Travel expert Jennifer Weatherhead shares her favorite Florida travel experiences and some amazing deals.
This holiday season, take gift giving from expected to extraordinary, with a one of a kind Florida experience that offers so much more.
TRAVEL BEING A POPULAR GIFT
The best gift is not opened, it is experienced. That is why travel is a gift that creates anticipation, experiences and life long memories. Florida is a great state that offers so many different vacation experiences such as great beaches, theme parks and national parks. Book a romantic getaway, a girl’s trip or a family vacation, Florida has a little something for everyone.
A GOOD TIME OF YEAR TO TRAVEL
There are some great deals this time of year. Visit Florida and its partners have teamed up with Expedia to offer up to 25 percent off Florida hotels this holiday season. Expedia filter hotels by region depending on the trip. There is even a chance to win the gift of a dream vacation to Florida. Just go to Expedia.Com/GiftFlorida for a chance to win a vacation to Florida with the Gift of Florida Sweepstakes. With over 825 miles of beaches, there are many options for that ultimate beach vacation. Go to Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale for a lively beach with bustling restaurants and nightlife. Or for something more laid back and relaxing go to Northwest Florida. Northwest Florida offers spas, golf, luxury resorts and beach cottage getaways.
FAMILY TRAVEL RECOMMENDATIONS
Planning a theme park trip somewhere in Central Florida? Check out Magic Village Views Hotel in Kissimmee. They have 3 and 4 bedroom villas with tons of amenities that are perfect for families and groups of all sizes. The Space Coast is also great because families can take a trip to the Kennedy Space Center. The Kennedy Space Center offers an experience to meet astronauts and see what it feels like to take off from a rocket. For wildlife attractions, there is Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine which has a lot of birding and wildlife watching spots. Or go to Lion Country Safari in West Palm Beach to see zebras, wildebeests and even rhinos.
With 150 state parks, 700 freshwater springs and more than 1,300 trails, the Sunshine State is home to some of the best destinations for adventure seekers. Crystal River, which is located along Florida’s western coastline is actually the only place in North America where you can legally swim with manatees. The springs flow at a constant 72 degrees which makes it perfect for swimming throughout the year. The Florida Keys is a great bucket list item and there are even adult only resorts like the Almond Tree Inn or the Orchid Key Inn. Finally, for the truly adventurous a fishing or hiking excursion in the Big Cypress National Preserve or Everglades National Park.
GREAT MEALS IN THE SUNSHINE STATE
Florida offers something for every traveler and budget. The new Florida Michelin Guide is the perfect way for a foodie to enjoy the state’s culinary and cultural diversity. The guide maps out Michelin recognized restaurants throughout Tampa, Orlando, Miami and even some out of the way spots. Visitors will be able to try all the local food and this guide brings focus to Florida’s diverse food scene.
A CHANCE TO WIN A TRIP TO THE SUNSHINE STATE
Go to Expedia.Com/GiftFlorida for a chance to win a vacation to Florida with the Gift of Florida Sweepstakes. The winner will receive a trip to the Florida destination of their choice, including a 5 night hotel stay, roundtrip airfare for two and a rental car. A trip to sunshine and paradise is a reasonable drive or a short plane ride. There are many flights that go to Florida.
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