Attractions of Florida
Travel information about attractions of Florida including zoos, beaches and national parks, museums, theme parks and water parks, trails, wildlife and historical landmarks.
With everything from beaches to historic landmarks, from theme parks to wildlife in abundance, the Sunshine State offers a wealth of attractions that make Florida the vacation state to beat all states.
Sandy beaches account for 1,350 miles of The Sunshine State’s varied coastline, from the award-winning Blue Wave beaches to America’s Best Beaches rated by “Dr Beach” .
Zoos in Florida are truly interactive experiences, with fun encounters with both native species like manatees and alligators and non-native animals like giraffes, elephants, penguins, and zebras. Some have wildlife conservation components that are both interactive and effective in protecting endangered and threatened species animals all over the world, and they all have shows, field trips, and other hands-on events.
Historic sites recommended by the National Park Service and designated by the Secretary of the Interior as having special significance for the nation in illustrating and celebrating the heritage of the USA. Today, less than 2,400 historic places throughout the USA have been designated as National Historic Landmarks. 35 of those are in Florida.
Some of Florida’s most famous museums are The Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee which is home to the largest collection of Spanish-colonial gold and silver, the Kennedy Space Center, and the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola where you can learn lessons from naval pilots, astronauts, and pioneers.
While it is well known for the glitz and glamour of roller coasters and palm trees, it should not be forgotten that Florida has millions of acres of undeveloped public land on which there are state parks, national forests, wildlife refuges and preserves. There are 11 National Parks in Florida.
There are hundreds of theme parks across Florida, several of which are centered in the Greater Orlando Area which is known as the home of Disney World and the EPCOT Center, Universal Orlando Resort and Seaworld Orlando. Other theme parks like Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, and Adventure Island in Key West, and water parks and zoos are scattered across Florida with access from any of the major cities.
If you’re seeking to explore the outdoors, the State of Florida has many great destinations like the only subtropical preserve in North America, Everglades National Park – nature’s playground with its luscious wetlands and more than 150 miles of canoeing and walking trails.
With more than 1,200 kinds of animals, Florida ranks third in the nation in wildlife diversity, and with a record number of parks, preserves, and refuges, it is no wonder that the Florida State Parks organization was again awarded the National Recreation and Parks Association’s Gold Medal Award, honoring Florida as having the “Nation’s Best State Park Service” making Florida the first two-time winner.