December 13, 2017

4 Most Popular Spring Break Destinations are in Florida (Best Bets)

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Museum of Discovery and Science

Orbitz recently revealed the top-10 most popular Spring Break destinations, and of these, four of the top spots were in Florida: Orlando (#1), Ft. Lauderdale (#4), Ft. Myers (#8) and Tampa (#9). My in-laws spend the winter just north of Ft. Lauderdale so we go down there at least once or twice a year and are big fans of all the educational and eco-friendly activities, as well as all the great theme and water parks. Take a look at a few of the best bets in each of these top four Spring Break-worthy cities.

Orlando: Of course, there’s all that Walt Disney World has to offer in Orlando, but don’t forget about nearby attractions like Dinosaur World and the Orlando Science Center, which has current exhibits that include Bob the Builder – Project: Built It and NatureWorks, a reptile-focused experience. Meanwhile, Kennedy Space Center is only an hour away, and historic St. Augustine is less than two hours from Orlando.

Ft. Lauderdale: Head to Butterfly World to walk among butterflies, or check out the popular “bug museum,” which highlights some of the world’s most incredible creatures. A stop at the Museum of Discovery and Science is a must following the addition of the new EcoDiscovery Center, which doubles the museum’s space and offers more hands-on explorations. Or, simply kick back on a 90-minute land and sea Duck Tour.

Ft. Myers: When not enjoying the gorgeous beaches, head to Manatee Park to learn all about manatees (through March), as well as a variety of native plants and animals, and even a butterfly garden. Or, check out the Calusa Nature Center to learn more about Southwest Florida’s natural history, and even take in a star-filled show at the planetarium. Another option is a couple of hours aboard Pieces of Eight, a 65-foot Spanish galleon pirate ship.

Tampa: Head to Adventure Island for a day of wave pools, waterfalls and corkscrew slides, or go to Busch Gardens for animal shows and safari experiences. Spend the day at the Museum of Science and Industry to enjoy more than 450 hands-on activities, as well as exhibits like Disasterville, where you can brave extreme weather conditions and The Amazing You to learn more about the human body.

Do you have any favorite destinations or activities within Florida? Let me know in the comments section below.

Photo Credit: Invisible Cirkus

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