Florida is an excellent place for a vacation. It is called the sunshine state for a reason .The weather is more often than not bright and warm and there are a lot of things to see and do. Most of the fun things to see and do are located in the Central Florida area, especially the more family friendly places. Entertainment includes both natural and man made recreation.
Florida is well known for its beautiful soft sandy beaches. They are the place to go to lounge and catch a tan or play in the waves. The beaches are also a vasts ecosystem of birds and marine life, such as dolphins, to watch. The beaches provide keepsakes of the trip as well in the form of gorgeous sea shells. Florida also provides the choice of the cool deep waters and heavy waves of the Atlantic ocean on one coast and the warmer, calmer waters of the Gulf of Mexico on the other.
While sand, salt water and the terrifying depths of the ocean are not everyone’s cup of tea, there is still a way to enjoy the warm sun and cool water. Central Florida has many natural fresh water springs that are open to the public including Crystal Springs and Rainbow Springs. These are great places to hang out and beat the heat by swimming in the cool clear water.
While the bulk of the swampy Everglades are farther toward the South of Florida the central area still has many state and national parks to visit. The lakes and rivers have encouraged the state to create preservation for the wildlife and habitat that people can enjoy. Crystal River, for instance, provides a number of great areas for day trips and camping alike.
Man Made Destinations
- Theme Parks
- Historical Sites
- Unique Bars/Restaurants
Florida is known for it’s theme parks. One of the most popular and well known, of course, is Walt Disney World in Orlando. Also in Orlando is Universal Studios, Sea World, Ripley’s and others. In Tampa there is a water park called Adventure Island. For animal lovers there is Busch Gardens and Lowry Park Zoo.
Florida is loaded with historical sites to visit. Florida was the first recorded place in what would become the United States to be landed on by the Spanish. Juan Ponce De Leon named it Florida which means “flowery” because of the beautiful landscape he found. His discovery lead to the placement of many Spanish forts and other historical settlements over time, many of which can be explored by the public today.
Unique Bars and Restaurants
While there are many interesting and unique places to eat in Central Florida, for family friendly food and entertainment one stands out. Medieval Times in Orlando is a dinner theater like none other. It is like a permanently established Renaissance Fair. Delicious themed dinners are complimented by the excitement of knights preforming tricks on horses and jousting to thrill the crowd.
Central Florida is full of enough fun and excitement to fill a vacation to maximum capacity. A single trip may not even be enough.