12 Things You Must Do If You Visit Florida!

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I wanted to do this post to reminisce over my holiday now that travel for this year is mostly off the table and excite people for when the ban has been lifted. Last summer I was lucky enough to go to Florida, for a family holiday. During our two week stay, we got up to some magical experiences, so I wanted to share with you 12 things you MUST do if you were to visit Florida. 

Trade Pins at Disney

Before I left for holiday, I went onto eBay and purchased a range of Disney trading pins. I picked ones I didn't like so that I would be happy to trade them. I would recommend buying them beforehand as from the parks, they are crazy expensive! It was fun to trade pins with cast members and look for the boards around the park. It keeps you busy all day, especially when waiting in ride lines. 

Have a Character Dining Experience

Whether it be Disney or Univeral, it is fun to have a character meal. You can get awesome pictures and even autographs. We had the Minion breakfast and the Marvel Character Dinner at Universal. These were both buffet meals and were very enjoyable but make sure you book these online, in advanced!



Watch the Shows at Sea World

SeaWorld offers a range of different shows from aquatic animals to household pets. Pets Ahoy showcases ducks, dogs, doves and other household animals in a comedic show while Dolphin Days celebrates playful dolphins. There is also a fantastic ride which at the end, allows you to get close with penguins! 


Swim with A Dolphin at Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove is my favourite place on earth, so this experience with my favourite animal was the best thing ever! We arrived early, so we had the buffet breakfast, as well as the lunch, which was both delicious. We had time to swim with the fish and see the sharks before our time with the dolphins. I would also recommend walking around the park as there are so many other things to do. Plus there are free snacks, cookies and warm pretzel stations!


Eat Pancakes at IHOP

If you have a sweet tooth like me, then IHOP is the place for you. I had the Dulche de Leche pancake, and it was sickly but oh so good! It is a great place for breakfast or dessert. I would recommend visiting IHOP, especially if you are celebrating.

See Florida From the Skies

There are lots of helicopter tours around the Orlando area, and I would recommend looking into them. It was amazing to see Florida from above and fly over all other all of the theme parks. It was beautiful and a great way to slow down for a bit and take in the surroundings. 



Learn About Space at The Kennedy Space Centre

Space is amazing, as is the history behind the rockets and explorations. The Kennedy Space Centre allows you to get close with space, learn some amazing things and, if you are lucky, even watch a launch happen! 


Have an Alligator Experience 

As Florida has lots of swamps, one of the things we decided to do was take an alligator tour. It was thrilling to speed around on an airboat and look for alligators. In this experience, we also got a BBQ meal, a tour around their animal enclosures and the chance to hold a baby alligator. This was unforgettable and definitely something for animal lovers! 


Splash Around in a Waterpark

On the last day of our holiday, we visited a water park to cool down and allow the parents to pack up the condo. We went to Volcano Bay as it was highly recommended to us. I can tell you, it didn't disappoint! There were lots of different slides and innovative things to make the experience better than other parks. I would recommend using a FastPass band for the rides as some of the queues were really long. Standing in the sun while dripping wet meant some of my family got very burn despite using suncream!


Meet & Autograph Your Favourite Characters

I am still a child at heart, so running around the Disney parks with the Disney app, trying to find the characters was one of my favourite things to do. I met my favourite character, Baymax, and got autographs for all the characters I could. There is something magical about meeting the characters, even the parents enjoyed this activity!



Spend Those Dollars at the Outlets

I love to shop, so visiting the Florida outlet malls was a no-brainer. This was where I spend most of my dollars. We visited Vineland Premium Outlets. There were lots of restaurants to dine in as well as amazing discounts on your favourite brands. I spend a lot on Levis and Vans, but there are other shops such as Forever 21, J Crew and Nike.

Enjoy the Disney Fireworks & Parades

Fireworks mean a lot to my family for personal reasons. It meant that we stayed for the fireworks at all the Disney Parks. This was beautiful, and each show was different. I would really recommend the show at Epcot. There are different parades all year round so no matter when you visit, there will be something fun to watch. 


