From December to April, Florida's temperature can typically range from 60 degrees Fahrenheit to 70 degrees Fahrenheit although this depends on which part of the state you're in. 13208 State Road 72 The Crowley Museum and Nature Center sits on 190 acres of native land adjacent to the Myakka River. The smallest Post Office in the United States, measuring 7x8 feet with the roof peak at 10 feeat, is located in Ochopee. Florida’s only statewide non-profit organization representing thousands of Florida’s established and emerging fine craft artists, the Gallery also acts as a retail outlet for member artists’ fine crafts. Float down the crystalline Ichetucknee River in an innertube through shaded hammocks and Florida wildlife. Visit the only reconstructed Spanish mission site in Florida. Off coastal Hwy 98 about 5 miles west of Carrabelle (5.5 miles into Tate’s Hell State Forest on forest roads) More than 2.5 acres of historic gardens, the first of which was planted on the original residence in 1903, blossom along the St. Johns River. You can dive, snorkel or swim at one of the springs, but tubing the river is the best way to go. 14248 Camp Mack Road Access to the Cross Florida Greenway Land Bridge for hiking or biking (no motorized vehicles) is via the Land Bridge Trailhead. I-75 Exit #49 then drive north 19 miles to park entrance A professional tour guide shares inside knowledge on the ranch, wildlife and area history. (904) 940-4123 or (800) WGVGOLF and (904) 940-3673, Florida’s oldest restaurant is named after the ballad “Columbia, Gem of the Ocean.” First opened on 7th Ave. in 1905, today the Columbia continues to be run by the fourth generation of its founder, Casimiro Hernandez Sr. Tampa’s palace of Spanish cuisine is the largest Spanish restaurant in the nation, seating over 1,200 diners. Back to top. 5705 East Irlo Bronson Hwy. (850) 833-9595, www.destin- For a unique and enriching Keys vacation, explore intriguing attractions away from the mainstream haunts — whether secluded natural areas, historic spots or unexpected emporiums. Colleton County State Park; Georgia . Divers from around the world have returned from the depths singing the praises of the "Mighty O," and CNN dubbed the wreck "The Great Carrier Reef." 1000 3rd Street South Ranger-guided swamp walks are offered between November and April at this park also known as “The Amazon of North America.” For swamp walks, be prepared to wade in cool water up to your waist for half a day, learning about and enjoying the flora and fauna of the Fakahatchee Strand. 23-acre waterfront park, featuring biking, observation tower, full-moon kayaking tours, boat launch, eco-walk nature trail, picnic tables, freshwater fishing. Holland Park Planning to check out the coastal highlights of South Carolina and Georgia on your road trip to Disney World? This remarkable museum is conveniently located in downtown St. Petersburg, making it a must-see while in the area. When the pub was torn down after 150 years in use, it was shipped piece by piece and rebuilt in Delray Beach. More than 1,100 tons of coral were hand carved and sculpted by Edward Leedskainin as a tribute to his lost love. It stands 112 feet high and is in active use, sending out a flashing light to boaters every six seconds. (352) 466-3672 and (352) 466-3999, From Columbia, you can join up with I-95 South for the last leg of your journey on your drive to Orlando. The word "Cassadaga" is a Seneca Indian term meaning "rocks beneath the water." Leaving the shores of Lake Erie, you’ll soon be in Appalachia. It also served as a lookout for enemy submarines in WWI. the way around here is on the water. 358 22nd Ave. South Crosses Interstate 75 south of Ocala, between Exit 67 (CR 484) and Exit 68 (SR 200). This preserve has several different habitats including beach dunes, coastal strands and mangrove wetlands. Picnic areas, barbecues, biking and walking trails, or watching turtles nest. The easiest is to make a detour over to Raleigh on Interstate 85. Former Key West residents determined to have the last quirky word can be found in this historic cemetery. Monticello is a beautiful small town in North Central Florida with loads of Southern charm by day... and ghostly spirits by night. (407) 892-6905, le.html Legendary blues artist Willie Green regularly provides the music. If the weather is not quite right for a stroll around the gardens, take a look inside the extensive West Virginia State Museum. This should give you a hint as to why this Panama City Beach eatery was voted the No. An on-site museum houses one of the finest collections of restored Fresnel lenses in the world. 