Florida Waterparks

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

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Brendan Mica and Brittani Cotton having a picnic on Little Palm Island Resort

Brendan Mica and Brittani Cotton having a picnic on Little Palm Island Resort

Among the Florida Keys' many luxury resorts, the Little Palm Island is a private, 5-acre resort accessible only by boat or seaplane. The amazing accomodations include an Island Grand Suite, with hot tub, his-and-her bathrooms and a massage room. To complete the day, you can have a romantic picnic on the beach. 960 1280

  

South Beach in Miama Beach

South Beach in Miama Beach

South Beach, a neighborhood in Miami Beach, is another Florida destination where you'll find luxurious beaches, resorts and clubs. 960 1280

  

Penthouse deck pool at the Setai in South Beach

Penthouse deck pool at the Setai in South Beach

One of the swankiest South Beach hotels is the Setai. The resort's specialty suites include a penthouse with a 2,000-square-foot patio, a bar, pool and Jacuzzi. A private chef, butler and concierge are on call for VIP guests. 960 1280

  

Penthouse Suite recording studio at the Setai Hotel in South Beach, Florida

Penthouse Suite recording studio at the Setai Hotel in South Beach, Florida

For those rock stars who need to work while on vacation, the Setai offers a professional recording studio. Artists like Beyoncé and Mary J. Blige have used the facility. 960 1280

  

SET nightclub in South Beach Miama

SET nightclub in South Beach Miama

An evening in South Beach wouldn't be complete without a visit to SET nightclub. Be warned: getting past these ropes can be tough. 960 1280

  

Dance floor at the SET in South Beach

Dance floor at the SET in South Beach

A-list celebrities, such as Rihanna and Leonardo DiCaprio, have been spotted at SET. The Trophy Room offers privacy for those who want to keep a low profile. Bottles range from $500 to $20,000. 960 1280

  

Lucretia Lindemann shows a mansion in Coral Gables, FL

Lucretia Lindemann shows a mansion in Coral Gables, FL

High-end real estate broker Lucrecia Lindemann specializes in multi-million dollar beach homes in areas like Coral Gables, FL. 960 1280

  

$17 million mansion in coral gables

$17 million mansion in coral gables

This mansion in Coral Gables, FL, has got it all, including a private dock. The price tag for this amazing beach house is $17 million. 960 1280

  

top deck on the mega yacht Triumphant Lady

top deck on the mega yacht Triumphant Lady

For those who would rather stay at sea a 155-foot motor yacht called the The Triumphant Lady is the answer. This vessel includes 5 staterooms, a spa and a crew of 8, including a private chef. 960 1280

  

Outdoor dining area of the Triumphant Lady mega yacht

Outdoor dining area of the Triumphant Lady mega yacht

The Triumphant Lady mega yacht also includes an outdoor dining area and a glass-bottom Jacuzzi. The price tag for a week's stay is $150,000. 960 1280

  

Rachel Quinn, Disney Dream Cruise Director

Rachel Quinn, Disney Dream Cruise Director

Rachel Quinn, Disney Dream's cruise director, gives a tour of the ship's 14 decks, 1,250 staterooms and luxury options. 960 1280

  

Roy O Disney Suites

Roy O Disney Suites

Among Disney Dream's accommodations are the Walter E. or Roy O. Disney suites. These concierge-level staterooms are spacious enough for the whole family, and feature a private verandah with your very own hot tub. 960 1280

  

Remy adult only restaurant on Disney Dream

Remy adult only restaurant on Disney Dream

For those adults looking for a getaway, the Disney Dream offers an adults-only pool as well as adults-exclusive dining at its upscale restaurant, Remy. 960 1280

  

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

You can get lost in Gainesville's Kanapaha Botanical Gardens: they are spread over 62 acres with a view on a large lake. Don't forget Fido when you visit: the gardens are dog-friendly. 960 1280

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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Located in the Miami suburb of Coral Gables, the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden has displayed a wide collection of tropical flora since 1938. Don't miss the gardens' annual mango and chocolate festivals. 960 1280

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Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Dip your toe into the world of biology in the education-focused Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, located in Sarasota. Don't miss their massive orchid collection, made up of over 6,000 specimens. 960 1280

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Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, located in Delray Beach, provides a gateway to Japanese culture, with 6 historically-themed gardens, monthly tea ceremonies, festivals and more. 960 1280

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Florida Botanical Gardens

Florida Botanical Gardens

More than 150 types of animals inhabit the 90 acres of wetland managed by the Florida Botanical Gardens, located in Largo. Keep a lookout for bald eagles, tree frogs, tortoises and more. 960 1280

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Harry P. Leu Gardens

Harry P. Leu Gardens

Orlando's Harry P. Leu Gardens is home to the largest rose garden in the state of Florida. It also hosts a number of outdoor film screenings and concerts - which, with Florida's balmy weather, happen virtually year-round. 960 1280

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Eden Gardens State Park

Eden Gardens State Park

Eden Gardens State Park, located in Point Washington in Florida's panhandle, not only boasts 161 acres of gardens, but its beautiful estate house has the 2nd-largest collection of Louis XVI furniture in the US. 960 1280

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Alfred B. Maclay Gardens

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens

For those who prefer their gardens constructed rather than wild, try the Alfred B. Maclay Gardens in Tallahassee. The grounds feature a reflecting pool, secret garden and walled garden. The park is known for its camellias and azaleas, which peak in March. 960 1280

