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Everglades National Park: Airboat Tour and Wildlife Show

1. Everglades National Park: Airboat Tour and Wildlife Show

Discover the Everglades National Park, a diverse landscape providing crucial habitats for numerous rare and endangered species. Take an airboat ride, and view alligators, turtles, and even the elusive Florida panther.  After paying the park admission fee, immerse yourself in swampland often referred to as the River of Grass. The park known as such because of the endless prairies of sawgrass that rise three to ten feet above the surface of the water. Encounter lush vegetation of the Everglades which also includes mangroves, cypress, palms, pines, and hardwood hammocks (small islands). The sawgrass is often so dense that travel is only possible through natural water passages. Ride on an airboat, which is designed to operate well in shallow water and marshlands. Propelled by an aircraft-type propeller and powered by either an aircraft or automotive engine, have a fast and fun journey. Complete your visit with a wildlife and alligator show. Get up close with these remarkable creatures in their natural habitat.

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St Augustine: Nights of Lights Trolley Tour

2. St Augustine: Nights of Lights Trolley Tour

Voted one of the “10 Best Holiday Lighting Displays in the World”, St. Augustine’s award-winning Nights of Lights is admired by a global audience and is celebrating its 28th year. With over 3 million sparkling white lights adorning every corner of the city and stretching for nearly 20 blocks, it creates an enchanted wonderland that will put a smile on your face and warm holiday memories in your heart. The open-air trolleys are perfect for sightseeing and taking pictures. Complimentary magical viewing glasses allow you to enjoy an enhanced, fully immersive Holiday Experience. Each year guests of the Old Town Trolley are asked to help choose the city’s Top 3 lighting displays. Winners of these prestigious awards will receive cash, prizes and one of the most sought-after trophies in the city! To provide guests with the safest and most comfortable sightseeing experience, only full rows for up to 4 people are available this year, to assure social distancing.

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Tampa: ZooTampa at Lowry Park Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket

3. Tampa: ZooTampa at Lowry Park Skip-the-Line Admission Ticket

ZooTampa brings together animals and visitors to create unforgettable, natural connections. Home to more than 1300 animals, the park is famous for having one of the most beautiful, tropical zoological settings in the world. Get closer to wildlife than ever before by touching a giant tortoise, feeding a giraffe, getting nose-to-horn with an Indian rhino, hand-to-fin with slippery stingrays, and more. Families can also splash in water play areas, feel the adrenaline on rides and watch educational shows. At the David A. Straz Jr. Manatee Hospital, the zoo’s vets and animal-care staff treat sick, injured, and orphaned manatees, and return them to the wild after rehabilitation. The zoo cares for the most diverse group of wildlife in Florida, and has won numerous awards for animal preservation.

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Miami: City Cruise to Millionaire's Homes & Venetian Islands

4. Miami: City Cruise to Millionaire's Homes & Venetian Islands

Board the boat from the heart of Downtown Miami. Relax in luxury on a bi-level boat with open windows and a shaded deck. From downtown, you will set sail towards Star Island, where many celebrities live in their stunning mansions. Catch a glimpse of Al Capone’s house as you cruise along Biscayne Bay. Next, head to Hibiscus Island, Palm Island, Sunset Island, and Fischer Island. See the famous Venetian Islands and discover more celebrity mansions along the way. Keep an eye out for the homes of Gloria Estefan, P. Diddy, Shaquille O'Neal, Enrique Iglesias, Phil Collins, Jennifer Lopez & Alex Rodriguez, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Matt Damon, and more. Your experienced tour guide will point out all the famous homes and landmarks.  Next, cruise down to South Beach and Bayside Marketplace to truly see all that Miami has to offer. At the end of the cruise, you will dock back in Downtown Miami. Choose to add more adventure to your day with the double-decker bus combo option.

