Get close to a few of Florida’s native creatures at this iconic family-friendly attraction, one of the fun things to do in Central Florida. Pose for a photo at the park entrance—it’s shaped like a giant gator mouth—then explore the grounds to see crocodiles, alligators and other reptiles up-close. Daily gator feedings feature plenty of jaw-snapping action, while train rides and a petting zoo provide entertainment for little tykes.
A float down the crystal-clear Ichetucknee River is the perfect Florida experience if you're wondering what to do on a hot day. Rent an inflatable inner tube or raft from vendors just outside the park entrance, then spend 2 to 3 hours floating down the river. You’ll be treated to views of sunbathing turtles and thick tree canopies. Non-tubers will enjoy hiking, kayaking, canoeing, snorkeling and scuba diving at the park.AAA / Inspector 76
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Florida’s east coast boasts the only place on Earth where man has successfully launched a spaceflight to the moon. Plan to spend a full day at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, where captivating exhibits and experiences cover the past, present and future of the NASA space program. Walk beneath a massive Saturn V rocket, touch a moon rock, ride a launch simulator and see the space shuttle Atlantis on display—this AAA GEM
® attraction is worth a trip to the coast.Read MoreCourtesy of Ingram Publishing
Courtesy of Ingram Publishing
T-Rays Burger Station
Fernandina Beach, Florida
Located in a converted gas station, the no-frills restaurant serves up burgers, breakfasts and daily blue plate specials to hungry crowds. The line often snakes out the door (past the old fuel pumps), but the wait is well worth it for chicken and dumplings, meatloaf, shrimp and “Big T Burgers,” made with a half-pound of hand-patted chuck and a secret spice blend. Picnic tables, mismatched furniture and college football décor create a casual, friendly vibe, making this one of the fun places to go for local grub.Courtesy of Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Courtesy of Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
Spring Hill, Florida
Live underwater mermaid shows put this roadside attraction on the map when it first opened in 1947. Today the park still draws record crowds to see its unique Weeki Wachee mermaids perform in the springs. Settle into your seat in the submerged viewing theater and watch as sequined mermaids twist, turn, flip and float through the water. Practice your own mermaid routine in Buccaneer Bay, a spring-fed water park located on-site.Read More
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