900 N. Birch Road (386) 397-4331, Take a spin on an airboat through the Central Florida Everglades and visit the wildlife park while taking in a glimpse of what Florida looked like 1,000 years ago! The state park is huge, but there is a suspension bridge and a short hike to a waterfall very close to I-95. Take a peek at Channelside and the surrounding areas in this VISIT FLORIDA Family Travel Expert video. Your excursion will carry you through unspoiled pinewoods, fresh water marsh and sections of the Cypress Telegraph Swamp on swamp buggies. (863) 680-4597, Check out the hip, undiscovered side of Miami on the Historic Redland Tropical Trail. Site of one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world, Wakulla Springs State Park offers daily guided riverboat tours in a glass-bottom boat (when the water is clear). For example, did you know Key … You’ll … Nearby, families watch from the shaded seats surrounding the plaza. (352) 394-2836, www.presidentshallof A Trekaroo favorite is Carowinds off exit 90 in South Carolina. 8974 Tomahawk Landing Road SeaWorld Orlando is a theme park and marine attraction in Orlando. A boardwalk and visitors center guide visitors through this historic American site. More than 30 species of birds use the 5,400+ acres on Pelican Island as a rookery, roost, feeding ground or loafing area. Take the opportunity to jump tandem, work with coaches to improve your skills, or learn something new, like free flying. It even has restrooms, so it is the perfect pit-stop on your drive to Orlando. Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens and The American Orchid Society Visitors Center & Botanical Garden Known as The Sunshine State, Florida is heavily focused on the tourist trade. Visit the world’s first oceanarium where Nellie, the oldest dolphin in human care, resides. Consider a detour off I-95 to Charleston. 12-acre passive park with linear trail, bicycle trail, pavilions, freshwater fishing and playground. The Sanibel Lighthouse is located at the eastern tip of Sanibel Island. The beaches are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Florida, along with some of the worlds best known theme parks, including Disney World, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld. 13810 Waterfront Drive The Indian Temple Mound Museum in Fort Walton Beach reflects 12,000 years of spiritual, technological and artistic achievements of Florida's native peoples. He escaped Nazi Germany in 1939 and served in the United States Army during WWII. Wilmington, Delaware is one of Trekaroo’s favorite pit-stops along I-95 on your drive to Orlando. Big Cypress Gallery Today, you can see rockets and the Space Shuttle Atlantis, meet an astronaut, and learn about missions to space. Search for them all and find hidden images painted within them. 6180 US Highway 27 Billie Swamp Safari offers packages that include an overnight stay in a native chickee hut, day and evening swamp tours and old-time campfire stories about the history and legends of the unconquered Seminoles. Visit a Florida cow camp from the year 1876, where you’ll find a cow hunter who is more than willing to talk about his life and times in a living history demonstration. (850) 997-4242, Cabbage Key is accessible only by boat, helicopter or seaplane (regularly scheduled boats run everyday from Pine Island, Captiva Island and Punta Gorda). The Elliott Museum and House of Refuge In the fall and early winter, clouds of Monarch butterflies stop in the area during their migration to Mexico. 993 E. Oakland Park Blvd. Salvador Dali Museum We will be driving from Indiana to Florida with a 5yo and 3yo this month. (863) 902-1113, Canopy Walk at Myakka River State Park The camp was chartered on December 18, 1894, chosen for its unique energy level. Kids will enjoy the fossil dig and life-size dinos while adults will adore the serene environment. Learn more about the inn and restaurant, as well as the surrounding areas, in this video about the Forgotten Coast of Florida. These kid-friendly stops on I-95 and I-77 will help you start planning the driving portion of your family’s Disney World vacation. The possum monument The Desert Inn Motel & Restaurant became part of history during the late 1880s when it was a mid-way stop for cowmen along the Cross Florida Cattle Trail. (561) 272-7272, If you want to go where the locals go, you'll head over to Ichetucknee Springs. Adventures Unlimited       (321) 268-5000, (863) 956-4990 (863) 983-8151 or (800) 749-4466, (904) 829-0745, This agriculture area has some of the coolest offbeat attractions in the area. We have reviews of the best places to see in Florida. 16405 Myakka Road With the assistance of Colonel Hermann and his father, General George Patton saved this rare breed of horses from the Russian advances of WWII, a story recounted in the 1963 Walt Disney movie “Miracle of the White Stallions.” Now, you can see the original white Lipizzans of Austria perform the rare and beautiful “Airs Above Ground.” These horses are known for their distinctive leaping and “flying.”