Florida Waterparks

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

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EPCOT

EPCOT

Travel around the world without leaving Orlando in EPCOT Center's World Showcase. You can also take a ride through the future as imagined decades ago in the famous golf-ball shaped dome, Spaceship Earth. 960 1280

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Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom

The purported happiest place on Earth, Disney's Magic Kingdom is sure to entertain the kids - whether with one of their parades or classic rides like Space Mountain. 960 1280

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Holy Land Experience

Holy Land Experience

Orlando's Holy Land Experience is surely a unique Florida attraction: visitors can have the Last Supper with Jesus and disciples (actors, of course). 960 1280

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Universal Studios Orlando

Universal Studios Orlando

Universal Studios Orlando, next door to its roller-coaster-laden cousin, Islands of Adventure, is a must for movie fans. Where else can you experience an attack from Jaws, save New York from aliens along with the Men in Black, or hang out with Beetlejuice? 960 1280

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Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom features more than 500 acres of grounds where animals can roam freely. Guests can roam in open safari vehicles, watching out for giraffes, hippos, lions, and more. 960 1280

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Islands of Adventure

Islands of Adventure

Universal's Islands of Adventure is the go-to place for those with a need for speed. Thrill seekers will especially enjoy Dr. Doom's Fearfall and the Incredible Hulk Coaster. 960 1280

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Of course, the newest and most popular attraction at Universal's Islands of Adventure is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Fans will be treated to plenty of performances, a dragon-themed roller coaster, and even (non-alcoholic) butterbeer. 960 1280

Universal Orlando Resort  

Silver Springs

Silver Springs

The glass bottom boats at Silver Springs allow you to get up close and personal with local wildlife, like alligators, turtles, and if you're lucky, a manatee or two. 960 1280

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See all your favorite aquatic animals in one place ' SeaWorld Orlando. See interactive shows with killer whales and experience thrilling roller coasters and water rides. 960 1280

SeaWorld  

Located in Orlando and partnered with SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive getaway where visitors get up-close and personal with the park's animals. Take a day or 2 to swim with dolphins, experience an underwater tropical reef and visit Explorer's Aviary to see and hear tropical birds from all over the world. 960 1280

Discovery Cove  

Spend the day at one of the biggest water parks in Florida. Wet `n' Wild has over 30 acres of slides, flumes, surfing and more. Founded by Sea World creator George Millay in 1977, the park was honored by Aquatics International as being the first true water park in America. 960 1280

Wet 'n' Wild  

Also in Daytona, NASCAR fans can enjoy the Daytona International Speedway All Access Tour. Here, fans photograph the 2010 Daytona 500 winning car. 960 1280

Daytona International Speedway  

About a 2-hour drive from downtown Orlando, Tampa Bay is home to Bush Gardens. Featured here is SheiKra, a roller coaster with "floorless" cars giving the riders a unique view at 70 mph. 960 1280

Busch Gardens  

A boy plays in the fountain in the Rocket Garden at the John F. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, just outside of Cape Canaveral, FL. Visitors can stand under the massive rockets that first put NASA astronauts into space and much more. If you spend an entire day at the Kennedy Space Center and there happens to be a night launch, stick around ' it's a must-see. 960 1280

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Florida's Everglades are known to many as the place to see alligators and ride airboats. This National Park is home to thousands of species of birds, reptiles, mammals and, best of all, beautiful Florida sunsets. 960 1280

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The southern-most tip of the US main land, the Florida Keys are known for beautiful beaches, boating, fishing, Key Lime Pie and Margaritaville. The Keys were also the onetime home to Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemmingway. Pictured here is Mallory Square, the center of Key West's historic waterfront. 960 1280

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Surf ‘n California burrito

Surf ‘n California burrito

Did You Know? While popular for years in the north-Atlantic states, legend has it that the term "surf and turf" was first used at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair.

Dish 1: Surf n’ Turf Burrito
Where: Lucha Libre, 1810 W Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103
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BBQ Shrimp from Deanie's

BBQ Shrimp from Deanie's

Did You Know? In Louisiana they’ve been harvesting shrimp for 400 years. In the 17th century local fishermen cast their nets into the Gulf to catch the first batch of prized prawns.

Dish 2: BBQ Shrimp
Where: Deanie’s, 1713 Lake Ave, Metairie, LA 70005
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Killer Hogfish Sandwich

Killer Hogfish Sandwich

Did You Know? In 2009, 283,015 lbs. of hogfish were caught in Florida.

Dish 3: Killer Hogfish Sandwich
Where: Hogfish Bar and Grill, 6810 Front St, Stock Island, FL
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Fresh Fish

Fresh Fish

Did You Know? In 2009, the average American ate 15.8 lbs. of fish and shellfish.

