Florida is most known for its beautiful coastlines and beaches. The peninsula is surrounded by both the Atlantic Ocean and The Gulf of Mexico making it a great spot for a relaxing vacation spent soaking up the sun and hopping around the many beaches. But, there are also some top adventure spots in Florida just waiting to be discovered.
Along with beaches, Florida is home to 1.5 million acres of wetlands, crystal clear waters, cavernous areas, natural wonders, and more. So if you’re into adventuring, Florida is definitely the place for you. Whether you enjoy hiking, camping, diving, kayaking, or just taking it all in, there are so many different places to choose from.
Some of the highlights include the warm, blue Weeki Wachee Spring State Park, Devil’s Den underwater cave in Williston, Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna, Dry Tortugas National Park in Key West, and of course the Everglades in South Florida. Come face to face with the wildlife and nature of Florida and prepare to be amazed that there are more than just beaches in the third largest state in America.
1) Kayak Weeki Wachee Springs
Located about an hour north of Tampa, Weeki Wachee Springs is home to a state park that is perfect for adventuring. Kayak or paddle board down the river to experience the wildlife of the area. If you’re lucky, you can spot a manatee family and swim with them!
The river takes about four hours to paddle down and a shuttle will be waiting at the end to bring you back to the rental area/carpark. Make sure to pack a lunch and some water so you can enjoy a little picnic along the river. And if you’re looking for an adrenaline rush jump into the water using one of the many rope swings and ledges scattered down the river!
2) Dive Devil's Den
When you think of diving in Florida you probably think of diving in the ocean. But here you’re able to dive in an underground spring located in a dry cave. Devil’s Den is an amazing natural wonder that is best explored underwater. For just $40 you can rent all of your scuba needs (as long as you’re certified) and jump into the beautiful, clear water and start exploring right away.
And if scuba diving isn’t your thing, you can snorkel the area as well!
3) Go Caving In Florida Caverns Park
If you want to explore a cave in Florida, you have to visit Florida Caverns State Park. In fact, it’s the only state park in Florida that offers tours to visitors of the dry air filled caves. Book in advance to avoid the chance of the tour selling out and to make sure you can see the beautiful rock formations in the caves. You can see things like limestone stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, flowstones, and draperies.
Make a whole weekend out of it and camp in the park. Go hiking, fishing, and explore the rest of the national park.
4) Camp On Dry Tortugas National Park, Key West
Hop on the Yankee Freedom III high speed ferry to Dry Tortugas National Park in Key West. But, if you intend on staying there, make sure you have all of your camping supplies ready to go (everything you’ll need, including water).
The island is full of pristine beaches, crystal clear water where you can see amazing animals (as the Keys are actually home to the third largest reef in the world). Plus you can check out Fort Jefferson during your stay and take in a bit of history about Florida!
5) Explore The Everglades
A trip to South Florida isn’t complete without exploring Everglades National Park. The massive park (1.5 million acres of wetlands) is home to the largest subtropical wilderness in the USA. You can find manatees, the American crocodile, and even the Florida panther in this region of Florida.
Go birdwatching, biking, boating, camping, canoeing and kayaking, fishing, hiking, and more! There’s so much to do in the vast wetland area and so much to see.