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Budget Travel Guide: Florida

Florida is a great spot to visit when winter starts pressing down on the United States. In addition to theme parks for the kids and beautiful beaches, Florida is loaded with culture and offers many historic sites, so you are sure to find something to satisfy everyone. You can find great bargain travel options in Florida and enjoy the history and beauty of this state.

Why Travel to Florida?

A trip to Florida can be much more than Disneyworld, though this theme park has plenty of fun to offer. If you and your family enjoy studying wildlife, consider a trip to New Smyrna Beach and a visit to Smyrna Dunes Park to watch the birds. You may even see a gopher tortoise. Visitors to Gainesville will want to stop in at the Butterfly Rainforest. If you’re ready to get in the water, visit Marathon for a stroll across the Old Seven Mile Bridge. Bring your snorkel to check out the tropical fish!

Driving or Flying?

If you’re escaping the cold of winter, a driving vacation away from snowy climes may be just what you need. Even if you’re just getting away from it all, a convertible will give you the chance to truly enjoy the beauty of the Sunshine State. You may also want a car without a roof to enjoy the weather. You can skip the expense of a tour bus with the top down and see all the sights as well. In addition, by taking a car to Florida you can avoid the over-priced meals to be found at airports and enjoy local fare or even stop at a deli and take a picnic. Once you decide to drive to your vacation destination, you increase your travel flexibility.

Check Out the History

Florida has 1,300 registered historic and heritage sites. If you enjoy studying history, a visit to St. Augustine is critical. In addition, students of the Civil War will find a great deal of information on the post-war migration to Florida from other southern states. These sites and museums offer guests the chance to linger and many offer free days or discounts to veterans, seniors, teachers, and other guests.

Your trip to Florida can be a great way to get off the beaten path and enjoy some of the lesser known features of this ever-expanding state. If you are looking for more creative options, make sure to talk to the locals about what they love to do. Some of the best options are the things that don’t get a lot of press.

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