Florida Waterparks

From Typhoon Lagoon to Wet-N-Wild, explore the waterparks of Florida.

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Daytona International Speedway

Daytona International Speedway

Where to Go: Daytona International Speedway
The speedway offers 3 different tours: Speedway, All Access and VIP. Each offers different levels of access to the track, garages, press boxes and Victory Lane, as well as history of the speedway, NASCAR and drivers.
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Jackie Robinson Museum, Statue and Ballpark

Jackie Robinson Museum, Statue and Ballpark

Where to Go: Jackie Robinson Ballpark and Museum
The stadium is home to the Daytona Cubs, a feeder team for the Chicago Cubs. It was named after Jackie Robinson in 1990. The ballpark is now home to a museum and statue that honors Robinson's accomplishments as an athlete and "barrier breaker." Exhibits include information on Robinson's accomplishments on and off the field, his secret to stealing bases and a tribute to other athletes who broke barriers.
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Ponce de Leon Lighthouse

Ponce de Leon Lighthouse

Where to Go: Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse
The lighthouse is the tallest in Florida -- and one of the tallest in the country. Visitors can climb the 203 steps to the top for amazing views of one of the world's most famous beaches, Ponce Inlet and surrounding inland waterways. The museum showcases exhibits on the history of Florida and one of the finest collections of restored Fresnel lenses in the world.
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Main Street Pier

Main Street Pier

Where to Go: Main Street Pier
Called Daytona's "highway over the ocean," the 70 plus-year-old pier is the longest on the East Coast. It has rides such as a sky lift and space needle observation tower, a restaurant and a place for fishing.
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Bulow Plantation Ruins

Bulow Plantation Ruins

Where to Go: Bulow Plantation Ruins
The park has an interpretive center that gives the history of the plantation and Florida's frontier in the early 19th century. Visitors can walk through the ruins of the plantation, sugar mill, wells and slave cabins.
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Museum of Arts and Sciences

Museum of Arts and Sciences

Where to Go: Museum of Arts and Sciences
The Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS) is located on a 90-acre nature preserve. The exhibits include collections of American, Chinese and Cuban art, a prehistoric giant ground sloth, an Americana collection and a rare Napoleonic collection. It also has a planetarium and children’s museum.
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Marine Science Center

Marine Science Center

Where to Go: Marine Science Center
Learn all about marine wildlife through exhibits on alligators, coral, dolphins, whales, sea turtles and fish. Check out the 5,000-gallon aquarium or get up close and personal with a stingray in the touch pool. The center also does rehabilitation of seabirds and turtles, and allows visitors to observe the animals they are helping.
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Shores Resort and Spa

Shores Resort and Spa

Where to Stay: Shores Resort and Spa
This luxury resort offers guestrooms and suites with amazing views and high-end amenities. The resort is home to the Indulge spa, as well as the oceanfront fine-dining restaurant Azure. It also offers a fitness center, kids' club, heated salt-water pool, multiple bars, cabanas, oceanfront fire pits and services to pamper your pet.
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Hilton Daytona Beach Resort/ Ocean Walk Village

Hilton Daytona Beach Resort/ Ocean Walk Village

Where to Stay: Hilton Daytona Beach Resort/Ocean Walk Village
The Hilton Daytona Beach Resort is located right on the beach in the heart of the Ocean Walk Village. The spacious rooms offer sunset views and lots of amenities. The hotel has a KidsZone and kids’ camp for the younger set and a spa for the adult travelers.

Other Hotels to Consider: Wyndham Ocean Walk, Hampton Inn Daytona Shores -- Oceanfront and Sun Viking Lodge
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Hog Heaven Bar-B-Q

Hog Heaven Bar-B-Q

Where to Eat: Hog Heaven
If you are looking for some Southern barbecue, head over to Hog Heaven for beef, chicken or pork that is slow-cooked in a real pit. Diners can feast on everything from baby back ribs to pulled pork and catfish.
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The Oyster Pub

The Oyster Pub

Where to Eat: The Oyster Pub
If you are looking for a place to kick back and watch the latest race or sporting event, check out this sports bar and grill. The menu features fresh seafood and raw bar, burgers, wings and more. For entertainment there is a nightly DJ, pool tables and more than 45 TVs.
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The Dancing Avocado Kitchen

The Dancing Avocado Kitchen

Where to Eat: Dancing Avocado Kitchen
This downtown restaurant is known for its eclectic decor that many describe as hippie-like. It's also known for great vegetarian and vegan dining. The Dancing Avocado Kitchen is only open in the daytime so be sure to visit for breakfast or lunch.

