Theme Parks

Below is a list of some of Florida’s premier theme parks. There are several other parks to check out. One of my favorites is Rapids water park in West Palm Beach. They have great slides, lazy river, wave pool, waterfalls, and kiddie slides. A great place to go for the day with the whole family. If you are interested in a little history lesson of the tourism that used to be Florida before the big mouse took over check out this site Florida’s Lost Tourist Attractions. I love history and found this to be very interesting. Now if you are looking for some discount tickets to these parks there are a few of links at the bottom of the page to help you with that. C’mon you didn’t think I would let you pay full price for them did you.

Florida Attractions & Theme Parks

Florida is the premiere attraction state in the United States. Florida has more theme parks, entertainment centers, resorts, sports venues and vacation destinations than any other area in the country – and probably in the world.  Vacation opportunities are virtually endless.

Theme Parks

Busch Gardens – African-themed family entertainment park with world class live entertainment indoors and out, thrilling rides, roller coasters, animal habitats and shows.Busch Gardens has several of the southeast’s largest roller coasters including the new Gwazi dueling wooden roller coaster.  This park is always a hit for those on vacation in the Tampa Bay area.

Discovery Cove – Secluded tropical paradise with friendly and playful dolphins – it doesn’t get any better!  There are limited tickets offered so plan a vacation here well in advance.

Kennedy Space Center – Tours and exhibits of the world famous space port.  For those vacationing on the east coast of Florida, this is a nice alternative to the theme parks.

SeaWorld – Marine animal adventure park with fascinating and fun dolphin, killer whale and seal shows. See polar bears, penguins, sting rays in recreations of their natural habitats. Rides include the awesome Kraken roller coaster and the Journey to Atlantis.  Another vacation favorite.

Universal Studios – Movie studio based theme park with first-rate exciting rides, 3-D shows, and movie sets and attractions. Rides and shows include Terminator 2: 3-D Battle Across Time, Back to the Future the Ride, Earthquake – the Big One.

Walt Disney World – The theme park and resort center that set the standard.

·         The Magic Kingdom® Fantasy park of rides, attractions and shows for kids and grown-up kids.
·         Epcot® – High-tech theme park with rides and shows, and cultural showcase of eleven great nations.
·         Disney’s Hollywood Studios™ – Movie-oriented theme parkwith rides, attractions and shows.

The Florida Aquarium – an impressive glass-domed facility that is home to thousands of marine creatures and bird life. Several habitats are represented including wetlands, bays and beaches, coral reefs and offshore.

Florida State Fair

Think Florida’s way too urbanized to have a real country fair? Think again! Florida’s annual State Fair is one of the most anticipated family events in the Sunshine State. Celebrated for the first time in 1904, the fair always draws tens of thousands of visitors.

Florida Strawberry Festival

Held each year in Plant City – the Strawberry Capital of the World, located between Brandon and Lakeland, this festival has been continuously touted as one of the “Top 50 Fairs in the U.S.”

Links to other parks

Adventure Island (Tampa) wet and wild, splash and slide at this water playpark. Enjoy water flumes, slides, lagoons, rapids, a wave pool and children’s water playgrounds – a summer time vacation favorite.

Lion Country Safari (West Palm Beach) drive-through “cageless” zoo with lions, ostriches, rhinoceros, giraffes, antelope, bison, chimpanzees and many other animals.  An outstanding open range animal park that will provide a memorable vacation experience.

Island of Adventure (Orlando) explore timeless stories, myths and legends experience epic adventures.

CityWalk (Orlando) a dazzling array of restaurants, nightclubs, shopping, cinemas and live entertainment.

Wet ‘n Wild (Orlando) a premier water park with thrill rides, slides, wave pools, rapids and play areas.  Be sure to include this park to cool off during your Florida vacation!

Without question, the Orlando Florida area has more theme parks and attractions than any similar area on earth!  But, look beyond the themeparks for other vacation opportunities.  There are many activities and small attractions that provide good entertainment and adventure for those looking for less than the full day of theme park vacation experience.

Amusement and Theme Parks