You may or may not remember that I recently travelled North America. On the last leg of my travels I went to Florida to stay with some friends for a few days. It was a weird place to be, having spent months in the freezing mountains of the north. It was certainly strange to no only be in the heat of the south, but to be somewhere where the land was so flat.
Car hire in Florida is a must as everything is so spread out. It’s worth getting a GPS as well, as there are tall palm trees everywhere which makes it pretty hard to navigate where you are going. We were in the city of Orlando, in Central Florida, which is best known for its theme parks and water parks. The Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Studios Florida, SeaWorld Orlando, Discovery Cove and Wet n’ Wild attract millions of visitors each year, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the U.S.A.
Orlando’s International Drive is home to attractions such as Wonder Works and Ripley’s Believe It or Not, as well as mini-golf courses, food outlets and some of Florida’s best malls. Other attractions in and around Orlando include: championship golf courses, such as Shingle Creek; the Gatorland alligator park, where you can watch “gator wrestlers” in action; and the city’s famous themed dinner shows, which include the Pirates Dinner Adventure and the Arabian Nights Dinner Show.
On the last day we took a drive to the city of Fort Lauderdale. It is situated on the south-east coast of Florida, just north of Miami, and is often referred to as “the Venice of America”, thanks to its canal system and waterfront homes. Greater Fort Lauderdale has more than 23 miles of beaches, including Deerfield Beach, Hollywood Beach and Hillsboro Beach, so the city is a great place to use as a base from which to explore these.
Fort Lauderdale has a reputation for attracting the wealthy. Its marinas are usually filled with expensive yachts and you can take a closer look at these on a sightseeing cruise. For arts and entertainment, head for the Riverwalk in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, where you’ll attractions such as the Museum of Art and the Museum of Discovery and Science, as well as restaurants, shops and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Other Fort Lauderdale attractions include the Beachfront Promenade, and the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens.