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7 Fun-Filled Day Trips From Orlando

Orlando is filled with fun for the entire family. But there’s plenty of sites to see for day trips from Orlando, the City Beautiful. Why not take a day trip?

From amusement parks to shopping destinations, there is something for everyone. But, consider packing up for a day and heading away from the city for a break. 

Day Trips from Orlando, Florida

1. Swim with Manatees – Crystal River

Manatees are precious creatures known as the sea cow and reside in the warm Florida waterways. Seeing a manatee is a treat, and you can go swimming with them in Crystal River. This trip is exciting for the whole family as you can pet and learn about the manatee.

Orlando Day Trips

2. Walk America’s Oldest City – St. Augustine

St. Augustine is known as America’s oldest city with being established in 1565 and is only a couple of hours away from Orlando. For history buffs, check out Castillo de San Marcos, the fort the Spanish built along Matanzas Bay in the Old City. After, visit the Lightner Museum to see how the city grew during the Victorian era before exploring the city’s shops and restaurants.

Orlando Day Trips

3. Watch a NASCAR Race – Daytona Beach

For those visiting Orlando in February, race over to Daytona Beach to watch NASCAR’s Daytona 500. Sports and car fans alike will love going on tours at the Daytona International Speedway and visit the NASCAR Archives Center to see artefacts including Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Bluebird III.

Orlando Day Trips

4. Go to a College Football Game – Gainesville

In the South, college football is a religion. And Gainesville, Florida is home to the University of Florida Gators. Sports fans will love to check out an SEC game during the fall season, especially against rivals Florida State. For a bite to eat after the game, check out the Paramount Grill for fine dining or Adam’s Rib Company for the barbeque.

5. See the Bok Tower Gardens – Lake Wales

The enchanting Bok Tower Gardens are located in Lake Wales, Florida, less than two hours south of Orlando. The beautiful Gardens houses over 125 kinds of birds as well as the gopher tortoise and eastern indigo snake.

6. Head to the Beach – Miami

Visit Miami’s famed beaches like 21st–45th Street Beach which is just off the boardwalk. After enjoying a day of sun and surf, head inside for dinner at Versailles for Cuban food and go dancing at Ball & Chain.

7. Check out the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art – Winter Park

Tiffany lovers, this is the place for you. Regardless if you are a fan of Tiffany and Co’s modern jewellery or antique glass art, the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art houses a wide collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s timeless art. 

Molly Harris

Molly Harris is a freelance travel journalist dividing her time between the United States and the Western Balkans.

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