Winter Vacation Destinations for Floridians
Let’s face it. Florida summers are hot. The average temperature hovers around 90 degrees, which doesn’t always translate into great outdoor fun. And the rainfall during the summer months often spoils outdoor plans.
Thankfully, as the winter months approach, the mercury drops to comfortable levels and you don’t have to dodge a sudden rain shower just to go out to get the mail. It’s a great time hop in the car and take in the outdoors. But even if you’ve lived in Florida all your life, chances are that you’ll want to stay in the Sunshine State while the rest of the country toughs out the cold. Here’s a list of some great places you might like to try out.
The Florida Everglades National Park is the perfect spot for nature lovers. The park covers over a million and a half acres of rives and grassy wetlands. You can hike, canoe, camp, and even take a classic airboat tour through the high sawgrass. You’ll be able to see herons, turtles, alligators, and snakes. And be sure to bring a camera, because if you’re lucky, you might spot a manatee or crocodile.
As the oldest European city in the in North America, St. Augustine is packed with plenty of history. And, as it is with any area with a rich history, there is plenty of fun for the entire family. Experience the living history of Fort Menendez, take a scenic cruise, get up-close and personal with dolphins, or visit one of the many museums. There is so much in St. Augustine, that you’ll never be able to do it all.
If relaxation is your goal for the winter season, then look no further than Key West. As the southernmost point in the continental United States, you’ll feel as if you’re in paradise. You’ll find hotels that meet any budget and space to lounge on any of the six beaches. For those who fancy a bit of sport in their vacations will have no trouble finding a prime spot for snorkeling and scuba diving. And don’t forget the fishing!
Another escape from everyday life can be found in a small town in Central Florida called Mount Dora. It’s a small town, but there is plenty to see and do. Take a tour of the historical area, or if you’re more into nature, hop aboard a boat and see the beauty of the nearby waterways. Among the many things this little town can boast about is the Orange Blossom Cannonball Steam Train. It is the only wood burning locomotive still operating in the U.S. And it runs nearly every day!
Naples, like much of costal Florida, is blessed with beautiful beaches and has a host of hotels that looks out on them. The city has all the shopping and restaurants you could want. It is also near many other regional attractions, so you can use Naples as the beginning or end to your vacaction. One of the things that Naples has that other parts of Florida can’t compete with is golf courses. Naples boasts world class links, including the world-famous Tiburón Golf Club. And if golf isn’t your bag, you can always try the zoo.