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Welcome to Florida

The Sunshine State is positively bursting with family-friendly attractions and adventure destinations. It’s just a too-good-to-be-true bonus that the weather is so warm, the beaches are so picture perfect and the coastal waters are so clear.

Those seeking fun in the sun and some of the best beaches in the world will find themselves flocking to South Florida and the Florida Keys, where the likes of Miami, Palm Beach, Key West and Fort Myers lie in sun-soaked bliss.

Families with children will love Central Florida, home to Disney World, Universal Studios Florida, SeaWorld and Gatorworld. This is also where you’ll find the Space Coast, home to the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral.

Northern Florida is popular with history buffs and those who like picking their way through eclectic small towns and thriving, multicultural city centers. St. Augustine, Jacksonville and Gainesville are the main draws here. Highlights include the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument in St. Augustine, the Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jacksonville and the Butterfly Rainforest in Gainesville.

Along the Florida Panhandle, visitors flock to Pensacola Beach, big city Tallahassee and Panama City Beach. Family-friendly attractions include the National Naval Aviation Museum, Pier Park and Gulf World Marine Park.

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Adventure

You won’t find any shortage of possibilities for fun, especially if you’re staying within driving distance of anywhere on the coast—be it on the shores of the balmy Gulf of Mexico or the waters of the mighty Atlantic.

Some of the most popular beaches in the world can be found in the state, including South Beach in Miami, Pensacola Beach, Panama City Beach and Fort Lauderdale Beach.

Then there’s Florida’s concentration of surprisingly beautiful swampland, also known as Everglades National Park. Here, a guided airboat tour introduces you to a world of alligators, manatees, loggerhead turtles and a variety of majestic birds of prey. There’s simply no other place in the world quite like it.

There’s also a bevy of protected parks and wild spaces to visit and explore. Among the most popular is the Gulf Islands National Seashore in the Panhandle region of the state. It offers ribbons of white sandy beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters and historic forts.

Entertainment

There’s a lot going on in the Sunshine State. From world-class events that attract visitors from around the world to more eclectic and offbeat fare that’s fun for the whole family, Florida has a full yearly slate of top-tier events.

February starts things off with a bang. In Tampa, the Florida State Fair attracts more than a half-million people. Running continuously since 1904, the fair features agricultural exhibits, live music, games and rides that are fun for all ages. Daytona Beach, meanwhile, plays host to the iconic Daytona 500, one of the world’s most prestigious motorsports events.

In March, Carnaval Miami stretches out for a two-week celebration that brings more than a million people to Southeast Florida. July sees the Pensacola Beach Air Show take flight. The U.S. Navy’s famous Blue Angels squadron defies gravity in this event, wowing wide-eyed spectators.