Florida’s new tourist spots for 2016

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Updated: Jan 01, 2016 3:49 PM

From relaxing hotel stays to thrill rides to dining, the Sunshine State has adventure in store for varied travellers

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Florida’s top theme parks and destinations are concluding projects and adding new events. From relaxing hotel stays to thrill rides to dining, the Sunshine State has adventure in store for varied travellers. The New Year has brought a number of options for adult play time making Florida the destination for this year’s vacation.

The Daytona International Speedway’s Daytona Rising, a US$ 400 million redesign of one of the world’s top racing hubs is a must-see for all racing enthusiasts. Race fans will be delighted with five newly redesigned injectors, transporting visitors to three different concourse levels that feature spacious social areas. In addition, the expansion includes more than 100,000 seating, and will feature 60 luxury suites with trackside views. The project will be completed in time for the 2016 Rolex 24 at the Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach.

Spring 2016, with its favourable weather for those who prefer to be outdoors, will bring the launch of the newly extended Tampa Riverwalk in Tampa Bay. Cyclists will have the opportunity to rent a ride from Coast Bike Share and enjoy the 1.8-mile stretch of pedestrian space. Walkers will also enjoy and share the space. The final project is set to run a total of 2.4 miles and hosts hotels, museums, historical monuments, restaurants and stores.

SeaWorld’s Mako, a 200-feet-tall hypercoaster throws passengers on a 73-metre-per-hour ride along 4,760 feet of steel track. For a more family-friendly challenge, Busch Gardens Tampa brings a whirlwind ride, Corba’s Curse. The ride features a vertical lift that will take riders on a spin adventure. Both attractions will open in summer 2016.

Local brew and food-lovers can visit Florida Keys and Key West to experience more than Key Lime Pie and margaritas. They can also sample award-winning beers at the recently opened Waterfront Brewery or learn how to make local-style dishes by participating in a cooking class taught by local chefs at Isle Cook Key West.

The Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club on Bradenton’s Anna Maria Island near Tampa is said to be a good location for waterfront lovers. The coastal-designed two-bedroom suites feature gourmet kitchens and a 50-slip marina for guests.

Faena Hotel Miami Beach in the Faena Arts District, is considered ideal for those to like creativity and relaxation. Designed by Alan Faena in collaboration with cinematic visionaries Baz Luhrmann and Academy Award winner Catherine Martin, the hotel houses a 22,000 square-feet Tierra Santa Spa that offers guests the opportunity to rid themselves of stress and impurities through South American-inspired healing rituals.The hotel also offers Broadway-style shows at the two-level Saxony Theatre.

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