Winter fun in the Florida Sun
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Don’t let the mild temperatures fool you – from holiday festivities to snow-simulators, Florida is alive with seasonal fun for everyone.
Whether visiting for the day or camping out for a more extended stay, it’s hard to find a nicer beach on Florida’s east coast than the one at St. Augustine’s Anastasia State Park. Historic areas make for interesting exploration and nature enthusiasts will enjoy the tidal salt marsh. Find more information at www.floridastateparks.org/anastasia/default.cfm.
If you’re up for a fishing trip, Melbourne Beach’s Sebastian Inlet is known by anglers across the country as a prime spot for redfish, bluefish, Spanish mackerel and more. Canoeing and kayaking in the Indian River Lagoon are also popular pastimes at the park, and just on the other side of the inlet, you can spend your winter scuba diving and snorkeling. Visit www.floridastateparks.org/sebastianinlet/default.cfm for details.
For a winter celebration complete with games, rides and carnival food, head over to Santa’s Enchanted Forest, just outside Miami, where Santa himself enjoys the warmth on breaks from his North Pole workshop. The twinkling holiday lights are a colorful reminder of the winter season and its magic, even in the midst of mild Florida temperatures. The festivities will last until January 8, 2012, so be sure not to miss attractions like the petting zoo, bungee jump, rollercoaster and magic show. Plan your visit at www.santasenchantedforest.com/attractions.html.
For the Jack Frosts out there who really want a snowy experience, Florida offers Virtual Snow in Palm Beach Gardens. Providing lessons in skiing and snowboarding on a state-of-the-art simulator, the company not only gives you as close to a real winter sporting experience as you can get in the state, it also prepares you for when you hit the real powder. It’s an experience that will really get you into the spirit of the season. Find photos, rates and more at www.virtualsnowpalmbeach.com.
If you only look at the weather report, it might seem that winter skips over Florida each year. The happenings throughout the state, however, tell a different story. Get out and enjoy some of the seasonal fun that Florida has to offer to make your holidays special.