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Florida has to be up there among the most popular holiday destinations in the USA, and with a nickname like the 'Sunshine State' it's not difficult to guess why. Boasting a beautifully warm and sunny climate, Florida is the perfect choice for those who want guaranteed rays on their holidays!
It's easy to think that Florida is all about Disney and the theme parks of Orlando but there's much more to this vast and varied state than just Mickey Mouse and rollercoasters. The cosmopolitan city of Miami is another huge draw, as well as the beautiful beach resorts of the Gulf Coast. Whatever you want to do in Florida ' whether it's party all night, meet a princess or relax in the sunshine on a white sand beach ' Direct Holidays has the perfect package deal to Florida for you.
Walt Disney World
Florida and Disney go hand in hand, with Orlando being home to the magical Walt Disney World Resort. With four theme parks - Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot and Animal Kingdom - plus two fantastically themed waterparks, Walt Disney World really is the place where dreams come true, especially for the little ones.
NASA Kennedy Space Center
The NASA Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral is a must-see on holidays to Florida for those with an interest in space and space travel. See the Apollo and Saturn V rockets that flew to the moon, as well as the Atlantis space shuttle. The space shuttle simulator and IMAX shows are also out of this world.
Everglades National Park
The UNESCO protected Everglades National Park is one of the best places to experience nature on Florida holidays. This sub-tropical wilderness is home to many types of animal and plant, with crocs and alligators lurking in the wetlands and Florida panthers hidden amongst the lush flora and fauna. Why not take an eco tour or an airboat ride to explore the Everglades. Those with children will love the Everglades Safari Park ' a fun way to enjoy the park with kids.
Relax in Clearwater
Clearwater is one of the most stunning coastal resorts on Florida's breathtaking Gulf Coast, and the perfect choice of destination for a relaxing holiday to Florida. You'll be treated to 35 miles of pristine beaches, as well as museums, parks, nature reserves, golf courses and more to keep you busy off the sands.
Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
It's not all about Disney in Orlando. The Universal Studios Resort is popular with families too, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is one of the main attractions. Creep down Diagon Alley, try butterbeer and give quidditch a go for yourself, in this magical land! Superhero fans will also love the Marvel Islands of Adventure, where Spiderman, Hulk and friends will be your holiday heroes.
Rollerblade in Miami
Ok, so you don't necessarily have to rollerblade in Miami, but it is one great way to see South Beach! However you choose to get from one end of the promenade to the other, with the art deco buildings of Ocean Drive on one side, and the beach on the other, it's sure to be a fantastic experience.
If you like your Florida holidays with a little spice, Miami is the perfect hot spot for you. People-watch on South Beach, shop till you drop, take in the art deco architecture or head to a museum during the day. After dark, head to a beach bar or the Latin Quarter of Little Havana for cocktails, beers and salsa beats.
The glorious Gulf Coast is the place to head if you want laidback beach breaks in Florida. As well as the beautiful beaches of Clearwater, you also have family friendly Tampa where you'll find the Busch Gardens wildlife park and the Florida Aquarium, and picturesque Fort Myers ' making your choice of holiday destination a difficult one! The Gulf Coast is also a great place for golfers with hundreds of amazing courses to tee off at.
The theme park capital of the world, Orlando, is high up on every family's list of dream holiday destinations. Whether you've got little Disney fans in your family or the movie magic of the Universal Studios resort appeals to you, there are thrills and spills aplenty to be found in this corner of the Sunshine State.
The Orlando resort of Kissimmee puts you right on the doorstep of Disney World, while still maintaining a small town feel that keeps things nice and relaxed. Be charmed by the tree-lined avenues and old-style buildings, at this tranquil base in the heart of theme park heaven! Direct Holidays has some fantastic cheap holidays to Florida for you to choose from. Deciding on the perfect Florida holiday for you will be the only hard part!