Winter in Florida

As temperatures start to plummet across the United States, the balmy weather in Florida draws visitors looking for a warm winter escape.

Beyond soaking in the sun on Florida’s pristine beaches, visitors flock to the Sunshine State in search of opportunities to enjoy everything outdoors. It is so hard to resist spending much of your time at one of the hundreds of miles of beaches. From Pensacola Beach to Daytona Beach to Siesta Key to Miami Beach, each coastal oasis has its own vibe. Whether you’re looking for quiet seclusion, a place to surf the waves or an all-day party, you are sure to find the right Florida beach for you.

Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will find much to appreciate on Florida’s Historic Coast. St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach offer plenty of eco-excursions, whether it’s fishing on or offshore, bird-watching at key stops along the Great Florida Birding Trail, hiking through state parks and coastal areas, searching for wildlife, watching for sea life, biking, surfing, swimming or beachcomber adventures.

Home to more than 700 miles of diverse trails, Tallahassee is known for its unique Florida topography that appeals to those seeking running, hiking, paddling, cycling, and equestrian adventures. From black water rivers (home to peaceful manatees) and springs to rugged mountain bike trails (lined with towering live oaks) and forest prairies, Florida’s capital city gives visitors plenty of reasons to leave the city behind. Both novice explorers and experienced outdoor enthusiasts will find the perfect trail—searchable by terrain, activity, skill level, and more—at Trailahassee, a wonderful tool to help plan the perfect outdoor getaway. >MORE ON TALLASSEE HERE…

Visitors can get back to nature on Florida’s Space Coast as well, where they can view the sparkling underwater “magic” of bioluminescent lagoons as they glide above in a clear-bottomed kayak. Or they can monkey around at the Brevard Zoo – home to more than 900 animals, visitors can feed a giraffe, have a rhino encounter, or take a guided kayak tour around the animal exhibits.

Florida is also for the birds—literally. Located in Northwest Florida, Wakulla County offers the perfect birding opportunity for both novice and experienced birders alike. With over 300 species of migratory and nesting birds, Wakulla County attracts nature-lovers looking to catch a glimpse of the many species flying south to set up their winter homes.

In Central Florida, attractions burst with winter-time activity, beckoning visitors to stay and play. Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales will inspire visitors with Olmsted gardens, a majestic bell tower, carillon concerts and the historic Pinewood Mansion. With daily concerts, nature walks, and special events—plus the new Outdoor Kitchen and Children’s Garden—Bok Tower Gardens will renew the spirit of winter-weary travelers. Cowboys and cowgirls yearning for some good old-fashioned fun will love Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo, an authentic dude ranch located east of Lake Wales. With horseback riding, Saturday night rodeos, a trap and skeet shooting range, airboat rides and lodging, Westgate offers a family-friendly taste of the West with a Florida twist.

Orlando – Orlando is famed for all the theme parks, including Walt Disney World. The Theme Park Capital of the World® is ready to celebrate the upcoming holidays as only Orlando can. Here’s looking forward to the best of the festivities. See >MORE 

Naples – At the southernmost tip of the state, this city has been named “the Best Beach Town to Live In,” and has been ranked int he top ten best adventure destinations. Truly a paradise, Naples is well known for its high-end shopping, world-class culture, and sophisticated dining. Naples is also an affordable family destination that appeals to nature lovers, beach aficionados, and snowbirds. >More

Panama City Beach – With 27-miles of beaches, two state parks, miles of hiking and biking trails, and 100 public beach access points, it goes without saying that there’s a lot to see and do in Panama City Beach. As you explore, you’ll find that each area has its own unique flavor and character. >More

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