There’s so much to do in Orlando, with visiting the amazing theme parks usually at the top of the list. Although, most people who do visit, tend to spend at least one day outside of the theme parks. If you’ve already got your Orlando theme park tickets, you might be looking for something else to do on your “day off”. If you want to see more of Florida (and trust us, there’s plenty to see!), here are a few ideas to inspire you…
1. Clearwater Beach
If you want a break from the busy theme parks, there’s no better place to sit back and relax, than this idyllic paradise. The pure white sandy beaches stretch for over 2.5 miles, while palm trees sway in the breeze and the turquoise waves roll in. With around 361 days of sunshine per year, you’re pretty much guaranteed perfect weather! There’s plenty of water sports to try and even the chance to get up close to beautiful Bottlenose dolphins with a once-in-a-lifetime dolphin encounter experience where you're guaranteed to spot these amazing animals. Visitors can enjoy the Sunset at Pier 60 Festival every day (2 hours before sunset), completely free of charge. With street performers, live music and an outdoor cinema screening, this is something you won’t want to miss.
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2. Miami & the Everglades
Florida’s Everglades are one of America’s greatest natural wonders, and something you really should make time to see. The largest remaining swampland in the world is famous for both its natural beauty and its incredible wildlife. Take the hassle out of planning your visit, by pre-booking an Everglades and Miami Adventure Tour which includes an action-packed airboat ride over the Everglades. Look out for exotic birds, turtles and even alligators, as you race over the wetlands at speeds of up to 45mph. After your exhilarating airboat ride, you’ll be taken to explore Miami! Admire the palm-fringed beaches, Art Deco district and homes of the rich and famous on the Star Island boat ride. All of this is included with your ticket and provides an unforgettable day out.
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3. Tampa Bay
Once famous for being the cigar capital of the world, those planning on visiting Tampa Bay now, are likely to be going for its fantastic attractions. At the top of our list is Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, a theme park that combines thrilling rollercoasters with exciting animal encounters. Home to over 12,000 amazing animals belonging to more than 250 species, this is definitely the place to go for those wanting to get closer to wildlife. Busch Gardens is famous for its terrifying rides like SheiKra, Falcon’s Fury, and the park’s newest ride-Cobra’s Curse. These will all appeal to the most daring theme park goers out there. The Florida Aquarium is also worth a visit to admire the stunning tropical fish, and the Museum of Science and Industry includes over 450 exhibits as well as live science demonstrations and an IMAX theatre
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For something a bit different (if you're visiting in season), cheer on the Jacksonville Jaguars and revel in the excitement of a live American football game. Get your sports tickets and watch the NFL team play at the EverBank Field stadium in Downton Jacksonville, which can seat close to 70,000 supporters. The electric atmosphere, is totally unique and something you’ll never forget- perfect for any sports fan. Jacksonville is also home to a number of museums, including the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Art and History, which makes for both a fun and educational day out for the whole family. The Cummer Museum of Art has nearly 5,000 works of art spanning from 2100BC and boasts breath-taking gardens. Jacksonville Beach is also a popular spot for those wanting to surf.
5. Ocala National Forest
The Ocala National Forest is a tranquil oasis, with over 600 lakes, rivers and natural springs, where visitors can come to swim, snorkel and even dive. It’s also the largest sand pine scrub forest in the world, with lush greenery making the beautiful surroundings seem almost tropical. Visitors can take a dip in the first-magnitude springs, and this is something we’re sure little ones will absolutely love. Alexander Springs is the most popular, and has crystal clear waters that are a constant 72°F. Activities include horseback riding, hiking, fishing, canoeing and even camping. This is a great choice for an Orlando day trip as it's only around an hour and a half away from the Orlando theme parks. Our top tip for visiting Ocala National Forest, is to pack a picnic!
6. Daytona Beach
There’s plenty to discover at Daytona Beach. Known as the “mecca of motorsports”, the city is the headquarters for NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) which hosts several auto-racing events throughout the year. If you’re a sports fan, it’s worth checking if any special events are on during your visit, so you can witness a piece of the action. For something more relaxing, head to the 23-mile long beach to unwind, or try paddle boarding, kayaking, or even parasailing. The boardwalk and pier creates a nostalgic feeling, with its classic arcade and amusement park rides.
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