10 Best Places in Florida

Published: October 23, 2014

 

Ah, good ole Florida! The destination for vacations, or even retirement. I have lived in Florida for over 30 years and have discovered so many wonderful spots to visit in this huge state. To find the top 10 I have to say is a bit tough, but from my own personal experiences I will choose the greatest ones in my opinion. 

 

It isn't called the Sunshine State for nothing! We practically have summer year round! Temperatures sometimes fall down to the 60's during winter months, or even so much as the 40's when a cold front from up north decides to swing by. However, the cold temperatures do not last long.

 

Our state is known for beautiful sunsets. Nearly every night you will see our beautiful sky's light up with pink, purple, and different shades of blue as the sun goes to bed. Even our thunderstorms are something that has to be witnessed, call it a bucket list item. We are the lightning capital of the world over in Tallahassee. Luckily the storms that we do get leave as quickly as they came, not leaving a whole day to be wasted. 

 

Below is my top 10 favorites in no specific order.

  1. Homasassa Springs Wildlife State Park

     

    Located in Homasassa, Florida this park has so much to offer, and so many breathtaking sites that you will always want to go back. In case you did not know, Florida is home to some amazing natural springs. This one is just breathtaking with the clear water, and colors of blue and green shinning from the bottom floor. 

     

    My favorite part of this park is the underwater observatory, in which you actually get to go into a building underwater and view all the local fish in our waters swimming right by you. In the same area, they have manatee shows to educate others about these wonderful creates. 

     

     

  2. Venice Beach

     

    Located in the City of Venice, Florida is Venice Beach. An absolutely beautiful beach like no other. The sand is white and soft, while the water is clear and comfortable. I have to say this is one of my hide away places that I try to visit as much as possible.

     

    Venice Beach is known for sharks teeth. Yes, you read that right. Sure our state has sharks on every inch of every beach, bur for some reason their teeth love Venice. On any given day you can grab some sand off the beach right as the tide rolls away and find a tooth. 

     

    I know plenty of off shore divers that go to Venice two or three times a month to find and collect Megalodon teeth! Yes, you read that right as well.

  3. Universal Studios Florida

     

    Located in Orlando, Florida. Universal Studios is a once in a lifetime visit. If you are moving to, or visiting Florida this needs to be on your list of things to do. Please plan for two days at this awesome wonder to make sure you get everything done at the park. 

     

    From interactive rides, to roller coasters, to shows this place never sleeps and keeps you on your toes. This park is primarily built for thrill seekers and movie lovers. Lets not forget about the food either. So many restaurants to choose from. 

     

    Day or night Universal Studios a must see!

  4. Buccaneer Bay at Weeki Wachee Springs

     

    Located in Spring Hill, Florida. Oh my my, where do I start? These are actually two separate parks resting side by side. You have Buccaneer Bay and Weeki Wachee Springs. When you pay for admission you actually get to go through both parks.

     

    Did someone say mermaid show? Yes, I did. That's right, twice a day Weeki Wachee has mermaid shows under water for everyone to see! You go below ground level to watch a splendid tale!

     

    The best part about this place is having access to both areas. I would suggest going through Weeki Wachee first! You can take a river boat ride through the springs spotting manatees on your ride, and also walk through the park and view all the wildlife.

     

    Afterwards, you move right over to Buccaneer Bay where you can rest your feet in the natural spring. They have large slides, a beach area, and even a small kiddie area for your little ones. This place is sure to amaze and make everyone happy!

  5. Walt Disney World

     

    Located in Orlando, Florida. Besides visiting Universal Studios while in Florida, Walt Disney World is a magical kingdom to see. Who doesn't want to meet Mickey Mouse, Goofy, or your favorite childhood character. 

     

    This park is huge!! There are so many rides for all ages. You can have a private party with one of your favorite princesses in the castle. The park is open year round. The best option for this trip would be a two day stay close to the park, or to arrange a room that is connected with the park. You will be able to take a ride directly from your hotel to the park. 

     

    During the day there is a wonderful parade of all your favorite Disney characters, then at night a beautiful fireworks show