Florida May 28, 2018
This Daytrip Will Take You To The Best Wine And Waterfalls In Florida
While you might not immediately think of waterfalls when you think of exploring Florida, you’ll be pleasantly surprised what is hidden throughout the state. But what if we leveled up the entire waterfall experience and added some of Florida’s best wineries and vineyards? Sounds like a dream come true.
The entire Florida Wine & Waterfalls Daytrip takes about 6.5 hours to complete in terms of travel time, so if you’re feeling like you want to stretch it out over a weekend, that is entirely up to you. Depending on how long you want to stay at each location, it might make for the perfect summer weekend with friends. You can find the entire trip itinerary
here or by clicking the map below.
1. Copp Winery & Brewery
We’re kicking this party off right with a stop at Copp Winery & Brewery near Crystal River, Florida. In fact, this is the only winery and brewery in Citrus County! Come try both the beer and wine, all made on-site, and enjoy a few snacks before you start your road trip. Grab a wine flight of 4 samples for $4 or beer flight 4 samples for $6. The address for Copp Winery & Brewery is 11 NE 4th Ave, Crystal River, FL 34429.
2. Rainbow Springs State Park
Little bit of wine, little bit of waterfalls—that’s how this trip will go. Head on over to Rainbow Springs State Park for one of the most beautiful waterfalls around. Sure this one might be man-made, but it’s been a hit since the 1930’s and we absolutely can see why. The address for Rainbow Springs State Park is 19158 81 Place Rd, Dunnellon, FL 34432.
3. Bluefield Estate Winery
A family-owned winery smack dab in the middle of north central Florida is the next stop on the trip. Bluefield Estate Winery bottles all of their wines on site, and specializes in sweet muscadine and blueberry wines. This winery has stunning views of the vineyards and is the perfect place to relax and grab your bearings before heading off to the next waterfall. The address for Bluefield Estate Winery is 22 Co Rd 234, Gainesville, FL 32641.
4. Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park
Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park is a beautifully unique spot in Florida that is filled with natural wonder. This state park has been around since the mid 1800s, with people visiting even well before it was a state park. It is best to visit Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park right after a rain so you can see the waterfall in all her glory. The address for Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park is 4732 Millhopper Rd, Gainesville, FL 32653.
5. Dakotah Vineyards & Winery
Next stop, Cheifland, Florida to visit one of the best hidden gem wineries in the state. Dakotah Vineyards & Winery has quite the variety of wines offered on site, and guess what…you can sample all nine of them for free!! With a mix of sweet table wines to ports, and even a dry chardonnay or merlot, you might just want to sit and try them all. The address for Dakotah Vineyards & Winery is 14365 US-19, Chiefland, FL 32626.
6. Steinhatchee Falls
While you might not see gargantuan waterfalls here (sorry Niagara Falls fans), Steinhatchee Falls is still impressive in its own right. Steinhatchee Falls includes over 1,700-acres of protected land tract in Florida, which means hitting a few trails and walking off that wine is a good idea. You’ll find a nice blend of swamps, forrest, pine, and mixed hardwood throughout this area. Steinhatchee Falls can be found in Steinhatchee, FL 32359.
7. Falling Creek Falls
One of the gems within the area, and the last waterfall of our trip, Falling Creek Falls is quite a beauty. When water levels are normal in the county, the waterfall is over 10-feet high, flowing under Falling Creek Road and down a deep ravine until it disappears entirely underground. How cool is that? You can find Falling Creek Falls in Lake City, Florida 32055, but make sure to snag yourself directions directly from the Suwannee River Water Management District River website.
8. San Sebastian Winery
What starts with wine, ends with wine. Is that a famous quote? Because it should be. We’ve finally reached our final stop on this unique day trip and it couldn’t be more perfect. San Sebastian Winery features such a wonderful mix of wines, you will be in heaven. As Florida’s second largest winery, you can take a complimentary tour any day of the week and even sample 7-8 wines when you are finished! How about that for going out with a bang? The address for San Sebastian Winery is 157 King St, St Augustine, FL 32084.
So, what do you think? Will you be ready to gather up some friends and hit the road?! As always, since this day trip does involve wineries AND driving, make sure to have a designated driver with you.
Did you know that this isn’t the only road trip we offer in Florida? If you’re looking for more excuses to hit the road this summer, take a look at this
deliciously epic 3-day restaurant road trip.