. Don’t worry—you won’t contend with Jaws here. Stretching from Maine to Florida,  I-95 is the most direct path from north to south along the Atlantic Coast. Elgin Air Force Base Pineland-Randell Research Center It can even be seen from quite a distance away. Adventures Unlimited in Milton hosts daytime excursions, overnight trips and fishing groups in Blackwater River State Forest. Built in 1907, this historic inn features the award- winning Avenue Sea restaurant. You might not be able to walk on water, but you can walk atop a canopy of trees - okay, sort of - at Myakka River State Park. Check out Trekaroo’s Top 10 Things to Do in Baltimore with Kids. The pioneer history area includes a museum with artifacts from the late 1870s to the early 1900s, a working blacksmith shop, a working sugar cane mill, and a restored 1892 Cracker house. 139 Miracle Strip Parkway SE If you ever had the desire to create new skills or advance your efforts in these areas, classes are available at all levels from beginner to advanced. (850) 651-1808, 123 North US 27 Here is the site of the first recorded birth of a black child in Florida. Bioluminescent kayaking Richmond is a fun place to stop just for a couple hours or even to spend the night on your drive to Orlando. Check out Trekaroo’s tips for Exploring Historic New Bern with Kids. (239) 283-2278, The cave has dazzling formations of limestone stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, flowstones and draperies. Maurice’s off exit 18 in Columbia is a fan favorite. Scalloping at Steinhatchee Landing Resort Amelia Island, a scant 13 miles long and two miles wide, is a charming seaport village characterized by stately Victorian-era architecture and a history that rivals any in the country. Constructed in 1890, The Monticello Opera House narrowly escaped the wrecking ball in the 1970s and now serves as a center of community art and culture. Built in 1798 by the slaves of John McQueen, the house is the oldest planter’s residence still standing in Florida. 12802 Easy Street A Community Center provides a centralized recreational location near the historic paddleball courts. (727) 823-1594, (850) 973-3629, All Navy, Marine and Coast Guard aviators start their training in Pensacola, giving it the nickname “Cradle of Naval Aviation.” On most Tuesdays and Wednesday from March through November, look to the sky above Pensacola to see the Blue Angels training and performing awe-inspiring aerial maneuvers—a mere 18 inches apart. 510 Dodecanese Blvd. The University of West Florida Archaeology Institute presents artifacts from colonial, Early American, Victorian and Prehistoric Native American eras. Make the most out of this Halloween Season by braving some seriously spooky haunted attractions. Florida can be an expensive place to live or visit (if you want to have fun), but it doesn’t have to be. Still visible today are giant mounds of oyster shells left by the Timucua Indians and their ancestors. (850) 697-3734, www.fl- An 88-acre wildlife sanctuary where nature-lovers can fish, bike, hike and kayak through more than 1,500 acres of mangrove forests and marshes. Contact various charters for diving. Babcock Wilderness Tours at Babcock Ranch Watch a video on swimming with the manatees. With thousands of books and numerous microfiche and microfilm records, Elmer’s Genealogy Library is an extensive resource for anyone researching their family tree. While we're known as the home of America's space program, Orlando's closest beaches and some of the best surfing in the country, this is only a taste of what our area has to offer. His spirit guide instructed him to establish a spiritualist community in the south. 2117 E. 7th Ave. Cool even in the Florida heat, the sinkhole features fossilized remains of sharks, marine animals and extinct land animals amid the streams that trickle down the walls. Check out Trekaroo’s guide to an overnight stay in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Angel’s Diner St. Augustine Lighthouse (954) 410-5419, 1750 Radford Blvd. Big Cat Rescue is a 45-acre wildlife sanctuary and home to 140 wild cats representing 16 species. (904) 356-6857, While there are plenty of rest areas and bathroom breaks along I-95, your family will have a lot more fun if you get off the interstate to enjoy the cities and attractions on your road trip to Disney World. Once you’ve made it through the Capital Region and bypassed Washington DC on your drive to Orlando, you’ll certainly be ready for another pit stop by the time that you cross the Potomac into Virginia. Or, possibly even a full day in Charm City? The “Living Exhibit” demonstrates how the Seminoles lived in south Florida during the late 1800s. Stan Goldman Memorial Park Walkers, runners, bicyclists and rollerbladers set their own pace on this path, which is bordered by seven miles of Hollywood’s famous coastline, vocational apartments and resorts, charming shops, cafés and places to eat facing the ocean. If you’re in search of the best roller coasters in the East, you should certainly consider a stop at Kings Dominion (exit 98) on your drive to Orlando. The extensive collection of Morse’s Tiffany holdings range from his famed leaded-glass windows to examples of his pottery, jewelry, mosaics, watercolors, lamps, furniture and