Tourist Attractions in Florida

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    Links to parks.

    by EdinburghRoc Updated Nov 14, 2008

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    Theme parks


    Unique Suggestions: Ask your travel agent about coach tours to each park. You can also get tickets to five parks and go as often as you like over 21 days.

    Fun Alternatives: Have a picnic in a National park.

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    Tourist Beware

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Mar 17, 2008

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    There are plenty of shops and activities that are just aimed at tourists. Some of these can be good places to purchase souvenirs, postcards, or have a good time, however some are just a waste of time and money. Most are pretty easy to spot, however. Use common sense. If it looks like a trap, and the locals or respected publications have not recommended it, it is probably a trap. If the license plates in the parking lot are all out of state cars, look carefully before spending your money

    Unless you want to get really wet, don’t sit too close to the front at the Orcas (killer whales) show in SeaWorld. The whales make a number ofhuge splashes! If it is crowded and you chose a seat near the front, then change your mind after the first splash, you may find yourself trapped in your seating location. Some people love to be splashed by the whales, and even come prepared with raincoats or ponchos. So, if you don’t have raingear and choose to sit in font, be prepared to walk around wet after you leave the show.

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  • Busch gardens - kids think they want it

    by vickiv2 Written Oct 25, 2007

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    On our trip to Florida, I thought we'd better take our older school-aged child to a theme park - and I must say right now that theme parks aren't really our thing. Just so you know parents - she enjoyed the natural settings like the everglades and shelling on Sanibel way more. Even though we were there on off season the lineups were tiresome and the people attending were the rudest we saw in all of Florida. Sure, the rides are ok, the scenery was nice, and the show we saw was good. Note - my 12 year old was terrified by one of the rollercoasters - the really big one that doesn't do a drop. We were really hot, some water fountains would have been nice - we spent out 30.00 on water in one day.

    Unique Suggestions: The most fun we had was feeding the little birds nectar - our kids could have spent the whole day there. Next best was the tidal wave ride. Bring your own water bottle and try for refills - drinks are atrociously expensive. Bring your own snacks if you can or have a big breakfast . I thought that ALL of the food was terrible! Even the supposecly swanky place, which had terrible service and awful food. Shopping for clothes was ok though - got a great sun hat there and some fun clothes for the kids.
    If you must eat there - your best bet is ice-cream and chocolate bars from the little stores - seriously it's the best food you'll get there.
    The best part is the bird area, which I understand is the oldest part of the park. We didn't go on a "safari" becuase they were too expensive for us, so i can't say about that.
    Go to the broadway type shows - sets, singing, dancing - all top notch tho geared to kids.
    If you have low energy or health issues - don't hesitate to rent a electric wheelchair - they are well worth the money -- there is alot of walking involved and lots of uphills.

    Fun Alternatives: Take a tour to an outlying island. go to a natural park. Drive through alligator alley. Go to the fruit and spice park (yes, my older school aged child was fascinated with this tour - although I must admit she's something of a chess club type kid - she loved the free sample of the fruit that tastes just like cotton candy (so did I) and we spotted rabbits in the park too - the guide was wonderful and very knowledgeable, and we found many reasonably priced products we wanted to take home). Oh, just a warning though the fruit and spice park is in the area south of Miami, which we personally found rather scary - but we got through it fine.
    your kids may think that they want a theme park - but maybe they don't realize what the lineups and rude people will really be like - kids her age were shoving my daughter, swearing at us, grownups would yell rude comments at us if we got in there way, or if we were too slow, people would butt in front of you in line.

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    Downtown Key West

    by Astrobuck Updated Aug 14, 2007

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    Definate tourist trap. EVERYWHERE there are T-shirt shops, souveneir stalls, art galleries, and bars. It's really nice to go if you want to get things for people to do a little bit of early Christmas shopping.

    Keep one thing in mind...parking is an absolute bear, so if you are unable to find a place to park, there are optional scooter rental places throughout the town.

    Unique Suggestions: Look at everything. Seriously. What costs one thing, will cost totally different somewhere else, even if it is as close as next door. Shop around. I found a place to get 4 T-shirts for as little as $10 US.

    Fun Alternatives: Go to a few of the museums and art galleries around. It gets hot here, so try to do whatever you can to stay cool.

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    by Jim&Ivy_Garland Updated Aug 20, 2006

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    What a joke! We waited in line for 2 hours on one particular water ride. The conveyor belt to bring the tubes to the top kept malfunctioning! They should have shut the ride down, and not allow people to stand in line for so long! They could have at least offered free sodas/water for people waiting in line.
    The Operations Manager admitted that this problem has been on-going, and they don't know how to fix it. No apology, no concession, just an adminition that management doesn't know what it is doing!

    Unique Suggestions: Bring bottled water. Eat before going. Rent a locker for the day.
    The "Lazy River" was pretty fun, but be prepared to rent a tube.

