From crystal clear water springs to the Florida Space Center, these 7 road trip ideas near Orlando are guaranteed to liven up your weekend plans. Pick a few favorites or make a bucket list of these cute day trips in Central Florida.

Pack sunscreen, a bathing suit, and a polaroid camera on these road trip adventures and enjoy the gorgeous views.

Three Sisters Springs

Price: $7.50 from April 1 to Nov. 14, $15 from Nov. 15 to March 31, walk-ins $25

Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Address: 123 NW. US Hwy. 19, Crystal River

Why You Need To Go: Float with gentle giants in this crystal-clear spring full of manatees. You can swim, snorkel, or paddle while you admire the views. Go in the winter for the most manatees. 

Kennedy Space Center

Price: $57 daily admission

Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m, varies, check here

Address: Space Commerce Way on Merritt Island

Why You Need To Go: The space center is an unbeatable adventure that will take you to the stars through 3D holograms and touch-screen interactives. You can even view a real shuttle launch if you time it right.

Falling Creek Falls

Price: Free

Hours: Monday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m, closes at 5:30 p.m. in the winter

Address: 953 NW. Falling Creek Rd., Lake City

Why You Need To Go: You need to see this little-known Florida waterfall! The falls are rootbeer-colored and flow beautifully over a small rock cliff. Relax by the sounds of the rushing falls and take in the pretty scenery. 

Fountain of Youth 

Price: $17

Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily

Address: 11 Magnolia Ave., St. Augustine 

Why You Need To Go: Take a dip in the Fountain of Youth! This is a one-of-a-kind adventure tucked away in St. Augustine, established back in 1565. Go for an unforgettable swim in this historic town. 

Rainbow Springs

Price: $2

Hours: 8 a.m. to sunset daily

Address: 19158 SW. 81st Place Rd. in Dunnellon 

Why You Need To Go: Explore gorgeous waterfalls and gardens at this scenic state park. You can canoe, snorkel, or stroll on one of the many nature trails. Go in the spring when the park is decorated with colorful azalea blooms.

Ichetucknee Springs 

Price: $6 per vehicle

Hours: 8 a.m. to sunset daily

Address: 12087 SW. U.S. Hwy. 27, Fort White

Why You Need To Go: You can go snorkeling and free-diving in the pristine waters at Ichetucknee Springs. This park is home to diverse wildlife, so you may spot turtles or otters on your adventure. 

Cocoa Beach

Price: Free

Hours: 24/7

Address: located on Florida's Space Coast

Why You Need To Go: This little beach outside Orlando has picturesque views and relaxing vibes. Go at sunset and have a picnic on the white sands. You may even spot a rocket launch! 

It's time to hit the road!

For more Florida adventure inspo, check out these articles on this coastal hippie town and 8 Florida hikes for beginners.


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