I have been so lucky to do all of these things and spend time with my family. What are your favourite ideas? I would love to know what you would like to get up to if you visited Florida! 





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19 comments

  1. This is such a great post! It was lovely to see all the amazing things you can do in Florida. It is definitely on my bucket list of places I want to visit!!

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    1. It is amazing plus I loved the heat! There were so many things to do and it is definitely the place to go if you like fun-filled, active holidays :)

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  2. Oh wow! Definitely need to go back so that I can do the alligator experience. I never knew about this!
    Al x

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    1. We only found out about it through our travel agency but it was so worth it! We got to meet all these amazing animals and got some food out of it too! It was worth the money that's for sure!

      Em x

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  3. We are planning on taking our kids next year. Pinned this so I don't forget these great ideas. I took a helicopter ride and went to an alligator park when I was a teenager and had a blast.

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    1. Aww thank you!! I'm sure your kids will have a blast, it is truley a holiday for the whole family and brings out the kid in everyone! I love finding those small experiences that not everyone does, it makes for the best memories!

      Em x

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  4. I always find it so interesting to see what people enjoyed about Florida. Living here my whole life it’s nice to see how others experience it. I’m actually surprised about IHOP haha that is a place I rarely go to anymore. I prefer Cracker Barrel or some of our locally owned breakfast places. And Disney is still a fun one for me too. And I don’t know a lot about the alligator tours. I just know of Gatorland. Also I’ve haven’t been to Volcano Bay yet! I really need to experience it already. Awesome post though!!

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    1. Wow, it is so cool that you live there! There were so many things I wanted to add to the list but then, I would be writing wayyy too much! I hadn't heard of Cracker Barrel. It will be something I try next time! We also really enjoyed Denny's but I suppose not a lot of places in the UK offer all day breakfast! What local places could you recommend? I'd love to add them to my list of places I need to visit! Thank you for reading :)

      Em x

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  5. Loved this post, you got up to so much! I went to Florida 2 years ago and it was honestly the best holiday I've had. We went to almost all the parks and we all had a fab time. I agree with you on IHOP, the pancakes there are just incredible!!

    Charlotte | https://charlotteblogss.blogspot.com/

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  6. My partner went to Florida when she was young, we would absolutely love to take our kids.

    The alligator experience sounds interesting.

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  7. The dolphin looks so cute, also the aligators.
    Florida makes me dream..

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  8. Florida is on my bucket list! I hope that I get to visit soon :)
    Konna @ The Reading Armchair

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  9. Em you’ve given me the holiday blues and a sense of wanderlust all in one post!! This all needs booking and doing ASAP - loved the tips !
    Love, She x

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  10. I agree with most of these. I could add another 50 things to the list

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  11. I love this post! They're definitely all going to be on my bucket list for Florida, I've always wanted to go and this makes me want to go more. It looks and feels such a beautiful place.

    Gemma | www.anoceanglimmer.wordpress.com

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  12. Ah this makes me want to go to Florida so bad! I've been to Panama City before and it was so beautiful. The sunsets there were unreal. I want to go back!

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  13. I went to Disneyland Paris for the first time ever last year and it was incredible, I'd love to go to the Florida one someday! I absolutely cried my eyes out at the fireworks 😂 This looks like such an amazing experience, I especially love how you got to hold a baby aligator! xx

    Amy | sassycatlady.com

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    1. It does make you want to cry! The fireworks we saw had special effects where the characters and scenes were projected onto the castle and it was such an amazing experience! Thank you, it was lovely. The alligator was cool, strange to feel though!

      Em x

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  14. Damn, I hadn't thought about how much there is to do in Florida before! (I also didn't even know trading pins was a thing at Disney!?) I'm defo jealous of your Marvel dinner and swimming with dolphins! Thanks for sharing this post and now I defo need to visit Florida after this is over.

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