scores of his Favrile blown glass. During those months, Florida's weather is oftentimes on the cooler, more comfortable side. Back to top. Any suggestions at all would be extremely helpful! America’s first land bridge If you need to stop for the night, Charlotte, North Carolina is a good option. Driving the I-77 route on a road trip to Disney World, families pass through Charleston, capital of West Virginia. I live in California and would like to know what the best Route to take and best scenery to see. After exploring the Hall of Fame, head over to the Murray Bros. Caddyshack Restaurant, owned by Bill Murray and his five brothers, where your personal “caddie” will make sure you “eat, drink and be Murray.”, Swim with manatees       Built by an eccentric heartbroken man, entirely by hand, Coral Castle is full of mystery and wonder, and it's definitely an essential roadside attraction just off I-95. Weddings on Water is America’s first floating wedding chapel. Ybor City Back to top. See our Terms of Use for details. Road Trips - ROAD TRIP!! This agriculture area has some of the coolest offbeat attractions in the area. Named one of America’s top ten nostalgic promenades by USA Today, the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk is more than 2 miles long, featuring miles of car free enjoyment and bricklined pedestrian promenade that combines dramatic coastal views of award-winning Blue Wave beaches. Plagued by decades of prank phone calls—the dial was finally removed from the phone—the World’s Smallest Police Station in Carrabelle has been housed in a phone booth since the 1960s. 305 Artemesia Trail President’s Hall of Fame 350 US Highway 1 Driving to Orlando can be half the fun — especially if your family stops at some of these Trekaroo-approved attractions. Medieval Torture Museum. The Bonsai Collection includes more than 50 trees from six inches to more than four feet. (Drivers are advised to not stop along the Interstate except for an emergency.) The opinions expressed in the getaway ideas, Floridians' Favorites and readers' comments do not necessarily represent those of VISIT FLORIDA. Andrew Davis Building, 1112 Stevens Street Visual Arts Pavilion at the ArtsPark Phosphate Museum With access to a boat and some basic snorkeling equipment, you can jump right in and look forward to a plate of tasty, just-caught scallops on your plate. According to countless locals and visitors, this quirky and quintessential St. Pete eatery serves the best burgers and fried chicken in town. The Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge, where the environmental education center is located, is one of only a handful of urban wildlife areas in the country. In Homosassa Springs, you can stay dry while observing manatees through their famous “fishbowl.”. Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp If you enjoy learning all about your favorite golfers, this is the spot for you. Haunted Attractions in Florida . Take a 45-minute riding tour along this northeast Atlantic shoreline to get a glimpse of this stunning Florida seaside. Consider a stop at the state capital or a state park to enjoy the mountain scenery! A gun that shoots toilet plungers and a car with a V-8 engine that utilizes—you guessed it—the vegetable drink cans. One of the oldest attractions in the U.S. Here is Trekaroo’s guide to road trip to Orlando. 4000 Morikami Park Road and 16700 AOS Lane Columbia Restaurant World Golf Hall of Fame of Fame Monkey Island Homosassa Head to Florida’s Western coast, on the Homosassa River, and you will find Monkey Island. Meet the people of San Luis going about the tasks that sustained life in this 17th century Western capital of Spanish Florida. Prince William County – National Museum of the Marine Corps, 2. This amusement park is often called the “Thrill Capital of the Southeast!” Thrill rides, family-style rides, a waterpark, and even Planet Snoopy make this park fun and family-friendly. (904) 2513537, 250 W. Hickpoochee Ave. 1 Seafood Restaurant by “Southern Living” readers. Gator hatching and night tours at Gatorama, video about the Forgotten Coast of Florida, www.fl-,,,,,,,,,,, le.html,, tates/florida/preserves/art5522,,,,, A Guide to Florida's Quirky Roadside Attractions. These big cats were rescued from near death in some cases. Report inappropriate content . Don’t leave without trying their signature drink, the pusalow—chocolate milk mixed with vanilla syrup and poured over ice. The Bonnet House estate is the legacy of Frederic Clay Bonnet, who built the house in 1920 to promote stylish living in Southern Florida. Families looking for a pit-stop in Northern Virginia should consider the National Museum of the Marine Corps just outside of Quantico (exit 150A.) Pie At Flora & Ella’s 1 Young Circle Saved by the Historical Society of Martin County in 1955, it is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and provides a look at life as the area entered the 20th century. The 20 best things to do in Florida. Navigate