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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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

Florida State Parks  

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

Florida State Parks  

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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