It’s no secret that Florida is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Swaying palms, white sands, and rolling waves make for a relaxing tropical getaway. Even locals can get beached-out sometimes, however, and thankfully there are tons of unique Florida beach adventurers to give you a whole different kind of beach day.

If you’re looking for a break from the sand, sun, and salt, these unique beach excursions put a fun new twist on the classic beach day. You can explore the shores by horseback, toast a glass of champagne with your love while digging your toes in the sand, and get a totally magical view by night.

There’s so much more to Florida’s beaches than just hot sand and hotter sun, and you can spice up your beach day with some seriously fun and unique excursions the next time you head to the coasts.

So whether you’re looking to have fun on land or hit the waves in a whole new way, you can get a totally different perspective of Florida’s gorgeous shores with these super fun beach activities.

CPonies Horseback Swimming

Price: $140+ 

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

Why You Need To Go: Horseback riding is already magical, and throw in the ocean and you’ve yourself a seriously unique beach day! You can swim with the cutest rescue ponies with this Tampa Bay ranch. 

Epperson Lagoon

Price: $24.95 

Address: 31885 Overpass Rd., Wesley Chapel, FL 

Why You Need To Go: The beach comes to you at this tropical oasis in Central Florida where you can lounge, splash, and soak without thinking about sharks or jellyfish. 

St. George Island State Park

Price: $6 

Address: 1900 E. Gulf Beach Dr., St. George Island, FL 

Why You Need To Go: This remote barrier island is a gorgeous beach during the day, but at night, it’s totally magical with vast, unpolluted views of the Milky Way. 

Joia Beach

Price: $10+ 

Address: 1111 Parrot Jungle Tr., Miami, FL 

Why You Need To Go: You can dig your toes in the sand at this seaside Mediterranean eatery while you clink a glass of your favorite bubbly together with your love, all with the ocean within view. 

Bioluminescence Kayaking Tour

Price: $55 

Address: Titusville, FL 

Why You Need To Go: A whole new nighttime beach experience, BK Adventure leads through warm lagoon waters as you chase the glowing phenomenon of bioluminescence. 

St. Pete Pier

Price: Free

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

Why You Need To Go: The new St. Pete Pier has a little something for everyone, where you can explore the beauty of Tampa Bay by the water, by the shore, and even on land.

Shake up your beach day with something new and exciting!


Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.

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