5 Places To Visit On A Florida Vacation
Whether you love bathing in the sun on the beach, learning about culture at museums, or taking tours through nature, Florida boasts a plethora of great options for visitors near and far. If you're planning a trip to the Sunshine State and need some ideas for your itinerary, consider checking out the fun places listed here. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.
5 Exciting Florida Destinations
|The Florida Inventors Hall of Fame||Tampa||Honors and celebrates inventors whose achievements have advanced the quality of life for Floridians, and impacted the state and nation|
|Paradise Coast||Southwest Florida||Encompassing the cities of Naples, Marco Island, Everglades City, Immokalee, and Ave Maria, it boasts lively beaches, islands, downtowns, and recreational activities|
|Rosen Shingle Creek||Orlando||Independent, luxury hotel with multiple dining options, a spa, a golf club, and more|
|Alys Beach||Alys Beach||A luxury beach community offering a shared pool, gym, and access to a private beach|
|The Florida Keys & Key West||South Florida||Archipelago filled with arts, culture, guided eco-tours, walking trails, environmental centers, and scuba diving opportunities at the United States’ only living coral barrier reef|
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|Morean Arts Center||St. Petersburg||Four locations including centers for clay, glass, and the Chihuly Collection|
|Tampa Museum of Art||Tampa||Cutting-edge space with an emphasis on photography and new media, along with the Riverwalk Cafe and an outdoor LED installation|
|St. Augustine Art Association||St. Augustine||Monthly themed exhibitions for local and emerging artists, annual festival, and special offerings for the visually impaired|
|Lightner Museum||St. Augustine||Extensive collection of historic decorative items, demonstrations of antique instruments, and indoor & outdoor spaces for events at the former Alcazar Hotel built in 1888|
|Museum of Arts & Sciences||Daytona Beach||Children's museum, planetarium, Tuscawilla Preserve coastal habitat, Root Family Museum of cultural heritage, and the largest collection of Florida art in the world|
|Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival||Pensacola||Juried art show, demonstrations, live music and dance, and activities for children during the first weekend in November|
A Peak Into Alys Beach
Florida is known as the Sunshine State for a good reason: with over 600 miles of beaches, it's a terrific place to soak up some rays. It's also a hotbed of culture; from Jimmy Buffett's Key West to the sounds of Latin freestyle in Miami, there's a scene for everyone. In no particular order, here are a few locations to check out on your next holiday in Florida.
The #1 entry is the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. Its goal is to honor and celebrate those creators whose achievements have advanced the quality of life for Floridians, the state, and the nation. It features an indoor exhibit of designer artifacts and an outside area with inductee plaques. Both spaces include interactive kiosks displaying inventor bios and videos.
Florida Inventors Hall of Fame honorees are selected annually through a nomination process open to all creators in the state. A selection committee, comprised of distinguished experts in relevant fields of innovation, reviews all recommended innovators. Each year, the Hall of Fame hosts an annual ceremony for those selected from the nomination pool.
Each year, the Hall of Fame hosts an annual ceremony for those selected from the nomination pool.
At #2, we have Florida's Paradise Coast, which includes the cities and towns of Naples, Marco Island, Everglades City, Immokalee, and Ave Maria. This area of the Sunshine State is known for its beaches on the Gulf of Mexico where visitors can swim, sunbathe, paddleboard, or venture to one of the many nearby island beaches accessible only by boat.
In addition to beaches, the Paradise Coast also offers gator-spotting, gallery-hopping, and golfing. In Naples, one can visit the Botanical Garden, the Historical Society, or the Zoo. For those seeking a healthy vacation, this area of Florida also offers a variety of group workouts, spas, and wellness retreats.
Next up, at #3, we present Rosen Shingle Creek, a resort that features a full-service, luxury hotel and neighboring golf club of the same name. It is located in Orlando, Florida, and is only a stone's throw from the city's famous theme parks, Disney World and Universal Studios. Other activities at the resort include sand volleyball, yoga classes, and fishing.
It is located in Orlando, Florida, and is only a stone's throw from the city's famous theme parks, Disney World and Universal Studios.
Rosen Shingle Creek has fifteen dining options to choose from. There is a steak house, an Italian-style bistro, and a cafe with buffets for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For those looking for a full day of pampering, the on-site spa sells special packages including facials, massages, manicures, and pedicures. There is also a hair salon and fitness center.
The #4 entry is Alys Beach, a luxury beach community located on the Florida Panhandle. The architecture of the area is particularly notable: it is inspired by Bermuda, with courtyards drawing influence from Antigua and Guatemala's design. The town center offers several boutiques, restaurants, a fountain, and public green space.
Alys Beach can trace its modern history to the 1970s when the Stephens family purchased the property at auction. They had been vacationing in the area for years, and the spur-of-the-moment purchase was intended to provide a retreat for the family and their employees. The community offers a shared pool, gym, and of course, access to its private beach.
Alys Beach can trace its modern history to the 1970s when the Stephens family purchased the property at auction.
Our final entry, #5, is the Florida Keys and Key West. The 120-mile island chain is home to the continental United States' only living coral barrier reef, which makes it an ideal place to snorkel and scuba dive. These islands are also home to South Florida's only non-profit, independent film multiplex. The Tropic Cinema schedules contemporary, classic, Cinematheque, independent, foreign, and alternative movies in digital and 35mm formats.
The islands offer several dining options, most of which emphasize the local seafood offerings, such as stone crabs, pink shrimp, and fresh fish. Lionfish is extremely popular, as it is an invasive species and, therefore, helpful to the coral reef ecosystem when caught and consumed. It is easily broiled, baked, sauteed, fried, or prepared as ceviche or sushi.