Destinations for Florida road trips are limitless, but if your time to enjoy them is not, consider planning a quick day trip instead! As long as you do a little planning and preparation, you can make this getaway as jam-packed or relaxing as you wish. Either way, make it a trip you won’t forget.
Below are five Florida sites that offer many more attractions and activities than you can see and do in a single day, but our detailed samplings allow room for you to customize a schedule that’s just right for you. Have fun!
Historic St. Augustine, located on the Atlantic coast of northeastern Florida, was established as a Spanish colony in 1565, giving it the distinctive claim as the “oldest city in America.” Its rich culture includes numerous historically significant homes and landmarks, along with museums, galleries, and an archeological park. Trolley tours, walking tours, and even ghost tours are available. Don’t forget the amphitheater or a visit to the Old Jail. This “Perfect Weekend in St. Augustine Itinerary” can help you prioritize your favorites!
If you’d like to take a family beach trip with a twist, Daytona occupies 23 miles of white sandy real estate along the Atlantic coast, just about 50 miles northeast of Orlando. In addition to the famous Daytona International Speedway, you’ll find museums, the Daytona Beach Boardwalk boasting an outdoor amusement park, and free concerts, the Marine Science Center, a lighthouse, and the historic Jackie Robinson Ballpark. Not to mention the free guided tour of the Angell + Phelps Chocolate Factory (if available due to COVID-19 concerns), water activities, and hiking! Plan ahead with tips from “Making a Day Trip to Daytona Beach.”
Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park covers more than 1.5 million acres throughout the Florida counties of Dade, Monroe, and Collier, in an area located at the lower tip of the Atlantic coastal plain in southern Florida. It is the largest subtropical ecosystem in America. Since you can’t see all the million acres in a day, check out informative suggestions in “One Perfect Day in Everglades National Park.” Expect to see or experience marshlands, ancient trees, and exotic animals and birds, along with airboat rides, canoes, kayaks, boat tours, campgrounds, and plentiful hordes of mosquitoes. Check out an excellent overview of the Everglades, and more detailed coverage of expectations. This day trip is a once-in-a-lifetime journey to a unique, endangered part of America’s heritage.
Southwest Florida’s sophisticated Gulf Coast city of Naples is a shoppers’ paradise, known for its white sand beaches, affluent homes, and abundance of golf courses. The diversity of attractions also includes historic sites, nature areas, museums, water parks, art displays, live theater, breweries, zoo, and Winter Wine Festival. Choose your favorite activities starting with “25 Best Things to Do in Naples, Florida” for a day trip guaranteed to keep all ages happily busy.
Clustered along the Gulf of Mexico in the midst of a string of Florida Panhandle beach towns, Destin stands out for its charm, golf courses, and incredible fishing. The town shares its emerald green waters, sparkling white sand, and year-round mild temperatures with neighboring Fort Walton, Miramar, Pensacola and Panama City. In Destin you’ll also find the Harbor Boardwalk, water parks, marine parks, kids’ attractions, fishing jetties, museums, helicopter tours, water sports, boat trips and cruises, underwater bowling, and sailing. Start planning your trip now with “30 Best & Fun Things to Do in Destin.”
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