Most people travel to Florida for the state’s beaches and sunshine-filled days and who can blame them? But let’s not forget about the cities found throughout the Sunshine State, each of which has its own merit that warrants a visit.
Let’s start in the state capital, Tallahassee. Though it is smaller than its city counterparts throughout the state, not only is Tallahassee the capital city, but it’s home to Florida State University, too. Aside from its government and university buildings, plenty of outdoor activities are within close proximity to the city, including hiking, paddling, mountain biking and even horseback riding.
Travel east on I-10 from Tallahassee and you will run right into Jacksonville, Florida’s largest city at more than two times that of second in line, Miami. Within the city you will find historic neighborhoods, a vibrant street art scene and plenty of dining and nightlife options to keep you going well into the night. Outside of its urban core, Jacksonville features 22 miles of beaches and an extensive park system for everyone to enjoy.
About 350 miles south of Jacksonville is Miami, known for its iconic South Beach and Little Havana neighborhoods, among other things. Miami is a city where everyone is welcome, from those who want to be seen in the scene, to families who play on the sand, to art enthusiasts who tour the city’s myriad museums, to sports fans who are in town to see their favorite teams play. During a visit to Miami, it is easy to go beyond the expected.
On Florida’s west coast sits Tampa, the third-largest city in the Sunshine State. The city’s downtown district is evolving, complementing its already established areas such as historic Ybor City. The two-plus-mile Riverwalk runs along the Hillsborough River, which winds through downtown, and is terrific for walking, bicycling or running — with sightseeing along the way.
Across Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg is another of Florida’s cities that takes advantage of the natural body of water and sits right on the bay. Once downtown, walk to the various shops, galleries, restaurants and bars. After all, downtown St. Pete is easy to get around, so why not take advantage of the warm weather?
Known for its theme parks, Orlando is much more than thrill rides and cooling splashes. Take some time to explore the neighborhoods, such as Winter Park, College Park and Thornton Park. If you are hungry, go over to Mills 50, just outside of downtown, for the best Vietnamese cuisine in the city.
With cooler weather and fall colors on its way, it’s time to plan your fall family travels. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort PA Wilds in Mansfield is the perfect destination, and with both scary and not-so-scary events, kids and parents alike can celebrate the festive season with trick-or-treating, fall crafts, fun with the Yogi Bear characters and more.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Oktoberfest is not all about beer. Although beer does play a major role, many of these German-themed fall festivals include activities fun for the whole family. You don’t need to travel to Munich to enjoy the oom-pah bands, lively dances, colorful Bavarian dress and traditional German foods; you can find them in almost all regions of the United States this October. Here are some good choices for families:
Rome is a city full of musts for visitors. You must visit the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps. And the list goes on, all the way down to trying gelato. No trip to Rome would be complete without the obligatory sweet treat, and for good reason. Gelato is delicious, refreshing and it comes in every flavor you can imagine. But while you can find it just about everywhere you turn in the Eternal City, it’s important to know not all gelatos are created equal. The city is brimming with fakes, and once you know how to tell the difference, not only will you see the fake stuff everywhere, but you will also refuse to settle for less than authentic.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Looking for a unique, fun and educational activity for the kids during your next family travels? Well, Kidzania has you covered. Located in Dallas, Texas, this city is not only built for kids but also run by kids. It’s unlike any other entertainment parks; in Kidzania, kids learn useful knowledge, skills and experiences, all while having the chance to be independent.