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#1 hello kitty

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 08:32 AM

We're thinking of going to florida for a few days. ANyonce been there, advice & recommendations needed. Thanks.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 09:22 AM

It's hard to see the entire state in a few days.

Is there a particular activity you would like to do while you're there? Amusement parks? Nightlife? Antiquities? Sports?

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 09:50 AM

Sra. Shemmy and I live in south FL. Which part of the state were you planning on visiting? We could probably give you some ideas of things to do and places to eat if it's anywhere south of W. Palm Beach.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 10:20 AM

Sra. Shemmy and I live in south FL. Which part of the state were you planning on visiting? We could probably give you some ideas of things to do and places to eat if it's anywhere south of W. Palm Beach.


Where is the best place in south Florida to enjoy snow skiing and mountain scenery?

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 11:16 AM

we loved our Miami Beach trip. Got lots of good advice here.

Sra. Shemmy and I live in south FL. Which part of the state were you planning on visiting? We could probably give you some ideas of things to do and places to eat if it's anywhere south of W. Palm Beach.


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Posted 11 January 2012 - 01:16 PM

I live in Florida. Disney land is a waste of money... Bush Gardens is probably the best theme park. Beaches are the main attraction which just about anywhere in the state you aren't far from a great beach. Also fishing, boating etc.

Most beautiful part of Florida is probably Naples on the SouthWest tip. It's mostly rich people (along with the private islands and such).

Bush Gardens in Tampa best theme park imo. After a day there, then hit the beaches and tourist traps.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 01:44 PM

I live in Florida. Disney land is a waste of money...

Disneyland is in California.

Florida has Disney World, which is great fun for little kids, not as much fun for adults. Epcot or Sea World would be more interesting for adults.

In south Florida, Zoo Miami or the Seaquarium.

Beaches are the main attraction which just about anywhere in the state you aren't far from a great beach. Also fishing, boating etc.

What about attractions that are semi-unique to Florida? An air boat ride in the Everglades? Jai Lai?

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 03:28 PM

I always get those two confused. Universal studios isn't bad.

I wouldn't even bring a kid to Disney World. Everytime I have been there it was over crowded. By this I mean any given ride or attraction had a 3 hour line. To eat lunch about a 2 hour line. The rides were amusing but on the lame side. Prices were always high, services low. Every ride in the place except space mountain had a target demographic of two and three year olds.

The problem is let's say if you go to a rock concert. They have maybe 10,000 tickets and if they "sell out" you can't buy any more. Disney does not do this. They keep selling tickets even if they can't fit any more people in the park. And despite the huge crowds the attraction really isn't great. It just has been advertised and marketed as the greatest place on earth and rides on that reputation.

What I like about Bush Gardens: it has something for everybody.

It's like a zoo with a lot of animals, a safari, the best is to take the air lift ride over top of the animals. At the same time it has some of the best roller coaster (with no wait in line to speak of because of being well designed), it has unique shows and plays also if you are in the mood for that, along with interesting resteraunts and dining.

It's like no matter what mood you are in you can find something at Bush Gardens.

Unique to florida-

Silver Springs:

http://silversprings.com/

The beaches are unique. They are a lot better than a New Jersey beach for example. Unless you compare it with Hawiee or California. Fishing is also unique, considered some of the best fishing in the world.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 03:39 PM

Unique to florida-

Silver Springs:

http://silversprings.com/


Glass bottom boats are okay, but at Weeki Wachee you have mermaids. http://www.weekiwachee.com/

Or a nice place in the middle of nowhere is Bok Tower Gardens.

Or history buffs might like to visit the oldest continuously occupied European-established city and port in the United States, in St. Augustine.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 05:39 PM

I agree that Disney is waaaay overrated, especially for kids who would just as much enjoy a local theme park. As an adult Epcot and MGM are pretty impressive but its a waste on a kid. I agree with 33998 (can I call u zipcode :) ) that it gets by on its reputation as magical and whimsical and the 'happiest place on earth'.

One thing I loved about Miami was its Kosher food selection. You don't always have that on vacation and the quantity and quality of different style restaurants were great.

Beaches are nice but nothing special. Its great to have good weather but its iffy because it rains a lot. We went to a crocodile swamp thing that was cool.

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 06:54 PM

One thing I loved about Miami was its Kosher food selection. You don't always have that on vacation and the quantity and quality of different style restaurants were great.

:agree: there's this place called prime glatt (or something like that) near west palm beach which has great food and reasonable prices.
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Posted 13 January 2012 - 02:41 PM

It almost never rains in the winter. It rains about every day in the summer and also extremely hot. Two different seasons- rainy season and dry season.

During January the water is probably going to be too chilly to swim in, but the weather is great for just chilling along the coast line. It's actually better than the summer because its too hot and sunny in the summer.

Disney does have a redeeming virtue in that I think you can buy a pass where you can go to Disney, Universal, and Epcot. Universal I think is a good place for the whole family and more interesting than Disney as is Epcot.

There are countless good restaurants because of the fact that the local businesses are based largely on tourism. At the same time there are a lot of Jews in South Florida, but not really any Jewish food, people wearing yamakas etc. except maybe in Miami.

What beaches did you go to? There are beaches with jet ski rentals right on the beach, parasailing, live music, open bars etc. If you have money to burn on these things it should be a lot of fun. You have some very quiet beautiful beaches great for relaxing and then there are other beaches that are like a giant party. During spring break the party beaches are so packed you can't even get in.

33948- how did you guys figure this out to be a zip code? It's supposed to be a random assortment of numbers. By using zip codes its easier to remember.

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 06:28 AM

It's hard to see the entire state in a few days.

Is there a particular activity you would like to do while you're there? Amusement parks? Nightlife? Antiquities? Sports?

Amusement parks & nightlife




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