5 Things Florida has to be Thankful for

By Travel Oh TravelTuesday, December 17, 2013 | 12:50 AM

1. The Everglades

There is no place on Earth quite like the Everglades. The incredible biological diversity of the Everglades combined with its close proximity to a major transportation hub and well-developed urban areas make it a safe and easily accessible experience. Take advantage of this beautiful and unique tropical wetland in North America by exploring mangroves and cypress swamps. Everglades National Park spans 1.5 million acres, with an array of wildlife and fauna you are just not going to see anywhere else. From alligators to over 2600 plant species, the memories and photo opportunities will give you much to remember and talk about for years to come.

Key West

2. Key West

Key West is situated between Miami and Cuba, and is a major destination for passenger cruise ships. Known for its virtually perfect weather, Key West has also been the home of some very famous and influential authors - Ernest Hemingway comes to mind. It has some of the best beaches in the USA, a vibrant nightlife, and many historical attractions and museums. There are also tons of opportunities to explore the unique ecological diversity that surrounds the city - from the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory to the Dry Tortugas National Park, there is plenty to see and do, both within and without. If you're feeling particularly adventurous, you can even goes wreck diving!

3. Sea World

This breathtaking facility is comprised of 3 parks - Sea World itself, Discovery Cove, and Aquatic. There are countless rides, exhibits, live shows, eateries, behind-the-scenes experiences, and up-close tours. Beyond all that - how many places can there be where you can see both polar bears and killer whales on the same day? There are also dolphins, pilot whales, macaws, sea lions, otters, a Pacific walrus, and a wide array of other ocean-going fish, seals, and flamingos… the list goes on and on! There is even an underwater restaurant, where you can enjoy your lunch while sharks swim by your table - that alone is an experience that would stay with you for a lifetime.

4. Kennedy Space Center

Come and stand on the same ground that launched the rocket that put people on the moon, as well as being the launch site for every human sent out of the earth's atmosphere by NASA since 1968. The Kennedy Space Center is truly a one-of-a-kind facility, there is nothing like it anywhere else in the world. 34 miles long by 6 miles wide, with over 13,000 employees, this is a large complex, containing things you're just not going to see anywhere else - for example, It's Vehicle Assembly Building is the 4th largest building on the planet. Go for a tour of this spectacular building, have lunch with an astronaut, experience the ATX - or spend a day exploring the other buildings, and viewing the stunning collection of artifacts and space gear. You would be surprised at how much access is allowed in this very important facility.

5. Walt Disney World

Everyone loves Disney - and there is no better place to experience the world of Walt Disney than at Walt Disney World, the renowned park designed and built to reflect the vision of Walt Disney and his extraordinary team. Situated in Orlando, this incredible facility is the most visited attraction in the world. It encompasses over 30,000 acres, within which are also 24 themed resorts. There are 4 theme parks and 2 water parks, so there is plenty to keep children and adults alike occupied for days. You could easily spend a full day at any of the brilliantly-designed parks - Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, and Disney's Blizzard Beach all wait!
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