Things to do in Florida
Biscayne National Park
Scuba enthusiasts should beeline for off-the-beaten path Biscayne National Park (not on Key Biscayne) to see first-rate coral formations without Keys-size crowds; boat trips with stops for snorkeling are offered daily (scuba diving takes place on the weekends only).
Castillo de San Marcos
This massive 17th-century limestone fort – the oldest of its kind in North America – anchors St. Augustine, the nation's first city.
South Beach's stylish Art Deco enclave still packs an evening wallop. Dress to impress and sashay among the high-end hotel bars (Delano, Shore Club) before hitting the clubs.
Everglades National Park
Infiltrate the largest subtropical wilderness in the country via tram tour, airboat tour, canoe trail, or footpath for natural encounters with alligators, American crocodiles, and over 20 species of wading birds.
Explore St. Petersburg
Over 50 museums and galleries – including a celebrated collection of Salvador Dali works – and frequent festivals give the sun-drenched bayside city center an artsy edge.
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Explore a kaleidoscope of tropical fish and coral in warm, protected waters. Dive Key West leads scuba trips to local wrecks and reefs; certification courses are also available.
Follow in the footsteps of Vanderbilts and Rockefellers with dinner, a spa day, or an overnight stay at Florida's legendary century-old luxury resort, set on 140 acres of prime oceanfront.
The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass
The country's largest outlet mall now boasts this high-end, open-air shopping plaza with a growing number of designer discount houses; think Burberry, Kate Spade, and Neiman Marcus.
Walt Disney World
Indulge in fantasy at Magic Kingdom, globetrotting flair at Epcot Center, wildlife encounters at Animal Kingdom, cinematic themes at Disney-MGM Studios, and aquatic thrills at WDW's two water parks.
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