Despite being known as the theme park capital of the world, there are many other things to do in Florida in and around Orlando. So whether you’re completely over theme parks or looking to add variety to your next Orlando vacation, consider one of these 25 day trips to Florida’s beaches, parks, historical sites, museums, and nearby towns.

Crystal River National Refuge

A unique and bucket-worthy experience especially during the winter months. From Nov to April, visitors can swim with nearly 500 manatees in the crystal clear freshwater.

There are multiple museums on the property, including a Circus Museum collection, complete with a clown car. In addition, over 31 galleries are filled with antiquities and exhibits from around the world.

The Ringling Museum

Take a bioluminescent tour along Florida’s beaches. From May to November, creatures known as Dinoflagellates take over the coastline at night and illuminate neon blue for visitors to witness. Take a kayaking or boating tour to get an up-close view.

 Cape Canaveral

The Florida Aquarium, located in Tampa, Florida, is home to over 9,000 animals and aquatic life. Enjoy exciting dolphin shows put on daily with professional trainers, pet some stingrays, or play with otters when you visit!

Florida Aquarium

5 out of 5

Located near Daytona Beach, families love to catch a Daytona 500 race or participate in speedway tours!


With some of the nicest and most quiet beaches in Florida, Vero Beach is a favorite among locals. It’s part of Florida’s Treasure Coast, a region comprising the Indian River, St. Lucie, and Martin Counties along the Atlantic Ocean.

Vero Beach

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