Finding a destination to unite thrill-seekers, sun lovers and adventure fiends isn’t an easy task. But the activities, temperature and landscapes of Florida nail all three.
If you’re all about the great outdoors, wildlife, cycling, trekking, water sports, swimming or boating, this is the non-stop place to capture some good times. And rays. Obviously rays.
Planning a trip to the sun-soaked state isn’t as complicated as you’d think. British Airways flies direct to multiple destinations across the region, and, to make things even simpler, you can book your flight, hotel and rental car on BA.com for the ultimate break.
So all you need to do is work out the must-dos to get on your hitlist. Here are the most exhilarating things you can see, do, watch and love on your holiday – and don’t forget to head over to visitflorida.com for more tips on the perfect break.
For animal lovers: Tampa Bay
Located on Florida’s west coast and connected to the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay is the place to go if you’re after an animal adventure. The Big Cat Rescue animal sanctuary houses over 80 lions, bobcats, tigers and cougars who were abandoned or orphaned and gives you behind-the-scenes access to these extraordinary animals on a feeding tour or keeper tour, where you can make toys and treats for the wild cats and follow the keepers as they train the animals.
Those looking to team their animal adventures with some high-octane rollercoaster rides won’t want to miss Busch Gardens, an animal and adventure park which puts you in front of cheetahs, gorillas, hyenas, elephants and more.
Get intimate with aquatic life at the Florida Aquarium, where you can have a coral reef underwater adventure and dive with the sharks, hang out with Moray eels and say ‘hello’ to a sea turtle.
And for stunning views, don’t miss a drive over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
For getting back to nature: St. Pete/Clearwater
St. Pete/Clearwater are two of the biggest cities in the Tampa Bay area, known for idyllic nature trails and stunning waterfronts. They’re also the places to go if you’re interested in birding, bass fishing, hiking and canoeing.
Hop on a bike and cycle the 37-mile Pinellas Trail, which starts at St. Pete and ends at Greek fishing village, Tarpon Springs: you’ll pass through parklands, rivers, creeks and charming small towns on the way. The Pinellas Suncoast, between St. Pete and Clearwater, has 28 miles of beach to explore – perfect for running, swimming, snorkelling, surfing and parasailing.
Soar overhead with a zip line canopy tour at Empower Adventures Tampa Bay, complete with aerial adventure park (log swings, cable traverses, leap of faith pole jumping) for an adrenalin-pumping challenge, or head to the 8,700-acre Brooker Creek Preserve to hike through swamps and wetlands. For a tour of tropical plants without getting your feet wet, head to Sunken Gardens for blooming botanical gorgeousness – and flamingo-spotting.
For adrenalin rushes: Kissimmee
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Source:: The Huffington Post – UK Lifestyle