Updated: May 11, 2021
25 Places To Visit In Florida
From delicious food, rich history, and eclectic culture to stunning beaches and world-class amusement parks, Florida is a popular destination no matter what time of year it is. Whether you want to explore the state by yourself with a fun road trip or take your family on an unforgettable holiday vacation, taking a trip to The Sunshine State is highly recommended. From small towns to popular attractions, here are 17 places to visit in Florida that you won’t want to miss:
Walt Disney World
Perhaps the most famous attraction in all of Florida, Walt Disney World attracts millions of people to Lake Buena Vista, Florida every year. From the iconic Disney Castle, from Cinderella to the world famous domed EPCOT center, Walt Disney World is fun for the entire family. There are multiple theme parks inside Walt Disney World as well as many hotels, restaurants, and waterparks as well as Animal Kingdom making it a great place to spend an entire trip.[wl_geomap]
Everyone should take the time to visit Miami at least once, whether you already live in Florida or you are just taking a trip. With a culture all its own, Miami has buzzing nightlife, stunning beaches, and some of the best food in the world. Whether you want to dine on delicious Cuban food, go to some of the best clubs in the world by visiting South Beach, or visit some of the popular points of interest such as Jungle Island or the Miami Seaquarium, there are plenty of things to do in this famous city.[wl_geomap]
Kennedy Space Center
Located in Titusville Florida, the Kennedy Space Center is possibly one of the most famous museums in the world. Whether you are a space enthusiast that will enjoy visiting the Saturn V launch vehicle or if you are a parent that wants to provide an educational experience for your children, there are a lot of different things to see at the Kennedy Space Center. The Rocket Garden is an exhibit that shows many of the different rockets used throughout the history of the US space program and other exhibits that go through the events leading up to the beginning of NASA and much more.
If you want to get away from the big city and explore one of the most undisturbed towns in Florida, you may want to take a trip to Sanibel Island. The city does everything it can to preserve the natural beauty that the island has to offer so you won’t find skyscrapers, loud nightlife, or even fast food restaurants as they were banned. Ultimately it makes Sanibel Island a place of its own, completely different than many of the other cities in Florida, and great for an escape to a tranquil environment to relax.
Universal Studios Orlando
Walt Disney World isn’t the only famous amusement park in Florida. Located in Orlando, Universal Studios in Florida brings some of the biggest movies and TV shows to life so you can experience them like never before. From exciting rides based on films like the Transformers, Jaws, and Shrek to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you and your family will have a blast at this theme park. You may even see some of your favorite characters walking around as well!
Everglades National Park
The Everglades National Park is one of the largest national parks in the United States, only smaller than Death Valley and Yellowstone. The Everglades National Park was started in the early 1930s to protect the wildlife and ecosystem of the area. Taking up a large portion of the lower areas of the state, the Everglades National Park is home to the famous American crocodile and many other endangered and threatened animals from the area. Visiting the Safari Park or taking one of the famous Everglades National Park Boat Tours will give allow you to see stunning wildlife in their natural habitat.
Amelia Island is near Jacksonville, Florida situated on the eastern coast of the state. One of the most quiet and quaint cities around, Amelia Island has a rich history and is home to the famous Fort Clinch which was built in the 19th century. Perhaps more famous than the military structure is the turtle sanctuary located on Fernandina Beach where you can find turtle nests and even watch turtles hatch if you are there at the right time of year.
Fort Myers is quickly becoming one of the more popular places to visit in Florida for those looking for the latest in art and trendy dining spots. The area is also rich in history and attractions, mainly because Thomas Edison and Henry Ford both owned homes in the area which are now open to the public where you can see the Botanic Research Lab of Edison and walk through Ford’s garage. The beaches shouldn’t be discounted either as Fort Myers is home to a stretch of serene beaches that anyone can find relaxation on.
If you are not sure where to go as a tourist, Clearwater Beach may be the destination you are looking for. Practically designed just for tourists, there are many activities and things to see whether you like art or outdoor adventures. With beautiful white sand beaches you can relax on the beach or rent a boat to go deep sea fishing. You can also take tours to spot dolphins and choose from a variety of fun cruises such as the Captain Memo cruise, which puts you and guests on a giant pirate ship as you sail around the beach. The Salvador Dali museum is just a few minutes away from Clearwater Beach which is a great trip for art lovers.
