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Things to do in Florida

Theme Parks, Beaches, and Other Top Florida Attractions

Whether you’re interested in live sports, a trip to the amusement park or just some fun in the sun, our list of things to do in Florida has you covered. Start planning your next Florida vacation with great rates at Choice Hotels properties conveniently located near all of Florida’s major attractions, including Disney World, Busch Gardens, South Beach and more. By clicking on the find hotels link you’ll find hotels in Florida near your favorite Florida attractions.

Walt Disney World

With an annual attendance around 52.5 million, Disney World is the most visited attractions in Florida. Explore Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney Hollywood Studios and Disney Animal Kingdom for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation your family will never forget.

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Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando is a theme park themed designed to make visitors feel like they’re exploring a massive movie set. The park is divided into four major areas, all of which offer plenty of rides, attractions, shopping and dining: Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Wet ‘n Wild Orlando and Universal City Walk Orlando. Make sure not to miss the recently-opened Wizarding World of Harry Potter, located within Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

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Kennedy Space Center

Anyone interested in the history of NASA and space travel needs to pay a visit to Kennedy Space Center. Located about an hour from Orlando, this space center has served as the launch site for every manned space mission since 1968, serving as the point of departure for Neal Armstrong and the rest of the Apollo 11 crew that first set foot on the moon.

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Busch Gardens Tampa

Whether you are looking to see some exotic animals or ride some roller coasters, Busch Gardens is an ideal place to visit on vacation. The park contains various themed areas, each centered on a different African city or country. Busch Gardens Tampa also features unique live animal exhibits like the Cheetah Run and Serengeti Plain, as well as four of the world’s Top 50 rollercoasters according to Amusement Today.

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Legoland Florida

Kids of all ages will find something to capture their interest at Legoland Florida. Opened in 2011, this amusement park brings the world of Lego to life, offering plenty of rides and interactive play areas across its 13 themed zones.

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South Beach

No trip to Florida would be complete without a little fun in the sun at the beach at one of the top Florida beaches. Located in downtown Miami, South Beach is a great place to play in the sand, sunbath, and enjoy the ocean waves. Once the sun sets, the area is also a popular nightlife destination, with plenty of opportunities for fine dining and entertainment.

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Amelia Island

Located northeast of Jacksonville, Amelia Island is a great place to relax and enjoy the beautiful weather that Florida is known for. Featuring seven golf courses, the island is a golfer’s paradise, and history buffs will enjoy exploring the Island’s interesting past.

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Daytona International Speedway

A visit to Daytona International Speedway is a must-see location for any race fans visiting Florida. This famous racetrack hosts a number of NASCAR events over the course of the year, none more important than the Daytona 500, the most prestigious event on the Sprint Cup circuit.

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Sun Life Stadium

Sun Life Stadium is the perfect place for football in southern Florida. The stadium currently serves as the home of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins and the University of Miami Hurricanes. Sun Life Stadium also has the honor of hosting college football’s Orange Bowl every January, and has also served as the site of the Super Bowl on five occasions.

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Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is one of the top things to do in Florida and is home to over 2,000 animals spread out across 110 acres. The zoo’s main draw is its Range of the Jaguar attraction, but visitors can also enjoy exhibits dedicated to the East African Plans, Great Apes of the World, the Australian Outback and more.

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