Florida may be a mostly humid, subtropical peninsula, but it still boasts some truly lush and colorful spots that really make you feel like you’re deep in a South American jungle. If you’re itching for a new adventure but not so keen on traveling far, these hidden Florida gems are for you. Check out 7 gorgeous Florida jungles that’ll take you on an exotic safari without ever leaving the Sunshine State.
Hike Florida’s breathtaking national forests, paddle through dense green canals, and float along in turquoise blue waters. These spots showcase all of Florida’s natural beauty while giving you a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Some of these hidden gems are local favorites, tucked away from the popular tourist attractions, really allowing for a sense of seclusion and untouched nature. As an added bonus, many of these spots are either free or super cheap to visit, so you can “travel afar” without all the financial burden of actually going abroad.
While you may want to stock up on bug spray before you hit the road, these spots are totally worth it.
Explore Florida’s wild side and trek through these fun jungle adventures!
Myakka River State Park
Price: $6 per vehicle
Address: 13208 State Rd. 72, Sarasota, FL
Why You Need To Go: Grab your bae and unleash your inner Jane and Tarzan as you trek through boardwalk trails, beneath lush canopies, and through wildflower fields at this gorgeous state park.
Winter Park Chain of Lakes
Price: $45 daytime kayaking
Address: 410 Ollie Ave., Winter Park, FL
Why You Need To Go: Paddle your way through vibrant tropical foliage on a kayaking tour of these winding river canals in historic Winter Haven.
Tree Tops Park
Price: $1.50 per person
Address: 3900 S.W. 100th Ave., Davie, FL
Why You Need To Go: You’ll totally forget you’re in Florida as you wander these zig-zagging boardwalk trails beneath towering tropical trees.
Highlands Hammock State Park
Price: $6 per vehicle
Address: 5931 Hammock Rd., Sebring, FL
Why You Need To Go: With 9 different hiking trails across wetlands and elevated boardwalks, you might even expect to see Eliza Thornberry adventuring this jungle-like state park. Smashing!
King’s Landing River Run Adventure
Price: $50 2-3 seat canoe, $50 single person kayak, $60 for 2 seat kayak, $5 for camping per person per night at the state park locations
Address: 5722 Baptist Camp Rd., Apopka, FL
Why You Need To Go: Twisting vines hang from towering palms, crystal-clear water lazily floating you along in your kayak as you soak in the sights and sounds of Wekiva Springs State Park. You can even camp near the stream for just $5 a night.
Sarasota Jungle Gardens
Address: 3701 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, FL
Why You Need To Go: Put all those episodes of information Steve Irwin taught you when you were a kid to use as you visit macaws, lizards, primates, and even feed free-roaming flamingos at the Sarasota Jungle Gardens.
Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park
Price: $4 per vehicle
Address: 4732 Millhopper Rd., Gainesville, FL
Why You Need To Go: Trek down boardwalk paths built into the sinkhole and uncover a true mini rainforest, with tiny waterfalls, hanging vines, and lush foliage.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.