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Tampa: The Florida Aquarium Skip-the-Line Entrance

5. Tampa: The Florida Aquarium Skip-the-Line Entrance

Get close to many of Florida’s aquatic and terrestrial animals and ecosystems, as well as others from around the world at the Florida Aquarium, including sea turtles and coral. Your ticket allows you to access all of the exhibits, which feature diverse creatures and habitats.  The Florida Aquarium works to protect and restore our planet on many conservation fronts, including research and rescue efforts that help restore Florida’s sea turtle and coral populations and to ensure that sharks continue to swim the seas.  Get up close and personal with unique moon jellies at the touch pool experience in the Moon Bay exhibit and learn about this hypnotically graceful ocean creature with surprising survival skills. On the Wetlands Trail, see species such as alligators, river otters, and even the invasive Burmese python. There is also a large aviary that allows birds to explore in a safe environment. Journey through a mangrove forest to see it teeming with local fish. Witness feedings of the intriguing pink spoonbill or other animals and learn more about the wildlife during scheduled presentations at the ranger station. Embark on the Journey to Madagascar, a unique exhibit featuring ring-tailed lemurs, chameleons, hissing cockroaches, and marine life found in the Indian Ocean. In the Bays to Beaches exhibit, see spiny lobsters and the strange Toadfish as well as Batfish who walk on the bottom of the seafloor. Take the opportunity to touch the gentle aquatic creatures at Stingray Beach, or bizarre creatures that have no backbone such as anemones and sea stars. In the coral tunnel, discover the intriguing sea dragons and sea horses. The Florida Aquarium journey culminates at the 500,000-gallon habitat that features sharks, rays, sea turtles, reef fish, and moray eels. Learn about the aquarium’s conservation efforts at the Waves of Wonder gallery. The highlight of this section is the Heart of the Sea where you will see bonnethead sharks, loggerhead turtle, tarpon, southern stingrays, spotted eagle rays, plus a variety of reef fish. At The Splash Pad, bring swimsuits for the kids who are invited to play in the outdoor plaza at the rain-forest-themed water feature with dump buckets and waterworks, plus net climbs, slides, and more.

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Orlando: The Wheel at ICON Park Observation Wheel + Options

6. Orlando: The Wheel at ICON Park Observation Wheel + Options

Admire aerial views of Orlando and beyond from the East Coast’s tallest observation wheel, The Wheel at ICON Park. Soar 400 feet (120 meters) into the sky in a clear capsule, taking in sweeping views of the city and central Florida landscape, including lakes, theme parks, and even the Atlantic coast on a clear day. Each capsule is equipped with an iPad that offers information about the sights and the surrounding environment. A great experience for all ages, the air-conditioned capsule offers exceptional views of Cape Canaveral, downtown Orlando, and Floridian landscapes. You can enjoy the city landscapes whenever suits your schedule during operating hours. Upgrade your experience to include dining experiences or activities such as tickets to the Starflyer, Madame Tussauds Orlando, or SEA LIFE Orlando. If you select The Wheel and Starflyer bundle ticket, take a flight on the world's tallest swing ride, which stands at 450 feet (137 meters). This seated ride takes you up the giant tower and swings you at speeds of up to 45 miles (72 kilometers) per hour right alongside International Drive.

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Universal Orlando: Park to Park Ticket

7. Universal Orlando: Park to Park Ticket

Take a holiday beyond anything you've experienced before at Universal Orlando Resort. Three amazing theme parks let you immerse yourself in the next generation of latest blockbuster entertainment, and journey through the legendary worlds of incredible heroes. Unleash your imagination at Universal Studios Florida where heart-pounding, cutting-edge attractions bring your favorite movies, television, and more to life. Next door, step right into powerful stories, myths, and legends at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. At Universal's Volcano Bay water theme park you can experience a spectacular volcano towering over a sun swept beach. Swaying palm trees lining your path through a picturesque island escape. It’s a South Seas oasis right in the heart of Universal. From thrilling water slides to secluded waterfalls, Volcano Bay is a water theme park like no other. They’ve taken care of the lines so you don’t have to worry about them. The park’s Virtual Line™ means you have the freedom to spend more time with your family, doing the things you want to do instead of spending all day standing in lines. Volcano Bay is the perfect place to get away from it all, a beach paradise you can enjoy without ever leaving Orlando. And you can savor the unforgettable dining and unparalleled entertainment of Universal CityWalk, home to an array of themed restaurants, clubs, concert venues, movies, shops, miniature golf and more. Universal Orlando Resort is a holiday of endless awesome. Universal’s Volcano Bay (closed on select dates. Visit the Universal Orlando App for park hours and updates) WIZARDING WORLD and all related trademarks, characters, names, and indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s21) Jurassic World franchise TM & © 2021 Universal City Studios LLC and Amblin Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved. © 2021 MARVEL. Universal Cinemark © 2021 Universal Studios. All rights reserved. © 2021 Cinemark USA, Inc. Century Theatres, CinéArts, Rave, Tinseltown, and XD are Cinemark brands. “Cinemark” is a registered service mark of Cinemark USA, Inc. Hollywood Drive-In Golf™ Hollywood Drive-In Golf and associated logos are trademarks of Adventure Golf Design & Development, Inc. Some imagery shown throughout our website does not represent current operational and safety guidelines. The terms and conditions for this ticket type can be found by clicking the "GetYourGuide Tours & Tickets GmbH" link featured under the Organized by section.

