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Florida Day Trips for the Summer

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about things to do in Florida are the theme parks, but did you know there are many other enjoyable destinations that can be reached all within a day’s time? Here is a list of 5 of these places, and why they’re worth checking out!

1. The Salvador Dalí Museum in Tampa

Nested in St. Petersburg, the Dalí museum is a wonderful place to visit for art lovers and others alike. This museum has the largest collection of Dalí’s work (outside of Europe!) as well as beautiful gardens and special exhibits. You are guaranteed to see something breathtaking at this museum!

2. The Beaches in Seaside

Perhaps best known for being the shooting location of the 1998 film The Truman Show, Seaside, located in Destin, is an incredible display of New Urbanism and dazzling beaches. From its quaint local shops and restaurants to clear, blue water, Seaside feels like a little utopia, perfect for relaxing and soaking up the Florida sun.

3. Wakulla Springs near Tallahassee

Another film location— The Creature from the Black Lagoon—is Wakulla Springs near Tallahassee. Wakulla is one of the biggest and deepest natural springs in Florida, filled with crisp, cool water. Enjoy taking a dip in the spring, a jungle cruise tour to discover the native wildlife, or staying at the historic lodge located within the park. It’s less than 20 miles south of Tallahassee, so a trip to Florida’s capital city can be added to your itinerary!

4. St. Augustine

Consider visiting St. Augustine, the country’s oldest city! Take a guided tour to see all the greatest landmarks, such as the Castillo de San Marcos and the famed Fountain of Youth. There are also premium outlets to get your shopping fix, and the World Golf Village is close by for golfing aficionados.

5. Everglades National Park in Miami

Aside from the theme parks, the Everglades is perhaps the most wellknown Floridian destination, but have you ever been? Take an airboat ride and explore the nation’s third largest national park and all of the native and endangered species and wildlife within. And because it’s in South Florida, the city of Miami is worth checking out too, from its art districts to the zoo!

By: Raven Halle

 

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