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Top 10 Attractions in Florida

Florida isn't called the sunshine state for nothing. With golden rays all year-round, and being the second-largest state east of the Mississippi, a lifetime isn't enough to see everything in Florida! However, here are some pretty good places to start.

  • Walt Disney World

    1. Walt Disney World

    The happiest place in the world, Walt Disney World welcomes millions of national and international visitors each year, adults and children alike!

  • Miami Beach

    2. Miami Beach

    Discover this Atlantic beach and how its delights go past sand and sea: check out the Botanical Gardens!

  • Kennedy Space Center

    3. Kennedy Space Center

    An out-of-this-world experience devoted to all things NASA. Stroll the US Astronaut Hall of Fame, take a simulated shuttle flight, and visit the Rocket Garden.

  • Florida Keys

    4. Florida Keys

    The Keys are ideal for a vacation, whether you're looking for action-packed or relaxed. Key West, the biggest island, also holds the Ernest Hemingway museum!

  • 5. Tampa Theater

    This isn't just any old theater - it's on the US National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1926, it's a lovely place to visit today - and not just to catch a movie!

  • Busch Gardens

    6. Busch Gardens

    At Tampa's Busch Gardens, you can get white-knuckle thrills on rollercoasters and see animals like giraffes all within a few acres of each other.

  • Salvador Dali Museum

    7. Salvador Dali Museum

    Dedicated to the eccentric Spanish painter, the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg will enthrall art fans. Check out the permanent exhibition of his works.

  • Wizarding World of Harry Potter

    8. Wizarding World of Harry Potter

    Are you still waiting on your Hogwarts acceptance letter? In the meantime you can still go shopping on Diagon Alley, ride through Gringotts, and watch the Tri-Wizard Tournament.

  • Everglades

    9. Everglades

    As the largest subtropical national park in the country, the Everglades is a must-visit for all outdoorsy types. Spot animals like crocodiles in protected wilderness!

  • 10. Sea Islands

    Lesser known than the Keys, this chain of islands in the north of the state is a little more laid-back. Relax in the company of idyllic beach houses and white sands.

Planning Your Visit

  • When should I go?

    Florida is one of the southernmost American states, so it will be warm throughout the year. If you are not a fan of hot and humid weather, it is best to avoid the peak summer months.

  • When do things open?

    Generally, most attractions open around 9:00AM, but there will definitely be lines at the most popular ones. It may be worth your while to have an early start when going to Walt Disney World, for example.

  • What should I wear?

    The most important thing is to keep yourself protected from the blazing sun - that means reapplying sunscreen, staying in the shade around midday, and drinking plenty of water to prevent dehydration.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    Spring and early fall tend to be the best times to visit if you like the sunshine, but don't want intense heat and humidity.

What people are saying about Florida

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 16,515 reviews

first I want to say that the communication was very bad. they don't tell you what stop to get off for the boat tour..or where to go when you get off and they don't answer your questions when you email so you need to figure it out yourself. Luckily I had read some bad reviews and knew that it would happen...when I saw water at a stop we asked and driver said yes off. we had no idea we needed to get another ticket for an undisclosed ticket office we were told when we finally found the boat (Bayside Marketplace is the stop and the boat company is Island Queen. fyi, your online OR printed vouchers are NOT good for this trip...you DO have to show your printed BUS ticket to get a new boat ticket THEN get in line for the boat. all of this mess aside. The Boat tour was REALLY GOOD and we tipped $20 the guide was so good!! and funny too. JB was his name. the bus tour was good but there was NOT A GUIDE so you are on your own to figure it all out. put in your headphones asap and listen.

Could use a bit more direction when getting off the bus and moving to the boat tour - the bus tour itself was in need of a little updating on the audio and did not quite match up with the timing at times (probably due to traffic) - but was good history (and several times repeated itself to an extent) - the boat tour was good (speaker was excellent) but it would have been nice to be a little less crowded - should have used the bigger boat! Great weather!

Loved the experience! It was super fun and entertaining! The hotel pickup, the tours and the tour guides and drivers. Our airboat tour guide Chris was as excited as us to see the Aligators. Only thing I wish they improve is the tipping jar and digitalize it, specially post covid. venmo/apple pay/ cash/ paypal for tips would be really great for the people that work hard for this!

Hans was a fantastic guide he was very knowledgeable and on time to our appointment. The scheduling was a bit strange as it showed the time for midnight but it was actually 8 am. He called to let us know. I 100% recommend a tour through banana joes!

One of the best tour I have ever had. Our guid Ashley was amazing. She was very passionate to describe Cuban food and culture. She is very attentive and made sure everyone had a great time. I would rate her 10 stars if that’s possible :)