Florida is a treasure map of unique adventures just waiting to be discovered. No matter your style, there’s something out there for everyone and with tax season coming up, what better way what to spend your refund than on a new adventure? This list is just scratching the surface of all the amazing things to do in Florida, but here are some of our top places to go after you get your tax refund!
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Wild Florida Drive-Thru Safari
When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Address: 3301 Lake Cypress Rd Kenansville, FL
Why You Need To Go: Having just opened before Christmas 2019, this drive-thru safari is Orlando's brand new African adventure! You can see giraffes, zebras, Watusis, wildebeests, Oryxes, camels, and more at this expansive safari park.
Simply Sloth Experience
When: By reservation
Address: Quinlan St, Orlando, FL
Why You Need To Go: This experience is a little on the pricier side, so it's definitely something you'll want to save for after your tax return, but who could pass up the chance to snuggle with a sloth? You can hold, pet, and feed the sloths in this semi-private experience at this exotic animal experience in Orlando.
Dry Tortugas National Park
Price: $180 for a day trip
When: Times vary
Address: 100 Grinnell Street, Key West, FL (Ferry terminal)
Why You Need To Go: Another pricey experience that is well worth the money, the trip to Dry Tortugas National Park is a process but you'll love every second of it. This secluded state park is only accessible by boat or seaplane, and the crystal clear waters, coral reefs, and marine life make for amazing snorkeling adventures.
Shark Diving with Emerald Charters
Price: $100 during the week, $125 on the weekends
When: By reservation
Address: 25 Coastal Way (Under the bridge) Jupiter, FL
Why You Need To Go: Once in a lifetime experiences don't come cheap, but that's part of what makes them so special. There are several places to go freediving with sharks in Florida, but Emerald Charters is unique in that they go out of their way to attract more sharks, so make sure you're comfortable with that before you book with them!
Miami To Key West Day Trip (Bus Tour)
Original Price: $79
Sale Price: $35 when you book online
Why You Need To Go: Take a day-trip to the Keys for relatively cheap, and then pay for only what you want to do. Once you board the bus and make your way to your destination, you can either add on extras to your original ticket price or go off on your own adventure.
Shelling At Sanibel Island
When: 7a.m. – 7p.m.
Address: 1700 Bowmans Beach Rd, Sanibel, FL
Why You Need To Go: Treat yourself to the perfect beach day at the "Shelling Capital of the World." Sanibel is renowned for its beautiful white-sand beaches and amazing shelling opportunities, so make sure you pack a few buckets.
Price: Prices range from $349 for the Basic Package, up to $1,519 for the Elite Package including more extras.
Address: 9150 Ellis Rd., Melbourne, FL
Why You Need To Go: Let off some steam and some cash at this unique theme park where you can drive an actual tank through the mud, crush a car, and even shoot a machine gun. Ticket prices range depending on what bundle you get, but you can rest assured it's well worth it, no matter which one you got with.
Price: Screamin' Gator Zipline; $69.99 includes admission to park
Address: 14501 S. Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, FL
Why You Need To Go: Gatorland offers a lot of different and unique ways to interact with gators, but none quite so thrilling as ziplining over an area of them, 65-feet in the air at 30 miles per hour. Voted “Best Zip Line in the USA” by AOL Travel, this is a great opportunity for thrill-seekers!
Price: Prices vary
Address: 35601 SW 192nd Ave, Homestead, FL
Why You Need To Go: Christopher Gillette offers the unique experience to get up close and personal with gators by swimming right beside them at The Everglades Outpost in Homestead Florida. You can document your adventure with your own underwater devices, or Chris can set up his own equipment. Either way, you definitely don't want to miss out on photos for this dangerously unique experience.
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.