Fun in Florida: Tips for Enjoying Your Memorial Day in The Sunshine State

Memorial Day weekend is coming up fast, and that means it’s time for some fun in the sun! Whether you’re new to the area, a longtime resident planning a staycation, or simply visiting the Sunshine State to soak up some rays, Florida is a hot destination (literally!) for people to enjoy their holiday weekend. It’s no surprise of course, thanks to our beaches, theme parks, delicious food, gorgeous lakeside sunsets, and, of course, the variety of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. We have a few tips to make sure your Memorial Day weekend is a success, no matter where you’re from or how long you’ll be here:

  • Bring your sunscreen! This is a no-brainer for time outside in Florida. Even if you’re just relaxing in your own backyard by the pool, sunscreen is a must-have for time outdoors. Nothing is more miserable than trying to enjoy your Memorial Day vacation with a sunburn! Be sure to get a product that is waterproof, and remember to reapply every couple of hours for the most effective protection.
  • Go off the beaten path. There are so many places in Florida that are often overlooked thanks to our close vicinity to Disney World, Daytona Beach, Clearwater Beach, and other popular hotspots. If you’re wanting to see true, native Florida and plenty of wildlife, nearby Circle B Bar Reserve is the perfect place for an afternoon hike. Don’t forget your camera…you’re SURE to see a variety of birds, lizards, snakes, armadillos, and more than a few gators. If that’s not your thing, cool off in the natural springs at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. Not only is the spring beautiful and cool to swim in, but there are water slides, “real” mermaids, a fun kiddie pool area, and more. Don’t forget local cities like Winter Haven have plenty of well-known restaurants and shops that are great for an afternoon relaxing after spending time on the lake, and you won’t have to battle the crowds that congregate in Orlando or Tampa.
  • Get the best experience by choosing local. Anyone can go to a chain steakhouse or a fast-food joint, but if you truly want to experience Florida, you need to look closely for the beauty right here in our own backyard. Instead of a hotel, choose a rental home, apartment, or condo for your time in Florida. This will let you relax with a lake view, or experience some of the smaller towns outside of the main attractions. Local restaurants often serve seafood and produce from providers right here in our immediate area, giving you the true flavor of the state. Our local shops often sell handmade items, or items sourced from nearby crafters or artists, which lets you take a piece of Florida home with you at the end of your holiday.

We hope you enjoy your Memorial Day weekend and that you spend the time reflecting on the reason for the holiday, and enjoying time with the ones you care about most. If your time in Florida brings you near the Winter Haven area, welcome! We hope you enjoy your time here. If you’re new to the area and plan to stay, we’d love to be a resource for you as you adjust to life in Polk County. We’re here to answer your questions, even if it’s not about insurance! From helping you find the best restaurants for fresh gulf seafood, to setting up the perfect protection plan for your home, vehicles, and health, we’ve got you covered. Welcome to Florida!

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