Every year millions of tourists find their way to the Sunshine State – most traveling with family, friends or a significant other. If you’re one of the lucky ones making your way to the Orlando area but are looking to do something a little outside of the norm, then you’re in luck. Here are five great quick day trips you can take that will make you feel on top of the world on your next Florida vacation.
No Florida vacation, no matter how long it lasts, is complete without a trip to one of its famed beaches. For the best bang-for-your-buck, visit Clearwater Beach located on the state’s western seaboard. Truly the best view of the Gulf of Mexico in the entire state, this beach provides a dazzling spectacle of wonders – especially at sunset! Tropical boat tours, unique annual festivals devoted to sandcastle competitions and vibrant night-life make Clearwater a clear favorite amongst a sea of pretenders.
Known for being the oldest city in the Continental United States, St. Augustine is home to some of the most diverse architecture, night-life and history in the entire state. Originally built as a Spanish fortress, this picturesque pearl of history packs a punch of information any history-buff is sure to love. In addition to its famed history, St. Augustine has many beautiful beaches to enjoy with loved ones and friends. Take time to enjoy a day on the water – trust us, you won’t regret it.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Located just about an hour outside the City Beautiful on the world-renowned space coast, Kennedy Space Center provides unique out-of-this-world opportunities for adventure. This NASA-run visitor’s center houses a real-life space shuttle simulator complete with a bird’s eye view of the Earth from orbit! Want to know the best part? On top of there being an Astronaut Hall of Fame, Kennedy Space Center also houses a replica of the Hubble telescope!
Wekiva Springs State Park
There is no better escape for both locals and tourists alike than gorgeous Wekiva Springs State Park. Located not too far from the heart of Orlando, Wekiva offers some exclusive activities you won’t find anywhere else. Whether your fancy is stand-up-paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking or diving into natural cool spring water-filled pools, you’re sure to have a stellar experience at this local, best kept secret paradise. Entrance into the park is $6 per vehicle.
Whether you choose to head to the coast and take a much-deserved time-out or you choose to explore the wonders of space-travel, you’ve already made the best decision by choosing Orlando to begin with. With so many great options to choose from, which one will you choose?
In addition to planning your day trip itinerary, don’t forget to check out the reservation specials that Westgate Resorts in Orlando offer, where you have dining, golf, spa options and more right on property.
Katie Parsons works with Westgate Reservations. She’s the creator of parenting blog Mumbling Mommy.
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