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A vast peninsula almost one and a half times the size of England – and with over 4,500 islands – Florida ticks a lot of boxes for all kinds of holidaymakers. But as well as offering plenty of things to do, it also delights visitors with its largely subtropical climate – so you can top up your tan while enjoying a whole range of different activities.

When you think of things to do Florida, riding the rollercoasters is probably the first thing that springs to mind. And with top-notch resorts like Walt Disney World® Resort and Universal Orlando Resort on its books, this is the primary reason many people book a holiday here. But, while they’re well worth a visit, the theme parks aren’t the only place to get a thrill in the Sunshine State – there are other adventures to be had elsewhere.

Water babies in particular will be spoiled for choice. Florida’s bagged itself a pretty impressive coastline – the longest in the mainland US in fact – so there are tonnes of opportunities for swimming, surfing, diving and snorkelling. There’s a plethora of fascinating marine life to discover, plus the Florida Keys lays claim to the third largest barrier reef in the world – and the only living barrier reef anywhere in America.

Of course, an endless coastline also means loads of beaches – and Florida’s really are some of the best around. Whether you’re looking for a secluded bay, a family-friendly spot with activities to entertain the kids, or somewhere to party the day away, you’re sure to find a sandy stretch that suits.

However, trips to Florida aren’t only about the shore. In the majestic Everglades, you can cosy up to crocodiles and kayak through mangrove tunnels. Over at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre you can learn all about space exploration. Or, if you’re a keen golfer, you’ll have plenty of chances to practice your swing. With 1,250 courses dotted about – more than in any other state – golf’s one of the top things to do in Florida. Then, of course, there are the cities. Why not spend some time exploring swanky Palm Beach, discovering the pastel paradise that is Miami, or take a step back in time in St Augustine – the USA’s oldest city, where you can wander cobblestone streets and tour ancient Spanish cathedrals and forts?

With so many things to do in Florida, planning a trip might seem overwhelming. If you’re not even sure where to start, no worries. Just call our travel specialists and they can sort the whole thing for you.

Florida theme Parks

National Parks

Urban Adventures

Water Activities

Florida theme Parks

Orlando’s known as the theme park capital of the world, and for good reason. For many people – particularly those travelling with kids – the main reason to visit Florida is to ride rollercoasters and meet their favourite film characters.

 

Walt Disney World® Resort is the biggest of the bunch. But it’s not just the largest theme park in Florida – it’s also the largest in the world. Spread across 40 square miles – roughly the same size as San Francisco – the resort comprises four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom); two water parks; dozens of themed hotels; five golf courses and various other venues like Disney Springs, an entertainment-shopping-dining complex.

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There’s enough going on at Disney World to keep you occupied for your entire holiday. But, if you do fancy switching things up, there are other theme parks to choose from. Universal Orlando Resort™ offers up its fair share of thrills and spills, with most attractions based on blockbuster films, while LEGOLAND® Florida was very much designed with little ones in mind. Or, if you’re an animal lover looking for things to do in Florida, you might want to visit Busch Gardens or SeaWorld.

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National Parks

Florida’s well known as a beach destination, but it’s also jam-packed with green spaces. In fact, it’s got a whopping 11 National Parks and 175 State Parks – plus various other forests and wildlife refuges.

The most famous, and arguably most impressive, of these is the Everglades. The largest subtropical wilderness in the United States – and the biggest mangrove forest in the western hemisphere – it’s a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Besides having 120 different kinds of tree and over 1,000 species of plant, the park’s home an abundance of wildlife, including 27 types of snake, bottlenose dolphins, manatees, and the rare Florida panther. What’s more, it’s only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles coexist. Most people choose to explore the Everglades by airboat, but there are also loads of hiking, biking and horse riding trails, as well as spots for kayaking.

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Urban Adventures

There are tonnes of things to do in Florida for outdoorsy types, but if you’re more of an urbanite, don’t fret – you’ll be equally well catered for. If you fancy a city break, look no further than Miami. Home to over 150 different ethnicities and more than 60 languages – plus heaps of magnificent beaches – the Magic City’s nothing if not eclectic. Art Deco South Beach has some of the best nightlife in the state, while Coconut Grove has a distinctive bohemian charm that attracts creative types.

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Alternatively, there’s Fort Lauderdale. With 23 miles of beach, the biggest draw here’s the shoreline, but there are also loads of trendy restaurants, boutique hotels and upscale shops. Palm Beach, the winter escape of choice for America’s jet set since the 1890s, is another option – particularly if what you’re after is glitz and glamour. Packed with Greco-Roman architecture, it offers a glimpse into life during America’s Gilded Age. Or, if you’re a bit of a history buff, you might enjoy exploring St Augustine – America’s oldest city, famed for its Spanish colonial buildings.