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Crystal River, Florida: 3-Hour Swim with Manatees

8. Crystal River, Florida: 3-Hour Swim with Manatees

Get back to nature and discover the home of the world’s largest population of endangered manatees in the winter on an adventure to Three Sisters Springs. Get the chance to interact with the curious, gentle giants in their natural habitat.  Learn all about the animals in a classroom-type setting and get tips for your snorkel tour to make the most of your day. Hear about "passive interaction" that ensures that the animals enjoy the experience just as much as you do! Then, journey to the estuary with a Coast Guard captain aboard a covered pontoon boat. Marvel at the wildlife around you, and get up close to the sea cows as they move slowly through the water. Head back to base camp to visit the one-of-a-kind gift shop and purchase unique souvenirs. Get tips on what to do in the Kings Bay area, along with directions from the well-informed staff to other local attractions and restaurants.

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Miami: Sunset Cruise through Biscayne Bay and South Beach

9. Miami: Sunset Cruise through Biscayne Bay and South Beach

Take a break from the bustle of Downtown Miami and watch the sunset from the water. Cruise across Biscayne Bay and admire incredible views of the city skyline. Enjoy refreshments along the way, available for purchase from the onboard bar. Relax on a luxury yacht with open windows and shaded deck, as you listen to commentary from your guide. Sail past famous islands, catch a glimpse of Al Capone’s mansion, and cruise down to South Beach. Head back to shore at the end of a beautiful evening.

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St. Augustine: Trolley Tour & St. Augustine History Museum

10. St. Augustine: Trolley Tour & St. Augustine History Museum

See historic St. Augustine on this full-day hop-on hop-off trolley tour. Listen as your conductors narrate the tour with a fascinating and fun mix of trivia and stories. Find out about the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the country at the St. Augustine History Museum. Enjoy a full 90-minute tour on the trolley or have the freedom to hop-on and hop-off at any of the 22 stops. Avoid getting through traffic or having to find and pay for parking. Let your conductor take care of navigating for you. Relive the story of the first settlement in North America as you see Castillo de San Marcos, the Spanish fort built in the 17th century. See the famous spring that Ponce de Leon which is deemed the Fountain of Youth, where you can actually sample the water. Explore the site of the first mass in America at the Mission of Nombre de Dios. Experience early St. Augustine as you tour Old St. Augustine Village, which features houses from the 18th and 19th centuries. Admire the Gonzalez-Alvarez House, the oldest documented colonial house in Florida which was lived in by British, Spanish, and American colonists. Immerse yourself in the 500 year history of the city as you view the exhibits at the St. Augustine History Museum. 

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Frequently asked questions about Florida

Planning Your Visit

  • When should I go?

    Florida is one of the southernmost American states, so it will be warm throughout the year. If you are not a fan of hot and humid weather, it is best to avoid the peak summer months.

  • When do things open?

    Generally, most attractions open around 9:00AM, but there will definitely be lines at the most popular ones. It may be worth your while to have an early start when going to Walt Disney World, for example.

  • What should I wear?

    The most important thing is to keep yourself protected from the blazing sun - that means reapplying sunscreen, staying in the shade around midday, and drinking plenty of water to prevent dehydration.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    Spring and early fall tend to be the best times to visit if you like the sunshine, but don't want intense heat and humidity.

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What people are saying about Florida

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 19,629 reviews

Very educational for children, adults and seniors. Heartwarming to see how well the animals are taken care of from their specific diets to their social time. Just loved it 5 years ago before the new facility was built. Loved it even more this visit. Easy to get around the buildings. From blind turtles being fed and nurtured right thru to the seahorse we seen, our experience was fabulous for the four of us (my husband and I, 73, who are seniors, our daughter 43 and granddaughter 18 a college freshman). Highly recommend for any family, any age to experience this rescue facility

It was very cool ! The ostrich coming up to my car window tapping his beak was hands down the best. This place did not disappoint.

Loved the thrilling ride in the boat and got to see Alligators in their natural habitat!

Everyone was friendly and we all the best time. Can’t wait to do it again.

Awesome experience! Our guide Tanner was hilarious.