Other Restaurants to Consider: Gene's Steak House, Boot Hill Saloon and Chart House
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Angel and Phelps Chocolate Factory

Angel and Phelps Chocolate Factory

Where to Eat/Go: Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory
To satisfy your sweet tooth, visit this chocolate factory that has been on Beach Street since 1925. You'll find chocolate in every shape and size along with fudge, jelly beans, taffy and coffee. Take the factory tour to see candy makers doing things the old-fashioned way.
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Key West

Key West

A beach lover’s heaven, Key West is one of the most enchanting of the 1,700 islands that make up the Florida Keys. It’s also the southernmost city in the continental US. 960 1280

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Key West

Key West

The beaches in Key West are ideal for swimming and snorkeling, and fishing is allowed off the piers at most beaches. Enjoy these activities at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, Florida’s southernmost state park -- and one of its most beautiful spots -- that’s home to wide stretches of sand and tranquil waters. We recommend renting a 2-person, glass-bottom kayak if you’re looking for a fun but romantic escape. 960 1280

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Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach

One of America’s finest white-sand beaches, Clearwater Beach spans a narrow, 3-mile stretch of the Pinellas Peninsula on the Gulf Coast. Clearwater’s proximity to Tampa offers visitors ample activities to enjoy, including beach volleyball, parasailing, a dolphin-watching cruise and a fun fishing excursion. 960 1280

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Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach

Piers are a Florida shore staple, and Clearwater Beach is no different. Walk to the end of the famed Pier 60 to take in one of the state’s many beautiful sunsets, whether it’s the one in the sky or the daily festival of the same name, which is held 365 days a year. 960 1280

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Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island

Known as one of the best shelling locations thanks to the abundant seashells that wash ashore from the Gulf of Mexico, Sanibel Island attracts collectors from all over the world. 960 1280

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Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island

With a small population of locals, along with breathtaking, clear-blue waters and immaculate white-sand beaches, Sanibel Island offers a fun and relaxing vacation for families and couples alike. 960 1280

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Captiva Island

Captiva Island

Just north of its aforementioned sister island, Sanibel, Captiva Island is a tropical paradise right here in the United States. It offers some of the best fishing and boating in Florida. 960 1280

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Captiva Island

Captiva Island

The blue waters and white-sand beaches of Captiva Island stretch into the horizon. So we recommend watching a spectacular sunset at the end of Captiva Drive. But before the sun sets, go boating down the waterways of the island to see local wildlife, including dolphins, crocodiles, blue herons and many different species of colorful birds. 960 1280

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Palm Beach

Palm Beach

The easternmost town in all of Florida, Palm Beach is lined with its namesake majestic trees and loaded with beautiful beachfront properties, high-end hotels and sprawling resorts. 960 1280

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Palm Beach

Palm Beach

This 16-mile-long, half-mile-wide island is the epitome of wealth and extravagance. In times past, it served as the winter home to the Vanderbilts, the Kennedys, the Rockefellers and other millionaires. True to form, the town still features some of Florida’s finest hotels, restaurants and shops, as well as beautiful beaches. Perched next to the Gulf Stream, this beach town also enjoys the extra benefit of warm blue water and gentle breezes. 960 1280

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Siesta Key

Siesta Key

Situated between Roberts Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, just a short distance from downtown Sarasota, Siesta Key is as laid-back and enjoyable as any beach you’ll find in Florida. 960 1280

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Siesta Key

Siesta Key

Spend the perfect family vacation in Siesta Key, a barrier island off Florida’s central western coast that boasts beachside picnic areas and playgrounds. Go shell collecting, kayaking or hop on a catamaran for more active pursuits. For adults who want a more low-key experience, spend a candlelit dinner at a restaurant or rent a cozy cottage for a romantic getaway. 960 1280

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Naples

Naples

Located in southern Florida on the Gulf of Mexico, Naples offers phenomenal fishing experiences along the pier, top-notch outdoor restaurants and fun — but difficult — golf courses. 960 1280

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Naples

Naples

Watch the rolling waves and gaze at the mansions that line some of Naples’ most popular beaches along 12th Avenue South. For a family looking to camp out on the beach for the day, we recommend heading a few miles north of Old Naples to Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. Food stands and on-site rentals for umbrellas, kayaks and snorkeling gear are available nearby. 960 1280

