You don’t need a big budget to take the trip of a lifetime in Florida. In fact, there are dozens of incredible trips you could take on a single tank of gas. Of course it will depend on what you drive, but the average vehicle can travel 300 miles on a tank of gas. Our trip adds up to only 220 miles, leaving plenty of wiggle room if you decide to add a few destinations of your own.
1. Devil's Den, Williston
Devil's Den is a karst window (basically a collapsed cave over an underground river) located near Gainesville. Not only is it a stunning sight to behold, remains of prehistoric humans and animals have been found in one of the passages within the cave. Only snorkelers and divers are allowed in the cave, so feel free to start at the next location if that's not for you.
2. Rainbow Springs State Park, Dunnellon
This state park has been drawing visitors for decades with its historic pathways and beautiful clear waters. It's hard to find natural waterfalls in Florida, but the man-made ones at this park are just as lovely. Swimming and tubing are also popular activities at the park.
3. The Front Porch, Dunnellon
After you've worked up an appetite at the springs, head to The Front Porch, located in Dunnellon on US 41. Fill up on some hearty comfort food, but save room for the star of the show, their homemade pies.
4. Floral City and Pudgees' Hot Dog Stand
Visiting small town feels like stepping back in time. Visit the Florida Artists Gallery & Cafe, Ferris Groves , and of course, Pudgees' Hot Dog Stand. Whether you want an authentic Chicago Dog or a burger so good you'll "Smack Ya Momma,' Pudgees' has you covered.
5. Lady Hawk Farm, Inverness
This farm in Inverness is the perfect place for a horseback ride through forest trails or the peaceful, rustic getaway.
6. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
After your visit to the farm, switch it up with one of Florida's most famous roadside attractions. The mermaid shows at Weeki Wachee are an enchanting display of Florida's vintage charm and natural beauty.
7. BeckyJack's Food Shack, Weeki Wachee
If you visit Weeki Wachee for a mermaid show, BeckyJack's is a must. The menu is huge for such a small place, including blackened fish sandwiches, fish tacos, and clam chowder.
8. Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
This state park offers a unique experience, with a nature center and an underwater observatory. Kids and adults alike will love learning all about Florida's native wildlife, from manatees to Black bears and alligators.
9. The Freezer, Homossasa
After you've seen everything at the park, head to The Freezer. The Freezer is a local gem in Homosassa serving up fresh seafood at affordable prices. Dig in with plastic forks (or your hands) at this laid-back seafood heaven. Expect some of the best steamed shrimp, mussels and crab that you've ever tasted. Remember to bring cash, as cards are not accepted.
10. Cedar Key
Cedar Key is a quaint coastal town full of Old Florida charm. Visitors enjoy boating, fishing, and numerous shops and restaurants. This city is famous for its clams, so be sure to try some while you're in town.