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Top 10 Attractions in Florida

Florida isn't called the sunshine state for nothing. With golden rays all year-round, and being the second-largest state east of the Mississippi, a lifetime isn't enough to see everything in Florida! However, here are some pretty good places to start.

  • Walt Disney World

    1. Walt Disney World

    The happiest place in the world, Walt Disney World welcomes millions of national and international visitors each year, adults and children alike!

  • Miami Beach

    2. Miami Beach

    Discover this Atlantic beach and how its delights go past sand and sea: check out the Botanical Gardens!

  • Kennedy Space Center

    3. Kennedy Space Center

    An out-of-this-world experience devoted to all things NASA. Stroll the US Astronaut Hall of Fame, take a simulated shuttle flight, and visit the Rocket Garden.

  • Florida Keys

    4. Florida Keys

    The Keys are ideal for a vacation, whether you're looking for action-packed or relaxed. Key West, the biggest island, also holds the Ernest Hemingway museum!

  • 5. Tampa Theater

    This isn't just any old theater - it's on the US National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1926, it's a lovely place to visit today - and not just to catch a movie!

  • Busch Gardens

    6. Busch Gardens

    At Tampa's Busch Gardens, you can get white-knuckle thrills on rollercoasters and see animals like giraffes all within a few acres of each other.

  • Salvador Dali Museum

    7. Salvador Dali Museum

    Dedicated to the eccentric Spanish painter, the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg will enthrall art fans. Check out the permanent exhibition of his works.

  • Wizarding World of Harry Potter

    8. Wizarding World of Harry Potter

    Are you still waiting on your Hogwarts acceptance letter? In the meantime you can still go shopping on Diagon Alley, ride through Gringotts, and watch the Tri-Wizard Tournament.

  • Everglades

    9. Everglades

    As the largest subtropical national park in the country, the Everglades is a must-visit for all outdoorsy types. Spot animals like crocodiles in protected wilderness!

  • 10. Sea Islands

    Lesser known than the Keys, this chain of islands in the north of the state is a little more laid-back. Relax in the company of idyllic beach houses and white sands.

Planning Your Visit

  • When should I go?

    Florida is one of the southernmost American states, so it will be warm throughout the year. If you are not a fan of hot and humid weather, it is best to avoid the peak summer months.

  • When do things open?

    Generally, most attractions open around 9:00AM, but there will definitely be lines at the most popular ones. It may be worth your while to have an early start when going to Walt Disney World, for example.

  • What should I wear?

    The most important thing is to keep yourself protected from the blazing sun - that means reapplying sunscreen, staying in the shade around midday, and drinking plenty of water to prevent dehydration.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    Spring and early fall tend to be the best times to visit if you like the sunshine, but don't want intense heat and humidity.

What people are saying about Florida

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 15,136 reviews

Everything was fantastic! The Astronaunt Hall of Fame, Different Space Rockets, Shuttles and Apollo. Loved the IMAX information on Apollo flights etc. We will make sure to share with family and friends how it truly is worth the time and money in visiting the Kennedy Space Center! We were so glad we did. We were visiting from out of state from Lehi, Utah.

The boat ride was a great way to get out on the water and see a bit more of the area and mangroves. My boys, ages 17 and 19, couldn't believe how much fun the had "shelling" and wondered why we had never done it before! Overall a fun time to have the family together and learn about the area.

Don was our guide. He was very professional, knowledgeable and warm. We had a great time maneuvering the kayak through the Turner River and mangrove tunnels. Learned about local flora and alligators. Saw "Lucy" and a bunch of other alligators. Great tour, highly recommend it.

We loved Madam Tussauds Wax Museum the figures looked so life like. The Sea Life Aquarium was a delight so many different species of sea life and being able to touch some was amazing.

Miguel was friendly, informative and an all around great guide. I highly recommend this low stress and high value ride around South Beach.