Visitors to Florida can choose from a plethora of attractions as they tour this southeastern state. Florida is renowned for its gorgeous beaches, spectacular islands, stunning everglades and hip nightlife. However, the state is often a victim of the mercurial weather as tropical storms and hurricanes devastate the coast with an annual vengeance. This subtropical state is home to the oldest continuously European-occupied city in the entire United States, St Augustine. Since its first settlement by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés in 1565, the city—and state—has hosted an ever-growing population. This southeastern state was admitted to the Union in 1845, but briefly seceded during the Civil War, only to be readmitted in 1868. Since then, Florida has hosted an influx of migration from both the United States and Cuba, renowned for its economic potentials and warm weather.
One of Florida’s most popular destinations is Key West. The town features a funky and relaxed personality that attracts tourists and free spirits alike. Key West is located off of the tip of Florida’s peninsula, connected to the mainland only by the Overseas Highway. The town is the southernmost island connected by the highway, and is arguably closer to Cuba than the continental United States. Visitors to Key West can explore the surrounding ocean by renting a catamaran, chartering a boat or simply taking a glass bottom boat around the fish-leaden shoals. Vacationers can scuba dive or snorkel through the waters, or simply relax on the beach and enjoy one of the area’s signature sunsets. Guests can take the Old Town Trolley and Conch Tour Train around the island, or view one of the many maritime museums that tell tales of pirates, shipwrecks and sunken treasure.
Guests who would like to explore Florida’s unique nature can visit the aptly-named Ten Thousand Islands Wildlife Refuge. Located in the Everglades, Ten Thousand Islands consists of numerous small islands and mangrove swamps that hug the southwestern portion of Florida. Guests can explore the islands via boat, canoe or kayak. Those with a sense of adventure can set off along the Wilderness Waterway, a 99-mile water path that stretches between Everglades City and Flamingo. This national wildlife refuge is home to 200 species of fish and more than 190 species of birds. Visitors to the refuge have the opportunity to view some of the state’s endangered animals such as the West Indian manatee, the peregrine falcon, the wood stork and Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles. Guests can also glimpse bottle-nosed dolphins, river otters and a variety of diving birds.
Visitors who want to experience the real Florida culture can stop by Miami. Renowned for its spectacular beaches, visitors can sprawl along the shoreline for some prime rest and relaxation. Guests with children in tow can stop by one of the city’s famous museums, such as the Miami Children’s Museum, the Miami Museum of Science or the Seaquarium. Couples or singles traveling alone can enjoy the stunning city’s vibrant nightlife or attend a concert at one of this young city’s many concert venues.
Family travelers and the young at heart can make a memorable experience at one of the many theme parks that Orlando, Florida has to offer. Visitors can explore the magic of Walt Disney World Resort’s more than 30,000 acres of fun. The resort includes two water parks, four theme parks, more than 23 themed hotels and a variety of entertainment venues. Some of the biggest attractions in Walt Disney World are the Magic Kingdom theme park, the Epcot Center, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Movie buffs can stop by Universal Studios can live their favorite movies through more than 25 rides, catch spectacular concerts or take advantage of one of the many ongoing events.
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