The Wynwood Arts District showcases stunning street art on once-empty warehouses that were used in the textile industry. In 2009 property speculator Tony Goldman, the man who revitalized New York's SoHo and turned Miami's South Beach into an art-deco paradise, bought a block in the center of the area and turned it over to artists.
Located along the north bank of the St. Johns River, Jacksonville Landing offers waterfront dining, exclusive nightclubs, outdoor concerts and shopping. The Landing hosts more than 350 events each year, including festivities for the Florida-Georgia college football matchup, an annual Christmas tree lighting, a St. Patrick's Day celebration and a New Year's Eve party.
The world-famous parade known as Mardi Gras is part of a week-long festival of street celebrations, floats and beads-galore. The city-wide event takes place every year before the season of Lent. Mardi Grad, or Fat Tuesday, is the day before Ash Wednesday -- the final day of Carnival. Visitors come from all over to be a part of the festivities, and for many locals, it is the most anticipated event of the year.
Right in the heart of downtown Orlando, this park is the heart of the city itself. In addition to its beautiful view of Orlando’s skyline, Lake Eola has an amphitheater where plays and concerts may be enjoyed throughout the year. Walkers and runners can burn a few calories along a 0.9-mile trail that circles the lake. Pedal-propelled swan rental boats may seduce, but exercise caution in summer months.
Downtown Tampa is home to an impressive collection of parks and pedestrian-friendly outdoor play areas, including the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. This eight-acre space offers a dog run, two interactive fountains and a Great Lawn popular for yoga, picnics and just soaking up the sun.
When it opened in 1954, the Fontainebleau was the largest and most luxurious hotel in South Florida. Morris Lapidus, the hotel's architect, included signature features like a 17,000-square-foot lobby with a now legendary staircase to nowhere, six acres of formal gardens designed to replicate Versailles, and antique furnishings to authentically convey the hotel's French period theme. In 2008, the resort completed a $1 billion renovation and expansion. The resort's 1,504 guest rooms include 846 rooms and suites in the original buildings. The 37-story Tresor and 18-story Sorrento, two new luxury all-suite towers located at the south end of the property, have 658 junior, one- and two-bedroom suites.