Preparing for a trip to Florida? There are so many stunning sights to see and experiences to be had in the Sunshine State for all types of travelers. But, where should you begin your trip, and which must-see attractions should be at the top of your itinerary? If you’re like me, and love spending time outdoor, these ideas are for you! Read on for three destinations to consider.
Take a tour of the Everglades
A trip through the Florida Everglades is a must-have experience for any nature lover. The national park spans 2,357 miles of Southern Florida, and is a popular attraction for tourists hoping to spot native fauna amongst the subtropical wetlands.
In fact, the Everglades are the only place in the world where both alligators and crocodiles coexist in the same waters, because of the perfect balance of both freshwater and saltwater in the rivers. It’s also possible to see panthers, pythons, manatees, and dolphins here, so it’s well worth a visit if you’ve got a keen interest in Florida’s native wildlife.
Most tourists traverse the national park by boat, but it’s also possible to canoe and kayak through the marshes and mangroves. Of course, you’ll always want to explore this area as part of a guided tour, as the Florida Everglades are truly as wild and untamed as they are beautiful.
Explore historic St. Augustine
The city of St. Augustine has a rich history, and is home to a number of historical landmarks and monuments. Sights include Castillo de San Marcos fort and the Colonial Quarter, as well as plenty of historical museums, including the Old Jail Museum and the Spanish Military Hospital Museum.
St. Augustine offers outdoor activities for those seeking adventure off the beaten path. One highlight is the iconic St. Augustine Lighthouse, a historic landmark with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors can climb the 219 steps to the top for a panoramic perspective of the city and its scenic surroundings. Beyond the lighthouse, Anastasia State Park beckons nature enthusiasts with its pristine beaches, nature trails, and opportunities for birdwatching. Kayaking through the Matanzas River or exploring the city’s historic district on a guided walking tour are additional ways to immerse yourself in St. Augustine’s outdoor charm and to learn a little more about the history of St. Augustine,. With its blend of history and natural beauty, this city provides a refreshing twist to the quintessential Florida experience.
Visit the famous South Beach
South Beach is the perfect hotspot for those looking to kick back and relax on their trip. As well as the stunning stretch of white sand and tropical blue sea, South Beach is home to a myriad of cafes, bars, and restaurants, as well as plenty of hotels and retail parks.
While most people come here to indulge in a little sun, sand, and retail therapy, there are plenty of other attractions to explore here too. Miami Beach’s botanical garden is a great spot to spend a zen afternoon, offering yoga and meditation classes, as well as various horticultural experiences and live music on the weekends. For an afternoon out of the sun, there are also plenty of exhibitions to see at the Art Deco Museum and the nearby Bass Museum in the city.
A unique holiday experience
There’s lots of fun to be had in Florida, so it’s definitely not a destination to be missed if you’re planning an authentic US adventure – plus, there’s more to see and do here than just the many amusement parks. With a rich history, stunning natural scenery, and plenty of cultural landmarks to discover, Florida makes for a unique, adventurous holiday experience.