Whenever I think of Florida, two things spring to mind – long white beaches and theme parks. These tend to be the main reasons why people head to the sunshine state every year, but I’ve put together a guide to Florida if you want to find out other things you can see and do here.Busch GardensOkay, so we all know about Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World in Florida’s theme park capital, Orlando, but what about its other attractions? Busch Gardens, situated in Tampa Bay, is another great place to visit with the kids and you’ll not just find a huge number of rides here, but also a zoo, live shows, shops, games and restaurants.
Within the 365 acre park, there more than 2,000 animals (including giraffes, tigers and cheetahs), which you can see up close. You may have tired yourself on the rides at Disney World, but try to conserve some energy for the rollercoasters at Busch Gardens. One such ride is Cheetah Hunt, which launches at speeds of 60 mph so you can feel the velocity the big cats travel at.
SheiKra is another ride I’d love to go on, with the rollercoaster climbing 200 ft before tipping you over an edge at 90 degrees and dropping through a loop at 70 mphs – scary stuff!
When you first think of Miami, you might just imagine high-rise hotels and golden beaches – now while the city has a lot of these, it is also home to so much more than that. Firstly, it has an eclectic mix of cultures, with a vast number of Cubans living here, and as a result of this, you’ll find lots of bars and clubs playing Spanish music, restaurants serving Central American cuisine and activities such as Flamenco dancing on offer.
Miami is also known for its Art Deco district, and I’d love to visit this area to see the many buildings that were constructed in this style of design. It’d be like stepping back in time and could leave you in awe of the city’s interesting architecture.
If you’re planning to head to Florida on your tour of America, I’d make some time to go to Key West. This is the southernmost point in the country, as well as the state, and it is here you’ll come across some of the best beaches in Florida.
Once you see pictures of the Florida Keys, you’ll want to book the first flight to the US, with images of bright blue skies, white sandy beaches and turquoise waters tempting you to head there straightaway. Of course, you’ll be keen to spend a few days just lying on the silky-soft sand and soaking up the sunshine, but there are lots of activities you can take part in here as well.
It is a great destination for snorkelers and scuba divers, and you can even see a shipwreck in the ocean as well as beautiful brightly-coloured marine life. If you love water sports but don’t fancy going beneath the surface, you can go on a fishing charter and put your skills to the test. This area is renowned for its delicious seafood, and I’d definitely make some time to spend dining on freshly-caught fish at one of its beachside restaurants. Could there be anywhere more idyllic than this?