Who hasn’t at one point or another looked at going to Florida? With the beautiful beaches, Disney World, Legoland and Universal Studios these are enough of a reason to visit but what else is there to see and do? Have a peek below but before you do, I think if we were to visit, I think I would book a villa. Villa holidays in Orlando would give us our own space and Lucas has more area to run around and play, I also don’t need to worry about people in the next hotel room being noisy when Lucas is sleeping or Lucas disturbing them early in the morning.
Kennedy Space Centre
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is organised into Mission Zones where attractions and tours are grouped by chronological era. From the dawn of space exploration to current and ongoing missions, you can get an up-close, hands-on feel for the story of humans in space.
Celebrate the pioneers of NASA’s early space programs which inspired a nation to reach for the stars. Go behind the gates and get access to historic launch sites and working spaceflight facilities on Kennedy Space Center Bus Tours.
What began as a space race between two world superpowers fostered inspiration about perseverance, ingenuity and destiny. Now, witness the size and scale of the Saturn V moon rocket, and feel the emotion of the Apollo era with a captivating collection of experiences.
Stand in awe of an American icon at the permanent home of the actual space shuttle Atlantis. Then, strap yourself in for liftoff at the Shuttle Launch Experience®. Thirty years of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program comes to life in this Mission Zone.
Learn about NASA missions, from where they are now to where they’re going next!
Biscayne National Park
Within sight of downtown Miami, yet worlds away, Biscayne National Park protects a rare combination of aquamarine waters, emerald islands, and fish-bejeweled coral reefs. Here too is evidence of 10,000 years of human history, from pirates and shipwrecks to pineapple farmers and presidents. Outdoor enthusiasts can boat, snorkel, camp, watch wildlife…or simply relax in a rocking chair gazing out over the bay.
Barrier Island Sanctuary
Located inside the Archie Carr National Refuge, Barrier Island Sanctuary is a 34-acre sanctuary that offers nature enthusiasts and visitors a place to explore the barrier island’s diverse habitats through interactive exhibits with access to ocean, lagoon and everything in between. It is free to visit and during June and July, there are a limited number of places for the public to go on a guided sea turtle walk. Florida’s beaches, especially along the east central coast in the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, provide nesting habitat for more nesting loggerhead turtles than any place in the Western Hemisphere and more endangered green turtles than any place in North America. In addition, endangered leatherback sea turtles nest in the Carr Refuge.
Everglades National Park
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.
National Naval Aviation Museum
The National Naval Aviation Museum is the world’s largest Naval Aviation museum and one of the most-visited museums in the state of Florida. Share the excitement of Naval Aviation’s rich history and see more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Aviation. These historic and one-of-a-kind aircraft are displayed both inside the Museum’s nearly 350,000 square feet of exhibit space and outside on its 37-acre grounds.
The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory
There are plenty of things to do in Key West. Feel your stress fade away as you enter The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory. Relax and be amazed as you stroll through their tropical paradise. Walk through a magical and inviting environment filled with hundreds of the most beautiful winged creatures in nature. During your breathtaking journey you will experience an impressive collection of flowering plants, colourful birds, cascading waterfalls and trees that set the stage for the “flowers of the sky.” Witness a variety of 50 to 60 butterfly species from around the world, along with over 20 exotic bird species, all under a climate- controlled, glass enclosed habitat.
In The Learning Centre, explore the butterfly anatomy, physiology, life cycle, feeding and migratory world of the Monarch. Also get a rare close up view of a variety of live caterpillars feeding and developing on their host plants.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay theme park has child friendly rides, water activities, play areas, games and shows will provide your children with hours of fun, designed just for them. There are child-friendly services and assistance located throughout the park to make it easy for you and your family.
Little ones can enjoy child-friendly rides, cool water fun and plenty of memorable shows and adventures with Sesame Street friends!
With tree top climbing nets and a multi-level maze for bigger children plus water fun for younger children, this 3-story climbing play area is perfect for the whole family.
Celebrate showtime at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay with fabulous live entertainment from world-class performers. It’s all part of the family-friendly combination of attractions that will make your vacation unforgettable and leave your children with incredible memories!
Experience up-close, personal encounters with some of nature’s most amazing animals in natural habitats such as the expansive Serengeti Plain or in their award-winning Jungala area animal habitats!
Caverns State Park
Cool air, the sound of dripping water, a visual array of mystifying stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones and draperies. This is what greets visitors when they explore the otherworldly depths of Florida Caverns.
Florida Caverns extends visitors a rarity in the state, a chance to explore stunning caves. In moving between the large underground rooms, one can observe the many chisel marks made by 1930s-era Civilian Conservation Corps workers. These hard-working men enlarged the cave passageways by hand so visitors could stand upright during the guided tours. They also built the park’s spacious visitor’s center and a unique nine-hole golf course set in beautiful rolling terrain.
Located next to the Chipola River and Blue Hole Spring, after emerging from the limestone caverns, a park visitor can take in boating, fishing or a hike. These attractions and more await visitors at Florida Caverns State Park.
Have you been to Florida? Where did you visit?x