Few places like Florida offer more variety in vacation opportunities: Fantasy theme parks and attractions – Leisurely days on the best beaches in the world – Golfing in the “golf capital of the world” – Boating, sailing, fishing, diving, snorkeling and swimming along 1,350 miles of coastline – Sport and deep-sea fishing – Exciting nightlife – Exploring unique natural wilderness of Florida – NASCAR and Daytona racing events – Cruises from several Florida seaports.
Disney-MGM StudioTheme Parks and Attractions – A natural choice for many who vacation in Florida. Florida has more theme parks and attractions than any other state. Orlando is central to many of the Florida theme parks, but also consider other areas throughout Florida.
Florida Beaches – A great way to get out into the sun and play or socialize with friends and relatives. Florida abounds with beaches and even in the fall and spring when northern and west coast beaches are too chilly to comfortably enjoy, Florida beaches are quite active and enjoyable. While the winters are too cool for swimming, they are still a great beach vacation choice for those who enjoy strolling among beautiful beaches or just relaxing on a beach chair catching a little of the warm Florida sunshine.
Boating – With over 1,300 miles of coast line as well as hundreds of natural lakes, Florida is a boater’s paradise. Consider power-boating, sailing, kayaking, skiing, wake boarding, wind surfing, fishing, snorkeling, exploring the islands and coastal areas, eco-tours, canoeing – Florida offers it all. Many of the more popular vacation destinations offer boat rentals ranging from kayaks to catamarans to powerboats.Miami Beach
Fishing – Choose your vacation style – bass fishing on a serene lake, inshore saltwater and flats fishing, offshore saltwater fishing for the “big ones”, or sport fishing for the “trophies”! Bring your own boat or charter. Florida has a well-established network of charter operations. Consider the increasingly popular kayak fishing – get close to the water for a more thrilling fishing vacation experience.
Golfing – Not much to say, except Florida has over 1,000 public, private and semiprivate courses! That coupled with our nice weather makes a golfing vacation a natural, particularly in the fall, winter and spring.Florida Golfing
Resorts – Southern Florida and the Orlando areas are particularly rich in both the numbers and varieties of resorts. Choose your vacation style from luxurious, pampered comfort to upscale convenience. Most choose a vacation resort second to their preferred vacation activities and interests. Golf Schools Study with PGA & LPGA professionals at FL golf schools at Mission Inn Resort
Touring – A road trip around Florida offers tremendous potential in vacation variety and interests. Any of the ideas listed in this section become possible as one tours around Florida. Additionally, many historical areas can be explored such as St. Augustine or Pensacola.
Family/Friends – Many travel to Florida to visit or vacation with family and friends. This often pre-determines the location with activities planned around the visit. Use Awesome Florida to explore options and potential vacation opportunities that complement your visit.
Daytona 500Sports – Those who love sports will find a Florida vacation with lots of opportunities. There are many professional sports teams that call Florida home including football, baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer – see our Florida Sports page for more information. Additionally, a number of professional baseball teams offer spring training sessions. For race fans, look to NASCAR racing at Daytona and Miami, and a variety of racing at the Daytona International Speedway throughout the year, as well as the occasional special events Grand Prix racing.
Special Events – Florida is a very active state with year-round vacation activities. Florida seafood, art and boating festivals abound. With our great weather, motorcycle events and gatherings can also be found year-round, including the world-renowned Bikeweek and Biketoberfest in Daytona Beach in the spring and fall, respectively. Of course, there are also many world-class boat shows for power and sail.
Shopping – For those who have a passion for shopping – you know who you are – a Florida vacation has lots of new venues and shops to explore! Make it a “shopping vacation” if you wish, or disguise as a visit to family and friends! Naples Shopping DistrictGreat shopping opportunities exist throughout Florida, ranging from world-class shopping districts to whole towns that cater to the antique business.
Active Vacation – Plan an active vacation involving any of the ideas above. A beach vacation could involve parasailing, wake boarding, surfing, jet skiing, kite boarding or windsurfing. Spring-breakers have laid claim to a number of Florida locations for very active vacations including Fort Lauderdale, Panama City Beach, Miami, Daytona Beach, Clearwater and the Florida Keys.
Arts – Most of Florida’s larger cities include a variety of museums of art and history as well as performing arts centers. See our Florida Cities page to explore each city for vacation opportunities that include the arts.