Pandemic blues have you itching to book a vacation to Florida? Here are 7 tips that can be useful to know before you go…once you’re ready.
Stay safe in the sun
Florida isn’t called the ‘Sunshine state’ for nothing! Most people know that Florida gets hot, but are stillcaught out by the heat. Getting dehydrated is not fun – while there are services out there such as mobile IV therapy for when you need emergency rehydration, your best method of defence is to simply drink lots of water and go easy on the alcohol. Make sure to also slap on some sun cream and bring a hat and shades.
Expects some storms too
Thunderstorms are also common in Florida. You don’t get much warning, so it’s worth bringing a rain jacket for days out just in case a storm breaks loose. South Florida can get some pretty violent storms and it may be worth taking caution during peak hurricane season (August to September).
Buy tickets in advance
It’s often cheaper to buy tickets to attractions in advance, plus you’ll spend less time on-line. This includes the theme parks as well as zoos, shows and popular museums. You can find great deals online by taking the time to shop around.
Try theme parks beyond Disney World
Disney World is the most famous theme park in Florida (and arguably the world), but there are so many other theme parks (and festivals!) to choose from. There’s Universal Studios for movie lovers, Legoland for fans of Legos, Busch Gardens for roller-coaster junkies and a number of animal themed amusement parks like Seaworld and Gatorland. Consider checking out some of these theme parks while you’re there.
Look into upcoming rocket launches
Modhop fave, Kennedy Space Center is one of the big Florida attractions. While a visit to the center is a must, it could also be worth timing your trip right so that you get to see a rocket launch. Even if you don’t visit the center on the day of the launch, you’ll likely be able to see it in the sky if you happen to be in the area. Check out Kennedy Space Center’s Rocket Launch Schedule for more information.
Check out the natural sights
It’s not just the urban attractions that make Florida so great. There are also many stunning natural sights to be found in Florida. Everglades National Park could be a great place to spot some gators or swim with manatees or simply go bird-spotting. The Florida Reef is meanwhile a great destination for divers and snorkellers.
Spare some time to relax
There are so many things to do and see in Florida that it’s easy to pack every day full of activities. This could get exhausting – for this reason, it’s worth setting aside a couple days for relaxation. Some families pack their first week full of activities and then plan nothing but sunbathing and lounging by the pool for the second week. Others plan an activity every other day. Do what works for you.