When going on a vacation or staycation, it’s pretty important to stick to a budget. That can be hard to do in Florida. Many families save up all year just to visit some of the biggest theme parks and best beaches in the country. USA Today compiled a list of the most 100 overpriced attractions, tourist traps, and overrated attractions worldwide. Scroll down to see what made the list in Florida.
Obviously, tourism is huge in the Sunshine State, it is the biggest factor contributing to our economy. Apart from our gorgeous beaches, Florida is home to some of the biggest attractions in the country. Because of the popularity and demand to see these destinations, it can be pretty expensive to visit. It’s up to your own personal preference if these experiences are worth it to you. There are plenty of ways to enjoy some of Florida’s best attractions on a budget. These experiences could be even better than what is normally recommended and may be less crowded.
How did USA Today make their list?
In July 2023, USA Today analyzed 23.2 million Google reviews of the 500 most popular tourist attractions in the WORLD. For each attraction, they focused on how frequently the reviews mention the terms “tourist trap,” “overrated” or “expensive”. They then broke down that info by dividing the number of mentions in each case by the total number of reviews for that attraction. Click here to see their key findings.
Tourist Traps in Florida
Florida natives will tell you that the big theme parks, Disney, Universal, and SeaWorld are all the #1 culprits for tourist traps. While you may be spending a lot of money to attend, many families or thrill seekers find it worth it to visit at least once. USA Today actually lists the Everglades Alligator Farm (#30 on USA Today’s list) and the Kennedy Space Center (#81 on the list) as the top tourist traps in Florida.