When you think about Florida, most of the time the first thing to come to mind is the beach. Don’t get us wrong, Florida’s beaches are spectacular — but Florida is a large state. In fact, it can take 14 hours to drive the entire length of the state. Florida has a lot more to offer than you think. Check out some of our suggestions below:

National Parks

Florida is home to three national parks, two national seashores, and an incredible assortment of other environmental features. Look for rare and endangered species like the West Indian manatee or the Florida panther in Everglades National Park, or take in the pristine white sand beaches of Canaveral National Seashore. Experience Florida’s wilderness, heritage, and wildlife in a completely new way by spending a day or two exploring Florida’s National Parks.

Theme Parks and Attractions

Central Florida is a vacation destination for a reason. Walt Disney World is worthy of a trip all on its own, but don’t forget to visit the many other theme parks Central Florida has to offer including: Seaworld, Busch Gardens, Universal Studios and of course The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Boating and Fishing

More than 20 percent of Florida is water, meaning that there are ample opportunities for fishing and boating activities of all kinds. Whether you’re interested in deep sea excursions, freshwater fishing, or watersports activities in the ocean, Florida has it all.

Festivals, Events, and Celebrations

With pleasant weather year-round, Florida plays host to a full range of events. Featuring everything from art festivals, food and drink events, to cultural celebrations Florida has something to fit everyone’s tastes. Do a little research on what will be happening during your trip to Florida, and you may be surprised to learn just how exciting our state really is.