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Monday, March 7, 2011

40 Ways to Play in Florida - Part 1

1. Do a guided walk tour, bicycle tour or self-guided phone tour and visit Miami's Art Deco District. This is all available at the Art Deco Welcome Center on Ocean Drive.

2. Visit Sea World, an amazing water park in Orlando where you can ride the slides, waves and rapids on 60 beautifully landscaped acres. The center piece attraction attracts visitors (in clear tubes) through a lagoon filled with playful dolphins.

3. Get the experience of succulent oysters harvested straight from Gulf in Apalachicola, - Florida's oyster capital.

4. Ride on a water taxi and see waterfront mansions along Ft. Lauderdale's maze of inland waterways, then make landfall and explore the upscale shops of Las Olas Blvd.

5. If you love to surf, hang with a professional instructor at Ron Jon Surf School in Cocoa Beach, the southeast's surfing mecca.

6. Join the Ghost tours of St. Augustine which offers spine-tingling excursions into the city's colorful past.

7. Go visit Busch gardens and visit Jungala to see Bengal tigers and orangutans. They offer groundbreaking new ways to interact with animals, as well as experience a treetop zipline experience.

8. Ride a bike and travel from city to sea on the Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail then take an off-road detour into the Apalachicola National Forest for some challenging terrain.

9. Join in the swashbuckling fun at fort Walton Beach's annual Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival (usually in June 6-9), a family-friendly event which features entertainment, torchlight parade, pirate reenactments and fireworks.

10.Observe sea turtles nesting at Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge off Melbourne Beach on an evening turtle watch, only open in June and July.

11. Watch the sunset at Pier 60 amid street performances and artisans in Clearwater beach.

12. Step back into the Gilded Age at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum and experience the architectural masterwork by attending a chamber music concert or annual blue grass concert.

13. Visit Butterfly Rainforest at Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainsville. Enjoy the lush oasis of tropical plants and flowers which acts as perfect backdrop of hundreds of free-flying butterflies.

14. Experience the Simpsons ride at Universal Orlando Resort, a new attraction at Universal Studios that brings the zany TV show to life with thrilling results.

15. Venture into Everglades National Park, one of the world's most magnificent wilderness area. Watch alligators slink by and birds soar overhead as you explore this 1.5 million-acre subtropical marvel. Tour by airboat, foot, tram, canoe or kayak, or try the Everglades-by-car audio tour which takes you deep into the park.

16. Shop at Silver Sands Factory Stores in Destin for designer discounts. prices can be up to 75% off retail prices.

17. Dig into luscious stone crabs at Joe's Stone Crab, an institution since 1913 in Miami.

18. Immerse yourself in a storybook Victorian world on a guided walking tour or via horse-drawn carriage of Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island.

19. Explore the Western Lake in Grayton Beach State Park by kayak or canoe, - a rare coastal dune lake characterized by the convergence of salt and fresh waters, creating a biologically diverse ecosystem.

20. Savor the breathtaking views on a swamp safari at Big Cypress Seminole Reservation in the Everglades, then spend the night in a Seminole chickee hut and learn about Indian folklore and culture.