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Water Activities

With the longest coastline in the contiguous United States, it’s no surprise that some of the best things to do in Florida involve water. If diving or snorkelling are your thing, you’ll be pleased to know there are opportunities to do this all over the state. And since dolphins, sharks, turtles and rays all reside in Florida’s waters, chances are you might have some exciting encounters.

 

The Keys have various places to dive or snorkel, including John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park – America’s first underwater State Park – and the Dry Tortugas – a small group of islands about 70 miles from Key West, accessible only by boat or plane. Alternatively, if you’re desperate to see manatees, Crystal River, in western Florida, is the place to go.

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Surfing’s another popular thing to do in Florida. It may not have quite the same reputation as places like Hawaii and Southern California, but the Sunshine State still has some pretty impressive breaks. Then there’s paddle-boarding, if you fancy something a little calmer – or kayaking. On the Space Coast you can even join a night-time tour and see the rivers and lagoons glow with bioluminescence.

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Florida theme Parks

Florida theme Parks

Orlando’s known as the theme park capital of the world, and for good reason. For many people – particularly those travelling with kids – the main reason to visit Florida is to ride rollercoasters and meet their favourite film characters.

 

Walt Disney World® Resort is the biggest of the bunch. But it’s not just the largest theme park in Florida – it’s also the largest in the world. Spread across 40 square miles – roughly the same size as San Francisco – the resort comprises four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom); two water parks; dozens of themed hotels; five golf courses and various other venues like Disney Springs, an entertainment-shopping-dining complex.

Show More
Show Less

There’s enough going on at Disney World to keep you occupied for your entire holiday. But, if you do fancy switching things up, there are other theme parks to choose from. Universal Orlando Resort™ offers up its fair share of thrills and spills, with most attractions based on blockbuster films, while LEGOLAND® Florida was very much designed with little ones in mind. Or, if you’re an animal lover looking for things to do in Florida, you might want to visit Busch Gardens or SeaWorld.

Show More
Show Less

National Parks

National Parks

Florida’s well known as a beach destination, but it’s also jam-packed with green spaces. In fact, it’s got a whopping 11 National Parks and 175 State Parks – plus various other forests and wildlife refuges.

The most famous, and arguably most impressive, of these is the Everglades. The largest subtropical wilderness in the United States – and the biggest mangrove forest in the western hemisphere – it’s a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Besides having 120 different kinds of tree and over 1,000 species of plant, the park’s home an abundance of wildlife, including 27 types of snake, bottlenose dolphins, manatees, and the rare Florida panther. What’s more, it’s only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles coexist. Most people choose to explore the Everglades by airboat, but there are also loads of hiking, biking and horse riding trails, as well as spots for kayaking.

Show More
Show Less

Urban Adventures

Urban Adventures

There are tonnes of things to do in Florida for outdoorsy types, but if you’re more of an urbanite, don’t fret – you’ll be equally well catered for. If you fancy a city break, look no further than Miami. Home to over 150 different ethnicities and more than 60 languages – plus heaps of magnificent beaches – the Magic City’s nothing if not eclectic. Art Deco South Beach has some of the best nightlife in the state, while Coconut Grove has a distinctive bohemian charm that attracts creative types.

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Show Less

Alternatively, there’s Fort Lauderdale. With 23 miles of beach, the biggest draw here’s the shoreline, but there are also loads of trendy restaurants, boutique hotels and upscale shops. Palm Beach, the winter escape of choice for America’s jet set since the 1890s, is another option – particularly if what you’re after is glitz and glamour. Packed with Greco-Roman architecture, it offers a glimpse into life during America’s Gilded Age. Or, if you’re a bit of a history buff, you might enjoy exploring St Augustine – America’s oldest city, famed for its Spanish colonial buildings.

Show More
Show Less

Water Activities

Water Activities

With the longest coastline in the contiguous United States, it’s no surprise that some of the best things to do in Florida involve water. If diving or snorkelling are your thing, you’ll be pleased to know there are opportunities to do this all over the state. And since dolphins, sharks, turtles and rays all reside in Florida’s waters, chances are you might have some exciting encounters.

 

The Keys have various places to dive or snorkel, including John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park – America’s first underwater State Park – and the Dry Tortugas – a small group of islands about 70 miles from Key West, accessible only by boat or plane. Alternatively, if you’re desperate to see manatees, Crystal River, in western Florida, is the place to go.

Show More
Show Less

Surfing’s another popular thing to do in Florida. It may not have quite the same reputation as places like Hawaii and Southern California, but the Sunshine State still has some pretty impressive breaks. Then there’s paddle-boarding, if you fancy something a little calmer – or kayaking. On the Space Coast you can even join a night-time tour and see the rivers and lagoons glow with bioluminescence.

Show More
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