TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Jan. 26): National Plan For Vacation Day has never been more important with overworked Americans eager to escape and leave the stress of the past year behind. The power of a Florida vacation is unparalleled – it offers a transformative experience filled with unforgettable memories with the people who matter most.

VISIT FLORIDA offers a variety of digital tools to guide consumers on their travel planning journey at www.VISITFLORIDA.com. In addition to visitor information ranging from transportation guides to current travel safety update, VISIT FLORIDA provides access to countless vacation guides, travel offerings and insider tips.

Read on for future vacation planning ideas and exclusive deals from destination across the Sunshine State and get ready for sunnier days ahead:

North Florida

Perfect for travelers seeking wide open spaces, Wakulla Springs, located just south of Tallahassee, is home of the world’s largest and deepest freshwater springs. Its sapphire waters boast manatees, alligators and a host of diverse wildlife that can be viewed from a riverboat or the diving platform. Book a stay at the Lodge at Wakulla Springs for easy access to these wild adventures and more.

Also in North Florida, the city of Pensacola is offering incredible deals and packages this year. Book five nights at Portofino Island and get two nights free throughout 2021. Margaritaville Beach Hotel is also offering a 10% discount on reservations made through March 31 when using the booking code ESCAP20. While in Pensacola, make sure to catch a dolphin tour, one of the city’s many highlights. Present a Winter Escape Savings card and receive 10% off a dolphin tour with HO2 Pensacola or 20% off private sailings on the Jolly Savings and Dolphin Cruise.

Get away from the urban bustle with the Fishing & Hotel Package For Two package at Steinhatchee River Inn & Marina. Now through the end of February 2021, enjoy a two-night stay for two complete with a 4–5-hour fishing adventure in the Gulf of Mexico where patrons can fish for Monster Trout and Redfish. Rates start at $550 plus tax.

Central Florida

At Universal Orlando, celebrate Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval taking place February 6 through March 28. Sample more than 70 dishes and drinks from around the world, marvel at decorated floats scattered throughout the park and enjoy a Big Easy bash filled with dancers and performers. Guests who purchase a 2-Park Annual or Seasonal pass before March 31 will receive three extra free months to enjoy all that Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure have to offer (block out dates apply).

For outdoor enthusiasts, Weeki Fresh Water Adventures is the only kayak and paddleboard rental facility located on Weeki Wachee River at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. Take the entire family on a journey down the pristine waterway of the Weeki Wachee River, home to the country’s deepest freshwater cave system and abundant protected wildlife. Advance reservations are required and can be booked online or by phone at (352) 597-8484.

Rich in natural beauty and cultural history, Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunnellon also offers 1,472-acres of lush landscapes prime for swimming, kayaking, tubing and camping. Visit in early spring to marvel at the area’s magnificent azalea blooms, or take part in ranger-guided walks, snorkeling expeditions and canoe trips available throughout the year.

South Florida

Located at Florida’s southernmost tip within Everglades National Park, Flamingo Adventures offers a wide range of houseboat, eco-tent and camping options paired with an abundance of recreational activities and phenomenal views of the largest subtropical wilderness in the nation. Enjoy exotic wildlife and bird watching, as well as a variety of concession operated services, such as boat slips and launch ramps. In summer 2021, Flamingo Adventures will add 24 new lodging rooms and a new indoor/outdoor restaurant. 

Find a wide range of offers available throughout The Palm Beaches in Southeast Florida. Long-stay travelers are invited to grab “A Key to Paradise” package available through April at The Brazilian Court. Monthly starting rates for one-, two-, three-and four-bedroom suites start at $23,000 and offer the ultimate co-working space with privacy pods and a “Business Butler,” as well as twice-weekly activities for children.

At Boca Raton Resort, take part in their Oceanside Edu-cation program designed to teach and enrich visiting families. Available at its Boca Beach Club, the program utilizes custom-designed Edu-cation suites featuring five distinct areas for learning and productivity including Tutor Zone, Heads Down Zone, Lounge Zone, Invisible Zone, & the Rocker Zone. Rooms at the Boca Beach Club start at $499, with Oceanside Edu-cation suites costing an additional $199 for a two-night stay.

In Delray Beach, The Seagate Hotel & Spa’s Soak up the Sun in Style package includes a one-night stay in deluxe accommodations, a luxury beach bag, and a signature Seagate towel. Guests are invited to soak up the sun at The Seagate Beach Club, sharpen their racquet skills at The Seagate Country Club and wine down the award-winning Seagate Spa before grabbing a bit at Atlantic Grille.

The Palms Spa in Miami Beach is bursting with deals another great option for couples craving deep relaxation. Try their Pure Bliss Massage at a $40 discount, featuring soothing aromas and fruit blends that revive the skin. Or seek out their Love Rocks! Pedicure that offers a gentle foot soak, clay masks, all at a $50 discount. All specials must be mentioned at time of booking and are valid February 1-28, 2021.

For more information on the Sunshine State or to plan a 2021 vacation to Florida, visit www.VISITFLORIDA.com.

As the Sunshine State’s No. 1 industry, tourism was responsible for welcoming 131.4 million visitors in 2019. Based on the latest economic impact study, Florida visitors contributed $91.3 billion to Florida's economy and supported 1.5 million Florida jobs in 2018. According to the Office of Economic and Demographic Research, for every $1 the state invests in VISIT FLORIDA, the official tourism marketing corporation for the State of Florida, $3.27 in tax revenue is generated. VISIT FLORIDA promotes tourism to Florida through sales, advertising, promotions, public relations and visitor services programs. As a public/private partnership, VISIT FLORIDA serves more than 13,000 tourism industry businesses, including major strategic alliance partnerships with Busch Gardens Tampa, Disney Destinations, Hilton, LEGOLAND Florida Resort, SeaWorld Parks & Resorts Orlando, Simon Shopping Destinations and Universal Orlando Resort. To learn more about VISIT FLORIDA, follow @FloridaTourism on Facebook and Twitter.

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