Where can you find over 1,000 miles of soft sandy beaches, subtropical temperatures, and multi-cultural history and attractions? Find all of these things and more in the Sunshine State. Florida offers more than just sunny skies and over 19 million people call it home. Here are a few places to see and things to do if you’re planning your next trip to this beautiful southeastern state.
A Bit of History
The best place to learn about the history of Florida is at The Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee. Florida played a major role in the Civil War and World War II because of its location and natural resources. There is also an in-depth focus and study of NASA and how space programs have changed over the years.
Whether it’s a church, library, or garden, there is a museum to commemorate and celebrate it for its historical value. Pensacola and Panama City boast beautiful art museums that feature artifacts and paintings. The Arcadia Mill Archaeological Society in the Historic Pensacola Village is dedicated to preserving the stories of the past and all the amazing discoveries of Florida.
Visiting the Cities
Miami is the beach bum’s paradise. The nightlife alone is bustling and musical. Walk along the boardwalks or sit and enjoy ethnic foods only found in this corner of America. Orlando is all about family fun. There are several large amusement parks in the area, but Disney World and Epcot Center dominate a large portion. Millions flock to these parks yearly to experience the massive conglomeration of rides and roller coasters, happy characters, technological innovations, and exhibitions.
In Naples, the street festivals are very popular in January through April. The city welcomes all to experience bluegrass music, art events, and of course soft sandy beaches. No matter where you stay in Florida there is always a city that offers that extra bit of hometown hospitality to make you never want to leave. Find homes for sale in Bradenton, FL, Clearwater, or even Sarasota City that displays beautiful neighborhoods minutes from the ocean.
Animals and other Attractions
In Tampa, the Manatee Viewing Center is a wonderful place to take the whole family. Visit a manatee sanctuary where anyone can watch gentle giants in their natural habitat. Also, learn about the measures used to protect these endangered creatures. The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is a friendly place that is devoted to animal conservation. There are over 2,000 animals to see, including the Lemur and Nile crocodiles.
If sports are on the agenda Florida is the place to go. Golf courses can be found around every corner or watch the Miami Dolphins play at Sun Life Stadium. There is also the Daytona International Speedway where you can watch some very fast cars. For the more adventurous type try gator wrangling only in Florida.