Florida’s landmarks and attractions are world-famous – but if you just follow the tourist handbook, you could end up missing out on some of the real gems in the Sunshine State. Here we’ve taken a look at the area’s best attractions, from state parks to historical landmarks, giving you a glimpse of the true Florida and its background.

You may already know that Florida is home to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center; what you may not know is that you can visit it and experience the thrills for yourself. The experience is as educational as it is exciting, allowing it to tie in nicely with a tour of Florida’s various historical and cultural landmarks, with a roster than includes Ernest Hemingway’s Key West retreat and Pensacola’s military outpost Fort Barrancas.

If you’d rather discover the peaceful side of Florida, the state’s National Parks are truly something to behold; the famous Everglades are home to some of the region’s most fascinating wildlife, while the swamp forests of Fakahatchee will give you a chance to sit back and explore by boat, or get dirty hunting for flora and fauna!

Whatever it is you’re looking for from your Florida trip, the many attractions on offer will ensure there’s always something new and interesting to discover. In this section we’ll go through our favourites in a little more detail, so you can learn more about the biggest and most beautiful secrets Florida is keeping.