Florida is a great place to visit with your family, whether you’re thinking of planning a road trip by yourself or relying on local agencies for help. All you need is careful planning and a map of Florida and you’re getting closer to a memorable holiday. A family trip to Florida doesn’t have to be all Disney and thrill rides though. Here are three wild, adventurous and secretly educational attractions you and your family should not miss:
Discovery Cove is a theme park for animal lovers, who usually spend their whole day exploring. The park has several signature attractions, such as a thirty-minute dolphin interaction program, snorkelling among banks of tropical fish and coral reefs, and even hand-feeding parrots and toucans. Going to Discovery Cove, however, isn’t something that can be done at the last minute, as admission is reservation-only. The reason is due to the fact that owners want to avoid overcrowding and give visitors the attention they deserve.
Photo Credit: Dolphin Experience at Discovery Cove by Wendy Piersall, on Flickr
You can purchase Discovery Cove tickets with FloridaTix and enjoy all the benefits of the resort without having to make much effort. With FloridaTix you can book tickets to numerous theme parks and attractions without having to stand in line or waste the time you’ve saved for sightseeing. Families who have used this service received not only the tickets to the attractions of their choice, but also information about the places they want to visit and the weather. By planning a trip in this manner, even bad weather can be avoided and everyone can make the most of their holiday.
Another great thing about buying your tickets ahead is the fact that you can get various packages and gain access to more than one park. For example, if you want to go to Discovery Cove, use FloridaTix to see if there are other parks that you can visit on combination tickets. That way, you can save more time and take your family to a place they’ll enjoy.
Many kids dream of travelling to outer space, and by visiting the Kennedy Space Center they will get the opportunity. Even adults can join in and have just as much fun, especially because of the interactive simulators and the Shuttle Launch Experience, all of which will take visitors on their own space mission.
Photo Credit: Skilt: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex by lug00ber, on Flickr
There are many other exhibits available, such as the Angry Birds Space Encounter or the Special Viewing for Rocket Launches, which, as the title suggests, gives visitors the opportunity to witness a rocket launch. Also, there is a two-hour bus tour which will help everyone get a general idea of what the entire exhibit is about (buses depart every fifteen minutes and the last tour departs at 2:30 PM, so make sure you arrive early).
Inspired by the African savannah, Busch Gardens is a theme park which allegedly has the most roller coasters out of any other park in Florida. Cheetah Hunt, a launch coaster, is one of the most popular rides, and it is particularly known for its incredible speed (similar to the animal it was named after). However, there is more to this park than just thrilling rides. Visitors also stop to explore Busch Gardens’ large safari park with almost 3000 animals which include: Bengal tigers, rhinos, and antelopes. The park is huge, so you might have to decide beforehand what you want to visit, as you won’t have time to see everything in one day.
Photo Credit: Busch Gardens by mathewingram, on Flickr
If you’re planning on going on this wild adventure, you should definitely check the admission hours in advance, since they vary from season to season. Furthermore, the popular roller coaster rides are always in demand so try to check those out before the park closes or right after it opens to save time. Also, if you’re travelling with your family by car, there is a small fee for parking, so make sure you set some money aside for that.
The amount of theme parks and attractions for families are endless, but these three are particularly diverse. From space adventures to thrilling safari expeditions, children and adults alike will enjoy what these places have to offer.
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