Sun-filled days spent on sandy beaches beside stunning blue waters sounds like a relaxing way to spend a vacation. You'll find plenty of this in the Sunshine State, but there's so much more to explore than beaches. From world-famous theme parks to hidden gems off the beaten track, Florida is a fabulous vacation destination that offers a treasure trove of fun and fascinating things to do, whether you're looking for some thrills or a few chills.

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01Visit the Mouse

Mickey Mouse in front of Cinderella's castle at Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Joe Raedle / Getty Images

A Florida vacation, especially with family in tow, isn't complete without a visit to the mouse's house. Walt Disney World has been captivating children and adults for decades. As the heart of Disney World, The Magic Kingdom is the most popular theme park in the world, and EPCOT, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios are bursting with even fun. Over time, Disney World has expanded to include hundreds of rides, attractions, and live shows that truly offer something for the entire family.