your way through ghost tours, Disney theme parks and swampland adventures—all the best things to do in Florida. Located alongside beautiful DeLeon Springs – great for swimming. Hollywood Beach Broadwalk Potter's Wax Museum. Arthur McBride, the original curator of Marineland, was the first to hypothesize that dolphins use echolocation. The Salvador Dali Museum is home to the most comprehensive private collection of surrealist painter Salvador Dali’s works in the world. Mountains stretch as far as the eye can see. From Haunted Houses and Haunted Trails to creepy Corn Mazes and horrifying Hayrides, there's an endless amount of entertainment taking place all throughout Florida! A small fee is required per car. There are a couple of state parks in South Carolina worth a stop for families on a road trip to Disney World. Download the App. Walk through the eight-foot tall English oak doors of the Blue Anchor Pub and you'll take a step back to 19th century London. The other option is to drive through New Bern to North Carolina’s coast and drive the coastal route on your road trip to Disney World. The Myakka River, designated as a Florida Wild and Scenic River, flows through 58 square miles of wetlands, prairies, hammocks and pinelands. Sure, you could take a cruise on your honeymoon, but why not just get married on the water? America’s first land bridge connects the east and west sides of the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway, a 110 -mile conservation and recreation corridor that stretches across the state. This south Florida landmark opened in 1939 and is most famous for its signature thoroughbred race for three-year-olds, the $1 million Florida Derby. 81 Lighthouse Ave. It isn't enough that it helps you find amazing places—you can also plan a trip to all of them. Visit top-rated & must-see attractions. With a screen door that mostly works and tin roof that pings when it rains, the restaurant features some good ole cracker cookin’: fried gator, fried okra, grits, greens and biscuits. Check out Trekaroo’s Top Things to Do in Raleigh, North Carolina. (863) 983-7979, At Capt. Narrow your search by city below or by category to make things a bit easier! At Amelia Island State Park, you will find one of the few locations in Florida offering horseback riding on the beach. Find what to do today or anytime in December. www.florida- Check out Trekaroo’s recommendations for Spending a Day in Charleston, West Virginia Capital City. Find what to do today, this weekend or in December. (386) 761-1821, (800) 388-9669 At Florida Caverns State Park, Park Ranger Amanda Glover leads a tour through caverns that were etched out by Civilian Conservation Corp workers. The Gibson Inn and Avenue Sea Coastal dune lakes Offering fresh catfish, cooter (freshwater turtle), frogs’ legs, and gator along the banks of Lake Okeechobee. Big Cat Rescue The Metalwork Studio offers Metalsmith classes taught by a metalsmith artist and jewelry designer. The Old Spanish Sugar Mill is a unique restaurant located within DeLeon Springs State Park. (239) 283-2062, Re-enactments held on Saturdays and Sundays from Oct. 1 through May 1 or by appointment the rest of the year. Florida is the perfect family road trip destination. The system is thankfully upgraded with air conditioning to keep riders cool. Outside the main gates of Eglin AFB on Highway 85 and State Road 189 (863) 465-4331, The trail offers a wonderful view of the island along with hiking, bird watching, wildlife observation and photography. Located on Jupiter Island, Blowing Rocks is so named because of the way, during extreme high tides and after winter storms, the seas crash against the Anastasia limestone and force plumes of saltwater through holes in the rocks up to 50 feet in the sky. South Walton County has 15 coastal dune lakes, the largest concentration in the world. In fact, the Denham House was named one of the top places to get in bed with a ghost by “USA Today.” Ghost tours are provided throughout the month of October (contact 850-508-8109 or visit 28655 S. Dixie Highway, (305) 248-6345, Richmond – Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Drive to Orlando: Kid Friendly Stops on Your I-77 Road Trip Itinerary, 1. 109 Central Ave. VISIT FLORIDA® is the Official Florida Tourism Industry Marketing Corporation. Paddling for sharks’ teeth on the Peace River 32755 Singletary Road (863) 675-2891 Just outside of town, O’Toole’s Herb Farm is a certified organic herb nursery and gardens. A quintessential Pensacola experience, the National Naval Aviation Museum is the third- largest aviation museum in the world. (850) 234-2225 or (888) US-TOP-50, Now serving as a museum, it contains some of the original remaining stock, furs, hides and equipment to provide a look at how settlers lived in this remote outpost. Dedicated in 1943, downtown Kissimmee’s Monument of States is a 40-foot-tall pyramid constructed of various stones, fossils and other rocky materials gathered from all 50 states