A typical summer in Florida goes a little something like this: amusement park getaways, weekends at the beach house, beautiful sunsets, bonfires with friends, plenty of bar-b-ques to make an appearance at, sporting events rooting on your favorite hometown team, and deciding where to go on a day trip…
This guide highlights a few hidden gems RIGHT HERE in Florida. We hope this gives you some inspiration on where to take your next Day Trip or Weekend Getaway in the Sunshine State!
MUST-DO Day Trips*
*I’ll be using the Jacksonville, FL area as the starting point for mileage, and approximate travel times.
1. Big Talbot Island State Park
SR A1A North, Jacksonville, FL 32226 (Northeast Florida)
Travelling on Scenic Route A1A North, one might pass this area thinking, “Eh, just another wooded area in Florida.” But beyond the trees, tucked away behind the brush, is Boneyard Beach. Big Talbot Island has experienced incredible amounts of erosion over the course of time, creating 30-foot cliffs and sending trees pummeling to the ground eventually becoming bleached by the sun and washed by the waves on the shore. Big Talbot Island is also one of the few undeveloped barrier islands left in Florida.
To learn more about Big Talbot Island, visit www.floridastateparks.org/Big-Talbot-Island
2. Florida Caverns State Park
3345 Caverns Rd, Marianna, FL 32446 (Panhandle of Florida)
About 3 hours due west of Jacksonville is where this next hidden gem resides! The Florida Caverns State Park offers tours to the public of the underground cavern formations and lasts approximately 45 minutes. I highly recommend doing so, as it was easily one of the best experiences I have ever had at a Florida State Park! This state park is also popular for camping, picnicking, fishing, hiking, swimming, and even horseback riding.
To learn more about the Florida Caverns State Park, visit www.floridastateparks.org/Florida-Caverns
3. Anastasia State Park
300 Anastasia Park Rd, Saint Augustine, FL 32080 (Northeast Florida)
What makes this 1,600-acre area so special is its location; nestled between the dunes of Anastasia Island and an ocean hammock. Anastasia State Park has 139 all within a 5-minute walk or bike ride to the beach and offers bicycle, paddleboard, kayak, canoe, and sail boat rentals.
To learn more about Anastasia State Park, visit www.floridastateparks.org/park/anastasia
4. Silver Glen Springs
5301 North Highway 19, Ft McCoy, FL 32134 (Central Florida)
Enjoy the cool waters of Silver Glen Springs by canoe, kayak, swimming, fishing, or snorkeling! Tucked away in the Ocala National Forest, Silver Glen Springs is the perfect getaway for the day. What makes this park stand out is the ability for boaters to travel up the spring run. There are plenty of fish, birds, manatees, and other wildlife to see in the area. The park also offers canoe rentals!
To learn more about Silver Glen Springs, visit www.floridasprings.org/visit/silver-glen-springs/
Though there’s only a few more weeks until school starts back up, these trips are perfect to fill your sense of adventure. Have you ever been to any of the aforementioned places? Comment below and tell us about your experience!