    Fun Alternatives: Go swimming at your hotel's pool!

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  • Disney is awesome but full of traps

    by Misty1975 Written Sep 5, 2005

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    One big one is the hotels/resorts. ALL of the hotels have transportation back and forth to the park. Get online and get a hotel from or whatever. My resort was $85 a night online. To walk in and get a room is almost unheard of, but it would have cost me $175 a night for 4 people. Don't buy the souvenirs INSIDE Disney, they sell the same EXACT crap in about 1000 different stores. Don't buy tickets at the gate, they sell em everywhere, its a lot cheaper.

    Fun Alternatives: The alternative is buying merchandise in the "outer" stores. One shirt inside Disney was $30 the SAME exact shirt outside Disney was $15.

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    Avoid the queue before you even get in

    by davesut Written Apr 22, 2005

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    At the entrance to each park there will be a few of the disney characters hanging about. Magic Kingdom was definately the worst for this with lots of people queuing before they have even got into the park proper.

    Unique Suggestions: Don't get your photos here, go inside the park as there will be other opportunities later.

    Fun Alternatives: Can you avoid the photo opprotunities altogether? Good luck.

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    this is a funny question. it's...

    by dsrtrayne Updated Mar 15, 2005

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    this is a funny question. it's FLORIDA!!! of course there's tourists traps. that's why you go there. go anyway. check out Gatorland. it really is pretty cool to see hundreds of alligators at feeding time. steve irwin would be proud.

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    Florida Shmorida

    by ammie31 Written Jul 16, 2004

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    Time Shares

    Unique Suggestions: If you want discounts to local attractions or hotel stays you can participate in the time share/condo scams. It will take a good hour out of your day but if you schedule it early you can be on your way and make out with some good 2 for 1 tickets.

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    Airboats and alligators

    by Kettleman Written Apr 14, 2004

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    Not exactly a trap, but one that you should take with a degree of scepticism....

    Airboat rides are good, but the Indan Villages and alligator parks along the Tamiami Trail are a bit tourist oriented! Hokum Indian (native American) "daredevils" fighting alligators...

    Unique Suggestions: Enjoy the show but remember over the fence these guys live in big RV's and aren't the wild indians of the 19th Centrury, and this is there living....

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    Speed Traps

    by ak47uk Written Feb 9, 2004

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    Watch out if you are in a hire car or with some-one else driving, keep to the speed limit as it is very tempting to go a little faster on the long straight roads, we saw a lot of cars getting pulled over and given a ticket.

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    by ak47uk Written Feb 9, 2004

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    Prositutes come out after dark and will try to solicit with you if you are a male on your own. They seem like a lady just wanting to have a chat or make out that they like you and would you buy them a drink some where, but don't be fooled into thinking that you are god's gift to women as they are just after your hard earned cash.

    Unique Suggestions: If you do come across these women of the night or even men for that matter just be polite and go on your way. I had an example where I was coming back from getting some food to take back to my hotel when a very beautiful young lady walked up to me and said can I come with you and grabbed me by my arm, I said I was really sorry but I am with my girlfriend and she replied ok honey another time maybe.

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    by ak47uk Written Feb 9, 2004

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    You will I expect be approched by someone telling you how they need some money for something or other and tell you a very hard luck story. We were approched a few times and by one young lady who was crying and said she needed money to get the bus home as she was lost and frightened and was very convincing, others will tell you that they have not eaten for days and need money for food, but the fact of the matter is that they want the money for drink or drugs.

    Unique Suggestions: The best thing to do if you see some-one coming towards you is not to stop or make eye contact and just keep on walking or if you are sat at a bar or cafe just totaly ignore them as they won't hang around for long as the bar or cafe staff will hopefully move them on.

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    MONEY !!!!!!!!!

    by RobMorgan Updated Mar 28, 2003

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    This isn`t really a "tourist trap", but I didn`t realise how expensive visiting all the theme parks are, plus the food & souvenirs !!!!
    We paid about $52 each for a day`s ticket just to one park.
    But at least all the rides & attractions are free.

    Unique Suggestions: Found out it`s much cheaper to pre-purchase a multi-day pass when you book your holiday here in the UK.
    At least I know for next time !!!

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    Calling home from the US.....

    by mafootje Updated Feb 23, 2003

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    Calling home from the US.. There are a few ways to call from the US to your friend and family at home..You can put money in pay-phones, call from your hotel, use your mobile or use a calling card.. You can buy prepaid calling cards at shops, gas stations and newsstands.

    Unique Suggestions: We us a calling (credit) card it can be used from payphones, private phones and hotel phones (beware most hotels charge you for using their phone even when it's a free number). With this card you call a free number and then your card number after this you can call home at a much nicer rate you would get elsewhere.

    Fun Alternatives:

    The card itself is free no annual fees you'll only pay when you use it..

    If anyone has better suggestions please let us know

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