and more than 20 countries. US Highway 98 954-921-3404, Indian Temple Mound Museum at The Heritage Park & Cultural Center Visitors can enjoy nature trails, a boardwalk and an observation tower. For 6,000 years, humans have made Fort George Island in present-day Jacksonville their home. Start Exploring. It was even the one-time summer vacation home of President Jimmy Carter. Drivers can even spot the museum from I-95. On site, you’ll also want to visit the Spanish fort and the Franciscan Mission Church. This LaBelle institution offers good, old-fashioned grub, but is best known for its sky-high pies. A nature trail offers a leisurely walk along the wooded areas of the park. Please contact us to send a comment or to report a problem. Chicken and waffles, a southern favorite, is a perfect choice. The college is located on Lake Hollingsworth (also on the Great Florida Birding Trail). On site are two gift shops full of herbal products, plants, regional art, gardening supplies and organic products. This is a perfect stop on your driver to Orlando. 954-921-3500, Immerse yourself in Old Florida – literally. Francis Scott Key penned his famous “Star Spangled Banner” poem here, later to become our national anthem, while watching for the American flag to rise above the fort at dawn. With three restaurants, a reptile lagoon, a small amusement park, and even a motel, South of the Border is easy to spot: look for the Sombrero Tower at exit 1 in North Carolina. Located on the Suwannee River, this inviting source of cool, clear water has attracted people for thousands of years. Bonnet House Museum & Gardens (800) 226-3542 and (904) 251-2320, and Woods Bay State Park in Olanta off of exit 141 has a nature trail that circles a pond. Go for a half-day, a full day or more and see how good you get at spotting those shark teeth. Dixie Crossroads Seafood Restaurant serves shrimp caught by their own fleet of commercial shrimp boats. The gardens feature six different time periods and Japanese styles. 19200 SW 344th Street, (305) 246-1592, It is free so families can stop in for a short visit and be on their way. A true Tampa tradition with flamenco shows nightly. (772) 225-1875, Charleston, the Capital of  West Virginia, Kid-Friendly I-77 Pit Stops in the Carolinas on Your Road Trip to Florida, Best Wilmington, DE Activities for Families, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Top 10 Things to Do in Baltimore with Kids. Desert Inn Restaurant This unusual monument pays tribute to the lowly possum (or opossum, as Northerners seem to prefer). The Florida Holocaust Museum is the result of St. Petersburg businessman and philanthropist, Walter P. Loebenberg’s remarkable journey and vision. Woods Bay State Park; 3. In fact, these coastal dune lakes are so rare they are considered globally imperiled. Discover 272 hidden attractions, cool sights, and unusual things to do in Florida from Dry Tortugas to Lewis Spring House. The bar has a unique wrap-around mural of the Florida Everglades, which you’ll promptly ignore when you make a few new best friends. Two rinks for skating and roller hockey. Discover the Florida Everglades from Fort Lauderdale on this airboat adventure at Everglades Holiday Park. Sand and Snow...and everywhere in between! You can watch while staff milk venomous snakes to harvest their valuable venom. When in leaf during summer/fall, the fields have been compared to the tulip fields in Holland for their beauty. Take exit 77 and in under an hour arrive at Wild Florida Airboats and Wildlife Park. Rentals daily. Starting in southern Florida, just outside Miami, you'll stumble upon Coral Castle in Homestead. Herrmann’s Original Royal Lipizzans St. Augustine, Florida. (352) 846-2000, Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden Hit the road with the app when you're ready. (954) 563-5393, South of the Border; 2. The fish camp atmosphere includes decorating with stuffed—as in, by a taxidermist—animals everywhere. Fishing fanatics: Not only will you find everything you need for a day of fishing, but you’ll be wowed by the collection of thousands of old fishing lures and paraphernalia. (813) 241-8838, and (813) 247-1434, (239) 695-2101, This house of refuge, built in 1876, is the only one remaining of 10 commissioned by the U.S. Treasury Department as havens for shipwrecked sailors and travelers along the barren east coast of Florida. 954-921-3274, Dixie Crossroads Seafood Restaurant (772) 794-0601, Be prepared for the unexpected; from hands-on gator egg hatching to a night tour where alligator eyes shine through the darkness. There are live butterfly releases on Saturdays and Sundays. 