Florida

Whatever your desire, Florida will have something to offer you. From theme parks to beaches, golf courses and extreme sports to shopping centres and everything in between, “the Sunshine State” is a fantastic choice for any kind of holiday you could imagine. The first thing people usually think about when we say Florida is the theme parks, and you wouldn’t be wrong. Florida is home to some of America’s most famous theme parks including Disneyworld, Universal Studios and Busch Gardens to name just a few.If you’re up for doing the theme parks, you’ll have plenty to choose from with the

recently opened Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios topping the list of parks to visit right now. If magic isn’t your bag, check out Discovery Cove where you’ll find dolphins, otters and shoals of beautiful fish to swim amongst. Or, if you fancy getting out of the city for a bit, book a tour on a glass bottomed boat or take to the Everglades for a chance to see Florida’s most famous animal, the magnificent alligator. You can get up close and personal with these scaly beasts at Gatorland in Orlando - an exhilarating experience the whole family will love.

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For a taste of paradise, take to the sands of Key West’s Dry Tortugas National Park, where you can snorkel amongst rainbow coloured fish, bathe in the sun on whiter than white sands and wander through the sand dunes of this remote and beautiful national park. More than just a hub for theme parks, Florida can be whatever you want to it to be. Whether you like the great outdoors or outer space, partying, shopping or relaxing, there’s something for everyone in the hot heat of the Sunshine State.

We can’t talk about Florida without talking about its beaches. Being located on the southernmost tip of North America, Florida has some incredibly hot weather reaching a scorching 30 degrees Celsius in summer. The beaches here are the perfect place to soak up this incredible sunshine with glorious sandy stretches from the picturesque views of Key West to the glittering nightlife of South Beach – you’ve got endless choices for where you put down your towel.

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10 facts about Florida

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Florida’s highest point is Sugarloaf Mountain in Lake County at 312ft (95m). If you’re feeling fit, take a hike to the top for incredible panoramic views.

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English is the official language in Florida, but up to 20% of its inhabitants speak Spanish as a first language, bringing a Latin flavour to the area.

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The Florida Keys is a tiny chain of subtropical islands which can be reached by ferry, flight or the Overseas Highway, a 130 mile drive across the sea.

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Florida’s geography is hugely varied with citrus and sugar cane grown in many areas, forests of pine trees to the north and wetlands and swamps to the south.

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The Florida State Fair takes place in February near Tampa and celebrates the mingling of Florida’s many cultures, traditions and activities.

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The Everglades are home to many alligators, but also some remaining Seminole Indian reserves and villages which you can visit to buy gifts and crafts.

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Florida’s Space Centre is the only place in the world where you can watch the launch of a rocket! On a clear day you can see the launch from over 150 miles away.

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Founded in 1565, St. Augustine is the United States’ oldest living city. You can visit it for its fascinating fort, museum and gift shops.

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DisneyWorld is not only the world’s most famous theme park, but it also covers a huge 43 square miles of Central Florida swampland!

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Known as “The Sunshine State”, Florida’s climate ranges from a humid, semi-tropical heat in the south, to a breezy but still hot heat in the north.

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