While some consider Florida to be a retirement state, there is far more to it than just great beaches, sand bars, and malls for the young and young at heart. A trip to any of the amazing theme parks located in Florida will ensure your trip is memorable for more than just grandma’s apple pie.
Florida’s Theme Parks
- Walt Disney World, Orlando
The place where dreams come true, a trip to Walt Disney World offers young and old alike the chance to experience the magic of this beloved venue. Stay to the very end to enjoy the nightly fireworks, and during the day walk the streets and watch the parades, visit classic locations such as It’s a Small World or go on rides like Space Mountain and Avatar Flight of Passage. There are also classic photo opportunities with characters who wander the streets. Epcot studio is across the park and apart from the movie themed areas, the song filled Frozen Ever After ride is sure to delight all fans of Elsa.
- Universal Studios, Orlando
Geared more for older kids and split into a few distinct areas, Universal Studios is a fantastic day trip (or week trip) for movie lovers. Adventure Park offers themed fun such as the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and rides such as The Incredible Hulk Coaster, the walking adventure of Poseidon’s Fury, with a new ride addition underway which promises some prehistoric fun on the VelociCoaster. At present, Volcano Bay and its water-park rides are shut with plans to reopen early 2021, so visitors can once again enjoy the drop slides of Ohya and Ohno, as well as the Krakatau Aqua Coaster.
- Seaworld, Orlando
For ocean-lovers, a trip to Florida should include a stop in at Seaworld, as apart from the marine shows and the zoological marine habitats available to view, Seaworld also includes several rides that have become iconic. The most popular rides include Journey to Atlantis, Kraken, and Mako, as well as Infinity Falls. The Manatee Rehabilitation Area, Jewel of the Sea Aquarium and Dolphin nursery are sure to delight all ages, while Pacific Point Preserve and its sea lions, the Orca Underwater viewing room and Stingray Lagoon are possibly high adrenaline encounters you won’t forget easily.
- Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay
Though not as widely touted as the above parks and not exactly where you’ll find the games you love, this African-animal themed park has some great educational aspects and numerous rides to enjoy. There are shows aplenty to experience, and some anticipated performances happen seasonally too, to tie into the holiday spirits – be it Christmas, Easter or Halloween. As far as rides go, Iron Gwazi is said to be the tallest hybrid coaster in America, as well as the fastest and steepest and will be newest addition to the park. Thrilling rides include the Cobra’s curse, Tigris (a launch coaster), Falcon’s Fury (a drop tower) and Montu – an inverted roller coaster. As far as animal encounters go, there are over 200 species that call Busch Gardens their home, with wild cats like cheetahs and tigers to see, along with primates, hippos, meerkats, flamingos and gazelle’s.