I have said it before, and I will say it again; Florida is a tropical paradise.
It is sunny almost every single day of the year, and with the warm ocean water, the Gulf Coast of Florida makes the ideal vacation spot. The beaches are refreshing with sand that is like white powdered perfection. The evenings are filled with night-life and sunsets made for tranquil walks. I have never found myself struggling to find things to do when there are countless museums, zoos, aquariums, parks, beaches, restaurants, cities, amusement parks, and artistic structures around every corner. A vacation here will only scratch the surface of the Gulf Coast of Florida and have you dreaming to come back. Below are eleven popular places people visit on their Florida vacation.
1. Salvador Dali museum in St. Petersburg
The outside of this museum is just a taste of what the architectural design holds inside. I find myself staring at the cement curved walls and artistic structure before I even walk through the doors. A museum full of art that will impress and capture everyone’s attention.
2. Siesta Key Beach
This beach is one of my favorite places to go for an entire day of fun. During the day, I get to enjoy the perfect powdery white sand, warm water, and sunshine. When it starts getting dark, the village comes to life, and there is plenty of entertainment within walking distance.
3. City of Tampa
When choosing which city to stay in, Tampa might be the one for you. With convenient sites, beaches, and entertainment nearby, you won’t have to walk far to enjoy your vacation.
It isn’t a surprise to anyone that Florida is hot! The Florida Aquarium is the place to go when you want to experience nature while the air conditioning is blowing. The unique shell-shaped dome welcomes you to 152,000 square feet of sharks, seahorses, penguins, and of course dolphins.
Gaze at hundreds of stars at the planetarium, learn about the moon, enter a room of live butterflies, or ride a suspended bike 30 feet off the ground. This museum is hands-on and has plenty of activities for kids to have fun and get learning.
6. Destin & Fort Walton Beach
When I am in the mood to take the day off and just relax, I try to find a quiet beach. There is nothing like a day spent enjoying a beautiful view and getting a tan.
7. Glazer Children’s Museum
I can only wish my parents would have taken me to this type of museum when I was a kid! With different themed rooms, children can pretend to be doctors, actors, bakers, vets, and firefighters. It is every kid’s dream play house.
I always enjoy a day at the zoo seeing new animals and eating ice-cream and popsicles as I walk around. Without fail, every single trip I leave learning something new, and with over 1,500 animals to see, I am positive you will too.
St. Petersburg has several museums, zoos, parks, and restaurants. One museum that always leaves my heart heavy and my eyes teary is the Florida Holocaust Museum. Being the fourth largest museum in the country, it won’t fail to impress or have you eager to learn more.
Every vacation needs a day slipping down slides, screaming from excitement, and splashing in pool water. Water parks are a great alternative to typical theme parks to keep cooled off while still having fun.
11. Gulf World Marine Park
Located in Panama City Beach, this park lets you get close to the animals. When I say close, I mean close. This is one of just a few places throughout the country where people get to swim with the dolphins!