Florida – the Sunshine State – is a great place for an outdoor activity packed holiday. There’s no need to visit man made theme parks; the state of Florida is itself a wonderful park that shows many wonders of the natural world and there are over 150 Florida State Parks to be explored. What better way to enjoy this stunning scenery than by immersing yourself in it?
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Florida is great walking country with miles of hiking trails. Walkers may enjoy the challenge of hiking along part of the 1400 mile Florida Scenic National Trail. A popular section of the walk is the 110 miles that skirts round Lake Okeechobee. The southern part of the walk is ideal for wildlife spotting and the scenery here includes prairies, forests and swamps. There are energetic trails along rugged ridges near Pensacola in north west Florida while more gentle walks can be enjoyed along the boardwalks near Orlando. There are also trails along parts of the beautiful coastline. Whatever your fitness and energy level, there is sure to be a trail in Florida which will take you through some amazing scenery.
Cycling is a great way to explore somewhere new and cycling in Florida is no different. There are lots of biking trails suitable for cyclists of all abilities. The Santos Trail in Marion County starts off passing boarded fences surrounding smart horse farms and then goes on to forest tracks. These are graded depending on difficulty, with some challenging tracks for those who enjoy dipping and diving over rough terrain. Another excellent bike trail starts at Lake Minneola and joins up with the West Orange Trail. Bikes can be hired here and water sports such as waterskiing and windsurfing take place on the lake.
Florida is an ideal location for the golf enthusiast, with over 1000 golf courses. The mild climate makes for beautiful courses which are open all year round.
Florida is a great location for many water sports. The coast off Florida Keys has the only living coral reef barrier in the United States. Snorkeling or scuba diving is a great way to watch loggerhead turtles, dolphins and spectacular coloured fish. There are also a number of ship wrecks beneath the waters which can be explored. Surfing is especially popular at Cocoa Beach on the east coast of Florida. There are various companies offering surfing lessons in this smart town. There are also many sailing schools where holiday makers can enjoy a day or a week or more learning to sail on the waters off Florida.
The Everglades National Park is another stunning part of Florida waiting to be explored with mangrove forests and freshwater marsh to enjoy, as well as birdlife including herons, pelicans and vultures. Canoes and kayaks can be hired to explore the waterways either independently or as part of a guided tour.
A holiday in Florida offers much more than visits to the big theme parks. There are great opportunities for action packed holidays admiring the stunning scenery, watching the wildlife and enjoying the challenge of sporting activity.