Florida Waterparks

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

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Go Biking

Go Biking

Reduce your carbon footprint and participate in Earth-friendly transportation options like biking, walking and taking public transit. These alternatives are often cheaper than taking a cab or renting a car. 960 1280

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Reusable Bottles

Reusable Bottles

A plastic bottle often travels thousands of miles before you buy it, so carry a reusable container or drink locally sourced water when you’re on the go. 960 1280

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Non-Stop Flights

Non-Stop Flights

Book non-stop flights whenever possible. A significant percentage of a plane’s carbon emissions come from takeoff and landing. 960 1280

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Buy Local

Buy Local

When and wherever you travel, buy local products whenever possible instead of buying products that have been flown or shipped in from overseas. However, do not buy souvenirs or other products made from endangered animals or plants. In most cases, you can't get them through customs anyway. 960 1280

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Working Farms

Working Farms

Stay at working farm that also functions as inn. This unique experience helps travelers connect with an area’s agricultural heritage --and they cost less than hotels. 960 1280

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Recycle Trash

Recycle Trash

Staying at a hotel? Make sure you ask about the hotel’s recycling program, and sort your trash accordingly. If your hotel doesn't recycle, consider taking your empty bottles or other items home and recycle them there. 960 1280

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Hike Marked Trails

Hike Marked Trails

Don’t veer off marked trails when hiking, and maintain a safe distance from any animals you encounter. Deposit your trash in marked receptacles or take it with you when you leave. Light campfires only in areas where permitted and be sure they're completely extinguished before you leave. 960 1280

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Rent Hybrid Car

Rent Hybrid Car

Choose the smallest vehicle or a hybrid when renting a car for travel. Decline any "free" upgrades that can cost you more in gas. Consider renting an economy car if your personal vehicle is a large, gas guzzler. You'll save gas and avoid putting miles on your own vehicle. 960 1280

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Stay at Green Hotel

Stay at Green Hotel

Las Vegas is actually at the forefront of green building, and the Palazzo Hotel Vegas is one of the largest hotels in the U.S. to receive LEED certification (along with the huge Aria and Vdara City Center hotels). Ninety-five percent of the building's structural steel and 26 percent of its concrete is recycled material. The swimming pools are heated by solar power, and the hotel claims to save enough energy annually to light a 100-watt light bulb for 12,100 years. 960 1280

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Eat Local

Eat Local

Eating locally is one of the best ways to support a community. Try to shop at farmers’ markets and dine at restaurants with locally sourced ingredients. 960 1280

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Fishing by Kayak

Fishing by Kayak

Dawn comes with a quiet tranquility as the fiery Florida sunrise provides a stunning backdrop for fishing. Reds, tarpon, trout, cobia and kings. They’re all here. All the time. In creeks, lakes, rivers and breakers along 42 miles of Atlantic shore. 960 1280

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Ponte Vedra Beach

Ponte Vedra Beach

The “Golf Capital of the World” is a well-known – and well-deserved – name for Ponte Vedra Beach, which is home to dozens of world-class courses. Here, amateur players and accomplished professionals alike will find a golf course for every skill level. 960 1280

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Anastasia State Park Beach

Anastasia State Park Beach

With sea foam and room to roam, Anastasia State Park Beach isn’t like Florida’s other beaches. It’s wider -- with sand packed perfectly for bike cruising. The waves are always up for a good ride -- while 4 miles of pristine beachfront beckon you to hike, swim, bird-watch and beachcomb. 960 1280

  

Historic St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra

Historic St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra

Castillo de San Marcos represents the very fabric of historic St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra. Fashioned entirely of coquina rock, construction of the fort started in 1672 – more than a century after Pedro Menendez de Aviles founded the city in 1565. 960 1280

  

Hotel Ponce De León

Hotel Ponce De León

What’s now Flagler College was originally the Hotel Ponce De León, a lavish and sprawling resort built under the direction of Henry Flagler in 1888. An industrialist, oil magnate and railroad pioneer, Flagler played a vastly important role in the development of Florida’s east coast. 960 1280

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High Dunes

High Dunes

Here, enchanting tales of triumph surround each and every landmark. But surrounding the beaches is nothing but more beaches. You won’t find any towering buildings, hotels or condominiums blocking the sun while you're biking along the shore -- but you will find 42 miles of wide coastline. 960 1280

  

Seaside Escape

Seaside Escape

Romantic resorts and spas stretch along the seaside. Quaint B&Bs nestle in old-world charm. And historic landmarks give you a glimpse into Florida’s past. 960 1280

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Castillo de San Marcos

Castillo de San Marcos

The area’s legendary armada of attractions is a favorite among families -- from discovering Juan Ponce de León’s famous Fountain of Youth to exploring the battle-tested Castillo de San Marcos and witnessing a cannon-firing from its gun decks. 960 1280

  

Historic Ships

Historic Ships

In 1565, Pedro Menendez de Aviles -- founder of St. Augustine | Ponte Vedra -- leaned along the worn, wooden rails of a Spanish galleon and peered through a brass eyepiece. As if by magic, he spotted rolling dunes and coastline. Even now, 450 years later, the town he established has never stopped progressing, preserving and mystifying. 960 1280

  

Classic Romance

Classic Romance

Does your love story start aboard a schooner sailing the Matanzas? Or does the passion begin with a couple’s massage in Ponte Vedra Beach? With old-world style at every turn, live out your own romantic tale on Florida’s Historic Coast. 960 1280

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Historic District

Historic District

The historic district -- where everything comes together. Here, the bars and restaurants that line St. George and its sister streets combine 5 centuries of culinary tradition with hand-crafted cocktails to create an atmosphere unlike anywhere else in Florida.  960 1280

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Flagler College

Flagler College

The twin spires of Flagler College were once water storage tanks which contained 8,000 gallons each and provided running water for guests of the former Hotel Ponce De León. Later, during World War II, one of the towers served as a temporary jail when the hotel was occupied by the U.S. Coast Guard. 960 1280

  

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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