#TravelTuesday – VISIT FLORIDA and the Florida Attractions Association Launch the Florida Attractions Finder

VISIT FLORIDA and the Florida Attractions Association today unveiled the Florida Attractions Finder, an interactive vacation planning tool that allows travelers to virtually experience their Florida thrills from a front-row seat. Point-of-view videos send users careening and diving on the newest roller coasters, zip-lining over alligators (look down if you dare), and skimming the Everglades aboard an airboat. Whether visitors are looking for a first-time Florida experience or wishing to repeat their last favorite Florida vacation moment, the Florida Attractions Finder puts the power of discovery in the user’s hands.
DINOSAUR WORLD is featured in the launch collection of 130 attractions statewide.

000fq2Go back in time – see over 200 life size dinosaurs at Dinosaur World! Dig for fossils and keep three at the Fossil Dig. Pan for real minerals and gems at the Dino Gem Excavation and crack your own geode with the Geode Cracker. Learn what it’s like to be a Paleontologist at the Exploration Cave Show and later test your knowledge at the Triviasaurus Rex Game Show. Put your paleontology fieldwork knowledge to the test at the Boneyard and uncover a life size stegosaurus skeleton from under the sand. At the Touch-and-Tell guess the dinosaur inside a hole without sight. Visit Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age and see woolly mammoths as they appeared during their time. Be sure to make a stop at the Florida Fossil Museum and learn about fossils native to the area, and stop at the Prehistoric Museum. Here you will find real artifacts and an animatronic dinosaur display at the end of the museum. Play on the dinosaur themed playground – and don’t forget your picnic lunch to Dine with the Dinos. Open everyday of the year.
Built on the TripTuner platform used to construct VISIT FLORIDA’s successful Beach Finder in 2014, the Florida Attractions Finder aggregates images of different attractions based on changes made to the dial settings. Four separate settings can be adjusted depending on the user’s vacation preferences: from thrill to chill, popular to hidden gem, high-tech to natural, and days to hours. The interface then matches the user with an attraction, which could be an internationally recognized theme park or an off-the-beaten path experience.
Where the Beach Finder payoff was the Street View images that have attracted 260 million views on Google and VISITFLORIDA.com, the user’s reward on the Attraction Finder is an exhilarating POV YouTube video rehearsal. Clicking “MORE” will take the viewer to the attraction’s official website.
“I am pleased to announce the launch of the Florida Attractions Finder, showcasing the state’s diverse attractions to visitors from around the world,” said Paul Phipps, chief marketing officer at VISIT FLORIDA. “The ability to try out different attractions and imagine yourself in the middle of the excitement is part of the fun we all have when anticipating a Florida vacation.”
The Florida Attractions Association partnered with VISIT FLORIDA on this project by providing the initial vetting criteria for the beta version and acted as a consulting resource for the 130 attractions featured.

“Florida has an enormous amount of diverse experiences to consider. We wanted to see the Florida Attractions Finder become a reality because it has the power to make planning and finding vacation experiences easier and fun,” said Bill Lupfer, president and CEO of the Florida Attractions Association.

This summer, another 50 attractions will be added to the Finder and future plans will allow users to submit videos and compete for viewers’ choice awards.

The Florida Attractions Finder can be accessed here: VISITFLORIDA.com/attractionsfinder