Keeping Your Cool in the Sunshine State

If you are planning a Florida getaway this summer, don’t forget to pack your swimsuit, as there’s plenty of fun to be had in, on and under the water…

Universal’s Volcano Bay – Florida’s NEW water park

Cool off at the just opened Volcano Bay, providing an entirely new water theme park experience filled with incredible thrills and perfected relaxation. Featuring a variety of experiences ranging from daring to serene, Volcano Bay will offer something for everyone. The new TapuTapu wearable designed specifically for use in Universal’s water theme park, TapuTapu will allow guests to virtually wait in line for Volcano Bay’s dozens of unique attractions and discover various TapTu Play experiences throughout the park with just a simple tap.

Learn to SUP in New Smyrna Beach

Anyone from children aged 7 up to grandparents can try their hand at paddle boarding in New Smyrna Beach. From Paddleboard NSB’s waterfront location on the North causeway, you’ll cruise the intercostal waterways to spot dolphin, manatee and a wide variety of birds.

Take a Sunset Cruise Pensacola

Take a sunset dolphin cruise from Santa Rosa Island and into Pensacola Bay. The knowledgeable crew do their best to make sure you see as many dolphins as possible. Get your cameras ready to capture these beautiful creatures swimming alongside the boat and flipping in its wake.

Float along a REAL Lazy River in Ocala County

Since 1953, KP Hole Park on Rainbow River has been a year- round destination for family fun. From April to September, you can hire a tube and leisurely float down the stunning Florida waterway, not forgetting to look out for the variety of wildlife including alligators, turtles and otters nestled along the temperate 72 degrees river.

Meet Winter the Dolphin in St. Pete/Clearwater

Meet Winter the Dolphin, the star of Warner Bros hit Dolphin Tale and sequel Dolphin Tale 2, at Clearwater Marine Aquarium. You can go behind the scenes with Winter’s Dolphin Tale Adventure and see recreated scenes, film sets, images and a variety of authentic props used in the films. The aquarium is also home to rays, sea turtles, otters and dolphins.

Swim with Manatees in Crystal River

Take a dip in the natural springs in Crystal River and you’re more than likely to encounter the majestic manatee. Guided tours are available from The Plantation Inn on Crystal River.

For more information go to www.visitflorida.org

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