Four fun, frugal Florida vacations for those who want more than Disney.
Whether you're heading to Orlando, Miami, Tampa, or further afield, Canadians can find cheap flights to Florida, plenty of value priced (and delicious!) food, great road trip opportunities, and bargain basement priced attractions. There's just one catch - none of it is in a theme park. My friends have always given glowing reports about Disney, except for one thing: the price. Even basic theme park passes can make your budget soar. So with all due respect to Cinderella and Snow White, this girl's recommending four Florida vacations that are completely cartoon free.
Where the wild things are: Everglades National Park
Miami minus the madness: Biscayne National Park
All Park Avenue, no theme parks, in Orlando
To make a day of it and feel even fancier, head to the Wine Room, where there are over 150 wines connected to a self-operated tasting machine, plus delicious artisan cheeses. You won't find that at the Magic Kingdom!
Tampa's food scene is hotter than its weather
Datz Gastropub: The perfect mix of trendy and comfort food. Fried chicken with honey pecan butter and Belgian waffles is $18
The Bricks of Ybor: Great for lunch with tons of inventive sandwiches. A veggie Cuban is $8, brisket with cheddar is $11 (both include a choice of side like potato salad or slaw)
Boca Hyde Place: With locally sourced dairy and produce and house grown greens, they might just have the best cheeseburger and meatloaf in town (starting at $14) but there's tons of fresh veggie options as well.
A Florida for travelers, as well as tourists.
What's your favourite off-the-beaten-path activity in Florida? What would you recommend as an alternative to Disney?
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