Things to Do and See in Florida

Florida is the second largest state east of the Mississippi River and ranks twenty-second in size among the 50 total states. The size is the reason why it is so difficult to pin down which sights to visit on your holiday. A trip around this fabulous state, to ensure you don’t miss anything, doesn’t have to cost the earth. Do some online research or ask your local travel agent for details on holiday deals in Florida.

  1. Zoological Wildlife Foundation

Being voted number one exotic petting zoo in South Florida takes some doing, so why wouldn’t you make the time to visit all five acres of this wonderful animal park. Housing everything from Lions and Tigers to Zebra’s and Crocodiles this foundation is passionate about educating the public about rare and endangered species. If you have a particular favourite, why not adopt it! Unfortunately this doesn’t mean you can take them home with you, but does mean your donation goes towards enhancing their lives with new enclosures and purchasing essential supplies.


  1. Wishes Fireworks

The world-renowned firework display that takes place at the Magic Kingdom itself has now been showing at the park for a decade, so must be worth watching! With appearances from Jiminy Cricket, Tinkerbell and the Pinocchio the children will be mesmerized.The adults might also find it difficult to resist with impressive pyrotechnics, lighting effects and catchy theme tunes as well as the lovable characters. This show really is infectious and a once in a life time event to behold.


  1. Bayside Market Place

If a bit of retail therapy is what you fancy than there is nowhere better than this Marina side mall, with a huge variety of food outlets as well as sightseeing tours via boat. With well-known brands like Gap, Hard Rock Café, Sketchers and Starbucks there is something to keep everyone happy, then relax and enjoy a drink next to the picturesque clear blue waters of the marina. With Miami Seaquarium, Miami Childrens Museum and Miami Art Museum close by, who wouldn’t be entertained!


  1. Tropic Cinema

This non-profit multiplex screens a wonderful mixture of indie and foreign films, as well as Hollywood blockbusters and documentaries. The Tropic has also been voted “Best Cinema” for four years due to it’s eclectic offerings and unique surroundings. If you can, go and be part of the Oscars Night, where you can have dinner as well as watch the celebrity ceremony on the big screen.


  1. Historic District in Saint Augustine

Get away from the hustle and bustle to appreciate some culture in Saint Augustine. The beautiful Basilica Cathedral with it’s huge stained glass windows is definitely worth a wander around and the cathedrals history that is explained is truly breathe taking. A site heaped with interesting background and beautiful to boot is Fort Matanzas on Rattlesnake Island. Take a picnic and enjoy the sights, be warned though that you’ll need to pre-book your ferry over as they get booked up extremely quickly. Finish your trip to Saint Augustine with a trip to The Old Jail, built in the 1800’s. Explore the sheriffs’ quarters as well as the male and female cells, captivating especially if you’re a crime fan.

Matt Rawlings is a UK-based travel writer, always looking to find the most exotic locations and the best travel packages available