Subject: Re: Planning first trip to Florida
Hi Diana,

Florida is a great place to visit with plenty to do. If you have any interest in car racing, February is a big month for that in Daytona Beach. If you're not interested in that, then plan accordingly to avoid the traffic.

St. Augustine is one of my favorite cities to just wander around. The Flager Museum is one of my favorites.

If you want to see a smaller, less commercialized theme park, you could try Silver Springs in Ocala. The last time I went was in 1993 and it was very enjoyable. More centered around animals than fancy rides.

I used to be a very big Disney fan and if you're looking for theme parks they are still by far the best. They are clean, well organized & run, inventive, and the cast members very friendly. Over the past few years though, I've found it difficult to part with now $63 for a one day pass. Perhaps that's because I've seen the parks more times than I can count. Anyway...if you've never been, you will probably enjoy them very much. Busch Gardens & Sea World are superb parks as well. Universal Studios & Islands of Advenuture are fun because of the more "adult" rides they offer but in my opinion not quite on the same level as Disney parks. So, in choosing which park to visit (I assume only one or two visits if you're on a budget), figure whether you want to experience the Disney Magic (any of the four Disney parks), see animals & shows (Sea World or Busch Gardens) or focus on thrill rides (Universal Studios).

Another option if you have the interest is the Space Center in Cape Canaveral. They have guided tours, a great museum and an IMAX movie.

Of course there are the beaches all down the coast. Daytona Beach also has a water park.

Hope this gives you some ideas. Jennie from Atlanta but currently freezing in NYC