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 to do! We didn’t have much time to spend in Florida, only a few days and we were actually sick for half of the time, so I didn’t get to load up our days with as many activities and tours as I normally would. But if you’re looking for some new ideas for day trips around Florida, how about checking out some of these. You can find more information about most of these tours on Viator.

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. Or 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.


There are so many things to do in the Disney suburb in Orlando, that you could easily spend a week there! There are six Disneyworld parks including Magic Kindgom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Blizzard Beach and 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!

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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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! Image found here.

Airboat Tour of 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! Image found here.

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 dacility 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. 

Universal Studios, Orlando 

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.

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. I would even go so far as to say it was my favourite day in Florida! 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!!

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Emma Shaw

Emma is a travel photographer and blogger, living in Melbourne, Australia with her husband Thom in between adventures. She started A Make Believe World to share her experiences, travel tips and destination advice with others, and to show that you can still explore the world while holding down a 9-5 job and paying off a mortgage!

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