If you have Florida on the brain in terms of planning a summer holiday to the Sunshine State, you probably already have Disney World, SeaWorld and Universal Studios on your must see list. While Florida is awash with great theme parks of all manner, there are also a whole host of other great things to do in between the parks. Whether you’re jetting between Disney World and Universal Studios, or you just really want to go to SeaWorld, you should definitely make time in between park visits to check out some of these great other sites.
Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Centre
Not far from Orlando, both Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Centre are must see spots for any space geek in your group. If you time your visit right you can get front row tickets to watch rockets or even shuttles blast off from the cape into outer space. The Kennedy Space Centre is a great place to learn about the US Space Race, including leftover pieces of the old Saturn V and Apollo rockets that took man into orbit and beyond. For something truly unique though, be sure to catch Buzz Aldrin’s space suit – still covered in moon dust.
This portion of the state in the far south is a protected area of over a million acres that borders much of the southern coastline. Home to numerous different species of wildlife including west indian manatees, crocodiles, leatherback turtles and hundreds of different birds, this region made up of coastline, wetland, marshland and pine flats is a huge tourist draw for anyone who loves nature and getting outdoors. Keep an eye out for the Florida panther, a native to the area and if you’re lucky you may spot one hanging out in the mangrove trees or low lying plains of the sawgrass.
This string of pearl-like islands in the very south of the state are home to numerous luxury resorts. For a unique experience, consider renting a car and driving the length of the islands – connected by a highway. This makes accessing the further outlying islands easier than relying on ferries or flights and means that almost anyone can catch a bit of sea, sand and sun on pristine beaches and at high class resorts if the idea tickles your fancy. Be sure to pack your swimsuit – you will want to get in the water down here.
Yep, you read that right! Disney Cruises are a thing and the characters aren’t just confined to Disney World parks anymore! Now you and your kids can sail off into the sunset alongside your favourite Disney characters such as Pluto, Goofy, the princesses and more. Cruises typically sail around the Bahamas or the Florida Keys and range in length. Just imagine enjoying an all inclusive cruise alongside your Disney favourites – a must for any child.
So there you have a couple great ways you can enjoy Florida in between checking out the numerous amazing theme parks on offer. Don’t forget to buy your park tickets in advance to both save money and time. Most importantly, get those bags packed because Florida awaits!