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15 Of The Best Road Trip Destinations In Central Florida To Visit This Summer

Some of the sweetest spots central Florida has to offer.
15 Of The Best Road Trip Destinations In Central Florida To Visit This Summer

Florida may not have a winter that keeps us holed up, but getting cabin fever can still definitely happen. Whether you basically live at work, have severe weather that keeps you trapped indoors, or you aren't from here and simply love adventures - the wanderlust eventually creeps in and that itch to get out and explore will overtake you.

Thankfully Florida has fantastic weather most of the year, especially in the summer, and plenty of beautiful spaces to feed your spirit of adventure. Get your Spotify playlists ready and get on the road again for a trip to 15 of the best road trip destinations Central Florida has to offer.

Berry Bay Farms

You'll love this cute little cash-only U-Pick farm in Wimauma. Not only will you get to pick your own produce to munch on the road, but you'll need clippers and a bucket to pick a stunning bouquet of sunflowers and zinnias to decorate your home.

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Address: 5135 Bonita Dr, Wimauma, FL 33598Hours: 8 am - 5 pm daily; closed between seasons

Wat Mongkolratanaram Buddhist Temple

You can get a taste of culture on Sundays at the Temple's cash-only Sunday Markets. Every Sunday from 8:30 am - 1 pm you can enjoy Thai treats like Phat Thai, Thai Curry, and Guiteow. You can even observe a ceremony at 1 pm in the Pali language.

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Address: 5306 Palm River Rd, Tampa, FL 33619Hours: Tues-Sun, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; Sun Market 8:30 am-1 pm

Weedon Island

At over 3,190 acres, you have a huge variety of ways to enjoy nature here, but hiking their 2 miles of boardwalk is the best. Climb the 45-foot tall observation tower to get panoramic views of Tampa Bay. Admission is free - but donations are welcome.

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Address: 1800 Weedon Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33702Hours: 7 am to approximately 15 mins to sunset daily; closing time changes and will be posted at the entrance.

Florida Botanical Gardens

This botanical garden is completely free to the public - saving you some strain on the ol' wallet. Meander the lush garden landscape and have gorgeous water views against a soft, cotton candy sky.

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Address: 12520 Ulmerton Rd, Largo, FL 33774Hours: 7 am - 5 pm daily

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

If you want to kayak or paddleboard, Weeki Wachee State Park is the most gorgeous place to do it. Meander down the 7.4 mile Weeki Wachee river with shimmering turquoise and emerald water hues.

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Address: 6131 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL 34606Hours: 9 am - 5:30 pm daily

Ocala National Forest

Hands down one of the best places to hike and camp in the state, the Ocala National Forest offers lush green views with nature. You'll also find various springs here to take a dip in on a hot summer's day.

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Address: Ocala National ForestHours: Vary depending on capacity - check for updates on the Facebook page.

Silver Glen Springs Recreational Area

You'll find this beauty nestled within the Ocala National Forest. You'll really be swimming with the fishies this summer while keeping cool in one of the most stunning springs in the entire state of Florida.

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Address: 5271 FL-19, Salt Springs, FL 32134Hours: 8 am - 8 pm daily, will vary with season; check their website for status updates.

Kelly Park

Kelly Park houses Rock Spring's Run, a crisp cool natural lazy river that is every floater's paradise. Laze all day as you drift downstream this summer. Pitch your tent (or park your RV) for a little camp retreat.

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Address: 400 E Kelly Park Rd, Apopka, FL 32712Hours: 8 am - 8 pm daily

Florida Central Zoo & Botanical Gardens

The Florida Central Zoo will fill you with joy and reignite your childhood feels. Meander the zoo to see all kinds of wildlife, or Meet giraffes Rafiki and George up close - feeding them some delicious greens. For information on the zoo's mission and ethics, you can click here

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Address: 3755 W Seminole Blvd, Sanford, FL 32771Hours: 9 am - 5 pm daily

Seminole Aerial Adventures

While at the zoo, be like the monkeys with an adventure up in the trees at the Seminole Aerial Adventures attraction. Climb the rope course's various obstacles to reach the zooming zipline.

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Address: 3755 W Seminole Blvd, Sanford, FL 32771Hours: 9 am - 3 pm daily

Souper Saiyan Ramen

After all that climbing, you'll certainly work up an appetite. Stop in Orlando for a mouthwatering bowl of Ramen at this Dragonball Z themed noodle shop. You can even get a Japanese cheesecake, pocky, or a Spirit Bomb energy drink!

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Address: 5689 Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32819Hours: Mon-Sat 12pm - 9pm, Sun 12pm - 8pm

Joy Sticks Orlando

While in Orlando you might as well geek out and get tipsy with some boozy beverages. This barcade is full to the brim with retro arcade classics - and has one of the coolest decorated spaces around.

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Address: 69 E Pine St, Orlando, FL 32801Hours: Tues-Thurs 7pm - 2am, Fri & Sat 5pm - 2am, Sun 4pm - 12am; Closed Mondays.

Mandara Spa

Welcome to a Bali escape right here in the Sunshine State. This oriental oasis for the senses will help you detox and destress the body - especially after all those drinks you had at Joysticks.

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Address: Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotel, 1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd. Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830Hours: 8am - 9pm daily

Bok Tower Gardens

Take a romantic stroll through Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales for the most scenic adventure imaginable. You'll feel like you walked straight into the fantasy of Middle Earth while being surrounded in a soft melodic hum from the tower's bells.

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Address: 1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales, FL 33853Hours: 8 am - 5 pm daily

Highlands Hammock State Park

Walk the boardwalks at Highland Hammocks for a nature-infused retreat. Trek the 9 different hiking trails - or walk on water by crossing elevated boardwalks nestled in the Cyprus Swamp.

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Address: 5931 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872Hours: 8am - Sunset, 365 days a year

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit a potentially hazardous location, you check for the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.