Why I love Florida
“I was raised on wetlands and I'm drawn to wetlands, and I can't think of a state that better combines that favored biome with some of my other great travel loves – namely, good food, ethnic entrepôts, warm weather and nice beaches. What can I say? Give me the ocean on one hand, swamps on the other and some fried conch and iced tea for lunch and I'm happy as a clam (which are great fried at a dockside restaurant, by...” Read More
Top experiences in Florida
Kennedy Space Center Day Trip with Transport from Orlando
Your Kennedy Space Center tour begins after an approximate 45-minute drive from Orlando. From the Visitor Complex, view rockets from all eras of space exploration in the Rocket Garden, and see an actual Gemini program capsule on display in Early Space Exploration. Walk beneath a massive Saturn V rocket, one of the most powerful ever built, at the Apollo/Saturn V Center and relive Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon and experience the thunderous rumble of a rocket lift-off!Continue with two IMAX space movies viewed on five-story screens – IMAX® A Beautiful Planet and Journey To Space 3D, which takes you on a virtual trip to the International Space Station. Check out the Astronaut Encounter to hear actual astronauts discuss their experiences and get photos of these heroes. Or try the Angry Birds Space Encounter for some intergalactic fun!Finish your day by boarding a full-size Space Shuttle mock-up and strap in for a virtual launch into space on the Shuttle Launch Experience. Orbit the earth in this awesome simulation replicating the sights, sounds and feelings of an authentic shuttle launch. Tour Options: Ugrade your tour to have lunch with an actual astronaut! Sit down for a meal with a member of NASA's Astronaut Corps and ask everything you ever wanted to know about what it's like to be in space. Or choose Space Pass Plus, which combines all of the above with a guided tour of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), NASA Causeway and A/B Camera Stop and a look at the countdown clock at Press Site, a crawler transporter used to move Apollo moon rockets and the Operations and Checkout building.Finally, relax aboard the bus as you enjoy return transport to Orlando.Space Shuttle Atlantis ExhibitDon't miss the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit, where more than 60 interactive experiences highlight the people, passion and patriotism behind NASA’s Space Shuttle program, which launched the Hubble Space Telescope and built the International Space Station. See what it's like to be a real astronaut! Take the helm at the shuttle cockpit; experience the sensation of floating in space; explore a replica of the ISS; and experience the sights, sounds and sensations of a shuttle launch! Travelers can take a private guided tour of the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit for no additional charge. (not available with the Space Pass Plus)
Miami Combo Tour: City Sightseeing, Biscayne Bay Cruise and Everglades Airboat Ride
After pickup from your Miami hotel in the morning, you’ll take a narrated coach tour to see Miami's highlights including the historic Art Deco District and South Beach, a lively beachside area brimming with restaurants and hotels.Explore downtown Miami, a skyscraper-filled metropolis, and continue to Cuban-influenced Little Havana. Other interesting sites include the Gianni Versace Mansion, Madonna’s former house on Brickell Avenue and the secret spot where Michael Jackson filmed his ‘Thriller’ music video! You'll have time to enjoy a meal break in Little Havana before embarking on the next part of your adventure.After your coach tour, you’ll be taken to Biscayne Bay to board a boat for a 75-minute sightseeing tour. Learn about the history and culture of Miami as you cruise past various islands. Pass the Port of Miami, see celebrity houses dotting the coast and admire the Miami skyline. Up next is the third part of your Miami experience: an Everglades airboat tour! Take a 45-minute drive to Everglades National Park for a thrilling 30- to 45-minute airboat ride through lush marshlands. With the help of your onboard naturalist guides, spot wildlife including alligators, turtles, snakes, fish and exotic birds, and learn about the animals and their environment during the wildlife show that follows. An onsite store provides refreshments for purchase.After your tour, you’ll be taken back to your hotel.
