The Sunshine State is known worldwide for its beautiful beaches, warming sun and relaxing shady palms, but that isn’t all that Florida has to offer. The Sunshine State is both a sun-kissed vacation destination and a state of mind, where time slows, relaxation begins, and fun takes priority.

Whether it’s kayaking along a river, learning about the state’s history and culture, or just tasting some of the best food around, the Sunshine State offers an opportunity for all visitors to get in touch with their Florida side.

Experience the natural beauty and diverse eco-system of the Thousand Island Cocoa Beach area with a guided kayak eco-tour. With no prior kayaking experience necessary, exploring the Thousand Islands is fun for all ages. Nature lovers can explore mangrove tunnels, channels, and islands and catch a glimpse of some of the exotic wildlife that inhabits the area such as Great Blue Herons, Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins, Manatees, and Bald Eagles.

For those who prefer to take a more laid back approach to awaken their Florida side, the Sunshine State has plenty of sugar-white sand beaches for relaxing on. Siesta Beach is known for its 99 percent pure quartz sand and easy-going atmosphere. Located near Sarasota, this award-winning beach offers a variety of activities and amenities such as tennis and volleyball courts and shaded playgrounds and picnic areas. Siesta Village, comprised of shops and restaurants, is just a short walk from the beach. Gentle waves and shallow water near the shoreline, along with year-round lifeguard protection, make Siesta Beach a perfect family beach destination.