Florida is flip-flops at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Florida is Disney, SeaWorld and Universal. Roller coasters, dolphin companions and acrobat orcas.
Florida is swaying palms and creeping jasmine, sea grape and bromeliad, live oak and bamboo.
Florida is gators, panthers and gentle manatees. And neighborhood lizards, their neck pouches inflating.
Florida is 825 miles of beaches, quartz sand crunching and squeaking, step by step. In the surf now, feeling for sand dollars with your feet. Here’s a scallop, its row of purple eyes bewitching.
Florida is riding waves. Surfboard, sailboard, wakeboard. Or going with the flow in kayak and canoe.
Florida is natural springs, the real fountains of youth.
Florida is the fishing capital of the world, from bass to billfish.
Florida is a diver’s delight: coral reef, spiny lobster, and a heavy metal trail of shipwrecks.
Florida is native Americans and the first Spanish explorers. Florida is Mercury, Gemini and Apollo and the first space explorers.
Florida is a grouper sandwich, sweet tea and key lime pie.
Florida is fresh oranges and grapefruit outside your door.
Florida is church on Saturday in college football’s houses of worship.
Florida is baseball, racing and 365 days of golf.
Florida is Art Basel and Dali, Med-Rev and art deco.
Florida is chickens and Hemingway in Key West.
Florida is quinceanaras and telenovelas. And Little Havana and dominos and a maduro cigar.
Florida is sunrise on the Atlantic and sunset on the Gulf.
Florida is a meditation, a daily gratitude, a smile.
Where locals go to relax
Whether you want to ride a horse on Cape San Blas or sample a cultural buffet on South Beach, Florida's 825 miles of beaches are ranked among the best in the country for beauty, accessibility and facilities.
You might be surprised by...
- The Maritime Heritage Trail in Biscayne National Park—shipwrecks for underwater explorers
- Zipline adventures that swing you over crocodiles, water and wetlands
- Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna
- The Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg.
Vizcaya, located in Miami, is a European-inspired estate with more than 10 acres of gardens, terraces and fountains overlooking Biscayne Bay. The museum’s 34 rooms are filled with antique furnishings and decorative arts spanning two millennia.
Want to stay up late?
In Miami's South Beach, you can sip a martini under the stars while rubbing elbows with the stars.
Your child will always remember...
Swimming with dolphins. Meeting Shamu (the orca whale) and Mickey Mouse. Channeling their inner wizard at Harry Potter’s Hogwarts. Disney, Universal, Sea World and LEGO LAND are playgrounds for the world’s children (and big kids, too).
Classic road trip
The Overseas Highway to Key West is 125 miles of island hopping.
Florida's largest outlet centre, the 350-store Sawgrass Mills, is about 30 miles north of Miami. And Orlando has two huge shopping centres, both called Premium Outlets.
History happened here
St. Augustine and Pensacola were the first American cities settled by Europeans—almost 500 years ago—but the first people arrived in the state in 12,000 B.C.
Made in our state
Oranges, of course. Visit a Florida Citrus Grove, tour a citrus plant and be sure to taste some Florida orange juice.
Florida's ocean water trickles inland, forming estuaries and coastal hammocks that beckon birders, kayakers and hikers. Swamps and forests greet outdoor enthusiasts with cycling trails, natural springs and campgrounds.