Travel options around Florida

This story was originally published in the first edition of The Lion’s Tale (October 7th, 2021).

With the COVID-19 pandemic locking the people of Florida indoors for over a year, after COVID restrictions were lifted many of Florida’s tourist attractions were reopened. Some of these attractions include: theme parks, natural attractions, and historic cities. Florida is also home to many natural hidden gems, such as Ginnie springs, Wekiva springs, Deleon springs. 

Florida is known for its theme parks; Universal Studios, Disney, Sea World,  and Aquatica. These theme parks have multiple package deals that drive tourists down to our sunshine state. Universal and Disney comes with a sweet deal where the more days you buy the less you spend. Sea World used to have summer camps for grades Pre K to 12.

Florida might not be as island-esk, but we do have an array of popular natural tourist attractions like the Florida keys- especially key west- and many more beautiful beaches throughout the state that are less than 3 hours away from Oviedo High School.

If you’re not a big fan of water and sand, there are many other travel options. For those interested in art, Wynwood is the center of Miami’s art district.  Miami is not only known for its art but it’s constantly expanding with cruises, amazing restaurants, and much more. And those who are from Miami know that there are events that many musicians perform at. Rolling Loud event is a three day event that features some of the biggest names in the rap industry.

The streets of Wynwood are filled with street art. There are so many appealing shops and clothing stores waiting to be explored for those who love to shop and explore art. There’s also a museum called the Museum of Graffiti that is full of graffiti and sculptures made by modern artists. The art constantly changes over the months, bringing in many opportunities for new artists to showcase their talent to the public. This museum is one that many will revisit due to the constant captivation of the art.

Saint Augustine – another prevalent tourist attraction- is rich with history dating back to… This historic city is one of the oldest cities in the U.S. It’s location on the coast leads tourists to search for the Old Spanish Watchtower. This lighthouse was built in 1871 and 1874, it had to be rebuilt due to it’s fall into the ocean in 1880. The oldest schoolhouse brings a lot of field trips and good times. A fountain called The fountain of youth is also a huge attraction. 

As an alternative to historic landmarks, many tourists choose to visit cities based on a desire to shop. Las Olas Boulevard In Fort Lauderdale has many options to choose from when it comes to shopping.  There are also many great restaurants and events to attend. Some events include concerts, galleries, farmers market, and amazing boat trips. There’s always a mall in towns like these, Fort Lauderdale has a mall called the Sawgrass Mill Mall. Talk about a beachy mall. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, many tourist attractions have reopened providing smiles on everyone’s faces.  So go out and travel, and remember to stay safe!