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Sunday, March 27, 2011

40 Ways to Play in Florida - Part 2

I have posted Part 1 of this few weeks ago, so I am adding some more and making it as the Part 2 of the post ;). So, here are the other activities you can enjoy:

21. Dazzle your taste buds at the Columbia Restaurant in Tampa's Latin Quarter, Ybor City and take in a flamenco show.

22. Revel in the modern masterpieces at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, set in the refurbished Western Union Telegraph Building on Hamming Plaza, and savor an artful lunch at Cafe Nola.

23. Get behind the wheel or take a professional driver and take a spin around the track at Richard Petty Driving Experience, one of the interactive attractions at the Daytona 500 experience. This is a haven for racing fans.

24. Visit the Caladesi Island State Park and savor the beauty and tranquility of it. It's renowned for sugar-white sands and lovely nature trails, accessible via ferry or boat.

25. Experience hearing the beat at West Palm Beach's Sunfest (April 30-May 4). This is an annual music festival that features top performers plus a juried arts and crafts show.

26. Watch the world's largest miniature circus at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota which explores circus history and features a collection of fine art.

27. Take in the magnificent scenery from a unique vantage point by navigating through a houseboat down the fabled Suwannee River.

28. Experience the Shuttle Launch at the Kennedy Space Visitor Complex which simulates the sensations of an actual launch. For a close encounter with a different kind, enjoy launch with an astronaut, a program that puts you in the same orbit with a member of NASA's Astronaut Corps.

29. Play golf like a pro at the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, - a magic simulator of playing golf from the Old Course at St. Andrews to the plantation Course at Kapalua :).

30. Experience the thrill of a classic wooden roller coaster, Starliner, at Winter Haven's Cypress Gardens Adventure Park.

31. Try the "Sanibel Stoop" on Sanibel and Captiva islands, then choose from a bounty of sea treasures which are best found at low tides and after Gulf storms.

32. Visit National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, participate in a dogfight while at the controls of a Navy F-14 Tomcat in the museum's Top Gun Air Combat Simulators - the same ones used to train pilots.

33. Swim with the dolphins and learn how to interact with them at Dolphin World in the Keys.

34. Check the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, where joke is always on the audience.

35. Go for a high quality flea-market buys at the luxurious Big Cypress Market Place in Naples, - an upscale shopping center that features a winery, live entertainment, food court and tiki bar.

36. Get party at Key West's Mallory Square and join with street performers, vendors and artists who made this nightly celebration world-famous.

37. Watch manatees frolic from an underwater observatory at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, or take a boat tour and swim with the gentle giants.

38. Marvel at the genius of Louis Comfort Tiffany at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park that houses large collections of the artist's exquisite works.

39. Visit the myriad antique stores of Mt. Dora and don't miss the famous Renninger's Antique Center. Opens on weekends.

40. Go check the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers and see how neighbors Thomas Edison and Henry Ford spent their vacations, follow the footsteps of their invention and check Edison's lab and botanical garden that kept his mind engaged year-round.