A while back we tipped you off to the Florida Beach Finder tool, an interactive guide to the Sunshine's State's seemingly endless repository of beaches.
Now Visit Florida, the state's official tourism planning source, is back at it again, this time with the Florida Attractions Finder, a similarly interactive tool that finds the best activities for you, based on your preferences. Both technologies are built on the TripTuner platform, with its set of dials that can be adjusted by the user.
Finding the Best Florida Attractions
Here's how it works. Visit the tool's page and take a look at the sliders representing your ideal experience. Looking for something thrill or chill? High tech or natural? A place you'd need a few days to explore, or just a few hours?
I'm a beach lover, so I chose chill, hidden gem and natural. And voila! A page popped up with a list of gorgeous-looking options, and quite a few things I'd never heard of. The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden caught my eye — this 83-acre garden features exotic tropical plants, serene ponds and winding pathways. It's located in Coral Gables, not far from Miami, so vacationers could easily tack it on to their South Florida trip itineraries.
I also got a good match with John D. MacArthur Beach State Park in West Palm Beach (located about an hour north of Fort Lauderdale), a great place for picnicking, swimming and snorkeling.
With photos, maps and introductory videos, the tool makes it easy to explore the attractions you uncovered. Once you feel enticed, click on the pink "more" button to go directly to that attraction's website and get all the additional details you need.
You could easily spend hours adjusting your preferences, browsing the attractions and making additions to your vacation wish list.
"Florida has an enormous amount of diverse experiences to consider," said Bill Lupfer, President and CEO of the Florida Attractions Association. "We wanted to see the Florida Attractions Finder become a reality because it has the power to make planning and finding vacation experiences easier and fun."