Top Attractions in Central Florida

From picturesque beaches to thrilling theme parks and attractions, you and your family will enjoy a vacation spent in Central Florida.

1. Beaches

Of course, you can’t skip out on Florida’s beautiful beaches. If you have kayaks at your disposal, I highly suggest kayaking around Honeymoon Island–just make sure to bring sunscreen and bug repellant!

  • Ben T. Davis Beach
  • Clearwater Beach
  • Honeymoon Island
  • Treasure Island
  • St. Pete Beach
  • Tampa Bay Beach

2. Busch Gardens Tampa

Home to thousands of animals from around the world, Busch Gardens Tampa is one of the largest zoos in North America with fully themed areas. Furthermore, this renowned theme park is known for its thrill rides like Cobra’s Curse and Cheetah Hunt, family-friendly live entertainment, bird gardens, behind-the-scenes tours, safari-themed dining, and much more. 

3. St. Petersburg

Head to downtown St. Petersburg to shop and dine at independent local establishments. Top-rated places include The Hyppo for sampling delicious popsicle flavors like Horchata, Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant, or The Mill. After perusing through local establishments, visitors can head to Fort De Soto Park for a stroll along the beach and a visit to the historic fort. The warm, clear waters of the Gulf contrast to the soft, white sand. 

4. Dinosaur World Tampa

Offering 20 acres of land for guests of all ages to navigate, Dinosaur World Florida features more than 200 life-size dinosaurs, ancient artifact exhibits, live entertainment, children’s fossil digs, a 5,000 square-foot educational facility, and more. Kids can even mine for gems and take them home after participating in the Gems Mining Operation.

5. Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Home to Winter, a rescued dolphin with a prosthetic tail and the star of “Dolphin Tale”, The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is an excellent family destination in beautiful Clearwater, Florida. Dedicated to the rescue, rehab, and release of wildlife such as dolphins, sea turtles, and river otters, guests can interact with and learn about animals’ natural habitats while promoting their release back into the wild. 

6. The Florida Aquarium

One of the most acclaimed aquariums in the nation, The Florida Aquarium offers interesting animal exhibits, water adventure zones, live shows, and interactive experiences for guests of all ages. See sharks, alligators, and penguins. Feel completely immersed in experiences like Dive with the Sharks or Wild Dolphin Ecotour on the Bay Spirit II, a 72-foot powered catamaran. In addition, guests can now learn about the biodiversity of Madagascar in the new exhibit Journey to Madagascar. Come face-to-face with a ring-tailed lemur and vibrant chameleons, relax in front of the Indian Ocean exhibit, and more. 

7. Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort is a one-of-kind theme park and entertainment complex experience right in the heart of Orlando, Florida. With three dynamic theme parks featuring over-the-top themed areas and rides for all ages, everyone will have a stellar time. Guests can head to Universal Studios Florida to go beyond the screen and behind the scenes of pop culture’s most famous characters, films, and tv shows. Or head to Wizarding World of Harry Potter divided by Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios to feel completely immersed in the franchise. Nearby, guests can enjoy the newest Universal park, Volcano Bay, which offers a tropical paradise-themed water park complete with water slides, secluded waterfalls, and much more.

Looking for vibrant nightlife? Universal CityWalk in front of the parks is home to a wide variety of themed restaurants, concert venues, shops, a movie theater, miniature golf, the Blue Man Group, special events, and beyond. 

8. Disney World Theme Parks

Create lasting memories with your family by living out your childhood dreams at Disney World. With four exciting theme parks, two water parks, an entertainment complex, themed hotels, and beyond, there is so much to experience at Disney World. Ideal for guests of all ages, you’ll definitely want to indulge in the magic of Disney World, the Most Magical Place on Earth. Theme parks include Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Beyond the main four parks, make sure to check out Disney’s water parks, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach, as well as the park’s shopping complex, Disney Springs. 

9. SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando features thrilling rides, shows, interactive animal exhibits, and beyond! Guests can soar through the air on MAKO, Orlando’s tallest, fastest, and longest coaster, or plunge down the world’s tallest river rapids drop on Infinity Falls. Furthermore, guests can request one-on-one dolphin encounters, explore up-close aquarium exhibits, meet beloved characters in the Sesame Street-themed area, and so much more. 

10. Aquatica

Make a splash at the nation’s #1 waterpark! SeaWorld’s Aquatica features 43 slides, rivers, and lagoons as well as 84,000 square feet of relaxing white, sandy beaches. Guests of all ages can have fun on rides ranging from kid-friendly to extreme, so everyone will have an excellent time under the sun. Lounge in Loggerhead Lane’s lazy river or plunge down numerous waterslides and raft rides. New in 2019, KareKare Curl enables riders to climb a vertical wave wall into a curve-shaped wave for ultimate fun.

11. LEGOLAND Florida Resort

LEGO fans can geek out at LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s 150-acre family theme park. Optimal for families with kids ages 2-12, LEGOLAND offers more than 50 kid-friendly rides, attractions, and shows. Additionally, families can enjoy an adjacent water park, themed dining, shopping, botanical gardens, a 4-D movie experience, and so much more.

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