10 Amazing Places To Visit in Florida

Tom Stevenson

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Florida is one of the most popular destinations in America, and there's good reason for that. There's so much going on in the state!

From the theme parks of Disneyworld and Universal Studios, art deco architecture in Miami and the home of space exploration at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida has a lot to offer.

With so many places to visit in Florida, it's hard to narrow this list down, but that's what I've tried to do. Here are ten of the best places to visit in the Orange State.

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Tampa is a fantastic place to visit in Florida, There's so much you can do in the city. A good place to check out is the Henry B. Plant Museum. The building originally started life as a luxury hotel and retains its splendour to this day.

Busch Gardens is located in Tampa should you wish to check out a theme park. It's African themed and is full of animals and exhilarating rides. Another interesting site is the Ybor neighbourhood which was built in the early 20th century by cigar workers from Cuba.

If that's not enough, you can always go watch the Bucs if you visit during NFL season. The two time Superbowl winners are worth a watch if you're in town.


Miami is the most famous place in Florida and you can't leave the state without visiting. There's so much going on, you'll want to spend a few days here so you can see everything.

The art deco architecture of Little Havana has to be seen to believed and the food isn't bad around there either! Miami is famous for its beaches and they're a brilliant place to visit on a sunny day, of which there are many in Miami!

Spots lovers will find lots of things to do in the city. From world-class golf courses to top-level basketball, baseball and football teams, you're not short of sports options in Miami!

Kennedy Space Center

The Kennedy Space Center is the home of NASA's space operations and an intriguing place to check out. I remember visiting here when I was little and being blown away at the space shuttles and rockets!

The Space Center is one of the best attractions in the state. As well as seeing all the various rockets and shuttles NASA has launched into space, you'll find more about the agency too. There are lots of interactive exhibits you can check out to learn about the history of space travel.

Perhaps the best part of the Space Center for me was the enclosure with the Saturn V rocket. It was incredible to see it up close and marvel at its size. You can also touch lunar rocks which were brought back. All be it, through a specially controlled box, but still, it's an amazing experience!


Orlando is one of the most popular places to visit in America, never mind Florida. The reason for this is the sheer number of theme parks in the city. You can visit Disneyworld, Universal Studios, Wet N' wild and many more.

If you're visiting Florida as a family, Orlando is the perfect place to visit because of this. All of the theme parks are family-friendly and you and your children will have a fantastic time. I mean, who doesn't love Disney?

If theme parks aren't your thing, there's still plenty of things to do in Orlando. You can wander down International Drive and check out the numerous attractions there such as mini-golf, museums and alike.

While Orlando is home to some fantastic golf courses too. Failing that, you can watch the Orlando Magic in the NBA if you're a sports lover!

Saint Petersburg

If you're looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of Tampa, Saint Petersburg is a good place to visit. Its located on a peninsula between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

The main attraction is the beautiful beaches that stretch down the coastline. This is the place to get your dose of sun, sea and sand if you're in the area!

As well as beaches, you'll find the Dali Museum, which documents the life of the famous artist Salvador Dali. The Museum of Fine Arts is another place worth checking out.

If you're visiting for the sun you'll find plenty of that. But the cultural side of Saint Petersburg shouldn't be underestimated either.

Key West

Key West is part of the Florida Keys archipelago and the westernmost inhabited island in the States. It's actually closer to Cuba than it is to Miami, that's how far south it is!

As you'd expect, there's plenty of sun and some fantastic beaches to relax on. You can also check out Duval street, which has plenty of bars, restaurants and shops to explore.

Hemingway used to have a house on the island and you can visit it while you're here to see where the great writer used to live and write some of his classics!

Another sight you can't miss is the 65-foot lighthouse which offers spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean!

The Everglades

The Everglades is a World Heritage Site and very different from most of the other places on this list. It's also the biggest subtropical area in the States.

The Everglades is a natural paradise. It consists of mangroves, pine Flatwoods and sawgrass marshes. These habitats provide a home to hundreds of species, some of which are endangered such as the manatee.

One of the best ways to experience the Everglades is to walk along one of the many boardwalk trails. You can also hop on a boat and take a tour around the many marshes and swamps. You might even see an alligator if you're lucky!


Located south of Tampa on the Gulf Coast, Sarasota is another coastal paradise. It's one of the best places to visit in Florida for a variety of reasons.

The beaches in the city are one reason. Lido Beach is stunning, as is Siesta Key Beach. You won't find many better beaches in the whole state than those two!

You can also get a chance to see Florida' state bird, the flamingo, by visiting Sarasota Jungle Gardens. Here, you can feed the flamingoes as well as see an array of other animals too!

Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach is famous around the world not only in Florida. It's home to the Daytona 500 NASCAR race, which is as good an excuse as any to visit.

Daytona is 51 miles from Orlando and located on the Atlantic coast. The beach is the main attraction and a good reason to visit if you're looking to chill by the sea if you're in Orlando.

As well as cars and sand, Dayton has a lot to offer. The Daytona Lagoon water park is worth visiting. While you might be lucky enough to see dolphins if you visit the Sunglow Fishing Pier!

Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale is located 28 miles north of Miami on the southeastern coast of Florida and is another location famous for its beaches.

You'll find plenty of them in Fort Lauderdale, as well as stunning boating canals which make for an Instagram friendly shot!

If you're looking for things to do other than the beach, you can hike or take a boat ride through Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. A quirky place to visit is the International Swimming Hall of Fame, an attraction you might not have realised is in Fort Lauderdale!

If that's not your thing, you can head to the Strip. A promenade with outdoor restaurants, bars and boutiques for you to explore!

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