If you’ve found yourself with an extra-long weekend, a surprise day off, or are just suddenly bit by the spontaneity bug, there are plenty of super cool last-minute adventures to be had in Central Florida. From coast to coast and everywhere in between, these day trips are just a few easy hours cruise from Orlando, so you can make sure you’ll be back home in time for dinner. So, what are you waiting for? Check out these awesome spontaneous day trips in Florida.\nA little oversaturated with sun, sand, and tourists? You can take a break from the beach and the crowds and experience a different side of Florida.\nThese places might even make you forget you’re still in the Sunshine State, with lush tropical scenes, thrilling wildlife, and sky-high architecture where your imagination will run wild.\nEditor's Choice: 7 Florida Kayaking Spots That'll Show You a Magical Side Of The Sunshine State\nThey say not all who wander are lost, and there’s plenty of wandering with a purpose for every type of person in your crew to-do in Florida.\nSo, forget the passport, planning, and fuss, and go with the flow! Jump in the car and grab your favorite adventure buddy when you set out on these spontaneous day trips around Central Florida.\nSunken Gardens\nPrice: $12 \nAddress: 1825 4th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL \nWhy You Need To Go: You’ll feel like you’ve walked into a tropical oasis at these stunning 100-year-old gardens, and right now, you can even get in with your bestie or boo for just $12.50 together.\n View this post on Instagram Welcome to St. Petersburg, Florida. . . . In the midst of busy downtown St Petersburg is this hidden gem, Sunken Gardens. . . . It is a 100 acre botanical garden, full of lush exotic plants from all over the world. You can wander through this tropical paradise at your own pace, exploring waterfalls, gardens, and flowers. . . . Weddings and lots of special events take place here, and you can see why. It is lush and gorgeous. And it is so different every time you visit, depending on the time of year. . . . Photo credit: @followmeaway . . . While I’ve chosen not to travel long distances yet, I’m going to show you the best my home state, Florida, has to offer. . . . Have you ever visited St. Petersburg, Florida? Did you stop at Sunken Gardens? . . I am thinking about you. Stay safe wherever and whenever you travel. Stay positive. Stay with it. Reach out to me anytime! . . . . . #sunkengardens #sunkengardensstpete #visittampabay #visitflorida #disruptaging #thisis68 #botanicalgardens #visitfl #florida #floridalife #floridalifestyle #floridalife🌴 #followmeaway #beautifuldestinations #iamtb #instagramover60 #tampabaybloggers #tampabayblogger #sheisnotlost #travelbloggeres #midlifeblogger #midlifebloggers #confidentlybeautiful #noplacelikehome #noplacelikehome❤️ #blueskirt #stpetersburgflorida #visitstpeteclearwater #visitstpetersburg #femmetravel A post shared by Linda Malys Yore (@lindaontherunofficial) on Aug 4, 2020 at 8:05am PDT\n\nWebsite\n\n\n\nSt. Pete Pier\nPrice: Free to visit; though you may have to pay for metered parking\nAddress: 800 N.E. Second Ave., Saint Petersburg, FL \nWhy You Need To Go: While you’re in St. Pete, you’ll definitely want to pay a visit to the newly opened St. Pete Pier that might just be better than The Jersey Shore. Historical museums, local bars, and endless ways to enjoy the natural beauty of the Tampa Bay area await.\n View this post on Instagram Blown away... almost literally🤩 // ⚓️What an incredible new experience in St.Pete! Restaurants, rooftop bars and the best view in the Bay Area! It’s a must-see!! . . . #westonwanders #stpete #stpetepier #stpetersburgpier #stpetersburgfl #stpetebeach #visitstpetersburg #visitflorida #tampabay #visittampa #tampabayfl #tampaflorida #tampaphotographer #tampaspots #pier #views #tampablogger #tampafoodie #clearwater #pinellascounty #stpetersburgfl #fashionnova #ootd #fashionstyle #frosé #brunch #brunchtime #brunching #brunchoutfit #brunch🍴 #brunchgoals A post shared by Weston Gabrielle (@weston.wanders) on Jul 12, 2020 at 10:15am PDT\n\nWebsite\n\n\n\nCPonies Horseback Swimming\nPrice: $140 to $165 depending on which package you pick \nAddress: Servicing Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, and the Tampa Bay area\nWhy You Need To Go: The Gulf Coast has no shortage of amazing day trips to explore, and CPonies is a must for any horse lover. Hang out with rescue ponies and as they glide through the water for a magical horseback experience. \n View this post on Instagram THREE days left to ride in our St Pete location! Book now to make sure you get a spot on one of our last rides out in the beautiful bay 💙☀️🌊 A post shared by Cponies.com (@cponiesllc) on Oct 24, 2019 at 7:51am PDT\n\nWebsite\n\n\n\nChassahowitzka River\nPrice: $5 parking\nAddress: Launch Site at 8600 W. Miss Maggie Dr., Chassahowitzka, FL \nWhy You Need To Go: Kayakers and snorkelers will love the hidden gem that is the Chassahowitzka River, with plenty of secret springs to detour to that lead to underwater caves you can dive through.\n View this post on Instagram Nature is in no hurry and yet everything is accomplished🌿 Every cut, bruise and broken window is telling me to slow down... But honestly I’m just getting started 🌞🗺🚀🤘🏼 A post shared by Marissa (@marissasonrisa) on Jun 6, 2018 at 1:08pm PDT\n\nWebsite\n\n\n\nWekiva Island\nPrice: $2 \nAddress: 1014 Miami Springs Dr., Longwood, FL \nWhy You Need To Go: If you know where to look, you can find a hidden island oasis not far from the heart of Orlando, where you float, paddle, soak, and eat the day away in a natural paradise.\n View this post on Instagram It's Sustainable Sunday! If you did not know, we at Wekiva Island have taken on the 2030 Challenge. Our goal is to go carbon neutral by that year. How do we do it? With our C.E.R.O. philosophy (Conservation, Efficiency, Renewables, Offsets). We aim to conserve as much energy as possible and use it as efficiently as possible, plus take advantage of renewable strategies such as water cisterns and solar panels. What we can't reduce, we offset, like through off-property solar panels. It's all about protecting our Florida home. 💚 . . #SustainableSunday #WekivaIsland #Wekiva #Sustainability #GoGreen #CERO #RenewableEnergy #CarbonNeutral #2030Challenge #Carbon #Green #Orlando A post shared by Wekiva Island (@wekivaisland) on Jun 28, 2020 at 7:22am PDT\n\nWebsite\n\n\n\nKissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park\nPrice: $4 \nAddress: 33104 NW 192nd Ave, Okeechobee, FL\nWhy You Need To Go: For the night owls who are looking for a spontaneous nighttime escapade, you can get your fill of the stars at this gorgeous dark sky park not far from Orlando, and even camp overnight.\n View this post on Instagram 👋🏼 Hello friends! It’s been a long while since I’ve posted and I’m SO happy to be back. I missed this community. Emmie and I have been talking about a lot of big changes that we’re excited to share in the near future. Plus, Disney is in the process of opening back up even if it’s not like it was before. Plenty to look forward to on the horizon!! This photo was taken at our last camping trip at the Kissimmee Prairie Preserve and per usual, had a little Disney magic added to the mix. 🥾 🌱 A post shared by Doug And Emmie (@dougandemmie) on Jun 24, 2020 at 5:54am PDT\n\nWebsite\nHappy adventuring!\nWe 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 and obey any local laws.