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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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