Dish 4: Super Fresh Fish
Where: Reel Inn, 18661 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
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Alligator Ribs

Alligator Ribs

Did You Know? Alligator meat is similar to pork in texture, lower in fat than chicken, and tastes amazing!

Dish 5: Alligator Ribs
Where: Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Rd, Tampa, FL 33613
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Sandpearl Resort (Clearwater Beach)

Sandpearl Resort (Clearwater Beach)

The Sandpearl has all the usual beauty of a beachfront hotel but adds 2 distinctive amenities. First, it boasts the only AAA 4-diamond restaurant in Clearwater, Caretta on the Gulf, which serves up seasonal dishes and ocean views. Second, it features huge beach fire pits, the perfect perch for watching the sunset over the gulf. 960 1280

Sandpearl Resort  

Sanibel Siesta on the Beach (Sanibel Island)

Sanibel Siesta on the Beach (Sanibel Island)

All the extravagances of a luxury resort with all the comforts of home. That’s what guests get at Sanibel Siesta on the Beach, which offers 56 rental condos with full kitchens and space to sleep 6. What you probably don't have at home is a private beach, heated outdoor pool, bike paths and tennis courts. 960 1280

Sanibel Siesta  

The Breakers (Palm Beach)

The Breakers (Palm Beach)

Established in 1896, the Breakers resort is a veritable playground for vacationers of all ages. Consider that it features a half-mile private beach, 4 pools, 8 restaurants, 10 shops, 2 golf courses, 10 tennis courts, 5 whirlpools and much more. It even has its own reef for snorkeling and scuba diving.  960 1280

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Southernmost Beach Resort (Key West)

Southernmost Beach Resort (Key West)

Southernmost Beach Resort is everything you want in a Key West getaway, with classic island design and myriad amenities. Sunbathe on the private pier, grab a cocktail from the beachfront bars, or recharge during aqua yoga classes in the pool. To top it all off, Southernmost is close to the action of Duval Street — but not too close. 960 1280

Southernmost Resorts  

Hyatt Siesta Key Beach, A Hyatt Residence Club (Siesta Key)

Hyatt Siesta Key Beach, A Hyatt Residence Club (Siesta Key)

Don’t lift a finger during your stay at the Hyatt Siesta Key Beach. Get groceries delivered to your rental condo. Order a drink from your poolside cabana. Venture down to the beach to soak up some sun. Call on one of the chefs-in-residence to cook a family meal in your room. And if you happen to get ambitious, go explore the joys of nearby Sarasota, FL. 960 1280

Hyatt  

LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort (Naples)

LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort (Naples)

It may be on the pricey side, but a stay at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort is definitely worth it. There’s nothing you can’t do here, from spa treatments to beachside dining to golf to water sports. And with a kids’ camp and babysitting services on-site, it’s a win-win for everyone in the family. 960 1280

LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort  

South Seas Island Resort (Captiva Island)

South Seas Island Resort (Captiva Island)

Get a little wild on your Florida vacation at this resort village and 330-acre wildlife preserve, where natural allure meets luxurious elegance. In addition to lounging on 2 1/2 miles of white-sand beach, guests can go exploring on sailing and fishing excursions or go searching around the island for 230 species of birds and more than 250 types of seashells. 960 1280

South Sea Island Resort  

Vintro Hotel South Beach (Miami Beach)

Vintro Hotel South Beach (Miami Beach)

Can’t decide between a relaxing beach getaway and an exciting South Beach party? Thanks to Vintro Hotel, you can have both. This adults-only spot provides intimacy in spades, including a cozy courtyard and a rooftop pool. But its location in the center of the city’s cultural district means it’s close to all the action. 960 1280

Vintro Hotel  

The Seagate Hotel & Spa (Delray Beach)

The Seagate Hotel & Spa (Delray Beach)

When you stay at the Seagate Hotel & Spa, you aren’t just a guest — you’re an elite beach club member. Less than a mile from the hotel itself (reached via a walk along the shore or a free shuttle), the Seagate Beach Club offers a waterfront pool, additional dining options and private beach access, including towels, chairs and umbrellas.  960 1280

The Seagate Hotel & Spa  

One Ocean Resort & Spa (Atlantic Beach)

One Ocean Resort & Spa (Atlantic Beach)

The beauty of One Ocean Resort & Spa near Jacksonville, FL, is surpassed only by the service it provides its guests. Each visit is customized based on your individual preferences, which are collected during a pre-stay phone call. After arrival, personal docents cater to your every need, from unpacking to booking spa treatments to offering insider recommendations. 960 1280

One Ocean Resort & Spa  

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