3345 Caverns Road 300 Connecticut St. Florida Southern College is home to the largest single- site collection of architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s buildings in the world. Keeping with the ocean theme, SeaWorld is divided into different areas called “seas.” 901 S. Federal Highway Fredericksburg – A Nice Place to Stay the Night on an I-95 Road Trip, 3. There are also museums, historic sites, and gardens to explore in this beautiful Southern city on the James River. A tropical fruit pavilion, butterfly garden and “rainforest” are just a few of the lush landmarks at Farichild Tropical Botanical Garden. It’s a land of “firsts” at Marineland. The St. Augustine Lighthouse, with its distinctive black-and- white spiral and red top, is one of the most recognizable lighthouses in the country. One of the largest Holocaust museums in the country, the museum houses an actual Auschwitz rail car. An annual festival in October marks this natural event and offers fun and educational activities for visitors. 200 Riverside Drive 380 S. Lake Shore Way Fernandina Beach and horseback riding on the beach More than 40 murals, many with sound, are located throughout downtown Lake Placid. What began as a 60-piece collection in 1961 has evolved into the largest fine arts collection in Northeast Florida. Offshore Pensacola Anderson’s Marina, you can also catch a boat for a dolphin cruise or a charter for a day of fishing. Another option for families driving to Orlando is Colleton County State Park in Walterboro off exit 68. While there is an entrance fee for adults ages 16 and over, a visit to Fort McHenry is certainly cheaper than parking at one of the notoriously expensive parking garages in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Gatorama also is the perfect place to purchase all things ‘gator: wallets, belts, hides and more. Anne Kolb Nature Center at West Lake Park Panthers and cattle and turkeys – if you want to experience such motley wildlife, Babcock Wilderness Tours is for you. Looking to stay overnight in Wilmington, DE or a full day exploring the city on your drive to Orlando? (386) 497-2511, Kayaking is the preferred way to experience this wizardry with tours offered summer to early fall through a number of area outfitters. Gulfstream Park In its 57-year history, 38 three-year-olds from the Florida Derby have gone on to win 51 Triple Crown events, including 20 Kentucky Derby winners – most recently the beloved Barbaro. Go ahead, defy the laws of gravity. It also served as a lookout for enemy submarines in WWI. Road School: Civil War and American History in Prince William County, VA. guide to an overnight stay in Fredericksburg, Virginia. 324 E. Pine Street With epitaphs like “I Told You I was Sick,” “Devoted Fan of Julio Iglesias” and others, the cemetery is as Key West as you can get—in a cemetery, of course. Out-of-the-Way Attractions Enrich Keys Visits. Immerse yourself in the Greek culture and traditions of Tarpon Springs, home to the largest Greek population per capita in the U.S. Big Shoals State Park, County Road 135 Among the artifacts on display are a 300-year-old cannon from Presidio Santa Maria de Galve and the 450-year-old anchor from the Emmanuel Point shipwreck. It is now a restaurant that overlooks the Baron River. Don’t forget to grab some southern barbecue before you leave South Carolina! The DuPont Environmental Education Center is just about 5 minutes off the Rte 4/ Martin Luther King blvd exit in Wilmington (exit 6 on I-95.). The remains of the only water-powered sugar mill in Florida, built in 1831, offers grill-your-own pancakes made from grain stone-ground on site with French buhr millstones. (727) 821-7391, By the pond you’ll likely see alligators and cypress trees. If you are touring the island, this is a good starting point. (800) 268-0083 or (863) 494-1215, 701 Pauline St, Naturally, your first question here is: … 13810 Waterfront Drive Re-enactments held on Saturdays and Sundays from Oct. 1 through May 1 or by appointment the rest of the year. We are reader-supported. (772) 562-3909 x 275, Featuring a mix of white sand beaches, natural springs and state parks, North Florida is home to some of the Sunshine State’s most beautiful, untouched landscapes. Florida Caverns State Park You probably know which theme parks you want to visit and what you want to do once you’ve arrived in Central Florida, but how about pit stops on your drive to Orlando? Fort Lauderdale Kite Surfing Co. If you like diving -- and for many people, snorkeling and scuba are the main attractions on a Florida Keys visit -- then you'll love the History of Diving Museum. 1. A family road trip to Disney World or other spots near Orlando, Florida is a vacation highlight for millions of people every year. Ranging from buzzworthy travel hotspots to completely under-the-radar coastal towns, these are some of the best places to visit in Florida in 2018. This trading post was opened in 1906 by one of the first settlers of the Everglades. Follow the local tradition: Dine early at Capt. This event is hailed as the nation’s foremost prep for the Kentucky Derby. Also, I would like to know what are some things that I should see and do on the way to Florida. Set on the edge of the beautiful white-sand beach, this historical lighthouse dates from 1884. The Floating Chapel combines the traditional appeal of a church setting   with the unexpected—and totally romantic—place at the famous St. Petersburg Pier. Charleston is a great place to spend the night on a road trip to Disney World. Darien ; Kid-Friendly Stops Along I-95 in Florida – You’ve Made It! The beaches are a great place to take a few days rest on your road trip to Walt Disney World. Capt. