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Florida Holiday Inspiration
Florida has a variety of fun, engaging games to meet even the most adventurous of people. Travelling with family, friends, as a couple or even a solo trip Florida has you covered. Avoid limitations and travel around Florida either by flight or a long scenic drive
Florida Holiday Inspiration
Whether you're planning your very first trip to Florida or you're returning and looking for some brand-new places to explore, you're sure to find plenty of holiday inspiration below. We've put together a definitive list of Florida-focused holiday ideas to suit every kind of traveller, from solo adventurers to large families and groups of friends!
Grab a notebook and get ready to start planning your next trip to the Sunshine State today.
Family holiday ideas in Florida
New family of three or brood of five or six, there are so many amazing locations in Florida for families to discover. Your options really are endless, but here's a few ideas to get you started.
- Visit Orlando's biggest theme parks
When you think about family fun in Florida, Orlando always comes out on top. Home to some of the world's best theme parks, it's easy to plan multiple action-packed days out here. From major attractions like Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando, to Aquatica Orlando, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
- Make the most of Tampa
Located alongside Florida's beautiful Gulf Coast, both adults and kids alike will adore Tampa. For an educational day out, families can explore the historic Ybor City with its rich Cuban culture while thrill seekers shouldn't miss Busch Gardens. As well as extraordinary rides you'll be able to visit the 12,000 animals that call Busch Gardens home or settle down to watch one of the amazing family-friendly live shows.
If you’re a family of foodies, travel blogger Chloe Gunning AKA Wanderlust Chloe, says:
The best place for food on her trip to Florida was Tampa’s food markets: “I was really impressed with Tampa's food scene. It has lots of cool food markets including The Hall On Franklin and Armature Works. At both of those you can order from lots of different counters, sampling everything from ceviche to bao under one roof!
- Enjoy the wildlife surrounding Key Largo and Kings Bay
Little ones who adore animals will have the time of their lives visiting Key Largo. It's the perfect central location, with the Everglades National Park and the only living coral reef in the United States both close by. Sea turtles, tropical fish, flamingos, alligators and more await - just make sure you pack your hats and sunscreen before you embark on your outdoor adventures!
Another wildlife hotspot for the family to enjoy is Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge in Kings Bay. Travel blogger Chloe took the opportunity to swim with the marine wildlife:
“Crystal River is an incredible and surprising place to visit in Florida. The water there is so clear, and it's one of the top places in the world to swim with manatees. It was SUCH a special experience.”
Group holiday ideas in Florida
Holidays are always better when shared with great friends. Whether you're heading to Florida to relax or to dance the night away, you're guaranteed to find a location that's perfect for your group.
- Party in Miami
If you're interested in urban Florida, then you're going to adore Miami. Chill out during the day on golden sands, then head to South Beach, Ocean Drive or even the Art Deco Historic District as the sun begins to set. Groups who love to dance the night away will be spoilt for choice thanks to Miami's thriving nightlife, there's something different to do every single evening
- Explore the Everglades
Get the most out of a trip to the Everglades National Park by joining a tour. From short one-hour airboat tours to full-day tours that including hiking, an airboat ride, kayaking and more, you'll be able to see some of Florida's most breathtaking natural locations.
- Take a trip to Blue Spring State Park
Known for its amazing weather, sometimes it's nice to simply kick back and relax with friends in Florida. You can do just this, enjoy a picnic and soak up some rays at Blue Spring State Park in Orange City - but there's a lot more to this State Park. While you're there, you can canoe, kayak, scuba dive or even camp if you fancy, but make sure you don't miss the manatees during the winter - it's an outstanding sight.
Couple holiday ideas in Florida
Blessed with beautiful sunsets and many peaceful locations, Florida is a haven for couples. For a truly romantic break, consider the following locations for your next trip
- Retreat to Dry Tortugas
Tranquillity is guaranteed when you visit Dry Tortugas, a small group of islands based at the very end of the Florida Keys. You can only reach the islands via boat or waterplane, but the journey is definitely worth it. With azure waters, white sandy beaches, an amazing coral reef and so much more, it's a true paradise.
- Visit Amelia Island
Couples who escape to Amelia Island are guaranteed a holiday or complete relaxation. Over 13 miles of perfectly kept beaches and clear seas await, as well as world-class golf courses, delicious restaurants and plenty of spots to enjoy a gass of wine and watch the sun as it sets.
- Beach walks in Fort Myers
You'll find beautiful beaches all over Florida, but Fort Myers is blessed with some of the most romantic. A must-see is Lovers Key State Park, which opens from 8am until sunset and it's often praised for its remoteness. Dolphin cruises are a wonderful way to spend a day with a loved one too - you'll find plenty around Fort Meyers.
Solo holiday ideas in Florida
Taking a trip alone to Florida is sure to be an amazing experience, and no matter where you go it's set to be a trip you'll always remember. Here's a few of our top recommendations for solo explorers.
- Head to St. Augustine
As the oldest city in America, St. Augustine is a must-visit if you love to explore cities full of history. Quaint yet quirky, you can spend your holiday discovering over 450 years of culture. From the 17th-century Castillo de San Marcos and St Augustine Lighthouse to exciting art galleries, boutique stores and venues with live music, you'll have plenty to keep you busy.
- Island hopping in the Florida Keys
You never know who you'll meet and what you'll see in the Florida Keys. Whether you're a huge fan of water sports, love to go snorkelling, are looking for a place to simply escape to or you're excited to meet likeminded adventurers, Florida's most-loved islands have it all. Start at Key Largo, head to Islamorada and then Duck Key and don't forget about the famous Key West.
Fly drive holiday ideas in Florida
Never heard of a fly drive holiday? It's essentially a holiday you book at a fixed price, with flights and a car all included. With approximately 1,197 miles of Floridian shoreline to explore, there are so many different routes you can take. Your adventure awaits!
- Orlando to Miami
After a few days making the most of Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld, jump behind the wheel and head towards Miami making stops at Kissimmee, Lake Okeechobee, Fort Lauderdale on the way.
- Orlando to the Florida Keys
Not seeking thrills? You could spend the start of your trip in Orlando exploring Disney's Hollywood Studios instead, and a walk down International Drive is a must. From here, head to Kissimmee, Port Saint Lucie, Miami and the Everglades before finishing at the paradise that is the Florida Keys.
- Orlando to Jacksonville
Head north from Orlando instead, and end your journey in Jacksonville. We recommend stopping off at Daytona Beach for a bit of relaxation before veering slightly west to see the Ocala National Forest and Salt Springs. Once you've absorbed as much natural beauty as possible, continue on towards Jacksonville!
Looking to travel to Florida on a budget? Make sure you read our guide to discover how you can get the best deal on your next trip!
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