Clearwater Marine Aquarium voted Best Florida Attraction
The Ringling, Gator Boys' home base, Orlando theme parks also win
After four weeks of voting, Florida fans have voted Clearwater Marine Aquarium into the top slot in our 10Best Readers' Choice award contest, held in conjunction with USA TODAY.
The popular Tampa Bay area aquarium - the setting for the film Dolphin Tale - won over the hearts of America when the story of its famed resident Winter the Dolphin hit the big screen. Filming of the sequel - Dolphin Tale 2 - is currently underway at the Aquarium, and visitors will be able to visit a new dolphin star, Hope, as well as fellow resident Winter.
Voting was brisk in this contest and 2nd place finisher The Ringling, Sarasota's dazzling museum and arts complex, clearly demonstrated the lasting memories it makes upon visitors.
Our 3rd place finisher is home to reality TV stars 'The Gator Boys,' while 4th place finisher Discovery Cove in Orlando emphasizes yet again how much humans love dolphins: this attraction facilitates swimming with the world's most popular mammal. Mickey Mouse and his friends landed solidly at number five, just as a movie about Walt Disney himself hit theaters across the USA.
The full list of winners in the 'Best Florida Attraction' contest category for 10Best Readers' Choice are as follows:
- Clearwater Marine Aquarium
- The Ringling - Sarasota
- Everglades Holiday Park - Ft. Lauderdale
- Discovery Cove - Orlando
- Magic Kingdom - Orlando
- St. Augustine Historic District
- Salvador Dali Museum - St. Petersburg
- Seashells of Sanibel Island
- Castillo de San Marcos - St. Augustine
- Beaches of Daytona Beach
Congratulations to all the winners!
To vote in other 10Best Readers' Choice contests, go to http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/
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