Apr 25

Hidden Florida Vacation Spots

Florida is my state, and I love it! Whenever Florida is mentioned, everyone thinks of Disney, the Keys, or Tampa. Florida has so much more to offer than just the mouse.  There are so many other places you can enjoy if you live or vacation here. Most of the places on this list could be a day vacation if you currently live in Florida. If you are coming from somewhere else, many of these locations can be grouped together for days or a week of fun. The fun you could have at the locations below will last a lifetime.

Hidden Florida Vacation Spots

Florida Vacation Spots

Dinosaur World

I recently discovered Dinosaur World as I was driving down I-4. Dinosaur World is a hidden gem of Florida. Located off I-4 in Plant City, you can visit and see more than 200 life-sized dinosaurs.  On top of seeing over 200 dinosaurs, you and your kids can also participate in the Fossil Dig, the Geode Cracker, and my favorite, the Dino Gem Excavation. At the Dino Gem Excavation, you purchase dirt and sluice for gems. You can find dinosaur bones, coprolite, amethyst or citrine depending on the package you choose.

Clearwater Aquarium

The Clearwater Aquarium is a very special place. They rescue, rehabilitate, and release marine animals (as possible). While at the Clearwater Aquarium, you can interact with the animals. They also have daily shows that are amazing to watch and are home to Winter, Nickolas, and Hope. While here you can see and meet Winter. Winter, a one of a kind dolphin, is the first to have a prosthetic tail fin. 

St. Augustine

Although I have lived in Florida for most of my life, I just recently discovered all the wonderful things that St. Augustine has to offer. I would highly recommend one of the trolley packages to fill your day with history and fun. On your guided tour you can visit the Castillo De San Marcos, Flagler College, St. Augustine Lighthouse, The Fountain of Youth, and so much more.

New Smyrna Speedway

New Smyrna Speedway holds a special place in my heart.  My husband and I have now dedicated our Saturday night dates to New Smyrna Speedway.  The season runs from mid-March to October. After a few visits, you will start to pick your favorite drivers just like Nascar. My girls also love to go to the track with us. Their concession food is reasonably priced and tastes great.

Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum

The Ponce De Leon Lighthouse is one of Florida’s more known lighthouses. At 203 feet tall and 175 steps you can see all of Ponce Inlet in its full glory. There is also a gift shop and museum full of history and artifacts to explore. Ponce De Leon Lighthouse is appropriate for kids of all ages as well as adults too.

Daytona Beach

 The world’s most famous beach, Daytona, is full of activities for families or couples. You can enjoy hours on the boardwalk, play in an old-fashioned, real arcade, purchase homemade salt water taffy, walk for miles on the beach, or even take your fun to the water. Often times you can see a family of dolphins moving up or down the coast!

De Leon Springs State Park

Here, your family will enjoy cooling off at a natural spring that has a constant water temperature of 72 degrees year-round. While you are at the springs, you can picnic, swim, snorkel, kayak, paddleboat and even take a guided boat tour. This boat tour will show you Florida’s natural wildlife as well as give you a history of the area.

Instead of packing a lunch or breakfast for your day, you can also check out The Old Spanish Sugar Mill Grill and Griddle House. At the Sugar Mill restaurant, guest feast on all-you-can-eat pancakes that you cook yourself on the table top griddle. You can also have meats like bacon or sausage prepared for you by the kitchen.


I have personally visited many of these places, the others are on my bucket list of places to go. I love exploring my state. Why should I take a vacation anywhere other than Florida when I have so many options here?

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Stacy is happily married and has been for 14 amazing years. Stacy has 2 girls: A- is 12 and K- is 5. This year she decided to home school A, which has been a joyful experience. Little K is in pre kindergarten and Stacy loves hearing about what she has learned. She also has fur babies 2 dogs and 1 cat, so her house is a full 3 ring circus. Her lab thinks she is a cat, and her cat thinks she is a dog. She is a stay at home mom for now. Stacy loves reviewing pet items and educational toys for her kids, as well as other products. She offers great insight in her reviews.

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