While Florida is known for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, there may not be any better than the ones located in the quiet beach area of Destin Florida. The beaches are typically why people visit the area and at first glance it will be impossible to not know why. Miles of quintessential white beaches with fine powdered sand line the ocean where you can sit and relax and enjoy the sun and waves. Crab Island is a fun activity for the whole family where you can walk through waist high water and enjoy sandwiches from all of the floating vendors. If you want to stay dry, the Henderson Beach State Park is located nearby and the Destin Boardwalk is perfect for a nice stroll.
Key West refers to two things: the island and the city that is built on the island. Popularly known as a beach destination for many different presidents in the past, such as Kennedy and FDR, there are a lot of different activities to do in Key West such as kayaking, jet skiing, and parasailing. Key West is also home to Ernest Hemingway’s house as well as other attractions like a beautiful aquarium full of sea life, an armory, a large Butterfly sanctuary and a tropical garden that you can stroll through and take beautiful pictures in. And while you are there sample some of their famous key lime pie and Florida lobster.
There is a good reason that Delray Beach was the 2012 recipient of the most fun small town in America award. The Delray Beach boardwalk is 3 miles long where you can shop for great gifts or dine on oysters or visit delicious tapas bars as well as look over the pier to try and see alligators swimming in the water. Delray Beach is also home to a great outdoor art gallery you can walk through but the undisturbed beaches are why many people choose the area. In addition to relaxing on the beach you can even go snorkeling around a sunken ship or take a stroll down Atlantic Avenue with its exciting night clubs, restaurants and one-of-a kind shops.
Apalachicola is situated on the coast of Florida and is a great place to visit in Florida if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city but aren’t too keen on sitting on the beach all day. With beautiful Victorian style homes and architecture dated back before the Civil War, Apalachicola is a great place to enjoy local Florida cuisine—even alligator sausage—and simply relax. There is a river cruise that you can take that will take you and other guests across the Apalachicola River to enjoy the pristine waters, see local wildlife, and explore the natural beauty of the area.
The oldest city in America, St. Augustine offers old Spanish charm and dazzling historic monuments. It is where you can find the first wooden schoolhouse built in the United States as well as one of the most stunning city gates you’ll ever see. Augustine is home to Castillo de San Marcos which is a large for that was built in in the mid-1600s during a time when Spain still controlled Florida. You can stroll along the fort and stand in the exact places that soldiers did through history (both children and adults will love this attraction), getting a unique glimpse into the past on a fort that withstood two different British sieges. There is also a winery you can visit.
Mount Dora is right in the middle of Florida (just north of Orlando) and feels like a page taken out of a book on rural Southern charm. From delicious barbecue sandwiches across the city to a charming downtown area filled with tea rooms, antique markets, and other boutique stores you will be able to relax in this small town with big charm. One of the best times to visit Mount Dora is when they are hosting their annual art festival which brings the best of local and foreign artists to the town to showcase their talent. There are lots of bed and breakfast places in this town.
Tarpon Springs is a town rich in history situated right on the river, but it is not what you might expect in Florida. When you visit Tarpon Springs it is almost like visiting a slice of Greece right in the Sunshine State. With a stunning downtown area all with strong Mediterranean influences, you can grab a gyro at one of the Greek restaurants before taking a trip to the Sponge Docks where you can buy fresh sponges for yourself or as a gift. Tarpon Springs offers a truly different experience with its rich Greek culture than you will find anywhere else in the state making it a perfect trip for those visiting Florida for the first time or Florida residents who just want to go somewhere different.
Santa Rosa Beach
If long stretches of untouched white beaches and outdoor activities are what you think of when you picture Florida, Santa Rosa Beach is a place that you must visit. The sand is so white and fine that it almost looks like powdered sugar so you can simply enjoy a day at one of the most beautiful beaches in the world or rent a kayak and hit the water at the Dune Lakes. The Point Washington State Forest is located here as well so you can go hiking and camping as well.
Sanibel and Captiva Island
Cocoa and Melbourne Beach