Go to the Local Spots
One of the best ways to get to know a place is to try out local restaurants, and Florida has tons of them. Check out online reviews and websites like TripAdvisor to find the top-rated restaurants in the area you are visiting. Many places in Florida offer fresh locally caught seafood and many south Florida communities boast excellent Cuban food. Visiting local bars is another great way to experience a new city. You can try beers and other types of liquor made locally in the state. Try to visit restaurants and bars in different neighborhoods to get an even broader feel for the place you are visiting.
Try Water Activities
With over a thousand miles of coastline in Florida, you have to get out into the water. There are a lot of different activities you can try, including windsurfing, swimming, sailing, or snorkeling. If you are trying a new water activity you have not tried before, look for a local company that can help you learn what to do. Snorkeling can come with challenges if you don’t know what you’re doing. Make sure you check the weather before you go out to participate in any of these activities, as many are weather-dependent. The waters of Florida typically remain warm, meaning you will be able to enjoy these activities year-round.
Take in Some Culture
Another great thing to do when visiting Florida is to visit cultural sites. The Florida panhandle has several museums related to military history, including the Pensacola Lighthouse & Maritime Museum and the National Naval Aviation Museum. Fort Pickens is a great historic site to check out. There are other sites and landmarks worth seeing in the panhandle, including the Orman House Historical State Park, the Destin Harbor Boardwalk, and the Mission San Luis de Apalachee.
There is so much to do in Florida that you will want to come back time and time again. Check out online reviews of the places you are interested in going to so you have the most up-to-date information about their hours. That way you can be sure you are making the most of your time in the Sunshine State.
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