10 Best Places To Visit In Florida

OT Staff


With amazing beaches, unique wildlife like manatees, sea turtles, and alligators, world-class theme parks, and a diverse cultural heritage made up of Native American, European, African-American, and Hispanic influences, there’s a lot to explore in Florida.

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Everglades National Park

This UNESCO World Heritage Site on the southernmost tip of the state is the largest tropical wilderness in the United States. The wetlands and forests of this reserve are a vital breeding ground for tropical-wading birds. Hop on to an airboat to see its sights.

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The Morikami Museum And Japanese Gardens

This centre for Japanese arts and culture located in Palm Beach County hosts tea ceremonies and traditional festivals. Its Japanese gardens, museum collection of over 7,000 aretefacts, library, gift shop and restaurant bring to life the cultural heritage of the East Asian country.

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Miami Beach

This vibrant city is home to a mix of cultures and is a global leader in the finance, commerce and arts sectors. Miami Beach is where people of all backgrounds come to relax and take a break. Do not miss the Art Deco Historic District in South Beach.

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Walt Disney World

“The Happiest Place on Earth” is a sprawling amusement park located in Orlando, Florida. With four theme parks, two water adventure parks, dozens of resort hotels and an entertainment-shopping-dining complex, people of all ages can live one of the best days of their lives here.

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St. Augustine

Founded by the Spaniards in 1565, this town in northeastern Florida has colonial architecture, historic churches, and Romanesque Revival-style buildings which attract many tourists. The city’s live music scene, art galleries, fashion boutiques and eateries are also worth checking out.

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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

No trip to Florida is complete without a visit to this NASA facility on Merritt Island. Whether you are chatting with a real astronaut, seeing rockets from NASA’s Apollo program, or participating in an astronaut training simulation, you will start wondering if you can change careers to aeronautics instead.

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Tampa is home to a variety of performing arts venues and theatres, including the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts; several top museums such as the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts; as well as a diverse culinary scene.

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Fort Lauderdale

The “Venice of America” is a major manufacturing and maintenance hub for yachts. With its many canals and proximity to the Bahamas, the city is the home port for 42,000 boats. Take a gondola ride on the canal and shop on Las Olas Boulevard when you’re here.

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Key West

Key West is famous for water sports, its lively nightlife, beaches and pastel architecture. Visit the nearby Dry Tortugas National Park to snorkel and view the nearly 300 bird species and around 30 coral species that call this place home.

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Anna Maria Island

This beach town is your chance to live island life in style. With crystal clear waters to swim and snorkel in, sightings of manatees and dolphins, colourful shopping avenues, gorgeous sunsets, and searching for fossilised shark teeth on shore, your stay here will be nothing short of amazing.  

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