If you are planning a vacation this year to Florida then you simply cannot miss out on the vast array of theme parks that are situated in the Sunshine State. Regardless of whether you are traveling with family to the heart of Orlando or going away with your friends for a Miami beach trip, there are theme parks throughout the state which are accessible from everywhere and offer a great day out.

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There are so many theme parks to choose from in Florida but in our view, some of them are essential to ensure that you vacation goes off in the right way, here are the theme parks you cannot miss.

Disney World

The true magic of Disney is brought to life in this complex which features no less than 4 different theme parks. From the wildlife of the Animal Kingdom, the age of discovery theme park Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios which showcases rides based on your favorite Disney movie and the Magic Kingdom, the place where Disney really comes to life with characters roaming around and a multitude of rides for all ages based on characters and films.

Sea World

For the ultimate in marine life adventure you need to visit Seaworld¬†where you will find a theme park and aquarium rolled into one. Here you will be able to see dolphins and whales performing in regular shows, you can learn all about life under the sea, pet turtles and indulge in marine-style rides. This is a great day out and one which shouldn’t be missed.

Universal Studios/Islands of Adventure

For many years, Universal Studios in Florida was the go-to place for any movie fan who wanted to visit a theme park based around their passion. In 1999, Universal Studios opened a theme park called Islands of Adventure which turned this complex into a must visit theme park for all. At Universal Studios you will be able to ‘ride the movies’ as you indulge in attractions and rides which mimic films, throughout the years the park has featured rides such as E.T. Ghostbusters and King Kong to name just a few.

Islands of Adventure is all about discovery and exploration and each of the different ‘islands’ offers something new. The main attraction here is undoubtedly The Wizarding World of Harry Potter which allows visitors to take a glimpse into the world of the young wizard.

Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens is an incredible African safari theme park which is based in Tampa. Operated by the same company which operates Seaworld, Busch Gardens takes you on a safari-like tripe throughout the heart of the African desert with themed-rides that all give you the experience of the African bush. Not only will you be able to have a great time on the rides here but you can also get the opportunity to see live animals such as cheetahs and elephants amongst many others where you can get up close and personal with these incredible beasts.