What are Some Good Day Trips From Orlando?
At the Holiday Inn Melbourne, many people take advantage of the hotel’s close distance to Orlando. You can easily fill a whole vacation doing nothing but some of the activities available in Orlando. The amusement parks alone are enough to make up a whole trip. While you can get all you need right in Orlando, many people find themselves wanting to venture out further the city. With just a few short drives out of Orlando, you’ll be able to find amazing places for a day trip. For all the best day trips from Orlando, be sure to stay at the Holiday Inn Melbourne for a great place to stay near all the best destinations.
In Orlando, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with constant amusements parks. While there’s plenty of nearby beaches to enjoy, even that can be too much of a good thing. St. Augustine is the perfect place to visit to break up some of the typical Florida vacation spots. Many people might not realize, but St. Augustine is the oldest city in the country and was founded in 1565, so it’s steeped in history. A great way of learning more about the city’s history is by hitting all the historical sites on the trolley tour of the city.
Located two and a half hours from Orlando, Clearwater Beach is definitely worth the slightly longer drive that it takes to get there. Clearwater Beach is ranked as the best beach in the country on multiple travel guides. This Gulf Coast beach gives you over two miles of pristine white sand and bright blue waters. Enjoy activities on the water, like parasailing and paddleboarding, or just relax and enjoy the view. Being one of the best beaches in the country, there’s also plenty of shopping, dining, and other fun attractions to try out.
Some of the activities available on Merritt Island you can’t find anywhere else in the country. One of the top destinations in this area is the Kennedy Space Center. Here, you’ll be able to see old relics from America’s space travel, actual rockets, and hear from real-life astronauts. Depending on when you visit, you can even get the chance to see a rocket launch. Merritt Island is also a great place to get to enjoy some of Florida’s infamous wildlife. A trip to the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is the perfect way to get away from the busy tourist attractions and get in touch with nature. Here, you can see over 500 different species of wildlife and over 100 species of fish.
A day trip from Orlando that you should not miss the chance to take is Sarasota. Not only does it have plenty to offer for a full day trip, but it’s also very laidback compared to some other cities. One unique decision to add to your Sarasota trip is The Ringling Museum. Founded by one of the five famous brothers who helped start the circus, “The Greatest Show on Earth.” The Venitian Gothic building houses three separate museums. One of which contains circus memorabilia. Another popular spot in Sarasota is the Marie Selby Botanical Garden. This living museum has thousands of orchids, a bamboo garden, a koi pond, and a butterfly garden.
If you’re looking to visit a theme park, but you’ve had your fill of the parks in Orlando, Legoland can be exactly what you need. Legoland is just as great for families with children of all ages, but it’s slightly less typical than some of the other theme parks around. While many other theme parks might need more than one trip to fully experience, you can easily squeeze Legoland into your whole day. The park has everything Lego-related to offer, from thrill rides to building areas. This is a great chance for families to try a park that’s a little bit different.
Another natural-filled day trip from Orlando is Crystal River. To get the most out of this trip, you’ll want to visit during the winter. During the winter, manatees travel to crystal river to swim in the warmer waters in Crystal River, thanks to spring water, where you’ll be able to swim with them. The spring water in the area allows the water to stay at a comfortable temperature for swimming, even while the air is cooler. Nearby, you can find plenty of state parks, farms, and amazing places to dine at.
Just an hour and a half away from Orlando is another one of Florida’s most popular destinations, Tampa. Busch Gardens is one of the most famous amusement parks in the country. While you’re there, you don’t only have access to a wide variety of rides, but the park is also home to a zoo with thousands of animals. If you’ve had enough visits to theme parks, Ybor City could be right for you. Here, you’ll experience what was once the cigar capital of the world and get a taste of some of Tampa’s long history. This historic district has it all, including unique art, restaurants, and architecture.
Daytona is world-famous for NASCAR. Naturally, a trip to the racetrack is one of the most popular attractions in this area. Not only can you watch cars on the racetrack, but cars are also allowed to drive right on the beach due to the beach’s hard-packed sand. Around the area, you’ll find dozens of classic beachside attractions. Order amazing seafood while you’re on the pier, visit nearby arcades, or visit Florida’s tallest lighthouse.