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If blue skies, sunny days, and golden beaches aren’t enough to bring you to Florida, then check out some of the top attractions that will win you over to the Sunshine State. With Orlando being the theme park capital of the world, central Florida is inundated with tourists all year long. But let’s not forget about the great attractions to the rest of the state, like the cultural museums, lighthouses, and landmarks that make Florida what it is today.
Famous for its beaches, tropical weather, arts and culture, South Florida is full of activities and things to do for all ages. When visiting the Ft. Lauderdale area, spend some time exploring the unique ecosystem and wildlife at Everglades National Park. Shop the best bargains at Sawgrass Mills Mall and double your ante at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino. Of course, Ft. Lauderdale Beach is an attraction all in itself, as it offers endless things to do from water sports to shopping. And experience the hard-pounding action catching a Florida Dolphins, Marlin’s, or Panthers game.
Down in Miami, South Beach offers a wild nightlife where the bars and clubs are the main attractions. Explore the Lowe Art Museum, Miami Museum of Science and the Venetian Pool. Bring the family to the Miami Zoo, Miami Seaquarium, and Parrot Jungle, or visit the state parks for the ultimate fishing, snorkeling, and diving adventures.
Create lasting memories in West Palm Beach and drive through a wild jungle at Lion Country Safari in Loxahatchee. Ride Big Thunder at Rapids Water Park, or experience some of Florida's history at the historic Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum. Play a round or two of golf in the Palm Beaches, as there are over 160 courses to choose from.
With Orlando driving the biggest attractions in the central Florida region, there is so much more to do and see from east to west. Everyone should definitely pay a visit to the obligatory Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, SeaWorld Orlando, and the many other water parks or theme parks in town. But after the magic happens, make sure to save time to discover the rest of central Florida's main attractions.
Make your way to the Dinosaur Store Adventure Zone in Cocoa Beach, featuring one of the largest selections of authentic fossils the world. Take a 50-minute eco/history boat tour and explore DeLeon Springs State Park in DeLand. Go birding at the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge also in DeLand, or horseback ride in Ocala's forest at the Florida Carriage Museum.
Head over to Winter Park and tour the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art or visit the 12 Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in Lakeland. Get creative at the Crayola Experience in Orlando, perfect for the kids. Get your need for speed at the Daytona International Speedway, or head west to Tampa's Busch Gardens for a fun-filled day riding Florida’s best coasters. Whatever your passion, find your fun in central Florida.
From charming coastal cities to college football campus', the attractions in north Florida are plentiful for all interests. Boasting a myriad of fun and historical destinations featuring iconic landmarks and family-friendly activities, North Florida is home to many of the Sunshine State’s best-kept secrets.
From the Fountain of Youth to the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, St. Augustine packs in the punches for history buffs. Get up close and personal with creatures of all kinds at the Jacksonville Zoo. Walk across the Main Street Bridge, which peers over the St. Johns River – offering the best views of downtown Jax.
Whether you stomp through Gator Nation at the University of Florida in Gainesville or side with the Seminoles at Florida State University, head to their home field for a fun-filled day of college sports.
There’s no need to mention that the magnificent beaches of the Gulf Coast to the Atlantic will always be the number one attraction in the entire state of Florida.
Visible for miles, this 25-story tower constructed in the 1970's serves as the official Florida State Capitol. It’s one of the tallest state capitol buildings in the country and the centerpiece of the Tallahassee Capitol Complex, which encompasses the Old Capitol, and nearly twenty other state office buildings.
This Florida Panhandle Capitol is open to the public Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed on state and national holidays) and admission is free. Self-guided tour information is available at the Capitol. For tours during the legislative session (March and April), reservations are recommended well in advance.
Formally the John T. Alsop Jr. Bridge, the Main Street Bridge is a stunning structure crossing St. Johns River in Jacksonville – Florida’s largest city set in the northeastern part of the Sunshine State. Visitors may cross Main Street Bridge on foot for great views of downtown Jax.
The second bridge to span St. Johns River, this steel, vertical lift bridge stretches to 512 meters – and encompassing four lanes of traffic as U.S. Route 1 and US 90. Opened in 1941, the bridge is operated by the Florida Department of Transportation.
Established in 1983, the Southernmost Point Marker is located in Key West in the southern Florida Keys. The marker is a large painted buoy – though actually a sewer junction – found at the intersection of South and Whitehead streets.
The Southernmost Point Marker makes for a great vacation photo. The marker is also within walking distance of Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, and the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum.