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With a state so large and with so much to do, it can be a daunting task to know where to start on your sightseeing adventures! Whether it is your first time visiting or your 100th, when you want to get the "full experience" of all that this beautiful southern state has to offer, consider these 10 best things to do in Florida. Notably not mentioned - getting bit by mosquitos and sunburning. I like to believe that's all just part of the experience, though.
1. Disney World
Is there anything more iconic to Florida than Disney World? Disney World is a staple of the Florida experience, so you can't let yourself miss out on a day at Magic Kingdom meeting Mickey Mouse and all of his best buds. And believe me, you don't need to be or have a child to enjoy a day at one of the many Disney parks! If you are looking for a deal, you can pick up heavily discounted tickets here.
2. Orange Orchard/Welcome Centers
Our state isn't known for oranges for nothin'. Stop at an orchard and pick some of your own fresh oranges -- or at very least, head into one of the many welcome centers for a complimentary --yes, totally free-- taste of the state's finest orange juice.
Scallops are delicious, and even more so when you catch them yourself! Scalloping season varies by county, but if you want to take part in this very-Floridian fishing sport, you can find more information here.
4. Dive into the Blue Springs
A visit to Florida is not complete without a trip to the natural springs. With so many to choose from, you should not have too hard of a time finding something within a couple of hours from wherever you are staying --and they are well worth every bit of the distance. I have a list of springs in Florida you can visit (and see what's nearest to you) mapped out here.
5. Fossil Hunting
Do you love finding treasure? Maybe digging up a pirate's booty is a longshot, but you can find plenty of prehistoric shark teeth buried in the sands of Florida shorelines -- we are known as the "Shark Tooth Capital of the World," after all.
6. Airboat Tours
Swamps are abundant in this state, so it's only natural to assume that airboat rides through the swamplands are a popular tourist attraction, and the best part about it is that no matter where you are at in the state, you probably will not have to travel far to find an airboat tour somewhere near you. Though, if you want to see the wildest side of Florida, an airboat ride through the Everglades or one of the many large nature parks surely would not disappoint.
7. See the Southernmost Point of the Continental US
The one and only Southernmost Point of the Continental US is located here in Florida, at the very bottom of the picturesque Key West. While there are plenty of great photo ops found throughout the state, there is perhaps nothing quite as impressive as this one. Check out some of the impressive and affordable rentals in Key West here, and book before they're all taken!
8. Dolphin Cruises
Similarly to the airboat tours, dolphin cruises are a staple of the Floridian beach life! You can easily find a dolphin tour in almost any coastal town, though they all offer different things. Some will take you to local islands, others will be a dinner cruise, or private yacht party and so on.
9. Camp in a VW
Why camp in a tent when you can rent not just any VW, a vintage-style VW van that's decked out to the max? There are a few companies in Florida that offer an unusual road trip/glamping experience with their gorgeous campers. A simple Google search will provide you with a list of rental places nearest to you!
10. Swim with Manatees
Sea cows are a beloved sight in the state, and the only place in the US where you can legally swim so close is here too. Peak manatee-season is the time to go if you want to behold a truly unreal sight you simply won't experience anywhere else in the nation.
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