9 Florida Family Activities (That Aren’t Disney)

Florida as a whole is the perfect destination for a family vacation, with plenty of nature, theme parks, and adventures (apart from Disney).

Florida is a state known for its beautiful beaches and unique foods, but Disney lovers also hold the state close to their hearts as it is home to one of the world’s most exciting attractions – Walt Disney World. But besides Disney, this state blessed with lots of sunshine, beautiful beaches, and fun activities certainly has a lot to offer and these are just some of the things visitors will want to bring their kids.

9 Meet exciting characters at Universal Studios Orlando

Meet some of the most interesting movie characters in person at Universal Studios Orlando. Here characters like – Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, SpongeBob Square Pants, The Transformers, Captain America, The Simpsons and Panda even allow visitors to communicate and ask questions or strike a pose together. Don’t forget to take pictures and also go for some thrilling rides.

8 Have fun at Legoland Florida

Legoland in Florida is a park with lots of fun and engaging activities. Many activities here may be better suited to children, but there’s still plenty that adults can enjoy as well. From stunning water shows to thrilling rides and reality shows, Legoland Park will have visitors who wish time would stand still. Staying in Legoland hotel rooms is also an exciting experience, but good luck sleeping in this beautifully themed designed room that makes visitors feel like they are in a fantasy world. The restaurants around the park and their delicious pizzas will even have your fingers licking at the exciting exhibits around the park.

seven Explore different species of plants at the Naples Botanical Garden

Enjoy an educational time at the 170-acre Naples Botanical Garden where the gardens are designed in the cultural styles of different parts of the world including – Brazil, Asia and the Caribbean. The tours offered here will take travelers through the artistic and historical parts of the hundreds of species lined up in the garden.

6 Enjoy some outdoor activities at Silver Springs State Park

In Silver Springs State Park, visitors will be greeted with relaxing rivers where they can enjoy a thrilling float on a kayak while admiring the scenery surrounding the water. The park also consists of several kilometers of trails perfect for hiking and biking. A visit to this park is also a great way to get away from the crowds and enjoy some quiet time in nature. The presence of wildlife here makes it even more attractive. Those who want a more intimate experience can go swimming in the waters and then head into the lush forests to camp and listen to the melodious songs of the birds and the rustle of the leaves. Boat trips and a visit to the Money Museum are also on the list of things to do here.

5 Go bird watching at Everglades National Park

Besides its title as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest tropical wilderness in the United States, Everglades National Park is one of the most exciting places in Florida. The park has an endless list of things to do, but its birding experience is one of the most exciting. Home to over 300 species of birds, bird watching is a phenomenal experience that even the kids will love. Paurotis Pond, Bear Lake Trail, and Royal Palm Hammock include some of the park’s spots to catch the best views of these winged creatures. Those who want more can continue to explore the thousands of plant species and sea creatures that live here. Camping, excellent fishing, hiking and kayaking also make up the list of things to enjoy here.

4 Be inspired Kennedy Space Center

The Kennedy Space Center is one of the best places in the world to learn about space exploration. There’s a lot to learn just by looking at the starships that rest here. But in addition to watching, some tours will take visitors through inspiring moments of space exploration. Live rocket launches will be observed and real stories will be told by space experts and astronauts who have taken an exciting ride on the Milky Way. Visitors will have the opportunity to peek into space from NASA space telescopes and receive space training before being deployed for a mission to Mars (not the real Mars though). While many experiences center around space exploration, the Kennedy Space Center is also a place to witness shocking artificial intelligence, so prepare your mind for all those revelations and bring the kids along to inspire them, too.

3 Enjoy a mermaid show at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

There’s no denying how much humans love mermaids or just the idea of ​​it. That’s why a captain now spends his free time living as a mermaid and that’s why there are so many mermaid costumes on sale right now – people want to become mermaids. At this park, the entertaining presentations of the daily mermaid shows will give visitors the closest mermaid experience ever (except for those who have actually seen mermaids live). Enjoy an entertaining live performance of the Little Mermaid as she sells her beautiful voice to a witch in exchange for human legs that will give her a chance to meet the human prince she fell deeply in love with. Being the only place in the world where this happens makes it even a more unique experience to have. The park also offers animal shows and boat tours, but all of that pales in comparison to the live performances of this sensational love story that will never leave our minds.

Related: Visit Weeki Wachee, Home of the World’s Only “Real” Mermaids!

2 Be wowed by Harry Potter shows in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a place of endless possibilities, from the sights of a fire-breathing dragon in Diagon Alley to the forbidden ride at Hogwarts castle. An experience here will make visitors want to pull out a magic wand and fire some magic bombs. Speaking of wands, there are shops where visitors can buy them and then perform whatever magic tricks they have in mind. Some interactive wands even make things move when waved at certain windows and statues. Whether you’re a Harry Potter fan or just a fan of magical fantasies, the experience at this part of Universal Studios Orlando is well worth having.

Related: 10 Insider Facts The Staff Shared About Working In The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

1 See the animals at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens are dedicated to animal lovers. At the park, visitors can walk the trail and explore more than 2,000 park animals and even have the opportunity to feed friendly animals such as – giraffes and birds. The Safari list even includes terrifying animals such as – big cats, elephants and monkeys. The garden here consists of more than 1000 species of plants, which is just another thing to explore as well.

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