Trying to decide where to take the kids this summer that won’t break the bank? It might sound too good to be true, but have you considered Florida? While it sounds like an expensive excursion, it doesn’t have to be. In fact, Florida can be hugely rewarding for families of all sizes and budgets, what with the whole gamut of things to see and do that you can add to any itinerary. Not convinced? Read ahead to see just why you should consider Florida for your next summer getaway.
Florida is awash with theme parks galore, many of which are in and around the Orlando area. Whether you’re looking to get up close and personal with sea life at Discovery Cove or you want to experience childhood fun alongside all your favourite Disney characters, there’s something for everyone in terms of theme parks. One of the most popular is Universal Studios – where you can go on rides and amusements based off your favourite films. You can even have a photo taken with the shark from Jaws, which hangs from a hook in the former area of the Jaws ride – now defunct except for the shark. Rides change on occasion, so you might find new things every time you visit! Get your Universal Studio tickets in advance online so you can get right down to enjoying your visit while saving some money too.
A great experience for children and adults of all ages in Florida is the opportunity to watch different types of satellite or rocket launches – sometimes with manned missions to the International Space Station. The Kennedy Space Centre is likewise a great way to spend an afternoon for a couple of hours, exploring the story of man’s missions to space as well as the space race against the Russians. There’s extensive exhibits about the missions to the moon, including space suits worn on the surface by astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. All in all, it’s an excellent way to spend a day and can be a really unique experience for many.
It’s no surprise that some of Florida is home to the most unique swathes of nature in the United States. The Everglades for example are an ideal place to go if you’re interested in different types of flora and fauna – some of which are exclusive to the region. Tours can be conducted on hovercrafts, allowing you the ability to access many parts of the region without needing to navigate by road or canal system. For anyone who loves to get outside in nature to bird watch or experience animals in their natural habitats, this is the way to do it.
So whatever your plans for the summer, Florida is one of the coolest and most unique places you could possibly hope to experience. Whether you’re a nature lover, space and science lover or you want to get your adrenaline pumping on a number of harrowing roller coasters and other rides, Florida honestly has something for everyone.