From Typhoon Lagoon to Wet-N-Wild, explore the waterparks of Florida.
Legoland FloridaIn 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
Circle B Bar ReserveJust 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
WaterskiingSince 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
FlyboardingBlastoff! 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
Bok TowerSpread 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
PaddleboardingSUP’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
Airboat Nature TourIn 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
Chalet Suzanne's Famous Moon SoupIn 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
Camp Mack’s River ResortBefore 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
Westgate River RanchBreak 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
Chain of LakesTake 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
Water Ski Hall of FameEver 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
idea_ss_florida-theme-parks_5_596x334Universal 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
florida06-universal-orland0-hogwarts_596x334Of 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
florida01-discovery-cove_596x334Located 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
florida04-wet-wild_596x334Spend 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
florida07-kennedy-space-center_596x334A 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
florida11-mallory-square-ket-west_596x334The 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
amazing-eats_ss_seafood_005Did 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 960 1280
amazing-eats_ss_seafood_001Did 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 960 1280
amazing-eats_ss_seafood_004Did 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 960 1280
amazing-eats_ss_seafood_003Did 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 960 1280
amazing-eats_ss_seafood_002Did 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 960 1280