Top Day Trips from Miami
Miami is undoubtedly one of the most popular destinations in Florida, especially for those who love stunning beaches, a lively and exclusive nightlife, a great choice of shopping and stylish bars and restaurants. Like most of Florida, Miami hosts some of the best golf with over 20 courses within 20 miles of Miami and 5 championship courses. However, only a short distance from Miami is some of Florida’s most exciting and well-known attractions.
Only a drive away from the bustling city of Miami is the amazing and diverse Everglades. They were established to protect the fragile natural area which stretches across 1.5 million acres in the southern half of Florida and includes landscapes such as wetlands, swamps, forests and prairies.
Every year, the land attracts over 1 million visitors who can have a close and personal experience with a great variety of wildlife. Many companies offer tours to explore the differing landscapes by means of an airboat ride, a swamp buggy, by canoe or kayak. For those more active and adventurous, there are also self-guided hiking and bike trails. There are also opportunities to watch an alligator show and to pet an alligator and have your picture taken.
Kennedy Space Centre
One of the biggest and most popular attractions on Florida’s Space Coast is the Kennedy Space Centre. At the centre, visitors can enjoy observing a rocket launch, training in spaceflight stimulators, meeting an astronaut, watching both IMAX films and visiting the NASA’s Launch Headquarters.
The Kennedy Space Centre covers 140,000 acres and attracts around 1.5 million visitors every year, however only 10,000 acres are used by the centre with the rest being a protected wildlife area.
Biscayne National Park
The Biscayne National Park is situated south of Miami and is home to part of the world’s third largest coral reef. Since most of the park is water, there are great opportunities for surfing, snorkelling and scuba diving. You can also explore the infamous reefs by canoe or glass-bottom boat. On the land you can see a variety of wildlife, from marsh rabbits to indigo snakes to gulls and sandpipers.
The Florida Keys encompass forty-five islands offering something for everybody. Boasting a tropical climate and beautiful beaches, the islands provide visitors with the chance to relax on a hammock or enjoy the array of water sports available. The area is also famous for its fresh and delicious seafood which is served in the many restaurants along the coastline and can be caught as part of a boating or fishing trip. Florida Keys is also home to many art galleries and museums which display items from different cultures, styles, and histories.
Orlando Theme Parks
If you have kids or just fancy some fun, the theme parks in Orlando are almost essential. Orlando is located around 232 miles north of Miami and is do-able as a day trip or as a one-night stay.
The most popular park is Disney World where you can enjoy the magical experience across several parks (broken down into Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, the Epcot Centre and the popular Animal Kingdom) and two water parks (Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach). You must also visit the Universal Orlando theme parks which now include the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where fans can bring to life some of the experiences and places found in the Harry Potter books and films. The features of the park include jumping on board the Hogwarts Express and coming soon is the opportunity to tour Hogwarts castle, shop in Hogsmeade and dine at the Three Broomsticks.
Other attractions in Orlando include animal shows, rides and animal-interaction at SeaWorld, swimming with dolphins and floating around the lazy river at the Discovery Cove or splashing about at the water park Aquatica.
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