South Beach Cultural Food and Walking Tour
On the South Beach Food and Culture Walking Tour, you'll explore the Art Deco district of South Beach on foot and stop at various locations for bites of fusion cuisine. You'll begin with a guided historical, cultural and architectural walking tour of South Beach’s most iconic Art Deco properties. With its festive curves and sunburst motifs, Art Deco architecture seems like it was tailor-made for South Beach, where the style is alive and well. South Beach’s Art Deco buildings and pastel colors immediately conjure images of sun-filled vacations and days cruising along Ocean Drive. As you’re admiring the architecture, you’ll learn about the preservation efforts that have made the style such an iconic part of the city. Along the way, you’ll taste a variety of cuisines that make South Beach such an internationally acclaimed food region. Experience the fascinating tastes, sounds and aromas of the city's best restaurants. Think of the tour as a multi-course meal with each course taking place at a different location. You'll visit 5-7 top restaurants and talented kitchens, where you’ll savor delectable dishes.You'll also learn the cultural background and ingredients of each mouth-watering bite. Sample traditional Colombian cuisine; enjoy a taste of Argentina; try a Cuban classic; feast on gourmet Italian cuisine; delight in Peruvian specialties; and more!(Tastings and stops are subject to change without notice)
Small-Group Tour: Everglades Adventure Day Trip from Ft Lauderdale
You’ll be picked up in the morning and taken by air-conditioned 13-passenger van to the Everglades. With your expert naturalist or biologist guide, enjoy an exciting 40-minute airboat ride across the sawgrass prairies.Back on dry land, explore the swamps and sawgrass on a narrated van tour through Big Cypress National Preserve. Spot wildlife such as alligators, turtles and birds as you journey through the Everglades backcountry.Next, take a nature walk through a forest of ancient, towering cypress where alligators seek shade in the summer and bask in the sun in the winter. Herons, egrets, ibis, wood storks and dozens of other species can be spotted throughout the year. Otters, bears, pigs, deer and panthers are rare and exciting to spot. Take a break in the afternoon for lunch at a waterside restaurant in the heart of the Everglades, where you’ll dine on several lunch entrees or an all-you-can-eat salad bar with peel-and-eat shrimp. You’ll also be offered alligator appetizers! Your final adventure will be a relaxing 1.5-hour boat cruise through the shallow mangrove-lined waters of the 10,000 islands in Everglades National Park. Here, manatees, sea turtles, osprey and a variety of other marine life thrive. You may even see dolphins feeding in the bay! Throughout your tour, your expert guide will provide informative, entertaining commentary and answer any questions you have about the nature or the wildlife.Please note: if your hotel is not on the list provided then pickup will be at Flamingo Gardens
Universal Orlando 3-Park Ticket
Universal Studios Florida™From entertaining shows to state-of-the-art rides, Universal Studios Florida is the world's premier movie- and TV-based theme park.At The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Diagon Alley™, enjoy an unforgettable experience on board the multi-dimensional thrill ride, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts™. Then, dine at the Leaky Cauldron™, a pub featuring traditional British food and do some shopping at Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes.This working film and TV production facility features an amazing selection of rides, shows, movie sets and attractions. Check out the thrilling, immersive, next-gen TRANSFORMERS: the Ride-3D; ride along with Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie as they visit Krustyland on the Simpsons Ride™ and join Gru, his daughters and the mischievous Minions on an adventure in Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem™.Universal Islands of Adventure™ Take an unforgettable journey into the world's finest rides, shows and interactive attractions. Together they bring an entire world of stories, myths, cartoons, comic book heroes and children's tales vividly to life. Join the battle of good versus evil above the streets of Marvel Super Hero Island®, featuring the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man®, The Incredible Hulk Coaster™ roaring back this summer and Doctor Doom’s Fearfall®. Then get splash happy with cartoon favorites at Toon Lagoon™, featuring two of the best water rides in Orlando: Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls® and Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges®. Get face to face with the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park™, featuring the Jurassic Park River Adventure™, a thrilling boat ride with a final plunge of a lifetime. Experience the new ride Skull Island: Reign of Kong™, Now Open. Venture through Poseidon’s Fury™ and the Eighth Voyage of Sinbad™ Stunt Show at the Lost Continent™. And step into a classic Dr. Seuss children’s books in Seuss Landing™.Universal’s Volcano Bay™Opening June 2017, live the carefree island life at Universal’s Volcano Bay™. It’s an all-new water theme park like no other filled with thrills, indulgence and rejuvenation. No standing in long lines, wrestling with tubes, or waiting for the fun to begin. It’s a tropical paradise just steps away from everything Universal Orlando Resort™ has to offer.Universal CityWalk™ It’s the one place where the dining tastes of every member of the family and entertainment everyone can enjoy all intersect. Enjoy the best in casual and fine dining, live music, movies, shopping, miniature golf and more. It’s everything you’re looking for. Please note: Tickets are only valid on selected date of travel and expire within seven (7) consecutive days from first use. Once your reservation is submitted, no changes are able to be made.
Orlando Airport Roundtrip Shared Transfer
Upon arrival at Orlando International Airport, simply proceed to the Ground Transportation Desk in your arriving terminal and present your voucher. No prior reconfirmation is required and you will be directed to your departing shuttle promptly. On your way home, simply call the operator who will arrange pickup from your Orlando hotel. Offering door-to-door service, this Orlando roundtrip shuttle transfer is an easy start to your Florida vacation! Hotel Zones:Zone 1 - Hotels in the Orlando Airport areaZone 2 - Hotels in the Downtown / South Orlando areaZone 3 - Hotels on International DriveZone 4 - Hotels in Lake Buena Vista, Walt Disney World and Highway 192WZone 5 - Hotels in Kissimmee, US27 and I4, Highway 192 East of SR535, Maitland and Winter Park Please Note: Disney hotels provide complimentary round-trip shuttle transportation to their registered guests on the Disney Magical Express shuttle. Guests may choose to use the shuttle from the Orlando International Airport to go to one of these hotels, but must use the Disney Magical Express shuttle for the return. Disney hotels are as follows: All Star; Coronado Springs; Animal Kingdom Lodge; Pop Century; Saratoga Springs; Old Key West; Port Orleans; French Quarter - Riverside; Fort Wilderness; Contemporary; Grand Floridian; Polynesian; Wilderness Lodge; Beach Club; Yacht Club; BoardWalk; and the Caribbean Beach. For a full list of hotel pick up location click View Additional Info.