Florida Top 10 Attractions

6: SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando

Kids and adults love to visit the vast array of aquatic life on display here. From the Dolphin Theatre to the Manta roller coaster, SeaWorld Orlando makes learning about the ocean's marine life a fun and engaging experience. Dolphins, pelicans, turtles, flamingos and manatees reside in the Sea of Shallows. The Sea of Legends brings nautical tales of fancy to life, including the lost city of Atlantis and the mythical Kraken. The Sea of Power is arguably the most famous attraction, featuring the park's celebrity performing orcas.

Address: 7007 Sea World Dr, Orlando, FL 32821

7: Busch Gardens Tampa

Busch Gardens Tampa
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Jeremy Thompson

Busch Gardens Tampa is the ultimate animal theme park with 335 acres of land and more than 2,700 animals. Over time it began to incorporate more rides and entertainment options, making it a family-friendly destination. While Busch Gardens locations exist elsewhere, this location features African themed rides, decorations, and animals in its wildlife area. Although no longer operated by Anheuser Busch, the park retains a stable of Clydesdales as a hat tip to its beer related origins. When you're here you can enjoy thrilling roller coaster rides, shows, animal exhibits, adventure safari tours, and various kid friendly attractions.

Address: 10165 N Malcolm McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612

8: Castillo de San Marcos

Castillo de San Marcos
Photo Courtesy: NPS Site

This masonry fort was built in 1672, when Florida was still under the rule of Spain, making it the oldest in the continental United States. The fort was so strong that it withstood two sieges by the British. Over the course of its long and storied history, it has been under the control of Spain, Britain, the United States, and the Confederate States during the Civil War when Florida seceded from the Union. Spain, Britain, and the U.S. have all controlled it twice, as treaties were made and territories exchanged.

Address: 1 S Castillo Dr, St Augustine, FL 32084
Website: www.nps.gov

9: Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Walter

The reason for the naming of this town is, pardon the expression, very clear. The water is a brilliant cerulean blue, beckoning visitors to the area's white sand beaches for hours of oceanside relaxation. Pier 60 entices visitors with a playground, a snack bar, and street performers and musical acts when the sun sets into the Gulf of Mexico. The Beach Walk features showers for sand covered beachgoers, drinking fountains, and various watering holes.

Address: Clearwater, FL 33767

10: Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Carolyn Sugg

This national park is the third largest in the country, after Yellowstone and Death Valley. The park was established in 1934 when development of the South Florida sealine threatened the vitality of the area. More than just a wildlife refuge, the park was the first of its kind to protect an entire ecosystem. Many of the animals inhabiting the park are endangered or threatened, like the American crocodile, the Florida panther, various types of turtles, the Cape Sable sparrow, the Schaus swallowtail butterfly, the wood stork and the West Indian manatee.

Address: 40001 State Road 9336, Homestead, FL 33034
Website: www.nps.gov

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