Central Florida is a haven for those of all ages due to its extraordinary range of theme parks, luxury beaches and sporting venues. The popular region is linked directly to many of the more renowned associations with the place, such as being the home of the Disney World Resort, Universal Studios and the Kennedy Space Center.
Though tourism in the area is thriving, Orlando is where it all happens, the magic of Disney and a host of other amazing parks, from movie magic at Universal Studios to aquatic fun at SeaWorld and Discovery Cove where families are able to swim with the dolphins. Families can visit other aquatic theme parks on Lake Buena Vista, the main hub of activity for those wishing to be a part of the Disney magic. The actual city of Orlando is a large, sprawling metropolis, big on retail and culture, as proudly exhibited through the city’s abundance of museums. For additional tips on what Orlando has to offer, there’s more information here.
Elsewhere, Daytona Beach attracts many with its beautiful beaches as well as its reputation as the home of NASCAR, one of the most popular sports in the States. Like Orlando, it’s worth indulging in the culture of the city with its selection of museums and art centres. A visit here, however, is not complete without a trip to Daytona International Speedway which hosts a large number of diverse motor races.
Another popular destination is Tampa, a large city in western central Florida. As well as being home to the Busch Gardens theme park, a thrilling escape from the charming world of Disney, Tampa is a thriving city full of entertainment complexes such as Channelside in Downtown Tampa and the cultural hotspot that is Ybor City, an historical, multi-ethnic district. For those seeking something a little different, consider taking a cruise from Tampa port and enjoy the fine scenery.
Cape Canaveral, known for the Kennedy Space Center, is another point of interest. Port Canaveral is in the vicinity too and offers cruises, past the beaches and through the water-ways. Kissimmee is popular with sports fans as many teams travel there to use the top-of-the-range training facilities and it’s close to Orlando. Places to visit include the massive baseball stadium, Osceola County Stadium, Silver Spurs Arena and the Florida EcoSafaris available within the city’s limits.