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse Fort Mosé Historic State Park Bring a camera. Learn more in our Cookie Notice and our Privacy Policy. Through exhibits, artifacts and displays, visitors learn about this important aspect of Florida’s history and culture. (863) 494-6077, Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without the written permission of the publisher. Most people just don’t know about all of the free and affordable fun things to do. Marvel at the 150 vintage aircraft, including the first plane to cross the Atlantic and the first to land on the South Pole. The retired 911-foot aircraft carrier sits upright at 212 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. Fun Places to Stop on Your Road Trip to Florida Along I-95 in the Carolinas and Georgia . This small town will make you feel as though you’ve been dropped in the middle of “The Andy Griffith Show!” One stroll down Main Street and you’ll think you’ve been transported to Mayberry. The Nation’s Smallest Post Office 52388 Tamiami Trail Butterfly Rainforest at Florida Museum of Natural History 804 E. Atlantic Ave. Located on Florida's Space Coast, this huge complex is where space exploration has made history. Looking for some fun off the beaten path? Camp Creek, one of West Virginia’s beautiful  state parks, offers cabins, horseback and hiking trails, and several playgrounds to blow off some pent-up energy. (352) 628-9305 or (800) 587-6667, Looking to spend the night in Baltimore on your road trip to Disney World? Rare tropical plants including palms, cycads, flowering trees and vines bloom around the 83 acres of the gardens. Display gardens and two greenhouses are open to the public. Blowing Rocks Preserve Sometimes the Florida Keys' hidden treasures and colorful locales can be eclipsed by better-known spots. If you’re beginning your drive to Orlando in Connecticut or New Jersey, the entire family will think it’s a good idea to stretch their legs by the time that you cross the Delaware Memorial Bridge and say goodbye to the New Jersey Turnpike. Just north of Richmond on I-95, Kings Dominion is one of the best amusement parks in the Eastern United States. . View Florida scrub cattle, originally brought here by the Spanish in the 1500s. Kingsley Plantation National Historic Site Our Ultimate Florida Road Trip will take you from one end of the state down around and back up to the Florida panhandle. 108 Royal Palm Ave. Kite surfing combines kite flying, wakeboarding and windsurfing for a great new version of fun in the sun – perfect with Fort Lauderdale’s calmer waves and tropical breezes. (954) 454-7000 or (800) 771-TURF, Fun dinner shows, exhilarating activities, and awesome attractions give road tripping families tons of spots for breaks and leisure. The Storter family home became the Rod & Gun Club in 1925, an historic gathering place for hunting and fishing enthusiasts – many of them famous, including Ernest Hemingway and Dwight D. Eisenhower. (813) 783-9399 or (800) 888-JUMP, There is no cost to visit the West Virginia State Capitol Building, gardens and West Virginia State Museum; they are all free! Monticello Opera House From the South Carolina State Museum to the Riverbanks Zoo there’s plenty to see and do in Columbia, SC. (813) 254-HART (4278), Kids love riding a train down into the mine as a retired miner explains how coal was mined in Beckley. Yes, these natural formations are exceedingly gorgeous—but you should also note that they’re exceedingly rare. Taking a houseboat up the Suwannee really is getting away from it all. Airy, NC off exit 81. Choose exit 68 to dine like royalty at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament Show or choose unusual sandwich options at Earl of Sandwich. Regardless of preference Florida has something to … The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood is a vibrant, regionally distinct, contemporary visual and performing arts organization offering visual art exhibitions, theatre, music and dance performances. Trekaroo receives commissions from our affiliate partners. Robert is Here Fruit Stand Learn more about history in Tallahassee and get a view of the Mission in this informative video about the area. Life- size wax statues of the presidents and an extensive collection of political artifacts are only part of the fun. Visitors can access several state parks right from the convenience of their houseboats. If you like old-time diners with old-time prices, Angel’s is it. The Suwannee River is one of the wildest, most unspoiled rivers in America. 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