9 Exciting Florida Day Trips

There are so many different things to do around Florida!

Known as The Sunshine State, Florida has nice sunny weather most of the year, and there is always something new and exciting to do. We didn’t have much time to spend in Florida, only a few days and we were actually really sick for half of the time that we were there. So we didn’t get to load up our days with as many activities as we normally would.

If you’re looking for some new ideas for day trips around Florida, how about checking out some of these.

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1. Road trip to Key West

There are so many ways to enjoy Key West, the Southern most point of Florida. Take a slow, leisurely day soaking up Key West’s laid back-atmosphere, quaint shops and outdoor cafes. If you’re looking for more adventure get out on the water on a glass-bottom boat ride, snorkelling cruise or para-sailing adventure, or jump on the Key West Hop On Hop Off Trolley tour, to see more of the beautiful town and learn about it’s history.

Check out the best places to stay around Key West

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2. Spend the day at Disney World

There are so many things to do in the Disney suburb in Orlando, that you could easily spend a week there! There are six Disney World parks including –

  • Disney’s Magic Kingdom
  • Epcot
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Animal Kingdom
  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon.

For an extra special day, try a character dining experience at a Disney restaurant (such as Chef Mickey’s Restaurant), where Disney characters entertain and serve you food!

Book now: Character Dining Experience at Chef Mickey’s Restaurant 

3. Swim with Manatees at Crystal River 

Take a narrated boat cruise on the Crystal River to snorkel and swim with manatees – the gentle giants of the Florida Everglades. Joined by a team of manatee experts for a narrated boat cruise on the beautiful Crystal River, home to one of the world’s largest populations of endangered West Indian manatees. You’ll learn how this large, harmless aquatic mammal is under threat due to loss of habitat.

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4. Shipwreck Snorkel & Wild Dolphin Encounter

Spend a beautiful Florida day out in the clear, blue waters off Key West, where you’ll spot dolphins playing and swimming alongside the boat, and you can snorkel over shipwrecks and coral reefs.

Spending the day on a spacious catamaran, you’ll be able to see wild dolphins swimming, feeding, jumping, playing, courting each other, and if you’re lucky caring for their babies. Then spend the afternoon snorkelling the remains of a shipwreck, which has been encrusted by a coral reef.

Book now: The Shipwreck Snorkel & Dolphin Encounter

5. Take a day trip to the Bahamas

Did you know that you can actually get a fast ferry transfer over to the Bahamas and spend the day soaking up that Caribbean sun! For only a fraction of the price of flights, book yourself a ferry ride to the Bahamas and kick back and relax.

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6. Airboat down the Florida Everglades 

The Everglades are a natural region of tropical wetlands throughout the south of Florida. There are so many different ways you can experience the Everglades with everything from kayaks and canoes to swamp buggies available for your adventure, but the best way has to be the airboats.

Take an exhilarating airboat ride through the mangrove tunnels and wide-open grasslands, and make sure you keep an eye out for alligators.

Book now: Florida Everglades Airboat Ride & Reptile Show

7. Visit The Kennedy Space Centre 

Take a virtual flight to the moon and back at one of Florida’s best attractions! Tours from Orlando offer you a full day at the Kennedy Space Centre where you can tour the NASA docility and the Apollo/Saturn V Centre to see rockets and their launch pads and visit the Astronaut Hall of Fame and the Shuttle Launch Experience.

You can even upgrade to have a sit down lunch with an astronaut or get a Space Pass Place to take a tour of the Vehicle Assembly Building and other behind-the-scenes sites. 

Book now: Tickets to the Kennedy Space Centre

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8. Jungle Queen Riverboat Cruise 

Cruise the waterways of Fort Lauderdale’s New River on a riverboat, and stop at the Jungle Queen Indian Village – a beautiful tropical island environment where you’ll see macaws, rare plants and birds and alligators wrestling. One this lush island you have a chance to learn about the history of the Florida Seminole tribe.

During the cruise you will also see Bahia Mar, Venetian Isles, New River, Millionaires Row, Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Harbour Beach, Little Florida, Large Yacht Storage Basin, Port Everglades and the Intercoastal Waterways.

9. Universal Studios & Universal’s Island of Adventure

Last but definitely not least is Universal Studios Orlando and Universal’s Island of Adventure! If you haven’t guessed from my previous posts we had an absolute ball at Universal Studios.You must check out Springfield in Universal Studios and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter which spans across both parks and includes the Hogwarts Express to travel between the two parks. Can’t recommend highly enough!

Book now: Tickets for Universal Studios Orlando

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