FL Posted in Florida April 28, 2015 by Victoria W These 13 Florida Day Trips Will Definitely Make Your Day If you desperately need a vacation but only have a weekend, these 13 awesome Florida day trips are a great substitute! 1. St. Augustine Flickr/Evangelio Gonzalez With a unique blend of history, nightlife, beaches, a gator farm, distillery, winery and lots of fun shops and restaurants, St. Augustine is the perfect place for almost anyone. 2. Gainesville Flickr/M Sullivan This city isn't just for UF students. Gainesville has a lovely historic district and lots of fun things for visitors to do. Check out the Florida Museum of Natural History, Hippodrome State Theatre, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens and much more. The nearby Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park is not to be missed. 3. Ichetucknee Springs State Park Flickr/Toni Holmes This beautiful park and National Natural Landmark offers snorkeling, swimming and scuba diving in crystal clear waters, but the most popular activity is tubing down the river. 4. Weeki Wachee Springs Flickr/daniandgeorge Mermaid performers have been captivating audiences in Weeki Wachee Springs since 1947. Visitors can also enjoy its waterpark and boat rides. 5. Rainbow Springs State Park Flickr/Bruce Bouley Rainbow Springs is home to beautiful water and wildlife. This is a great day trip for those near Orlando, and a little further for residents of Tampa or Jacksonville. 6. Dinosaur World Flickr/Benny Mazur What kid doesn't love dinosaurs? There are some great photo opportunities here, for sure. It's located between Tampa and Orlando. 7. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Flickr/Richard Link Tons of educational fun for kids and adults alike. 8. The Everglades Flickr/Marjolein Vegers Unforgettable nature, history and culture make this is a must-see state park for those in South Florida. 9. Lion Country Safari Flickr/Duncan Rawlinson Florida's only drive-through zoo, located in Loxahatchee, in Palm Beach County. It also has an amusement park. 10. The Florida Aquarium Flickr/Richard Elzey Located in Tampa, The Florida Aquarium is fun for the whole family. 11. Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Flickr/benji2505 Come swim with the manatees! And it's only an hour and a half drive from Tampa or Orlando. 12. Bok Tower Gardens Flickr/Matthew Paulson Beautiful gardens and bird sanctuary very close to Tampa or Orlando. 13. The Dali Museum Flickr/Matthew Paulson This museum in St. Petersburg houses the largest collection of Salvador Dali's work outside of Europe. We know there are way more awesome day trips in Florida. Please share some of your favorites with us below!