Florida is well-known for more than just its world-famous sunshine. With a great choice of beautiful beaches, a huge range of attractions and a fine location on the Gulf of Mexico it is no wonder this place attracts so many to live and play. Florida is also a magnet for families who come here to enjoy pristine beaches and safe waters and there are so many more attractions just waiting to be discovered. Here are some of the best family attractions in Florida, the sunshine State.
Jungle Island – Miami
Adults might think that Jungle Island is a little to touristy, but kids just love this place. You may find yourself having to duck for cover as there are hundreds of parrots, macaws and cockatoos flying around as well as peacocks and flamingos. There is a wide range of shows taking place almost continuously with the likes of stunt happy parrots and bicycle riding cockatoos to keep the kids amused. You will also find tortoises, iguanas and the rare albino alligator. If you’re into celeb spotting then keep your eyes peeled as Jungle Island is where some of the big name stars take their children. If you are looking for family attractions in Florida you cannot go wrong with Jungle Island, its entertainment for the whole family.
Busch Gardens – Tampa Bay, Florida
This 335-acre family theme park has been drawing the crowds for decades with something to suit all ages. Whilst the great range of thrill rides, live entertainment, shops and restaurants draw most of the crowds, Busch Gardens also ranks as one of the top zoos in the U.S. There are several thousand animals living here in naturalistic environments which make for fascinating viewing. If you can drag the kids off the roller coasters they can discover what big cats and wild animals look like close up and personal.
Daytona International Speedway – Daytona Beach
The Daytona International Speedway is a must visit for anyone who has a love of cars and speed. At this state of the art facility you can take a tour behind the scenes to explore the garages, the press box, drivers meeting room and even take a walk down the victory lane. Experience the thrills of driving at 200mph in the DAYTONA 500 Experience simulator, a 60,000 square foot interactive motor sports attraction. You can also learn about the history of this speedway as well as the excitement of stock car, go-kart and motorcycle racing in Daytona. If your family loves cars, and speed this another one of the many family attractions in Florida not to miss.
Universal Islands of Adventure – Orlando
Fans of the big Hollywood hits and classic comic book heroes will just love a day out at Universal Islands of Adventure. Thrill seekers and older kids can enjoy the various roller coasters and rides to see the Hulk, Spiderman and take the Dragon Challenge at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Embark on a daring adventure thrill ride at the newly opened Transformers 3D experience. This state of the art ride immerses you in a sensory experience which will make you question is it fiction or reality. For younger kids you’ll find thrills such as Camp Jurassic, the Me Ship Olive and all things Seussian.
Florida has so many more family attractions to offer including Universal Studios, Walt Disney World and the Kennedy Space Center to name just a few. Florida also makes a great place to live and if you are thinking of relocating to the area then it is worth checking out the AreaVibes website for livability scores, median house prices and a wide range of information to help you make an informed decision.
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David Wilson is a travel writer discovering the best places to visit and live across the United States.