Welcome to the Sunshine State! Must-See Places to Visit in Florida
By: Jamie Kreps
Making the move to the Sunshine State? Congrats! You’ll soon find yourself living in one of the most beautiful places in the country. With so much sunshine, it’s no wonder Florida has a seemingly endless supply of must-see places to visit.
Regardless of whether your relocation sends you to one of the infinite coastlines or the northern panhandle, there’s something spectacular to see. From breath-taking beach sunsets to thrilling amusement parks, there’s something for everyone. Once you’re settled in to your new pad, take some time to explore one of these fantastic sites in your new state!
1 – Orlando
We couldn’t possibly create a list of must-see places to visit in Florida without naming the most obvious: Orlando. We’re certain you don’t need to ask why it’s so obvious, what with world-renowned attractions such as Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and the Epcot Center. There’s so much amusement offered in one city, you’ll need to make sure you leave several days (weeks?) to explore them all!
2 – The Keys
If you’re looking for an island retreat, the Florida Keys will give you 200+ islands to choose from. The islands are a beautiful string of white sandy beaches that stretch across the ocean and are linked by bridges. If you’re a fan of architecture and structures, you’ll want to check out the famous Seven Mile Bridge that connects Knight’s Key island to Little Duck Key island.
3 – Miami
If you’re looking for an exciting nightlife, there’s no better place to check out than Miami. Beyond being home to one of the world’s most famous beaches (South Beach), Miami is well-known for its social scene. From colorful night clubs to celebrity visitors, Miami is loaded with excitement and a must-see stop on your tour.
4 – Ponte Vedra Beach
Florida is also well-known for something other than breathtaking beaches: lavish golf-courses. While there are so many golf courses to choose from (seriously, we’d have to fill several articles just to cover them), one shines above the rest: TPC Sawgrass. Continuously winning the coveted top spot in Golf.com’s Best Public Golf Courses, TPC Sawgrass has gained national attention for it’s lavish layout and scenery.
5 – Naples
Speaking of lavish luxury, if you’re seeking an over-the-top experience of riches, Naples is the place to go. This community will have you hob-knobbing with the country’s most elite population with designer shopping experiences and exquisite dining options. Not to mention, the unparalleled white sand beaches and pampering spas.
6 – The Everglades
Another one of the must-see places in the Sunshine State: Everglades National Park. If you want to experience Florida in its most primal state, the Everglades is the place to do it. Home to several endangered species and beautiful tropical wilderness, Everglades is a fantastic way to experience the state. We suggest taking a guided tour with an experienced ranger, however, both for knowledge and safety!
7 – Cape Canaveral
If science and technology is your thing, add Cape Canaveral to your Florida tour. Military base, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is home to a famous space operation: the Kennedy Space Center. NASA’s space launch site is open to the public for tours and a wonderful way to experience space technology. They even have viewing experiences to watch scheduled space launches!
8 – St. Augustine
On the northern edge of Florida lies a city with immense historical importance in North America: St. Augustine. Known as the oldest continuously occupied city of European settlement in the United States, St. Augustine has been populated since 1565. As you might imagine, this much history brings with it an abundance of culture, architecture and antiquities. There is a certain unparalleled charm and style to St. Augustine that makes it among the must-see places in our book!
No matter where you live in the Sunshine State, there’s most certainly a spectacular adventure near you. Get out there and explore the beautiful sites!