One of the great things about visiting Orlando, is that it’s located in the center of Florida and just a short drive from a myriad of experiences that will enliven your stay. There’s no need to spend your whole trip just in the city! So flights to Orlando are flights to a bunch of different places. Here are a few of the best (and our favorite) places you can take a day trip to.
Take in Culture in St. Petersburg
Only about three hours west of Orlando, St. Petersburg is definitely worth the trip. Allow a couple of hours to take in the sights at the Salvador Dali Museum, which features the largest collection of the artist’s work outside of Europe. Wander down nearby Central Avenue to find tiny galleries, craft beer, and award-winning food. And, if you decide you’d like to spend a little time by the water, St. Pete Beach is just a few miles away.
Soak up the Sun on Clearwater Beach
Consistently voted one of the best beaches in America, Clearwater Beach has miles of white sand and gentle waves. If you like a party scene, stay near the Clearwater Pier. They have arts, street performers, and live music every day at sunset. Dinner choices include award-winning seafood, casual fare (like burgers), and even some great fine dining near the beach. Want to get away from it all? Go a little north to catch the Caldesi Ferry, which will drop you on a delightfully pristine shell-filled island.
Enjoy Historic Surroundings in St. Augustine
Founded in 1565, St. Augustine claims to be the oldest city in America. Learn a little about the city’s history at the Castillo de San Marcos and the St. Augustine Maritime Museum. Enjoy a free tour and liquor samples at the St. Augustine Distillery, located in the city’s historic ice plant. If you don’t feel like walking around in the Florida heat, you can book a seat on the Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley tour.
Drive on the Beach in Daytona
The sand at Daytona Beach on Florida’s east coast is hard packed and wide, perfect for a seaside drive. The Daytona International Speedway, home to the famous Daytona 500, is open to the public year-round and gives you a view of the challenging track. Take a free tour of the Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory, which is located in the historic Riverfront Shops. Cool down at the Sun Splash Park, which features a shaded playground, interactive water fountains, and decorative walkways with a view of the beach.
View Wildlife in the Everglades
The Everglades is the largest subtropical wilderness located within the US. The area is home to the American crocodile, the manatee, Florida panthers, and a number of other rare and endangered animal species. Rent a kayak to relax on the 99-Mile Wilderness Waterway or book a tour on an airboat. You can camp at a number of primitive locations within Everglades National Park, or find lodging nearby.
No matter which direction you set off in, you can find great attractions to enjoy your time in Florida. Decide what you want to do with your vacation and hit the road to see more of what Florida has to offer!
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