Are you beginning to stress about the upcoming holiday season and what to do or where to go for your annual Christmas getaway? Many people have started going away on holidays over the Christmas season, especially in recent years for a number of reasons, ranging from cheaper holiday rates, getting some sun in and even finding less crowds in some places. Whatever your reason for wanting to get away during the holidays, you may not have considered Florida and all it has on offer for even the most discerning of travellers. Here are our top things to do in Florida, not just at Christmas, but any time of year.
It’s no secret that Florida is theme park heaven what with Disney World, Universal Studios, Epcot and Discovery Cove to name but a few. Theme parks are great fun for the whole family and depending what you want out of your time at one you can choose from Disney character breakfasts and dinners, themed rides, fun houses and more or if you love films and TV shows, check out Universal Studios which is similar to Disney World but with rides and experiences themed after your favourite films. Get your Universal Studios tickets early and online, saving yourself even more time and money in the queue.
An ecological wonder, the Everglades is a unique stretch of southern Florida where sawgrass and swampland are king, with hundreds of different species calling the region home. Take a hovercraft tour and explore the backwater areas, rivers lined with mangroves and small huts deep in the wilderness where you might find an opportunity to stay overnight with some friendly locals. Just beware of the gators! They’re rather large in these parts!
Are you looking for that last little bit of sun, sea and sand before the winter really sets in? Look no further than the Florida Keys! Connected by a stretch of highway as well for those awesome family road trips, the Keys are a string of islands that are located in the very deep south of the state, into the Gulf of Mexico. Boasting white sand beaches, azure waters and luxury hotels, this could be just what the doctor ordered to get away from the cold, wet winter for a special Christmas getaway.
Not sure what else to add to a Florida getaway? Depending on scheduling why not check out Daytona Beach and its annual rally, the Daytona 500? Tickets can be bought as a Christmas gift or the trip itself can be the gift, making it a unique option for the person who has everything. Got a science lover in the family? Don’t miss the Kennedy Space Centre or Cape Canaveral where you might be lucky enough to catch a rocket launch while learning more about mankind’s quest to reach the stars.
So if you’re looking for a great getaway option for any time of year, consider Florida. With so much to see and do, as well as being close to other great states like Georgia and Louisiana, it’s no wonder this warm, sunny and welcoming state continues to delight its visitors time and time again.