11 Great Day Trips from Orlando, Florida

 11 Great Day Trips from Orlando, Florida

11 Great Day Trips from Orlando, Florida

Whether you’re passing through Florida on a road trip or are looking for a break from the amusement parks in Orlando, you’ll find lots of great adventures just an hour or two outside of this city. I’ve come up with some great day trips from Orlando, Florida that are 1-2 hours away (one way) and links are provided if you want more information.

 

Here are 11 great day trips from Orlando, Florida:

 

 

LEGOLAND Florida

11 Great Day Trips from Orlando, Florida

 

 

If your kiddos love LEGO’s and/or the LEGO movies, they will have a blast at LEGOLAND in Florida. In addition to the amusement park and water park, LEGOLAND Resort offers a LEGO themed hotel and beach retreat.

LEGOLAND Florida Resort  //  1 LEGOLAND Way – Windhaven, Florida 33884

LEGOLAND Florida WEBSITE

About 1 hour from Orlando

 

 

 

 

 

Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge & Three Sister Springs

11 Great Day Trips from Orlando, Florida

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The Manatee visit Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge from mid-November until late March. They do this to conserve their energy in order to survive the cold waters in the Gulf. You can watch the Manatees from the Three Sisters Springs boardwalk.

If you want to view the manatee underwater, you need to join a tour group, bring your own boat or kayak or rent one. You can even take photos of them while underwater!  Be sure to watch the video of Manatee Manners before you visit.

The Refuge is also a natural area along the Gulf with areas for hiking and bird watching. They offer 2-hour boat rides out into the Gulf as well, but you might want to call ahead to make sure they are running on the  day of your visit.

Read more info on programs for kids HERE.

Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge  //  1502 S.E. Kings Bay Drive – Crystal River, FL 34429  //  352-563-2088

Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge WEBSITE

 

Three Sisters Springs – Wildlife Refuge & Tours  //  123 NW US Highway 19 – City of Crystal River, 34428  //  352-586-1170 

Three Sisters Springs WEBSITE

1.5 (one way) from Orlando

 

 

 

 

Cocoa Beach

11 Great Day Trips from Orlando, Florida

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Things the whole family will enjoy at Cocoa Beach:

  • Relaxing at the beach
  • West gate Cocoa Beach Pier
  • Visit the Ron Jon Surf Shop

See more ideas and activities at Cocoa Beach HERE

 

Cocoa Beach WEBSITE

1 hours drive East of Orlando

 

 

 

 

Devil’s Den Spring

11 Great Day Trips from Orlando, Florida

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Devil’s Den Spring is an underground spring inside a cave. The whole family will be fascinated when they see stalactites and fossil beds by scuba diving or snorkeling here. And the cave stays 72 degrees year round. They don’t allow general swimming, and access to the springs is for those snorkeling or scuba diving only. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent on site at all times.

Devil’s Den Spring  //  5390 NE 180th Ave Williston, FL 32696  //  352-528-3344

Devil’s Den WEBSITE

 

 

 

 

Silver Springs State Park

11 Great Day Trips from Orlando, Florida

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Silver Springs is a State Park with a museum and glass-bottomed boat rides. The park offers lots of interesting history and wildlife information.

Admission to Silver Springs State Park is $2. Glass bottomed boat rides are $11 for adults and $10 for children. Kids 5 years and  younger are FREE.

Silver Springs State Park  //  1425 NE 58th Ave, Ocala, FL 34470-1189 //  352-236-7148  

Silver Springs State Park WEBSITE

1.5 hour (one way) from Orlando

 

 

 

 

 

New Smyrna Beach

11 Great Day Trips from Orlando, Florida

 

New Smyrna Beach is the perfect place to relax, build sandcastles, swim, or surf.

You can read all about the kid-friendly and family-friendly activities at New Smyrna Beach HERE.

New Smyrna Beach WEBSITE

1 hour (one way) from Orlando

 

 

 

 

Weeki Watchi Springs State Park

11 Great Day Trips from Orlando, Florida

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Why your kiddos will love it:

 

 Weeki Wachee Springs State Park  // 6131 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL 34606  //  352.592.5656

 

Weeki Watchi Springs WEBSITE

2 hours (one way) from Orlando

 

 

 

 

Daytona Beach

11 Great Day Trips from Orlando, Florida

 

Daytona is a great place to spend the day on the  beach, but his city is full of lots of family friendly activities:

  • Sunglow Pier – Kids under 16 can fish from this pier without a license
  • Daytona Boardwalk – Carnival rides and arcade games
  • Daytona Lagoon – A water park along the boardwalk with go-carts, mini golf, and arcade games
  • Tour the NASCAR International Speedway – Tour the infield and garages

…just to name a few.

 

Daytona Beach WEBSITE

1 hour (each way) from Orlando

 

 

 

 

Kennedy Space Center

11 Great Day Trips from Orlando, Florida

 

The Kennedy Space Center is divided into Mission Zones where you can learn about space exploration from early conception to more modern space travels.  Kids will love the rocket yard, the interactive, hands-on exhibits, and playgrounds.

 

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex  //  SR 405 Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899  //  1.855.433.4210

The Kennedy Space Center WEBSITE

1 hour (one way) from Orlando

 

 

 

 

 

Florida Aquarium

11 Great Day Trips from Orlando, Florida

 

In addition to the beautiful sea creature exhibits and freshwater habitats, the Florida Aquarium has a splash pad for the little ones to play in (weather permitting). The splash pad is included in the price of admission. This aquarium also features sea life/animal related films in their 4D theatre.

 

The Florida Aquarium  // 701 Channelside Drive – Tampa, Florida 33602  //  813.273.4000

The Florida Aquarium WEBSITE

1.5 hours (one way) from Orlando

 

 

 

 

 

St. Pete’s Beach

11 Great Day Trips from Orlando, Florida

 

In addition to the wonderful beaches, St. Pete’s offers these family-friendly attractions:

  • Fort de Soto Park
  • Captain Memo’s Original Pirate Cruise
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium
  • Great Explorations Houghton-Wagman Children’s Museum
  • Tampa’s Lowry Zoo

 

St. Pete’s Beach WEBSITE

2 hours (one way) from Orlando

 

 

 

 

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