First Time in Florida? Things You Must Do
Wed, Sep 26, 2018 at 11:10AM

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Florida is one of the biggest tourist destinations not only for Americans but everyone around the world. Its beaches, theme parks, weather, and natural beauty make it one of the most attractive spots for people of all ages, giving everyone something to get excited about. Here are some of the things you should make sure to experience on your first trip to the Sunshine State.  

Central Florida Theme Parks 

The theme parks that comprise the attraction hub in Central Florida are one of the main things first-timers to Florida look to do–and with good reason! With world-renowned theme parks that tourists from all over come to enjoy, Florida is one of the most exhilarating places to experience for the first time.

Sitting in Lake Buena Vista, Disney World is often considered the one “must” of major American attractions, boasting four large theme parks, two water parks, and a major shopping and dining district. The universally popular Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure sit close by, including two theme parks, a water park (previously Wet ‘n Wild), and a night-time entertainment district. Sea World, the marine-focused park of the bunch, has one main theme park and a water park. Legoland, one of Central Florida’s newest theme park attractions, was opened just seven years ago in Winter Haven, Florida. 

Florida boasts a myriad of unique animals and plant life. There are many wildlife tours available throughout Central Florida that will itch that craving for new wildlife you may have on your first trip. Gatorland, a theme park and wildlife preserve with over 1,000 alligators and crocodiles, is a popular destination for those looking to see interactive gator shows, explore the swamp grounds in off-road monster vehicles, and even zip-line across a pool of alligators!

Beaches, Water, and Adventure

The awe-inspiring Florida beaches are impossible to miss when making your first visit. This warmth can be soaked up in a number of ways – if you’re looking for a budget-friendly and authentic way to experience the beach, you can go tanning, swimming, surfing, cycling, paddle boarding, boogie boarding, and much more!

If you’re looking for a more immersive experience on the water, then you should look into the many kinds of tours Cocoa Beach has to offer. There are boat tours, fishing tours, kayaking, sightseeing, and more available all over the area.

Aside from these day-long water adventures, there are also many cruise lines that take off from Port Canaveral, including Carnival Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, and Royal Caribbean International. You can go to new locations—even those outside of our country—and explore exotic, otherwise inaccessible destinations. The Florida-based cruise experience is a must for the whole family on your first visit—there is nothing quite like it!

If you’re one for adventure–or recognizing some of humanity’s most astronomical achievements—then you will definitely want to visit the John F. Kennedy Space Center among Cocoa Beach attractions on your trip to Florida. You can experience a shuttle-launching simulation, see and interact with the many exhibits, and go on a bus tour of the facility.

One of the best ways to experience the beauty of Florida, both on land and over water, is through Cocoa Beach helicopter tours. You can enjoy tours over Port Canaveral and the pier, tours that go around the Thousand Islands, and even tours that give fantastical views of the Kennedy Space Center–all including lots of optimal wildlife views, from dolphins to alligators! Cocoa Beach Helicopters will give you an unforgettable experience on your first trip here. Contact us today so we can help you start planning!


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