The Best Theme Parks in Florida That You Have to Check Out

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Are you thinking about taking a trip to Florida soon? 

While many people go to Florida to lie on the beach and check out the clubs, you should also make sure you put some time aside to visit some of Florida’s famous theme parks. 

But, Florida is home to a lot of theme parks. Which ones are worth visiting? Check out this guide to learn about the best theme parks in Florida that you have to check out. 

1. Disney World 

Of course, it’s only right to start this list out with the mother of all theme parks – Disney World. Each year, over 52 million people visit Walt Disney World. 

If you plan to visit Disney, make sure you make your reservations well in advance, as accommodation and dining options can fill up fast. Here are some other tips to keep in mind when planning a Disney World vacation:

  • Visit during the off-peak season if possible (Mid-January to late March)
  • Take advantage of free activities like the Lego Store, watching an outdoor movie at Fort Wilderness, and walking around the Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Between the lines, the rides, the meals, and the characters, there’s a lot to tackle, so plan everything out beforehand

2. Universal’s Islands of Adventure 

If you’re a wannabe wizard or movie buff, then Universal’s Islands of Adventure is for you. 

This is where the Wizarding World of Harry Potter first came to life. Here, you’ll get the chance to throw on a robe and grab a wand and immerse yourself into the world of Hogwarts. 

If casting spells isn’t your thing, you can also check out other attractions based on Marvel superheroes and Jurassic Park. Plus, there are a lot of water rides in this park for those looking to cool down in the Orlando heat. And, there’s even a Doctor Seuss-themed area for kids. 

3. Bush Gardens Tampa Bay 

If you find the rides at Universal and Disney to be too tame, then you need to head to Bush Gardens in Tampa Bay. 

This park is perfect for adrenaline junkies, as it’s home to a triple-launch rollercoaster, a floorless dive coaster, and a family spin coaster. 

However, daredevil drops aren’t the only attraction that this theme park holds. When your heart needs a break, you can take your young ones over to the Sesame Street Safari of Fun. This area is filled with plenty of kid-friendly rides, as well as a lot of photo ops with Elmo, Big Bird, and other Sesame Street characters. 

4. Universal Studios Florida 

Whether you’re a Simpsons fan, sci-fi nerd, or you have a need for speed, there’s something for you at Universal Studios Florida. 

Here, you’ll find nostalgic rides like E.T. Adventure and Fast and Furious Supercharged. Other exciting rides are based on movies like The Mummy, Men in Black, and Transformers

Also, if you’re a fan of The Simpsons, don’t forget to visit the Springfield section of the park for a Krusty Burger, Duff Beer, and more fun. 

5. Universal’s Volcano Bay 

Last but not least, we have Universal’s Volcano Bay, which is the perfect place to go when you’re looking to cool off. 

With 19 attractions on a compact 25 acres, you’ll be able to easily hit all of the water rides in one day. Plus, the park recently introduced TapuTapu technology. This device holds your place in line and then alerts you when it’s time to ride. 

In addition to thrilling water rides, the park offers other fun amenities like a bowling alley and a lazy river. 

As you can see, there are a lot of great theme parks to check out in Florida! Comment below if you have any questions. 

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Kelly Lewis is the founder of Go! Girl Guides, the Women's Travel Fest and Damesly. She's an optimist, an adventurer, an author and works to help women travel the world.

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