Sounds like you had a great time Mel!
Florida is amusement park central. If you were knackered when you finished camp you will definitely be knackered after a stint here! But it will be well worth it. Visit Florida after summer camp and it’s time for you to become the kid again. Run around Disney World, pretend you’re a world famous actor at Universal Studios and make out like your Jesse’s mate from Free Willy at Seaworld. The list of fun to had in Florida in September, is pretty much endless, but here are 10 to get you started…
1. Definitely go to Walt Disney World
If you love theme parks it doesn’t get much better than this. The queues were long but it was freaking awesome. We saw some of the shows which were incredible and the fireworks show at the end of the day was like no firework show I’ve ever seen before.
2. Go to Universal Studios
This is like two theme parks in one because they have the movie rides and also the Islands of Adventure. We brought a 3-day park pass to keep the costs down and it was worth it because we definitely needed more that one day there!
3. Hang out at SeaWorld
Yep I’m still going with the theme parks… because they are so good! Seaworld is great, the rides were amazing but we’d done our fair share of roller coasters on our previous days however the shows were the brilliant. Ultimate fave was the whale show at the end. If you want a relaxing day in Florida after summer camp, SeaWorld is a great choice.
4. Visit the Animal Park on West Palm Beach
This is a cageless safari park so it’s almost like being on an actual safari. They came pretty close to the car so that was fun. We were in the jeep we had hired for the holiday anyway but if you are in a convertible (hey, it could happen) you’ll have to borrow one. We saw the bisons, lions, giraffes, rhino and the cheeky monkeys.
5. Go to 10,000 Islands
We thought this would be a good place to chill out after all the hustle and bustle of the theme parks. It’s the Everglades National Park and is a network of waterways around the tiny islands. We canoed around and camped on the some of the islands.
6. Drive around Miami and enjoy the Palm trees
The whole atmosphere is just cool. I liked just taking it all in and enjoying the sun, sea and sand. The beaches were just as you would expect… gorgeous. And full of fitties for all.
7. Race the Track in Daytona Beach
I’m not a big fan of racing but we were recommended this race track by someone we met at our hostel and he was right – it was an exciting day. I think unless you are watching a race you can’t really appreciate the adrenaline behind it. It’s fast and noisy, and it’s fun.
8. Visit Key West
We went to visit Key West Island for the day. This is the southern most tip of the Florida Keys and it was my favourite. It’s also really close to Cuba which we would have loved to see as well but unfortunately we didn’t have any time, not to mention it would have been quite difficult what with the embargo and all.
9. Go to the Kennedy Space Center
Obviously only do this one if you think it would interest you but I’m something of a space fanatic so this was way up there on my to-do list. My friends aren’t into it all but they still enjoyed themselves.
10. Watch a South Beach Sunset
I just had such a lovely day on South Beach that the sunset seemed the most perfect thing I’ve ever seen. All the beaches were beautiful but this was definitely my favourite.