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South Beach

South Beach

Take a dip in the crystal-blue waters of Miami’s South Beach, an international playground that offers non-stop nightlife, high-end shopping, luxurious boutique hotels and unique Art Deco architecture. This man-made beach is perfect for early morning runs and topless sunbathing. 960 1280

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South Beach

South Beach

Take in a beautiful sunrise accompanied by blue skies and colorful clouds as you walk along one of the world’s most renowned beaches. 960 1280

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Delray Beach

Delray Beach

Each year, nearly 1 million people visit family-friendly Delray Beach to enjoy the 2-mile-long beach that’s ideal for fun beach activities, including sandcastle-building. Take a break from the beach and hit nearby Atlantic Avenue, lined with boutiques, seafood restaurants and the luxurious Seagate Hotel and Spa. 960 1280

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Delray Beach

Delray Beach

From sailing and surfing to snorkeling and paddleboarding, water-sport lovers are in for a treat when visiting Delray. 960 1280

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Atlantic Beach

Atlantic Beach

Relaxing is easy on Atlantic Beach: Sand as soft and white as sugar, brilliant sunshine and azure waters abound. And while Atlantic Beach has heaps of small-town charm, it’s also just a short drive from Jacksonville, making it convenient for day-trippers and vacationers who want a short airport-to-beach commute. 960 1280

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Atlantic Beach

Atlantic Beach

History buffs can learn about the development of the Atlantic Beach and neighboring Jacksonville beaches at the area’s Beaches Museum and History Center. After spending the afternoon strolling the shores, head to Beaches Town Center’s pedestrian-friendly cobblestone streets and check out the town’s restaurants, galleries, boutiques and frequent special events, including live music and the monthly North Beaches Art Walk, held on the third Thursday of every month. 960 1280

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Caladesi Island State Park

Caladesi Island State Park

Enjoy 3 miles of undeveloped beach with your significant other on Caladesi Island State Park, which is easily accessible from St. Petersburg. Hotels and resorts closest to the island are minutes away, in Dunedin, FL. 960 1280

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Destin

Destin

What better way to start your life together than on the beautiful sugar-white beaches of Destin, FL, at Sandestin Beach Golf Resort, northwest Florida’s premier hotel. The hotel recently made National Geographic Traveler's "10 Best Fall Trips." 960 1280

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Little Torch Key

Little Torch Key

Welcome to tropical paradise on Little Torch Key. The Little Palm Island Resort and Spa is a wonderful oasis for a honeymoon. Picture this: Air-conditioned, thatched roof bungalow suites, with custom-made beds topped by plush mosquito netting. White paths of crushed seashells weave through 6 acres of tropical flowers, palm trees and sandy beaches. 960 1280

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Santa Rosa Beach

Santa Rosa Beach

Just outside of Panama City, the WaterColor Inn and Resort on Santa Rosa Beach is considered one of the best honeymoon locations in Florida. 960 1280

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Honeymoon Island

Honeymoon Island

Minutes north of Caladesi Island is Honeymoon Island, known for its turquoise waters and white sand beach. 960 1280

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Florida Keys

Florida Keys

The beautiful islands and beaches of the Florida Keys can leave anyone speechless. 960 1280

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Palm Beach

Palm Beach

Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Four Seasons Resort on Palm Beach. 960 1280

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Siesta Key

Siesta Key

Many consider Siesta Key the Sunshine State's most romantic getaway, according to Southern Living magazine. 960 1280

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South Beach

South Beach

While visiting The Tides, you can feel world's away from the busy nightlife of South Beach, or right in the middle of it. Your choice. 960 1280

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Naples

Naples

If kicking back and enjoying one another isn't enough, the LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort in Naples, FL, is a beautiful complement. Enjoy the relaxing sands in the morning, greens the rest of the afternoon, and an intimate dinner for 2 in the evening. 960 1280

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Sanibel Island Beach

Sanibel Island Beach

Located on Florida's southwest Gulf Coast, the beautiful Sanibel Island Beach is a favorite destination among honeymooners for its honeymoon cottages and memorable sunsets, some of the most romantic along the Florida Gulf Coast. 960 1280

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Captiva Island

Captiva Island

Captiva Island, the sister island to Sanibel, offers a luxurious honeymoon escape. South Seas Island Resort's secluded honeymoon getaways and private villas are a must. 960 1280

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