If I suggested a trip to Florida, you’d probably roll your eyes at the prospect of walking around theme parks all day, every day for a week. That’s what it’s known for after all. The theme parks in Florida are perfect for a great, if hectic, family holiday. But if you don’t have kids, or if you just want a quieter family affair, that doesn’t mean you need to write off Florida entirely. While it might be known for its theme parks, that’s only a tiny fraction of what it has to offer. These are some of the best reasons to visit Florida outside of the theme parks.
Orlando is where most of the theme parks are found and the majority of people don’t venture outside them when they’re in Orlando but that’s a real shame because there is a lot more to see. If you enjoy a bit of retail therapy, Orlando is the place for you. There are some amazing shopping districts in the area, just be aware that it can get a bit pricey. If you want something a little more affordable, the old town area has a lot of retro shops that are more affordable. Beyond that, there are loads of great art galleries and other cultural attractions to visit during the day, before spending the evening enjoying one of the many amazing restaurants and finding some of the great nightclubs or live music venues that Orlando has to offer.
If you don’t know Florida for theme parks, you know it for Miami, and it’s exactly like you think it is. Beautiful white beaches lined with palm trees, fancy bars and casinos. If vibrant nightlife is top of your list of priorities, Miami is the place to go. There are some great places to stay like the South Beach Vacation Club Pulse that offer luxury accommodation, perfectly situated near the best restaurants and nightlife. Miami is a world away from the kid friendly theme park areas so it’s probably not the best place for a family vacation, but if it’s just the adults, it’s ideal.
The Florida Keys
The Florida Keys offer the same vibrant nightlife that you find in Miami but the pace is a little slower so it’s good for a more relaxed holiday. It’s also a great destination for wildlife lovers because there are loads of great scuba diving areas where you can see some incredible tropical fish as well as America’s only living coral reef. For the adventurers out there, there are scuba diving trips that take you down to old shipwrecks in the ocean. The Keys are made up of a string of islands but they’re all joined by one long road so getting around is no problem. It’s not that big so you should be able to see most of it during your trip. While you’re there, don’t forget to taste the world famous key lime pie that originated in the area.
Don’t write Florida off just yet, there’s so much more to see outside of the theme parks.