The Sunshine State: our top 3 things to do in Florida

The Sunshine State: our top 3 things to do in Florida

Lars Sattanathan Lars Sattanathan

Lars Sattanathan

Believe it or not, the Florida Legislature officially recognized the state’s nickname, “The Sunshine State”, in 1970. You can probably guess how it got that name, though. As the southernmost state of the continental U.S., it lies closest to the Equator and Tropic of Cancer. That means a sunny, tropical and humid climate – pretty much year-round. It’s also the warmest state in the nation, with an average temperature of 71 Fahrenheit (22 Celsius).

Whether it’s winter or summer, there are plenty of things to do in Florida. Due to the weather, the most obvious choices are the iconic beaches like Daytona Beach and South Beach. The Florida Keys, with Key West as the highlight, also goes hand-in-hand with the beaches. But there are tons of options away from the sun and sea, too.

The southern state is famous for the iconic theme parks, Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando. If you’re more into nature, there’s the famous Everglades National Park, which covers around 1.5 million acres of marsh and swamp. No shortage of animals to spot.

Zooming in a bit, two of the major cities you have to check out are Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Both have a lot to offer in terms of activities. Combine that with the renowned, beautiful real estate in the area, and you’ve got a whole range of fun things to do in Florida.

On the one hand, lots of that real estate is utilized as publicly-accessible observation decks, rooftop bars and restaurants. On the other hand, however, is untapped, privately-owned property that could be used for the same purposes as those public places. Those private properties have many benefits – more privacy and personalization, to name a few.

That means you can enjoy the best views in Miami without the hassle of large crowds around you. While there are myriad things to do in Fort Lauderdale, you’ll face the same issues there. Why not venture out and try experiences that are private and unique?  

Romantic date on a private terrace in Miami Beach

Most date ideas in Miami involve a sleek restaurant or bar. The question is, have you ever done that in a completely private setting? That’s a key ingredient for having a truly romantic time, after all. To find out just how magical that experience is, book your next romantic date in Miami at this private terrace with panoramic views of Miami Beach.

Not only will you have the best views in Miami Beach all to yourself, it will feel like a surreal escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.  When you look eastwards, you’ll enjoy sweeping views of South Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. On the other end of the panoramic terrace, you’ll get unobstructed views of the Venetian Islands and Miami skyline. If you’re into sunset photography or golden hour drinks, this is paradise.

Moreover, things get even better when it comes to personalizing your special moment. Your lovely Host will treat you to a welcome-drink of choice – a glass of chilled prosecco or champagne is her go-to. She also specializes in curating delicious cheese platters and fruit platters, as well as homemade Italian lasagna.

With that said, you can pass along any personal requests through Viewnary Chat. The romantic experience you’ll get here will beat even the best rooftop bars in Miami, including Area 31 Miami.

Miami skyline view with ocean and skyscrapers

Exotic get-together at a private waterfront home in Fort Lauderdale

You’ve probably come across pictures of those luxurious homes nestled along the waterways in Fort Lauderdale. It’s actually one of the things that the city is known for. Unfortunately, very few people are lucky enough to look around in those houses, let alone live in them. Would you believe me if I told you that you can now book them all for yourself for a few hours? Well, you better – take your friends along to this private, waterfront home featuring a beautiful pool and spacious patio.

Inspired by Caribbean resorts, the house sits on a canal that leads to the Intracoastal Waterway. Since it’s close to the bay, you can bet on gorgeous views, day and night. As with most of the houses in that area, this one comes with its own boat parking dock. The property’s Hosts also dig the Hawaiian vibe, which is reflected in their tiki bar, fitted with a bar that overlooks the water. Out of all the tiki bars in Fort Lauderdale, this one has to be the most unique and exclusive.

You and your friends aren’t just restricted to the spacious outdoor areas, either - cable TV is also available for you to watch anytime. So, not sure what to do in Fort Lauderdale? Now you know: do something different by booking this hourly rental in Fort Lauderdale for a private, exclusive and unforgettable experience.                                                  

Deck with white table and chairs and water with boats

Photoshoot in a high-rise apartment overlooking the Miami skyline

You can use an hourly rental in Miami for something unique, too: a photoshoot with amazing Miami skyline views. Some of the best photoshoot locations in Miami are in skyscrapers, but they’re hard to get to. How can one possibly walk up a random building and take a few shots? With Viewnary, that’s possible. This airy, downtown apartment with expansive views over western Miami is merely one example.

The property screams bachelor pad, with its many floor-to-ceiling windows giving it a luxurious and open feel. Those windows ensure that the space has plenty of natural light, which is always a boon for photographers. There’s comfy seating, including a bean bag and black leather couches, spread across the apartment for you and whomever you decide to bring along.

If filming locations in Miami is what you’re after, this place is great as well. Certainly if you’re filming a scene that needs to be shot in an exclusive-looking apartment with sweeping views in the background. Although you might not think of doing a photoshoot (or filming) when you hear “fun things to do in Miami”, it’s definitely worth a shot – literally. It’s entertaining and something new to do with a group of friends, for sure.

Planning a photoshoot in New York, by any chance? Check out our guide to the best photo studios in NYC.

Miami apartment with black chairs and white table and skyline views

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