Florida

Florida Travel Guide

No matter what your age or interests, there are tons of things to do in Florida. Florida is the place to visit if you are a NASCAR fan. The season begins in February at the Daytona International Speedway and concludes at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in November. The Everglades is one of the most unique ecosystems in America. It is actually a wet prairie, not a swamp, and the water moves (though very slowly). Visit from December to April during the dry season to see more wildlife and avoid the bugs and afternoon thunderstorms. Take an airboat tour to scout out Florida alligators, and even dolphins and manatees.

Since 2011, the Kennedy Space Center has transformed into a historical museum rather than a living one, but that doesn't affect its marvel. Call ahead for a tour to see parts beyond the visitor center. As one of the oldest settlements in the US, St. Augustine has history and haunted landmarks to explore. Its cobbled roads and small pubs give it a quaint and quirky personality. Stop by the Alligator Farm to see the only facility with every species of crocodile, including Maximo, the 15-foot Australian saltwater croc. As always, Florida provides the strange and exciting.

Thanks to its gentle currents, the beach is a popular and lively spot, especially on weekends. For seclusion, head to the gorgeous white-yellow sands of Long Boat Key.

The nearly five-acre beach is speckled with picnic tables, and has bike paths and a fishing pier. Families will especially appreciate its amenities, which include lifeguards, parking, showers, and water sports.