Florida

United States of America
Florida featuring general coastal views, a beach and landscape views

The Sunshine State has warm weather, numerous theme parks, space exploration centers, endless beaches, gorgeous golf courses and three national parks.

If you’re a retiree looking for a laidback lifestyle, a family looking for an active vacation or a college student looking for a fun-filled spring break, you’ll find both pleasant and exciting destinations in the warm-weather state of Florida. Spend a week or a lifetime exploring Florida’s offerings.

Start with beaches. The state has 825 miles (1,328 kilometers) of sand and surf on the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Exciting Miami Beach, family-friendly Fort Lauderdale and quiet Sanibel Island are among the many great spots for swimming and sunbathing. In Daytona Beach, drive your car on the beach sands or watch the annual Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway.

Celebrate a family event at one or more of Florida’s exciting theme parks: Disney’s Magic Kingdom, SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Universal Studios and many more. Make a trip to the Space Coast to learn about the exciting world of space exploration.

Florida is so perfectly suited for golf that Tiger Woods built a home on Jupiter Island with a four-hole practice facility. You probably can’t play there, but you can find nearly 1,400 courses across the state. Try inexpensive public courses or top-of-the-line Streamsong. Splurge for the famous TPC at Sawgrass with its challenging island green.

Visit Florida’s three national parks. Biscayne has mangroves, the Florida Keys and coral reefs with manatee, crocodiles, sea turtles and peregrine falcons. Take a boat to Dry Tortugas to see a Civil War fort and shipwrecks. The Everglades is a vast wilderness with more than 30 protected species in its mangrove ecosystem.

Florida has cultural attractions too. The Miami Museum of Contemporary Art is an exciting and growing attraction with studio art and performance art. Also in Miami, you’ll find several zoos and wildlife areas, over 20 museums, professional teams in five sports and numerous Spanish-language events and attractions.

The state of Florida welcomes more than 90 million visitors annually. You could be one of them.

Popular cities in Florida

Miami showing outdoor eating, a hotel and street scenes
Miami
Known for Beach view, Dining and Shopping
From the untamed Everglades to the wild samba of Calle Ocho, nature and the beautiful people party side-by-side in Miami. 

Reasons to visit

  • Miami Beach Marina
  • Cuba Tobacco Cigar Co
  • Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Orlando which includes a city, night scenes and signage
Orlando
Known for Family-friendly, Shopping and Entertainment
Rediscover your inner child at Walt Disney World® Resort, swim with dolphins at SeaWorld® Orlando and explore the universe at the Kennedy Space Center, all in one place!

Reasons to visit

  • Lake Eola Park
  • Lake Eola
  • Camping World Stadium
Friendship Park showing a city, night scenes and skyline
Jacksonville
Known for Beach view, Rivers and Sports
This spread-out Florida city features an abundance of riverside and seaside attractions, including a popular waterfront shopping and entertainment complex.

Reasons to visit

  • TIAA Bank Field
  • Museum of Science and History
  • Friendship Park
Fort De Soto Park which includes a sandy beach
St. Petersburg - Clearwater
Known for Beach view, Sunsets and Clearwater beaches
Plan time for visits to the top-rated white-sand beaches of the region as well as its varied cultural attractions.

Reasons to visit

  • Sunken Gardens
  • Sand Key Park
  • Vinoy Park
Tampa showing a bay or harbor, a city and night scenes
Tampa
Known for Gardens, Sports and Live music
Explore the former cigar capital of the world, now a popular destination for its theme parks, wildlife and natural beauty.

Reasons to visit

  • Florida Aquarium
  • Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
  • Tampa Riverwalk
Fort Lauderdale showing tropical scenes, a bay or harbor and a sunset
Fort Lauderdale
Known for Beach view, Excursions and Shopping
Florida’s city of canals and sunshine is the “Venice of America” and the perfect place to enjoy beach chic.

Reasons to visit

  • Broward Center for the Performing Arts
  • Las Olas Beach