Best Places to Visit in Florida
Planning to travel to Florida? Wondering about the best places to visit in Florida? Here are some of the must visit destinations that you should not miss.
In Orlando there are many different attractions to choose from and one of the more popular ones is SeaWorld. It has a mix of them park type rides as well as animal and fish shows and so is appealing to many people.
If you are visiting when it is hot, then it can be a good idea to go to the Shamu stadium because the first twenty rows are known as the soak zone and you will get splashed with cooling water as the killer whales perform for the crowd. For fun with dolphins, the Dolphin Cove will give you the opportunity to feed them as well as watch them, if you would rather not get that close. It can be good ideas to take a waterproof camera with you though as there are so many ‘wet’ events and you want to be able to capture them all on film. You certainly do not want to risk ruining your camera.
If you want a quiet retreat for a while, away form the noisy rides then there is an area near the Clydesdale Hamlet which has a beer school where you can sample some brews. This is especially good if you have left your children behind on the thrilling rides.
If you do not like queuing, then it can be a good idea to find out when all the main animal shows are on. The day’s events are all listed on a map provided when you enter the park with all the times of the attractions. These shows will be busy and popular and will mean that other areas will be quieter and so it can be a good time to queue for food or drink as you will not be waiting for so long. There is a large selection of restaurants and kiosks selling food for all budgets and tastes.
If you are with children, there are opportunities to learn things about the animals all over the park. There are interactive stations which make things fun for them and they will learn things without even realising it.
So if you are visiting Orlando SeaWorld, make sure that you take notice of these tips so that you can have the most enjoyable trip possible.
The Magic Kingdom is part of Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. It is full of fun and there are seven main areas to see, Main Street USA, Fantasy Land, Adventure Land, Mickey’s Toontown Fair, Liberty Square, Tomorrow Land and Frontier Land.
The park was started in 1967 and was a project that Walt Disney had been planning but he died before work started on it. It was built very much based on the California Disneyland but bigger and improved. It was built over tunnels which meant that cast members could move around the park without being seen by guests. They were actually built above the ground, because of the location being prone to flooding and so the whole park is a storey up in the air. They raised the ground using the soil that was dug out of the Seven Seas Lagoon. It opened in 1971 and has 23 attractions then, twenty which were copies of rides at Disneyland and three new ones. There were six themed lands, five copies and a new one called Liberty Square.
Disney Land Park was often called Magic Kingdom until Walt Disney Resort was built. The Magic Kingdom is referred to as The Most Magical Place on Earth. It was called Magic Kingdom in 1994 to stop it being confused with Disneyland.
Guests will be able to take a tram from the parking area to the ticket area and then they can get transport to whichever parts of the park they want to visit. To get to magic Kingdom they can take the monorail or ferryboat and buses can go to other places. There is lots to see and so it is important to allow lots of time so that you get your moneys worth.
The Universal Studios
Within Universal Studios there are two parks, Universal Studios and Universal Islands of Adventure. The Islands contain the Wizarding World of Harry Potter which feels like a theme park on its own, without all of the other attractions. There is even the CityWalk which is a great place for night life where there is lots of entertainment to be had such as bars and clubs as well as restaurants and it is a very popular area. There is a great food and live music to be enjoyed at the same time. There are even karaoke events as well as live band performances at cocktail bars.
Universal is one of the famous three theme parks in Orlando, which also include SeaWorld and Disney World. It offers on site accommodation, the hotels are Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort. The hotels cater to different budgets and requirements even though they are all good quality. They have their own individual themes and have many leisure activities to keep guests entertained and whichever you stay at, you can enjoy what the others have to offer.
Both parks are part of the whole Universal experience and you can buy tickets which allow you entry in to either or both for the duration of your stay. Many do worry that staying on site will be too expensive, but it does mean that you will get a great experience and you will get some extra privileges which could make it work out to be great value for money. You will often get a free water taxi from hotel to park and early admission to the park as well as quick queuing.
Both parks have some great things to experience. There are live shows and rides. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is one of the newest additions and is well worth visiting and trying out the Forbidden Journey ride. There are also many rides which can scare you such as the Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket where you choose song to play while you ride and you will be filmed. Then you can watch it back and see yourself going upside down and down vertical drops. There are many exhilarating rides such as Spider Man, The Incredible Hulk, Dragon Challenge and Doctor Doom’s Fearfall. There are also very wet rides such as Popeye and Bluto’s Blige Rat Barges.
The Horror Make Up show is a popular event, where even those not interested in behind the scenes things have fun.
Disney Animal Kingdom
The Animal Kingdom is one of the Disney resorts. It not only has animals on display but information about them and how to protect them. There are safari rides and walking tours where you can see many animals up close and experience an African like safari without having to travel to Kenya. The park does not just have animals though. There are a selection of rides such as rapids and roller coasters which can be fun.
The Dino Land USA has replicas of dinosaurs and fossils and it is educational with information on how the dinosaurs came about. The Rafiki’s Planet Watch area is where guests can find out all about conservation. There are hands on exhibitions as well as information which will help people to understand about the animals in the world and illustrates how much Walt Disney cared about the planet.
There are also some great shows. With the musical of Finding Nemo and The Lion King available to watch, there is certainly no shortage of fun and entertainment, so alongside the seriousness of animal conservation, there is also great thrills and attractions to be experienced too, meaning a great experience for everyone.