Florida is home to close to 20 million people. It is home to the longest coastline in the country and is very close to both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. As such, there is a lot of water fun to do here.
Florida is known as the Sunshine State due to the great climate that is conducive to long days on the beach, but the area has also seen great hurricanes rummage its way through houses. It also has a variety of great amusement parks that kids and the young at heart will surely love.
Check out what the state has to offer when you get on a bus rental in Florida to explore the Sunshine State!
Close to 95 million people visit Florida every year and it has been the top tourism state for many years. Find out why a lot of people fall in love with the Sunshine State when you visit it via a bus rental in Florida.
When planning a Florida vacation, consider these places:
Florida is largely fueled by tourism and when it comes to tourism in the state, nothing beats the attractions and the draws of the state's biggest, brightest and the best water parks and amusement parks. In fact, Orlando is considered to be the theme park capital of the world. It is the home of some of the best amusement parks in the world, including:
If you want to escape the crowds of Orlando and still enjoy the best amusement parks, then go to Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay!
Most of the time, these amusement parks combine zoos, rides, water parks, and other attractions to make sure that people visiting Florida would be attracted to them as they offer everything in one place.
Therefore, you might want to know more about the best rides that you can go on, such as the:
Most people associate Florida with the sun, sand and seas, but they will be surprised that there are a lot of arts and culture attractions here.
First, visit the top museums in the state. The Lightner Museum has exhibits that relate to the country's Gilded Age, such as Victorian glass art, costumes and furniture, and even mechanical instruments, while the Wolfsonian Art Museum takes a closer look at art and how it influences our daily lives. The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg has the most extensive collection of paintings created by Salvador Dali and the Charles Hosmer Museum of American Art in Winter Park is where you would find the most complete works of Louis Comfort Tiffany, as well as other paintings, glass art, pottery and jewelry, among others.
Other museums you should not miss here:
Theater and music. Florida Repertory Theatre (Fort Myers, FL 33901) is one of the best theater and performance groups in the state, giving locals and visitors top-notch plays and performances. Every region in the state has its own set of notable theatre groups. For example, South Florida has the Actors Community Theatre of Davie, Actors Playhouse at The Miracle Theatre, Broadway Musical Theatre, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Coral Springs Institute for the Performing Arts (Coral Springs, FL 33065), Down in Front Theater Company, Entr'acte Theatrix, Fresh Theatre Project, Ft. Lauderdale Children's Theatre, Lake Worth Playhouse, Mad Cat Theatre Company, the Naked Stage, Pelican Playhouse, Red Barn Theatre, and Teatro Prometeo, among others.
Further, you should check out the performances of the Vero Beach Opera Guild and Sarasota Opera. Lastly, there is the Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida and Dance Alive National Ballet for the best ballet performances.
Public art and architecture. Architecture lovers would appreciate the biggest collection of Streamline Moderne and Art Deco homes and buildings in Florida, as well as the unique styles that can only be found here, including Miami Modern, Florida vernacular, Mediterranean Revival and Spanish revival. The state also has numerous public art works, such as these sculptures: Angel of the West, Coral Castle, the Holocaust Memorial of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Lone Sailor, Mermaid, The Siren and Unconditional Surrender. The buildings in the state also feature public paintings by some of the most notable artists in the state. The Florida Division of Cultural Arts has been sponsoring an Art in State Buildings program since 1979, leading to the purchase and commission of more than 1,000 art works.
Being on the beach all day long can really bring on that hunger. The good news is that Florida has several top-notch restaurants that you can go to.
For one, there is Bâoli Miami, which serves Mediterranean and international fare. The Bazaar by José Andrés at SLS Hotel South Beach gives you great Latin and Spanish food. Buccan is an upscale bistro that combines a relaxed atmosphere and delicious food, while Buddha Sky Bar has a distinctly Asian menu. Further, Prato has great Italian food created by Chef Brandon McGlamery, and Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar serves the best Mexican fare. Lastly, Zuma Japanese Restaurant, Sushi POP and SUSHISAMBA dromo has great Japanese food. Other restaurants you should try:
Also, check out the great seafood places in the state, such as Sunset Waterfront Cafe & Bar, Theo Thudpucker's Raw Bar, Rusty's Seafood & Oyster Bar, Lazy Days Oceanfront Bar & Seafood Grille, B.O.'s Fish Wagon, Cahills Beachside Bar & Grill, The Original Point Restaurant, Fish Tales Seafood & Steak House, and Phillippi Creek Village Restaurant & Oyster Bar.
