Sun, sand and the sea… Yep, Florida ticks all my boxes for a summer holiday.
I’ve done LA, San Fran and Vegas, so the South East Coast of the US was next on my list. While I love the stream of yellow cabs and hot dog stands in New York, it’s not exactly the most relaxing city. Florida, on the other hand, not only has the longest coastline in America, it’s also the home to some of the world’s most interesting animals. Plus, it’s got more than enough theme parks and activities for the kids (and us) to have a fun-filled break. So, with a flight to Florida on my credit card, I’ve been researching like no tomorrow on the top things to do in the Sunshine State.
Being a bit of animal-lover, the deal was sealed as soon as I came across Florida Tix and its deals to SeaWorld and the new Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin attraction. The new Antarctica-themed boat ride is the first of its kind and is the largest, coldest and most expensive attraction to date, with -1 degree temperatures and over 250 penguins. A news article that initially had me hooked forecasted a surge of up to 10% in visitors thanks to this $40 million venture – you know with figures like that, it’s got to be good!
Basically, you follow a penguin called Puck through his frozen land, literally walking in his footsteps and experiencing diving and danger through his eyes. There’s also an open-air habitat to check out these little tuxedoed guys in action, plus kids can make the most of the educational activities. Since Happy Feet plays on constant repeat at our house, I’ll be heading there straight away – it sounds like the perfect excursion for our penguin-friendly family!
Aside from the penguins, I’ve also found plenty of other sights to see – the Kennedy Space Center and its real-life Angry Birds exhibition is another big one, along with a live performance from the Blue Man Group. There’s no doubt the kids will go crazy for the overload of theme parks – Walt Disney World is a given, although Legoland and Universal Studios sound pretty good too. There really is so much to see… and the countdown is on!
Disclosure: This is a partnered post about the new Antartica: Empire of the Penguin attraction at SeaWorld in Florida, I hope one day I get to see it myself