Florida Road Trip Ideas for this Summer

June 23rd, 2016 by

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Here are five road trips to take this summer for Florida Residents:

Orlando

Okay, this one may be overdone and full of out of state tourists, but if this is a family trip it may be unavoidable. In Orlando there is plenty to do for kids such as: Sea World, Universal parks, and Disney World. However, there is good news! There are also some hidden spots for those who are so tired of theme parks. Some other Orlando activities include: Leu Gardens, Rock and Roll Heaven, and Scenic boat tours.

Leu Gardens is a tropical paradise for anyone fond of large gardens. More than 50 acres of landscaped grounds and lakes that include trails that are shaded by 200-year oaks and forests of camellias. Leu Gardens is also known for its wedding ceremonies.

Rock and Roll Heaven is a used record store and a mecca for vinyl enthusiasts! Of course, there are also those, now antique, items known as cassettes and CDs as well as other music-related memorabilia.

Kayak Eco-Tour is the complete opposite of the hidden motorized track guiding you through a faux jungle with fake hippos and zebras. Exercise your paddling muscles on a kayak eco-tour through mossy, cypress-lined Shingle Creek, the headwaters of the Everglades. Here, visitors may spot alligators, bald eagles, and more.

There is much more to Orlando to theme parks and strip malls selling T-shirts. Take some time to do some research and then head to Orlando for a completely different experience!

Pensacola Scenic Bluffs Highway

Tired of all the typical Florida roadtrips? Try this one! Many Florida residents don’t even know about it. Drive through Bluffs Highway, and on the way stop for sightseeing, and historic Florida landmarks. Don’t forget to get out of the car and enjoy the unique nature and wildlife native to the Pensacola area.

Explore some history while exploring Bluffs Highway. Old Chimney Park is a great place to start on your trip. The chimney was built in the 1850’s on land purchased  by Henry Hyer. In 1857 the Hyer Mill Planning property was built in Bluffs entirely by slaves. It remained there and in working condition until March of 1862, when there was an order put out to destroy all machinery that could possible be helpful in anyway to approaching Union forces. This is when all of the plant, but the Chimney was destroyed. The Chimney still stands and can be visited today.

Of course, there is tons of nature sight seeing to do along the drive on Bluffs Highway as well. A beautiful view of the Gulf can be experienced, as well as a bridge surrounded by beautiful Magnolias and Oaks. Don’t forget to stop at one of the many one-of a kind old fashioned restaurants along the way.

Black Bear Scenic Byway

Black Bear Scenic Byway is another hidden Florida gem. Enjoy hiking, wildlife, and fishing along this scenic route. Also, you are bound to run into a Florida black bear as this spot is the most populated bear spot in Florida.

This scenic byway is great for the outdoors people. If you don’t just want to drive around and look at views, this is the place for you. Stop and park and enjoy miles of hiking trails, beautiful woods and lakes and rivers where all types of wildlife can be spotted.

Fishing and hunting are other activities that happen off the Black Bear Scenic Byway. Enjoy six different lakes and rivers. Depending on which body of water you visit, all different kinds of fish can be caught. Some popular fish that tend to be caught a lot include: striped bass, sunfish, bluegill, and sunshine bass. Many of the bass tend to be large, even up to 24 inches. This is one of the favorite sports of many Florida anglers.

Florida Keys

I’m sure as a Florida resident you have been to the Keys at least once. But, have you ever road tripped and stopped at every single key? Each Key has different things to offer. Fish, swim, tan, and enjoy what each Key has to offer. I suggest starting in Key West and working your way back up.

Every island among the Keys have charter boats to take you out fishing, diving or snorkeling. A range of fish can be caught: from Marlin and Sailfish to Yellowtail Snapper and Grouper. If you love the water, fishing or boats, making a couple of these stops along the way will be great for you. Most of the places will ever filet the fish for you at the end of the trip, so they are ready for cooking.

While in Key West, you have to go to the big buoy on the southernmost end. It is written on the buoy “Southernmost Point of the Continental U.S.A.” It is right on the edge of the water. This is an iconic spot in Florida that every resident should visit and take a picture.

Bok Tower Gardens

Located in Lake Wales, this attraction is beautiful. Enjoy a historical tower tour, a picnic in the gardens, and a nice walk. This is a somewhat hidden Florida spot, that is a great starting place for a road trip. Whether you come from North, Central, or South Florida there are many unique stops along the way to Bok Tower Gardens.

There is a lot of history locked in the Bok Tower Gardens. The original founder of the Gardens was an American immigrant from the Netherlands. He thought life was beautiful, because of the opportunities he was afforded here in the United States. So, he decided he wanted to create something beautiful to share. This is why he built the tower, and the expanding beautiful gardens.

Hit this spot during the day to enjoy hiking, but stay for sunset. It is said to be one of the most dramatic sunset areas in Florida. It is a great place to take some truly breathtaking photography.
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