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.

A 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.

These 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.

They 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.

So, 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.

Sunken Gardens

Price: $12 

Address: 1825 4th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 

Why 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.

St. Pete Pier

Price: Free to visit; though you may have to pay for metered parking

Address: 800 N.E. Second Ave., Saint Petersburg, FL 

Why 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.

CPonies Horseback Swimming

Price: $140 to $165 depending on which package you pick 

Address: Servicing Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, and the Tampa Bay area

Why 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. 

Chassahowitzka River

Price: $5 parking

Address: Launch Site at 8600 W. Miss Maggie Dr., Chassahowitzka, FL 

Why 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.

Wekiva Island

Price: $2 

Address: 1014 Miami Springs Dr., Longwood, FL 

Why 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.

Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

Price: $4 

Address: 33104 NW 192nd Ave, Okeechobee, FL

Why 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.

Happy adventuring!

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 and obey any local laws.


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