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McKee Gardens

McKee Gardens

Vero Beach's McKee Botanical Gardens has been a favorite attraction for Florida families since 1922. Kids will love Camp McKee, where they learn all about local plant life and explore the surrounding wilderness. 960 1280

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Mounts Botanical Gardens

Mounts Botanical Gardens

Flora from 6 continents can be found across Mounts Botanical Gardens' 14 acres, located in West Palm Beach. Plant sales (held 3 times per year) draw gardening enthusiasts from around the region. 960 1280

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Naples Botanical Gardens

Naples Botanical Gardens

For the artsy garden visitor, the Naples Botanical Garden features the work of landscape designers from around the world. Check out the Children's garden - complete with Butterfly House and Healthy Eating Garden (Michelle Obama would be proud). 960 1280

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Legoland Florida

Legoland Florida

In between time on the lake, head to the world’s largest Legoland park, right in Winter Haven, FL. Spanning 145 acres, Legoland Florida is home to more than 50 rides, a waterpark and botanical garden. Another big draw is Safari Trek, where kids take a jeep ride to explore the wilds of Africa in the form of life-like LEGO animals. 960 1280

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Circle B Bar Reserve

Circle B Bar Reserve

Just outside of Winter Haven, explore more wildlife photo ops, but this time for real. Circle B Bar Reserve in nearby Lakeland, FL, was named by USA TODAY as one of the top places in America to see wildlife. Take in the vastness of the reserve’s 1,267 acres, home to wildlife such as bobcats, snakes and alligators, which you can spot in the reserve’s Lake Hancock. 960 1280

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Waterskiing

Waterskiing

Since the 1930s, Winter Haven has grown into a waterskiing mecca. Learn the sport, in all its pulsating variations, like barefoot skiing, at one of the local schools. Then try your luck out on Winter Haven’s famous Chain of Lakes, the series of lakes that extends across this stretch of Central Florida. 960 1280

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Flyboarding

Flyboarding

Blastoff! For a hot, new -- and extreme -- watersport, try your luck at flyboarding. Suit up with a flyboard, an air-powered jet pack that was invented in spring 2011 by watercraft rider Franky Zapata. Local watersports schools such as Absolute Aqua Sports should have you flying high in under 10 minutes, following your lesson. 960 1280

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Bok Tower

Bok Tower

Spread across 250 acres, Bok Tower Gardens was commissioned in 1921 by Edward Bok, a Dutch immigrant-turned-editor of Ladies Home Journal. At the center of the spacious, 250-acre botanical gardens is this 60-bell carillon. Towering 205 feet high, Bok Tower overlooks a long reflecting pond, with lily pads and koi fish offering great photo ops. 960 1280

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Paddleboarding

Paddleboarding

SUP’s up in Winter Haven. Go stand-up paddleboarding on Winter Haven’s Chain of Lakes. Local watersports companies like Paddleboard Winter Haven offer 2 hours of SUP time, starting at Lake Summit, and passing through a canal into Lake Eloise, one of the larger lakes in Polk County, where Winter Haven is located. 960 1280

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Airboat Nature Tour

Airboat Nature Tour

In nearby Lake Wales, FL, take an airboat nature tour. Hop aboard a 6-person airboat, and get ready for a tour through Central Florida’s swamps and marshes, home to birds like egrets, cranes and hawks … and some very large alligators. 960 1280

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Chalet Suzanne's Famous Moon Soup

Chalet Suzanne's Famous Moon Soup

In between lake-hopping, stop by Chalet Suzanne restaurant, in nearby Lake Wales, FL, for a 5-course meal. The restaurant’s signature romaine soup has been a tradition for over 50 years. It was made famous by astronaut James Irwin, who chose the soup for his menu in space. 960 1280

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Camp Mack’s River Resort

Camp Mack’s River Resort

Before heading out on the water, use Camp Mack’s River Resort as your headquarters. Located on a quiet stretch of the Kissimmee River, the resort is a great launching point for fishing excursions, with crappies, bluegills, shell crackers and Florida largemouth bass among the prized catches of the day. 960 1280

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Westgate River Ranch

Westgate River Ranch

Break up the lakeside pace with a trip to Westgate River Ranch. This dude ranch, roughly 45 minutes from Legoland, offers the chance to find your inner cowboy: Enjoy a rodeo show, go glamping and when the water calls you back, take a swamp buggy ride. 960 1280

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Chain of Lakes

Chain of Lakes

Take a boat ride through Winter Haven’s Chain of Lakes -- so named because of its many connecting lakes. In all, this “chain” of 9 lakes spans 6,000 acres, with plenty of lakeside areas available for onboarding; 22 boat ramps, 30 waterfront parks and 14 public docks are available to boaters. 960 1280

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Water Ski Hall of Fame

Water Ski Hall of Fame

Ever wondered who the ‘Father of Waterskiing’ is? Find out at the Water Ski Hall of Fame. Established in 1982, the museum’s mission is to honor the pioneering skiers who put the sport on the map. As for the founding father, since you’re dying to know, it’s Ralph Samuelson, of Lake Pepin, MN! 960 1280

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Bass Fishing Capital of the World

Bass Fishing Capital of the World

Reel in the catch of a lifetime in the ‘Bass Fishing Capital of the World.’ Winter Haven is home to dozens of lakes, connected by navigable canals, where largemouth bass, well into the 10-lbs. range, swim. 960 1280

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