matter what your interests, you will find an attraction in Florida to
enjoy. Mouse ears and the major theme parks of the Orlando area are what
first come to mind as Florida attractions, but they are only the beginning.
Wildlife and botanical attractions are among the most popular and include
both large parks and zoos. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex boasts
that a family of four can do everything on its massive complex for less
than the cost of one admission to other major central Florida attractions.Florida's
rich history is reflected in museums, monuments, forts and homes throughout
the state. For a cultural excursion, fine art museums have works from
Dali to Rubens, sculpture and architecture by names such as Frank Lloyd
Take a break from the theme parks and visit one of Central Florida's
beaches -- they're closer than you think.
Daytona Beach Boardwalk is filled with arcades, souvenir shops, and the
new "Salute to Speed" exhibit, which features over 30 granite
plaques to commemorate the area's colorful history in motor sports. If
you visit during the summer, don't miss the free, open-air concerts at
the Bandshell, located behind the Adam's Mark Hotel. Special events are
held throughout the year at the nearby Oceanfront Park.
The boardwalk leads right up to the Main Street Pier, which extends nearly
a quarter mile over the ocean. Here visitors can get a spectacular view
of the surf and sand of this famous beach --or an even better view atop
the 180-foot Space Needle observation tower or on the Sky Lift. If you'd
like to drop a line, fishing equipment and bait can be rented -- and no
fishing license is required.
Beach Pier: Stretching 840 feet over the Atlantic Ocean, the historic
Cocoa Beach pier is open year-round. Food and beverages are readily available,
with four restaurants. Live entertainment is frequent and souvenir shopping
is plentiful. From an outdoor cafe table, guests can dine on casual fare
and see for miles down the beach. For those wanting to drop a line, fishing
equipment can be rented nearby.