Choosing the best cities to visit in Florida will depend on your interests and budget. The Sunshine State is a popular destination for those who want warm travel destinations. Whether you are travelling alone, with a partner or with family, you will have lots of fun.
Best Cities To Visit In Florida
Florida is one of my best places to be. Whether it’s for a short time or a few weeks, I never run out of things to do. There are nice places like Disney World, beaches, Gulf States, and sinkholes.
There are also a lot of rivers, springs, maritime forests and national parks. Everglades National Parks are also found in Florida. It is one of the places where you can enjoy both the beach and the forests.
Best Time To Visit Florida
There is no bad time to visit Florida. Tourists can expect lots of heat and humidity during summer months and chilly temperatures during some winters.
If you visit Florida in April- May, and October- November you are likely to experience low rainfall levels and warm temperatures without too much heat and humidity.
If you are interested in the beach a visit of May – September is better because of the warmth in the waters. The temperature for swimming is super.
If interested in visiting theme parks, March to May is better. During these times, you will take advantage of the pleasant weather and the prices.
Best Cities To Visit In Florida
Hialeah is one of the top populated cities found in Florida. It is home to the highest percentage of Cuban Americans in the United States. The place was known for cattle farming and the aviation industry.
There is an emerging art and culture. Amelia Earhart Park is one of the best-loved green spaces in the city. It has biking trails, a soccer field, and a pony rink. There is a petting zoo, a tree fort, Bucky Dent Water Park, and Garden of the Arts.
Kissimmee is a family-oriented destination. Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, and SeaWorld Orlando are just minutes away. The lush landscape creates the perfect backdrop for outdoor adventures. Majority of the residential areas of Kissimmee have low crime rates and are safe.
There are so many places we visited at Kissimmee. We visited The Kissimmee Lakefront Park, old town, Shingle Creek Regional Park, and Island Grove Wine Company at Formosa Garden.
We also visited The Disney Wilderness Preserve, Main Gate Flea Market, Osceola County Welcome Centre, and History Museum.
You can also plan to visit the Wat Florida Dhammaran, Big Toho Marina, and Visitor’s flea Market. Kissimmee is truly one of the best cities to visit in Florida.
Jacksonville is the most populous city in Florida. It is the largest city by area in the continental U.S. it is also a natural paradise for many tourists especially those looking for an affordable yet luxurious travel destination.
Jacksonville is also well known for a robust urban park system. The city has 10 state and national parks.
The Jacksonville Zoo and Garden sit at the mouth of the Trout River. The Zoo has an area of 122 acres and over 2000 animals and 1000 plant species in its collection.
Other than the Zoo there are other attractions like the Catty Shack Ranch, The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens.
We could not miss the Big Talbot Island, Little Talbot Island, Kingsley Plantation, and Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park.
Due to limited time, we missed the Beach Town Centre, S. Johns Town Centre, Fort Caroline National Memorial, and Museum of Science and History.
Tallahassee is the capital city of Florida. Its capital building is the third tallest in the US. The red hills and the highest peak make it known. There is a subtropical climate ideal for wildlife conservation and outdoor recreation activities.
The wildlife parks include the Maclay Gardens state park. It has 1,076 acres of azaleas flowers and beautiful pathways. St. Marks’s national wildlife home of birds has 68,000 acres of all types of birds from owls to whooping cranes.
In all the above parks, there are trails for horseback riding, biking, fishing, and hiking.
Panama City Beach
Is a port of call for family and friends. The beach is ideal for vacations during spring break. One can drive Midwest.
Panama City Beach is a tourist attraction. The place has Gulf World Marine Park, Zoo World, Shipwreck Island, and Wonderworks. Panama also has some awesome seafood varieties making it an ideal destination.
St. Petersburg is the Fifth popular city in Florida. The city is located halfway Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The place has warm weather, ideal for outdoor activities.
At St. Petersburg, you find Salvador Dali Museum and Fort De Soto Park. St. Petersburg is home to wildlife conversation.
There are cool places like Weedon Island Preserve, Passage Key National Wildlife Refuge, Jungle Prada de Navarez Park, South Straub Park, and Gandy Beach.
Pensacola is also known as the city of five flags. Pensacola is known for its military heritage. It has the National Museum of Naval Aviation and the Pensacola Naval Air station.
The city has beautiful sites like blue Wahoos Ballpark, Big Lagoon State Park, Pensacola Lighthouse, and Maritime Museum. You cannot miss gulf island, Santa Rosa Island, Johnson beach, Uncle Sandy’s Macaw Bird Park, and Perdido Key state park.
For now, I cannot say much about Tarkiln Bayou preserve state park, Black Water River State recreation area, Seville Square, and Bay Bluffs Park but you can plan your visit there too.
Sarasota is known for its beaches that are as white as snow, cultural art, and top-class restaurants.
Sarasota is home to some breathtaking wildlife areas. Some of these areas include Big Cat Habitat, Gulf Coast Sanctuary, South Lido Park, and Save our Seabirds.
You can take time in Celery fields, Teds Sperling Park, Myakka River State Park, and Red Bug Slough Preserve. It is one of the best cities to visit in Florida.
Fort Lauderdale is known as the Venice of America. Due to its golden sand beaches, it has some wildlife park that has Flamingo Gardens & Wray botanical collection.
I would love to visit the natural coral reef, Everglades Holiday Park, Mizell Johnson State Park, Anne Kolb Nature Center, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, Las Olas beach, and Fort Lauderdale beach.
Miami is known as the third-most populous city in Florida. This is a magic city. A unique city founded by a woman, a home to some excellent hotels, beaches, vacation spots, malls, and cruise ships.
Due to its climate and beaches, it is home to all kinds of wildlife. Everglades National Park, Zoo Miami, Jungle Island, Monkey Jungle, Miami Seaquarium, and Lion Country Safari.
Check on Matheson Hammock Park, Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne nature center, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, and Oleta River State Park
Tampa is a family type of city. It is thrilling since it has a zoo, an amusement park in one place. Tampa is home to some wildlife sanctuaries. Some attractions include Tampa Bay, Crocs encounters, Big Cat Rescue, and Northlakes Wood Stork Colony.
Nesting Area as well as Veterans Memorial Park and Museum will be on my next list of places to visit.
Orlando is home to Universal and Disney World. Famous golf courses, shopping malls, and theme parks. It is home to attractive wildlife sanctuaries. Some of them include. Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve, Hal Scott Regional Preserve Park, Lake Eola Park, and Gatorland.
Orlando Wetlands Park, Split Oak Forest, Lake Apopka Restoration Area, and Wekiwa Springs State Park also places you can add to your list.
Cape Coral is commonly known for its 400miles of canals, waterfront, and wildlife. We visited the Veterans Park, Tom Allen memorial Butterfly house, Strausser BMX sports complex, and Saratoga Lake Park.
Looking forward to visiting Sirenia vista park, Rotary Park environmental center, and Four Mile cove ecological preserve.
Florida is one of those places where there is something for everyone. Regardless of your interest or budget, you are guaranteed to have fun.
Plan your time and money well and enjoy some of the best cities to visit in Florida. Take advantage of the awesome weather.
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