10 Best Places to Visit in Florida

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All Americans are well aware that the Sunshine State is one of the most beautiful destinations in the United States. You can enjoy anything you could possibly imagine you would want from a vacation: incredible weather (even in December!), dreamy beaches, tons of theme parks and attractions around every corner in every city in the state. It is a wonderful destination for couples, families with kids and traveling solo because you have so many things to do and you literally can never get bored. You have every reason to travel to this state at least once in your life, and we are ready to supply you with some of the greatest ideas. You can find our favorite 10 best places to visit in Florida below; have fun and have a safe trip to paradise!

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1. Salvador Dali Museum

Even though Florida is widely reputed for its beaches and theme parks, one of the loveliest cultural gems in the state is the Salvador Dali Museum. Located in St Petersburg, the Dali Museum was founded by Reynolds and Eleanor Morse in 2011 and is home to almost 100 oil paintings and original Salvador Dali works of art. Tickets range from $8 to $24 and children under the age of 5 can enter for free.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 12:  Cars race during the NASCAR Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway on February 12, 2011 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR)

2. Daytona International Speedway

Do you have a need for speed? Then you have to visit the Daytona International Speedway when traveling to Florida. Host of the world famous Daytona 500, the race track was set up in 1959 by the founder of NASCAR, Bill France Sr. A great number of racing events take place there every year, so if you are a moto junkie you have to check it out.

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3. Universal Orlando

Widely considered the Theme Park Capital of the World, Orlando is the one of the best places to visit in Florida for hours and hours of fun and adrenaline rushes. By visiting Universal Orlando, you benefit from two awesome theme parks (Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida), four super cool hotels (Hard Rock Hotel, Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort) and the Universal CityWalk Orlando for nightlife adventures.

POLK COUNTY, FL – October 7, 2011 -- The public gets the first glimpse during AAA preview days at LEGOLAND® Florida, Central Florida's newest theme park.  Opening October 15, 2011 just outside Orlando, LEGOLAND Florida will provide interactive entertainment for families with children ages 2-12 . (PHOTO/LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin Entertainments Group, Chip Litherland).

4. Legoland Florida

It is impossible for your childhood to not have included building with legos. The amazing 145 acre theme park in Winter Haven dedicated to our favorite tiny building blocks is a fantastic choice for your children (or to bring out the kid in you). Legoland Florida was officially opened in 2010 and welcomes visitors with over 45 attractions that will offer an entire day of fun with the family.

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5. Kennedy Space Center

One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind! If you want to get closer to space, you have to visit the Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Florida (about a one hour drive from Orlando). It serves as one of the most popular and best places to visit in Florida thanks to its historical value, intriguing guided tours and the fact that it supports the Launch Complex 39, which “has been used to launch every NASA human space flight, including Skylab (1973), the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (1974), and the Space Shuttle program (1981-2011)”, according to Wikipedia. Definitely a must see!

KEY LARGO, FL - MAY 16:  In this handout photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Annette Robertson explores a portion of the artificial reef  Spiegel Grove on May 16 2012, in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, off Key Largo, Florida. Thursday, May 17, marks the 10th anniversary of the former 510-foot, U.S. Navy landing ship dock's scuttling to become an artificial reef. The Spiegel Grove gained international attention May 17, 2002, when it sank prematurely and rolled over leaving its upside-down bow protruding above the sea. Three weeks later salvagers sank it fully on its side and in July 2005, Hurricane Dennis helped to set it upright.  (Photo by Stephen Frink/Florida Keys News Bureau via Getty Images)

6. Florida Keys

If you want to witness nature’s miracles at their finest, Florida Keys is the destination for you. Travel south to discover the breath-taking coral cay archipelago that hundreds of thousands of tourists visit every year for its sheer beauty. While visiting the Florida Keys, you should visit Mallory Square, the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the Dolphin Research Center, the Harry S. Truman Little White House or the Theater of the Sea. Surprisingly, the top rated tourist attraction in the Florida Keys on Trip Advisor is the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, so it’s good to keep in mind.

Three of the orcas demonstrate a trick near the end of the show. This trick is actually meant to show how killer whales can jump on on ice edges to catch their prey.

7. SeaWorld Orlando

While in Orlando you simply must visit SeaWorld, Aquatica and Discovery Cove. Just one look at Shamu, the theme park’s killer whale mascot, will melt your heart and make you appreciate marine life more than you ever have before. “In 2013, SeaWorld Orlando hosted an estimated 5.1 million guests, ranking it the tenth most visited amusement park in the United States and nineteenth worldwide,” according to the Themed Entertainment Association. With eight delightful “seas” (attraction areas) to visit, SeaWorld should be close to the top of your list.

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8. Zoo Miami

Speaking of wildlife, you should catch the oldest and biggest zoo in Florida, the Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens (Zoo Miami). With more than 3,000 animals, 500 species and more than 100 exhibits to enjoy, Zoo Miami expands on 750 acres of land for you to explore with your family and loved ones. What began as the Crandon Park Zoo in 1948 turned into the MiamiMetro Zoo in 1980 and is now branded as Zoo Miami. Guests enjoy free parking and free entrance for children 2 and under, whereas adults (13+) pay $17.95 and children (3-12) $13.95 for a ticket.

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9. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

If you were born in the 90s and grew up in the early 2000s, you are definitely a part of the Harry Potter generation. The books and movies that conquered our hearts for years at a time have resulted in a unique and mind-boggling theme park in Florida: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Located in the Universal Orlando Resort, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter spans across two theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, and features attractions like the Dragon Challenge, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Fight of the Hipogriff, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts and the Hogwarts Express.

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10. Walt Disney World

We were saving the best for last. Walt Disney World is, by far, the most popular, beloved and famous attraction in all of Florida. It reunites local, national and foreign tourists on more than 27,000 acres of fantastic fun and adventures together with your favorite Disney characters. The statistics regarding Disney World support this: “In 2014 Disney World’s 4 theme parks all ranked in the top 8 on the list of the 25 most visited theme parks in the world; (1st) Magic Kingdom – 19,332,000 visitors, (6th) Epcot – 11,454,000 visitors, (7th) Disney’s Animal Kingdom – 10,402,000 visitors, and (8th) Disney’s Hollywood Studios – 10,312,000 visitors.” (OrlandoTastic) Enough said!

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