Florida is one of the best tropical destinations in the United States, the Sunshine State is surrounded by water, glimmering beaches and sees plenty of warm weather throughout the year.
Beaches are obviously plentiful in Destin. When you want to spend a day in the sun, head to Seascape, Sandestin, Miramar Beach, Juana's Beach, Navarre Beach Pier, Woodlawn Beach, Homeport and Navarre Park for water activities or simply to bask in the sun. Destin is also known as the “world’s luckiest fishing village” and the emerald waters make for a postcard-worthy trip out into the Gulf of Mexico.
Head off the beaten path to Henderson Beach State Park, one of the state's most prized sites. There are sugar white beaches and more than 6,000 feet of shoreline that give you one of the best views you can find in the region. Activities at the park include swimming, fishing, nature walks, bicycling and picnicking.
If you’re interested in doing a little shopping while they're in town, be sure to check out the Silver Sands Premium Outlets for all of your favorite name brand designers at discount prices as well as Destin Commons.
In the southwestern part of Florida, just 20 minutes outside of Bradenton, you'll find Anna Maria Island. The barrier island is known for its delectable seafood so be sure to check out foodie hot spots including The Waterfront Restaurant, Eat Here, The Sandbar Restaurant, Sign of the Mermaid, Beach Bistro and Lobstahs Restaurant.
Make sure you spend time at one of the island's many beaches including Manatee Public Beach South, Coquina Beach North, Bradenton Beach, Palma Sola North and Whitney Beach. Adventurous types should try out water activities such as skimboarding, boating, kayaking and jet skiing.
Anna Maria Island offers several golf courses, you're sure to find a tee time that suits your laid-back vacation schedule. Play a round at The Vinoy Golf Club, the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club or the Longboat Key Club and Resort.
When you want to visit a beach, your options are nearly endless. Immerse yourself in the city's hip oceanfront culture with a visit to Miami Beach where you’ll find outdoor activities like swimming, fishing, and boating. Other great beach options include Bill Baggs Cape for a quiet respite or Homestead Bayfront Park Beach for a traditional Florida beach experience.
For an exciting afternoon adventure, visit the Everglades Alligator Farm. The farm is home to 2,000 alligators of all sizes that get to live in their natural habitat. Plan a trip to the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Biscayne Bay. The site, built in 1916, is the former estate of James Deering. Visitors can tour the mansion and see the collection of artifacts spanning over 2,000 years.
When you bring the kids along, make sure you take them to Zoo Miami for a fun-filled day. The zoo will sure to please parents and children alike and houses flamingos, monkeys, rhinos, tigers, bears and even komodo dragons.
St. Augustine is the oldest city in the country, so this is the place to go if you're a history buff. Colonial Quarter will send you back in time. It's the city's living history museum and shows you what life was like for the people during the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Visit Castillo De San Marcos to see where some of America's first beginnings took place all the way back in the 1500s.
For a round of golf, check out The Sawgrass Country Club where you'll find the original 7,000-yard , 27-hole course that played host to the Tournament Players Championship. Retail enthusiasts can do a little shopping at the outlets where you'll find factory stores full of designer merchandise or bring home a new piece of art from one of St. Augustine’s numerous galleries.
No vacation to this beautiful Atlantic Coast city would be complete without a trip to the beach. St. Augustine boasts 42 miles of oceanfront activities such as swimming, shelling, kiteboarding, kayaking and boating. Those who prefer to stay on the sand can get active with a game of beach volleyball, build a sand castle or watch the dolphins as they play in the water near the shore.