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Florida destinations, parks and attractions

Are you going on a road trip to Florida, looking for tips about the destinations so you and your party can enjoy it, be comfortable and not spend a fortune?

Here are some of the top destinations in Florida and tips about visiting them

Top Florida destinations

  1. Beaches of course.  There are so many, there are whole websites dedicated to them.  You can't go wrong with any Florida beach.
  2. Disney World (FL) - 1180 Seven Seas Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
  3. Universal Orlando (FL) - Amusement park with many of the fastest roller coasters and movie themed rides.
  4. SeaWorld - SeaWorld Orlando, 7007 Sea World Drive, Orlando, FL 32821. SeaWorld is home to both aquariums, sea shows and some of the tallest, fastest roller coasters in Orlando, including three that consistently rank on the Top 10 lists of coaster enthusiasts: our newest hypercoaster, Mako®. The floorless favorite, Kraken®. And the face-down flying coaster in a class all its own, Manta® – one of the top ranked roller coasters in Orlando.
  5. Key West - Famous as a home of Ernest Hemingway, free range chickens, Key Lime pies, a massive number of bars, and Jimmy Buffet songs, the self-proclaimed "Conch Shell Republic" s Florida's southernmost point, about 90 miles north of Cuba. You can get their by puddle jumping airplane from Miami, cruise-ships or from the mainland via the Overseas Highway. It has beautiful coral reefs for diving and snorkeling but few beaches.
  6. Miami -Drawing a multi-cultural mix including Cubans, Central and South Americans, Miami has a Hispanic flavor with nightlife in South Beach,  the Art Deco district,, Cuban restaurants in  Little Havana. Many family-owned shops in Coconut Grove. The city has beaches, deep-sea fishing, golf and tennis; .pro sports with major league footballbasketballhockey and baseball.
  7. Cape Canaveral  -The Kennedy Space Center, north of the Cape Canaveral, has a NASA shuttle launch simulation and astronaut memorabilia. You can visit the Air Force Space and Missile Museum, the Manatee Sanctuary Park with a waterfront boardwalk and more. .
  8. See the wildlife
    Swim with the manatees (November to March)
    Swim with dolphins
    Visit SeaWorld
  9. Everglades National Park:, Pa-Hay-okee OverlookMiami, Naples, and Homestead, FL. Everglades National Park protects an unparalleled landscape that provides important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee, American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther. An international treasure as well - a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, a Wetland of International Importance, and a specially protected area under the Cartagena Treaty.
  10. St. Augustine, FL - on the northeast coast of Florida, at over 450 years old, is the oldest city in the U.S., with Spanish colonial architecture, including the Castillo de San Marcos, a 17th-century Spanish stone fortress. It also has Atlantic Ocean beaches and a protected wildlife sanctuary.
  11. John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art - A 66-acre museum complex from one of the 4 brothers who founded the Ringling Brothers Circus - in Sarasota, Florida, featuring the State Art Museum of Florida, Circus Museum, Ca’ d’Zan mansion, and Bayfront Gardens.

National parks and monuments in Florida

Florida State parks and historic sites

Florida Seasons, bugs, topography and climate

The north and central parts of Florida are humid and subtropical. Most of South Florida has a hot, humid tropical climate. The rainy season is from May through October, when air mass thundershowers that build in the heat of the day drop heavy but brief summer rainfall. The Tampa area is the lightning strike capital of the US and most of central Florida experiences afternoon thundershowers in summer afternoons. Don't ask about the giant cockroaches that are called Palmetto bugs. They're huge and they can leap and fly. Eeew. Keep your tent zipped up.

Florida Camping tips

Camping and cabin reservations can be made using one of the following methods:

book a cabin or campsite at one of our Florida State Parks. Just visit the new Florida State Parks Campground Reservations site or call toll free at 1-800-326-3521 or TDD 888-433-0287 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern time.​​ You can buy day passes there, too.
• Online - Reserve Florida State Parks.
• Call center - 800-326-3521 or TDD 888-433-0287 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time.
• At a park - Visitors can contact the park directly to make reservations for primitive sites, primitive group camps and developed group camps.

Most state parks are open 8 a.m. to sundown, 365 days a year. Visitors may make campsite or cabin reservations before 1 p.m. on the same day until 11 months in advance.

Cabin reservations may be made from one day up to 11 months in advance of your arrival date.

Reservations can be made beyond 11 months only when the reservation period starts within the 11-month period and ends outside that period. The result is reservations could extend 11 months and 14 days in the future.

There are both state parks and private campgrounds in Florida.