20 Jul Things to Do in Florida – Besides Going to the Beach
When someone thinks of Florida, their mind automatically conjures pictures of miles and miles of beautiful beaches – or tropical downpours. Our restoration pros at All Dry USA have been helping Floridians with damage repairs for years, and we’ve come to see the full breadth of what the Sunshine State has to offer. From theme parks and aquariums to nature reserves and world class restaurants, there is no shortage of things to do. Below are a few ideas to get you started:
Everyone knows about Disneyland and Magic Kingdom, which are great places to visit, especially if you have younger kids. But there are a ton of other great theme parks all across Florida that you should also check out.
Busch Gardens: Busch Gardens is located in Tampa Bay and has a lot to offer, including thrill rides, a waterpark, live shows, and a zoo with over 300 species of animals. They also offer safari tours through certain animal enclosures!
Universal Studios: Universal can be thought of as the grown-up version of Magic Kingdom. It is one of the most well-known parks in Florida and is home to the famous Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Aside from the Harry Potter theme park, there are also many movie-themed thrill rides and highly rated hotels and restaurants.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Animal Kingdom is just what it sounds like – a giant wildlife park. A fun yet also educational experience, it offers thrill rides, animal encounters, safari tours, and live shows.
You can’t visit Florida without taking a tour of some of the national parks. Florida has many parks. Some are nature preserves, like the Everglades, and others are historical sites, like Dry Tortugas Park.
Everglades National Park: Perhaps one of the most famous national parks in Florida, the Everglades are home to many unique and threatened plant and animal species, like the Florida panther. You can take an airboat tour thorough the swamps or camp on the grassy fields. No matter what you do, the Everglades are a must-see.
Dry Tortugas National Park: This unique park is located of the coast of Key West in the Gulf of Mexico and is great for nature lovers and history buffs alike. It is comprised of seven small islands, which are surrounded by some of the best coral reefs in the state. The main island is an old military fort – Fort Jefferson – which served as a prison for Union prisoners of war during and after the Civil War, and famously housed Dr. Samuel Mudd.
Big Cypress National Preserve: Located just west of Miami, this huge nature preserve is home to a wide variety of plant and animal life. Visitors can go on wildlife tours and camp in the International Dark Sky Park, which offers unparalleled views of the night sky without any light pollution.