Most people don't associate Florida with snow, equally, a lot of people (ahem, snowbirds) don't want to. That said, there are plenty of Sunshine State natives that have an itch they need to scratch, and it's where to see snow in Florida.
While natural snow doesn't happen often in this southern oasis (though, not totally unheard of, take the unusual snowstorm in Miami in 1977 for example), there are a few places that are bringing the chill closer to home with a little help from ice machines.
Here are 5 places I have found that you can see "snow" at this year in Florida--oh, and before you head out, don't forget to dress for the weather!
1. Gaylord Palms - Kissimmee
Gaylord Palms Resort is bringing the Spirit of Christmas to Central Florida with their "Snow Factory," featuring an array of snowy activities like snowball fights, sled riding, and so much more. Best yet, they have a discount running so you can join in on the fun for a fraction of the cost! For only $20 you can get yourself, or a loved one, a pass to go ice tubing--check out the details here.
2. Hunsader Farms - Bradenton
Hunsader Farm may ring a bell as it's the place I went wildflower picking at in April! And while the wildflower field is taking a break for the season, the farm is still equally as exciting during the winter months when they bring out an ice maker! Snow tubing is free with admission ($12), children under 5 are free. Also included with admission is over 300,000 lights, hay & train rides, Santa, craft vendors, campfires, petting zoo, and Christmas movies on the big screen. Hot cocoa and other seasonal goods will be available for purchase!
3. Snowcat Ridge - Dade City
If you want the whole North Pole experience complete with igloos, sled riding, and tons (actual tons) of snow, a visit to Florida's only snow park, Snowcat Ridge, is a must this season. This park offers several snowy attractions, two of which are new this year; Snowy Slopes, Arctic Igloo, Crystal Ribbon (new), Eskimo Outpost (new), and the Alpine Village. Snowcat Ridge is currently open daily and tickets are as low as $26.95/per person. You can find more information about ticketing and activities here.
4. Farmer Mike's U-Pick - Bonita Springs
Another U-Pick farm coming in hot with the chill--Farmer Mike's U-Pick, which has also been featured on some of my other u-pick blog posts, is bringing winter weather to south Florida for the third year! Christmas at Mike's will be hosted on December 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18 from 6:00p.m. to 9:30p.m. and will feature a 15ft high snow slide, 3 acre lighted walk, Christmas tree forest, story time & songs with Santa, Polar Express on the big screen, snow pit, campfires and s'mores. Tickets need to be purchased ahead of time through their site here.
5. Main Street USA - Disney World
Disney's Magic Kingdom is nothing short of magical during the holiday season, especially when they bring out the snow. During Disney Very Merriest After Hours they bring out the snow machine which really gives guests an extra boost of snow-otonin. While I personally don't think this feature is worth an entire ticket to Magic Kingdom on its own, it's certainly a nice bonus if you're already there--and it makes for some beautiful photos.
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