Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Cheap and Fun! 4 Family Activities You Can't Miss When Traveling to Florida This Spring Break

Cheap and Fun! 4 Family Activities You Can't Miss When Traveling to Florida This Spring Break

Florida is well-known for offering tourist attractions in nearly every genre. If you're headed down for your family Spring Break, here are some top activities you must see. With attractions scattered throughout the state, there's no excuse for missing out.

Making Memories at Iconic Theme Parks

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Around Spring Break, you can really make the most of your theme park tickets by planning your visit during one of the special events taking place during these months. The Epcot Flower and Garden Festival at Disney World and Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida overlap with Spring Break. Admission to these events is included with your ticket to the appropriate park. This even includes admission to the big name concerts at Mardi Gras.
The Flower and Garden Festival is ideal for smaller children who will thrill at the character-shaped topiaries and butterfly garden. Teens and older children will love catching beads from the parade and seeing the live concerts at Mardi Gras.

Splashing in the Sun at Florida Water Parks

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Florida's warm weather makes it ideal for visiting water parks in early spring. Disney has two parks on property – Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. In keeping with the theme, Blizzard Beach's waters are a bit cooler so you may want to opt for Typhoon Lagoon if outdoor temperatures are still a bit cool.
Other water parks include:
  • Adventure Island in Tampa
  • Big Kahunas in East Destin
  • Shipwreck Island in Panama City Beach
  • Wet N Wild in Orlando
  • Sunsplash Waterpark in Cape Coral
  • Daytona Lagoon in Daytona Beach

Learning About Wildlife at Animal Attractions

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Alligators are so plentiful in Florida that you may spot one whether you visit an animal park or not. For an up-close experience, try zip lining over alligators at the Alligator Farm Zoological Park in St Augustine or Gatorland in Orlando. Jungle Adventures Nature Park in Christmas, Florida focuses on native Florida wildlife, providing lots of opportunities to meet local critters up close.
If you're looking for a more traditional zoo, visit the Miami MetroZoo, Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, Brevard Zoo, or Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park. If you're itching to get into the middle of it all, Lion Country Safari African Adventure offers drive-thru safaris, as does Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Watching Major League Baseball Spring Training

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2013 is the 125th anniversary of Major League Baseball Spring Training in Florida. Teams include:
  • The Atlanta Braves in Lake Buena Vista
  • The Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota
  • The Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers
  • The Detroit Tigers in Lakeland
  • The Houston Astros in Kissimmee
  • The Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter
  • The New York Mets in Port St. Lucie
  • The New York Yankees in Tampa
  • The Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater
  • The Tampa Bay Rays in Port Charlotte
  • The Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin
  • The Washington Nationals in Viera
Grab New York Yankees Spring Training Tickets, or those of your favorite team, early on so you don't miss any of the exciting action.
Florida is a great family friendly Spring Break destination. With something for everyone, you're sure to find plenty of compromises that keep the family happy.

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