Shopping. Whether you are in the state for some crocodiles or some sand and beach, you should never miss out on shopping in Florida. There are bargains all around from Premium Outlets Orlando, the Mall at Millennia, the Florida Mall, Dolphin Mall, Sawgrass Mills, Bayside Marketplace, Miromar Outlets, Waterside Shops at Pelican Bay, and Ellenton Premium Outlets. There are several other luxury malls too such as the Southgate Mall and the soon to be opened the Mall at University Town Center.
If you do not like malls, then you will love the hidden shopping gems found all around the state. There is Park Ave. in Orlando where you can find clothing stores such as Violet Clover, and there is Worth Ave. in Palm Beach where you can find upscale clothing and jewelry stores.
Art lovers go to Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, which has 20 galleries and arts and craft stores. While downtown Delray Beach has great stores for everyone such as clothing stores, bookstores, and even a lively nightlife.
St. Armands Circle in Sarasota is where you can find men's and women's clothing and the Circus Ring of Fame. Further you can go to Fifth Avenue South in Naples, Cocoa Village, and the Pensacola Historic District for more shopping finds!
PGA National Resort and Spa has five different courses that you can enjoy, including the Jack Nicklaus signature course the Champion and the Palmer, which is an Arnold Palmer signature course. This high end golf resort is very near the beach as well ass great shopping places. Meanwhile, the Marriott Sawgrass Resort and Spa gives you the best golfing experience coupled with great sand, sun and beach. This is a great place if you have non-golfers in your group because other activities such as volleyball, wacky golf, treasure hunts and children's activities are available here as well.
The Trump National Doral Miami has five different courses that were designed by Jim McLean, Greg Norman, and Jack Nicklaus. Other golf resorts you can go to include the Hammock Beach Resort, Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Amelia Island Plantation, LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort, Villas of Grand Cypress, World Golf Village, Saddlebrook Resort, Ritz-Carlton Tiburon Golf Resort, Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, Bay Hill Club & Lodge and Ponte Vedra Inn & Club.
Aside from golf, Florida also has several sports teams. Professional teams and where they play include:
There are also a lot of minor leagues teams in baseball, basketball, soccer, arena football, and ice hockey, as well as collegiate sports.
The Sunshine state has a lot of historic sites and landmarks that you should visit. From visiting the oldest city in the country to visiting the battlefields, to checking out the antebellum homes, there are a lot here that tells you the story of Florida and the whole country!
Check out the famous homes here, including Ernest Hemingway's, Zora Neale Houston's and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. You should also check out the homes of McLeod Bethune who is a civil rights leader, as well as the Belleview, home of the Princes Murat, and the Orman House.
You should also check out the historic forts such as Fort Mose, which was the first community of freed slaves. Fort King is a former fort that was built in the 1820s, while Fort Walton Beach was a former confederate camp with a Seminole Indian Ceremonial Bound nearby. Also see the Fort Walton Temple Mound where you can learn more about the Native Americans of Florida.
There are also several historic hotels in the state, including the Hotel Ponce de Leon, and the Biltmore Hotel. Further, you should also visit the historical districts in the state's biggest cities, including Tampa's Ybor City, and St. George Street.
Other attractions you could go to include:
Lighthouses are also great historic sites, including Amelia Island Lighthouse, Cape St. George Lighthouse, Egmont Key Lighthouse, Key West Lighthouse, Pensacola Lighthouse, St. Augustine Lighthouse and St. Marks Lighthouse.
Florida has more than 160 state parks under its care covering more than 800,000 acres of space. On top of that, the state also maintains ten state trails. That means that outdoors lovers will never run out of things to do in the state, no matter what city they are in.
If you want the best state parks, here are what we could recommend:
Other state parks that are worth a visit include:
Beaches. Of course, the best outdoor attractions in the state are the beaches. Florida has some of the best beaches in the country. In fact, Trip Advisor lists 10 Florida beaches as part of its top 25 beaches list. The top beach in Florida, according to the travel resource, is the Siesta Key Public Beach with its powdery white sand, clean beach and great water depth. Then there's the St. Pete Beach located in Tampa Bay. Other great beaches in the list include:
Other notable beaches you can go to: