Just in time for summer, we present to you some awesome road trips in Florida. So drag the kids away from the computer/phones/video games, jump in the station wagon and hit the road for a real adventure.
1. Cruise down Gulfside Highway 19 with stops at Crystal River, Weeki Wachee, Tarpon Springs and Cedar Key.
Crystal River is the only place you can legally swim with the gentle endangered manatee.
Florida's so cool we have a state park with live mermaids!
Tarpon Springs is a town with rich Greek heritage and sponge diving history.
The charming fishing town of Cedar Key is rich in history and has some of the best seafood in Florida.
2. Take the Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway through Ocala National Forest
Ocala National Forest is one of Florida's most beautiful parks, with tons of beautiful wildlife and springs to visit.
Salt Springs at Ocala National Forest
3. The Tamiami Trail through the Everglades, Big Cypress National Preserve and Ochopee will give you a taste of both the wild and touristy of Florida for an unforgettable trip.
Tamiami runs through the Everglades and has no walls along the sides, so you could see some incredible wildlife!
Big Cypress has some amazing views of the night sky. If you like camping, consider a stop here for the night.
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Ochopee is home to the country's smallest post office.
It's also home to the Skunk Ape Research Headquarters, dedicated to finding Florida's Bigfoot.
You're going to get hungry, so stop at Joanie's for some great grub.
4. Old Florida Heritage Highway (Scenic US 441 with stops in Paynes Prairie, Micanopy and Gainesville
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park is one of the best state parks in Florida, with wildlife including alligators, bison and Florida Cracker horses.
Micanopy, The Town That Time Forgot, has tons of historic buildings and antique shops visitors can peruse for hours.
Stroll through town and view the shops, restaurants and historic houses. For nature lovers, check out Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park.
5. Travel back in time through St. Augustine on A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway to Gamble Rogers Memorial Recreational Area
America's oldest city has so much to offer, from historical landmarks and museums to busy nightlife and restaurants.
Castillo de San Marcos
St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreational Area was named for a Florida folk hero who died trying to save a drowning man.