With your extra vacation time, you can do more than just head to the nearest beach in Florida. If you have an extra day off from work, fill up your tank and discover the nearest adventure spots from your state.
For those living in North Florida, it's easier to explore different places that are less than 3 hours away. Alabama and Georgia are the nearest states to explore on a day trip. You'll find history, great food, and unique views within these states.
If you're feeling your life has turned dull, all you need is an impromptu day trip with your friends. The best day trips are unplanned and spontaneous, and keep a lookout on the road because you might find a hidden gem.
Stroll around Forsyth Park
Where: Drayton St & W Gaston Street, Savannah, GA
This is the largest park in the historic district of Savannah, Georgia. The large fountain attracts many tourists and locals and is similar to fountains found around the world - think of Paris. This place is great for photo shoots and people watching. Around the park, you'll find many locals and benches to sit around.
Did you know every year during St. Patrick's day they dye the water in the fountain green? Make your first stop here when visiting Savannah and you'll feel like Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind. After a visit to the park, enjoy a good southern meal and don't forget to try good old fried chicken.
Shop and dine at Savannah City Market
Where: 219 W Bryan St, Savannah, GA
Have an artful start to the day at this picturesque city market. Since the 1700s, this market has attracted shopaholics and foodies alike. This is a four-block open air market featuring artwork in restored warehouses, boutiques, and restaurants. People love coming here for brunch and entertainment. This is the art and soul of Savannah, bringing artists and foodies in one place. At City Market, the fun goes on after sunset. You'll find out that nightlife here is a bit different than Florida but nonetheless interesting.
Visit Wormsloe Historic Site
Where: 7601 Skidaway Rd, Savannah, GA
Ever wonder what was life like in the 18th century? Probably lots of walking in the humidity. The Wormsloe has a lot of trails leading to the woods with breathtaking views of the Isle of hope. Adventure out through the woods and discover the oldest standing structure in Savannah. Here you'll find the ruins of Jones'tabby house which was built in 1745. The entryway is covered in live oak trees with sweeping branches that extend a mile long. You'll be making a few stops to take pictures. This place brings back the history and charm of the South.
Hop on a boat at Savannah Waterfront
Where: 404 E Bay St, Savannah, GA
The great things about Savannah are the distinctive boutiques and antique shops. Old buildings surround River Street with quaint restaurants, unique brew pubs, elegant inns, and hotels. During your visit to this historic place, take a boat ride around the Savannah River. The Georgia Queen - largest riverboat in the United States - has great dining experiences and unique rooftop to watch the view. This is a great place to enjoy the view with your S.O.
Discover The Scott and Zelda Fitgerald Museum
Where: 919 Felder Ave # 919, Montgomery, AL
If you've seen or read The Great Gatsby, this place is a must visit. The roaring twenties were all about illegal drinks, crazy parties, and all about that jazz. This house was home to Fitzgerald from 1931 to 1932. He was living here while writing the novels, Save Me The Waltz and Tender Is The Night. Do you know you can stay here for a night? This museum is also half AirBnB with several rooms. A great experience if you're looking to get inspired in your next novel.
Explore wildlife at Alabama Safari Park
Where: 1664 Venable Rd, Hope Hull, AL
Greet the zebras and giraffes at this wildlife sanctuary. The safari park has 350 acres of drive-thru adventure. The animals are roaming free and you can stop to feed them. You'll experience the wildlife like never before. This is the place to watch a birth in progress and watch the baby animals take their first steps. If Africa is a dream hard to achieve, you can get the same experience at this place. Bring your friends and family and turn your safari dreams into reality.
Swim at Jekyll Island
Where: 100 James Road, Jekyll Island
Feel like a mermaid at this white sand heaven. This is the place to come with the RV and camp out for the night. There's always an adventure at this place. You can go horseback riding by the beach, kayaking, shopping, or boating. The island covers it all and is a great place to have a fun filled day. You'll be so glad you drove few hours to get your tan.
Speak French at the French Quarter
Where: 711 Decatur Street, New Orleans
If you leave northwest of Florida, you can take a quick trip to New Orleans. This is the place to experience a little bit of France without buying a ticket. There's always an event at the French Quarter and it's the perfect place to explore new cuisine. The neighborhood is packed with great dining and nightlife experience. If you want to party like a French, head to The Bombay Club. The French Quarter transforms during Halloween season and you'll experience Nola in a whole other level.
Meet your heroes at The National WWII Museum
Where: 945 Magazine St, New Orleans
If you're a history nerd, this museum is the perfect excuse for a spontaneous trip. This museum tells the story of the American experience during the war. You'll appreciate your freedom after visiting this historical place. During your visit, you'll see many exhibits and take a trip to the past. It's important we look into the past and learn from other's experiences. The museum has many events going on throughout the year such as the WWII air, sea and land festival.
Take a ferry ride at Canal Street
Where: 500 Canal Street
Visit this eclectic neighborhood on your day off. Canal Street connects The French Quarter and other major streets. This is your one-stop location for shopping, dining, and entertainment. The best way to travel this street is taking a ferry ride. It's a cheap way to tour the city and look around for interesting spots. A day in Canal Street will give you many different options and you can explore downtown to uptown in no time.
Get creative at NOMA
Where: 1 Collins Diboll Cir, New Orleans
For the art lovers, this place is a must-do on your list. This is New Orlean's oldest fine arts institution. The museum has over 40,000 objects and an impressive collection of French and American art. Come early in the morning and spend a full day learning about Western civilization. The museum has many exhibitions going on every month and you'll discover many impressive sculptures around the garden.
Kayak to Cumberland Island National Seashore
Where: Plum Orchard Dr, St Marys, GA
St. Marys, Georgia is the gateway to Cumberland Island. The southernmost barrier island is covered in pristine beaches and maritime forests. You can do a day-trip or bring your tent in case you want to do stargazing. The island has over 9,800 acres of wilderness and is the best spot to slow down from your hectic routine.
Grab a drink at Ghost Coast Distillery
Where: 641 Indian Street, Savannah, GA
Beer lovers must visit this distillery. This place is located in Downtown Savannah and has one of the finest South's finest craft spirits. Take a tour of the place and spend the day tasting different cocktails. Here you'll learn different cocktail recipes and which ingredients to keep in your home cocktail bar.
Dream to fly at the Museum of Aviation
Where: 1942 Heritage Blvd, Robins AFB
Honor your veterans at this location. This is the second largest museum in the United States Air Force with numerous aircraft on display. If you're fascinated by airplanes, this place will make you want to take flying lessons. The facility has four large exhibits buildings with missiles, cockpits, and award-winning exhibits.
Play a game at Pinball Museum
Where: 2106 Sadler Sq., Amelia Island
Gamers gotta play! If you have a nostalgia for old arcade games this place will bring you memories. This space is dedicated to preserving the legacy of pinball machines that were debuted in the 1930s. For a small fee, you can experience the different machines from the past and play unlimited games. This is a great day trip if you're looking to get away from the city. No worries to keep track of time, they'll let you know when is closing time.