Florida is one of world’s top ranking destinations and Orlando alone receives just over 50 million visitors per year making it one of America’s most popular vacation cities. With its theme parks, beaches and national parks this is a state that’s geared towards family activities and it’s also a destination where your spending money will stretch a lot further than you might first think.
A family getaway should be all about the fun and here are just a few reasons why Florida excels as a vacation hotspot.
The theme park state
The city of Orlando is regarded as the world’s theme park capital and is home to the famous Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Universal Studios. A trip to this city would be on any child’s wish list and will provide life-long memories. Of course Orlando isn’t just about Mickey Mouse and this city makes a great base from which to explore some of the world’s best beaches such as those found in the Caribbean-like Fort De Soto Park to the west and Daytona Beach to the east. You can also make the 45 minute trip from Orlando to the Kennedy Space Center to view the Atlantis space shuttle and explore the cosmos with mind-blowing IMAX movies.
The outdoor state
Bad weather can definitely spoil a vacation but Florida holidays pretty much guarantee year round high temperatures. This means that no matter which season you arrive you can enjoy the beaches at the city of Miami or take a boat trip to enjoy the tropical Florida Keys. This is a state awash with amazing national parks and excursions can include the Everglades to get up close to the alligators or have some fun on the flume rides at Weeki Wachee Springs. Don’t miss the chance to trek through the jungle trails at Caladesi Island State Park or why not explore the underworld caves that date back millions of years at the Florida Caverns State Park near Tallahassee.
Florida is one state that won’t break the bank when it comes to vacation expenses and the attractions, transport and restaurants are surprisingly affordable. There’s also a wealth of accommodation options available and many are geared towards families so you’ll always find something to suit your needs and budget. Visitors from abroad will also find that the excellent currency exchange rates make this a very feasible holiday spot. There’s also the option of all-inclusive package deals, which do make good financial sense with all meals, drinks and certain activities included in the price.
A Florida family vacation is a safe bet in terms of fun, excellent weather and beautiful beaches. There’s a huge amount to see and do whether exploring the theme parks, the vibrant cities or the great outdoors – no wonder Florida is called the sunshine state.
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