walk and educational programmes running throughout the day.
A dolphin tour is a particularly popular excursion in Florida. Swimming with dolphins is a once in a lifetime activity that is available in the state. Dolphin encounters can range from a few hours to two or three day trips including a cruise, airboats, snorkelling, sightseeing, shopping, visits to world famous wildlife parks and of course, swimming with dolphins.
Eco safaris are a great way of viewing wildlife whilst minimising human damage to the environment. It is now possible to be guided throughout conservation lands on horseback or explore wildlife on a relaxing coach safari. These trips typically last half a day and are ideal for families. A percentage of the profits are put back into local conservation projects.
Outdoor and Adrenalin Activities
Florida is packed full of exciting opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts and adrenalin junkies. Airboat rides are a popular activity in Florida, in particular those located in Boggy Creek. This is an area of outstanding beauty where animals such as alligators, aquatic turtles and water birds can be observed.
Enthusiasts are able to hire boats and jet skis for reasonable prices throughout the state. This allows visitors to explore the area independently to go fishing, skiing, island hopping or even dolphin watching. Fishing is another outdoor activity enjoyed by many living in and visiting Florida. It is possible to buy or hire fishing gear from local shops, or enjoy a guided fishing charter, island hopping throughout the Indian River Lagoon. Kayaking tours are also available in areas such as the Ocala National Forest.
Hot Air Balloon Ride
For an unforgettable experience, book a hot air balloon ride. There are many hot air balloon flight operators throughout Florida, depending on the area you wish to fly. You can choose to fly in a group or in a special couple only flight. One of the world’s best indoor sky diving centres is located in Orlando. This is an ideal way for groups and families to enjoy an exhilarating experience in a safe environment. Off-road driving is also available at designated centres for the over 16s. Hang gliding at the world famous Wallaby Ranch is also a popular adrenalin filled activity; it’s open daily and available to those with no previous experience.
Arts and Culture
Florida is a destination packed full of culture and a particularly vibrant arts scene. The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art contains the works of talented artist and designer, Louis Comfort Tiffany. The gallery contains many of his iconic pieces, showcasing some of America’s finest art collections. Orlando Museum of Art, Batersbys Art Gallery and Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts are also amongst the top art galleries in Florida.
Orlando Shakespeare Theatre.
This professional theatre company displays classic Shakespeare productions as well as the latest modern plays, children’s stories and the latest Broadway shows. For a great evening out, visit the Orlando Ballet or the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.
Post by Tony, a UK based travel blogger writing for Cheapflights