The Best Day Trips from Orlando

Orlando is known for being one of the premier holiday destinations in the entire world. Full to the brim of theme parks and attractions there is so much to see and do. But if you fancy doing something different and want a day away from it all then there are still plenty of different day trips that you can take. We look at some of the best day trips you can take whilst in Orlando.

Clearwater Beach

The name tells you pretty much what you need to know about this amazing crystal clear bay that lets you take a dip in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Surrounded by gorgeous white sands this is a fantastic place for a picnic whilst you take in your surroundings or if not you can try one of the awesome selection of restaurants the overlook the bay, or maybe just work on your tan.

The Florida Everglades

This is one of Florida’s most well known and popular natural attractions and sees thousands of visitors every year. A lot of this is down to one of the most famous residents and that is the American Alligator. Take an airboat ride throughout this stunning unique environment as you keep your eyes peeled for some of the amazing creatures. Or you can just head to one of the popular animal handling shows and see these beasts up close and personal.

Kennedy Space Centre

This is one of the most popular space centres in the world and is the home to the American space program. This place is a Mecca for anyone interested in man’s ascent to the heavens. There are more than enough things to see and do to keep everyone interested for the entire day. From handling moon rock to seeing the Saturn V rocket through to being able to see what the Space Shuttle was actually like you will have an uplifting time.

Miami

This fascinating city is the home of millionaires and offers a great chance of scene from Orlando. From skyscrapers to the beach there is so much variety to offer the visitor. There is a vibrant cultural, commercial and financial centre that showcases some of the best in the US. As well as some amazing dining opportunities this city features the third tallest skyline in the US which provides for some stunning photos.

Homosassa State Park

This park is not only the home to some amazing scenes of natural beauty but has a few surprises along the way. One of the most popular of these is manatees. These are most often seen in winter and are said to be the inspiration for the mermaid myths. Though these are not the only animals you will spot as you wind your way along the river. Crocodiles, Alligators, Otters, Flamingos and even a hippo all make their home here.

Smyrna Beach

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This is the spot that the locals all escape to when they are looking for an amazing beach. This hidden goldmine with its soft white sand and its wide range of amenities. It is the perfect spot for swimming, fishing or surfing. You can just laze on the beach until the sun goes down and then you can watch the baby turtles hatch and make their way into the ocean to start their life. This is a magical experience that is not to be missed.

Blue Springs State Park

This is another great place to get up close and personal with nature. The park is the home to manatees as well. One of the best things to do is to spend the day on a kayaking trip around the biggest spring in St. Johns River. Then you can explore Hontoon Island. You can also spot bald eagles, ospreys and wild hogs. You can even go on a walking trail and explore a Native American shell mound.

St. Augustine

If you are a fan of all things pirate then this ancient town is for you. The pirate and treasure museum is one of the best attractions in the area and you can easily lose the day looking at all the fascinating exhibits and the biggest collection of pirate treasure in the country. This museum was voted by the New York Post as one of the best museums in the world.

Lake Toho

This is an amazing spot for bass fishing and one of the best in Florida. So if you want to try your hand at the sport this is the perfect spot. You can get lessons from an expert and improve your skills or if you are already well practised then you can just head out on your own and try your hand. Either way, the professionals will be able to give you some amazing tips and tricks to improve your technique.

Daytona Beach

If you are a fan of motorsport then this is the place for you. Daytona Beach was the place where NASCAR was birthed and is still home to the biggest race of the year in the Daytona 500. The area can get overrun with teens when it comes to spring break time so if you want a bit of relaxation then maybe avoid this time of year. There are plenty of great spots to eat, relax and enjoy the glorious sunshine and golden sands.

The Devil’s Den

This is a unique natural attraction. An underground hot spring on a 33 million-year-old fossil bed. The hot spring is topped by a natural chimney and is the perfect spot to take a dip. The steam that rises from the chimney is what gave the spot its name. There are some fantastic opportunities for diving and snorkelling and just exploring the luscious warm waters.

These are just some of the amazing day trips that you can take if you want a break from all the theme park and attraction fun. There are still plenty more things that Florida has to offer and you can easily spend days and days just enjoying the area.

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