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Florida has far more to offer than many people realize. Whether you are a nature enthusiast or a theme-park fanatic, Florida has the attraction to accommodate your taste.

1. Disney Word. One of Florida's most renowned tourist locations is Walt Disney World. Walt Disney World is about the size of San Francisco and has enough entertainment to last a lifetime. With four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, MGM, and Universal), two water parks, over 20 on-property resorts, six golf courses, a sports complex, and several shopping areas, Disney has more to offer than any other theme park resort in the world.

2. Busch Gardens Africa. Busch Gardens Africa is a fairly large, African themed park that could easily provide an entire day of entertainment. Busch Gardens provides fun for the whole family and features animals, live shows and several large roller coasters, including the world's only dive coaster.

3. Cypress Gardens Adventure Park. Cypress Gardens has been around since January 2, 1936 and continues to provide family fun. If you visited cypress in its earlier years and were dazzled by the beautiful Southern Belles and expansive Gardens, be prepared for possible disappointment. The park closed in April of 2003 but reopened in December of 2004 after changing ownership and undergoing renovation. The renovation included the addition of 39 rides as well as the Splash Island water park that comes free with admission. Additionally, the Southern Belle's no longer remain on display throughout the botanical gardens but instead appear for photo opportunities at designated times. The coasters aren't as thrilling as the ones at Busch, but would be perfect for younger children and those who prefer milder coasters.

4. Kennedy Space Center. The Kennedy Space Center is a fantastic place to spend a day and is an amazing learning experience. Be certain to see as many IMAX movies as possible, especially Space Station 3D which is both breathtaking and informative. Make sure you check the schedule to see if and when one of NASA's astronauts will be speaking. The crowd is usually small to medium sized and you will have an opportunity to ask the astronaut questions. KSC offers several different tours, all of which are fantastic. The Kennedy Space Center Tour, included with admission, takes you to the International Space Station Center, Apollo/Saturn V, and the Center LC 39 Observation Gantry. You will see amazing exhibits, touch real moon rock, see replicas of space rockets, learn the importance of NASA's programs, and possibly see the mechanics at work. If you do not mind paying extra, the KSC also offers an Up Close tour that will take you incredibly close to the Launching Pads. If you are interested in NASA, you will want to visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex website to view all of the extra options and tours that the center has to offer.

5. Sea World. Anyone who loves marine life will absolutely love Sea World. Sea World offers several special opportunities to interact with the animals through the extra programs they provide. The Beluga Interaction Program gives participants a chance to change into a wetsuit and assist the trainers in feeding and caring for the Belugas. Whether you are a shark fan, exotic bird aficionado or penguin supporter, Sea World has an interactive tour that will interest you. If you visit Sea World you will definitely want to see the Shamu show Believe, the Clyde and Seamore show, and Pet's Ahoy! If you are still in the park at the end of the day, make sure to catch the nighttime spectacular Mistify.

6. The Everglades. The Everglades in Fort Lauderdale is a nature lover's dream. One of the best ways to experience the Everglades is by airboat. Airboat tours give you an up-close look at the wildlife residing in the Everglades-- home to the White Tailed deer, the famous gators, snakes, the endangered Florida panther, exotic birds, and native fish.

The activities listed here are just the tip of the iceberg. Florida is the perfect place for a family vacation because the wide variety of activities will provide entertainment for each and every family member. Discovering everything Florida has to offer is virtually impossible, which makes it a fantastic place for multiple vacations. These six activities will help you get started.