Escape to Florida to relax, rejuvenate and rediscover your true self. Millions come here every year for this very reason. Nestled near Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood is known as the \"Diamond of the Gold Coast\" while Tampa, perched along the glorious West Coast of Florida, is aptly nicknamed \"Sunshine City.\" And you could call these places home.
Florida offers a bevy of art museums and natural wonders. Celebrate the Seminole culture and history at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum right at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood. Get to know the Everglades and the Big Cypress Swamp at the Billie Swamp Safari where you get up close and personal with the wetlands and the wildlife. Explore the ecosystem at the Anne Kolb Nature Center. In Tampa, the Henry B. Plant Museum gives you a glimpse into the charming turn-of-the-century Victorian life. For a Broadway show, a soul-stirring opera or a hot concert, the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center delivers world-class events all year long. And with hundreds of interactive exhibits, a Planetarium and an IMAX Theatre, there's always something to amaze you at the Museum of Science and Industry.
Whether you're near Tampa or Hollywood, shopping is a sure bet. Las Olas Boulevard is the center of it all in South Florida. Boutiques, galleries and cafes converge to create an upscale shopping paradise. The Galleria in Fort Lauderdale showcases the best department stores, including Macy's, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. Everyone needs an outlet, so how about 270 of them? Check out Sawgrass Mills for great deals. Looking for something old? Dania Antique Row boasts the best of antique shopping. Of course, Seminole Paradise is right at Hard Rock Hollywood, and it offers plenty of ways to shop, dine and play. Go West and discover all that Tampa's Hyde Park Village and Channelside Bay Plaza have to offer. Both are prime destinations for great restaurants and shops. Ybor City, Tampa's vibrant Latin Quarter, is full of incredible restaurants, electric nightlife and a rich tradition that celebrates the culture, architecture and history of a diverse population.
We're the proud owners of miles and miles of white-sand beaches along the crystal clear blue ocean. In fact, Hollywood was recently named \"Florida's Best Beach.\" So lotion up, then lounge around. It doesn't matter if you're chilling in the South of the Sunshine State or kicking back on the West Coast of Florida, life is good here.
Find the links you love with dozens of stellar golf courses – all within minutes of each other. And with mild temperatures all year round, every season is golf season. In Florida, you're on course for enjoyment.
Stroll acres of parks, throw a picnic or go for a family bike ride. Embark on a safari. Rent a kayak and brave the waters. Or put it on cruise control: there's a boatload of cruises that offer sightseeing tours. From glass-bottom boats to snorkeling outings, the fun never stops. You can fly sky high at the Flying Trapeze and Circus Arts Classes available in Hollywood. Or go underwater at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa, where you can \"dive with the sharks\" and \"swim with the fishes.\" We know what matters: the family that plays together, stays together.
Spark your child's and your imagination at the South Florida's Young at Art Children's Museum, where little ones are invited to touch and create. Check out the camps and classes at the Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre. And perhaps nothing's more fascinating than Wannado City in Sunrise – where kids can actually practice countless grown-up careers. And with exhilarating rides, premier zoos, live shows and more at Busch Gardens Tampa, the question is who will be more excited to visit, your kids or you!
Craving high-energy pro sports action? Hollywood is close to where the Dolphins, Heat, Marlins and Panthers play. And Tampa is the proud home of the Buccaneers, Rays and Lightning. Talk about scoring big, and just in time for baseball Spring Training!