Whether you’re new to the Sunshine State or you’ve lived here your whole life, there’s always more to explore in Florida. Don’t start planning your next trip to New York or Paris until you’ve seen all that our incredible state has to offer right here. Here are a few of the best trips we’ve featured in the past. You can click on the titles to read the full article.
If you're not accustomed to heights, this swinging bridge will make your stomach drop.
This bridge at Myakka River State Park near Sarasota was designed after those used in rain forests, and it was the first canopy walk in Florida.
Take a trip to Florida's waterfall-filled state park.
Hikers at Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunellon can view historic paved pathways, native plants and wildlife, the clearest blue spring waters, and even a few beautiful man-made waterfalls.
Enjoy a meal and a show on this murder mystery dinner train.
The Seminole Gulf Railway Murdery Mystery Dinner train travels about 40 miles round trip over 3 and a half hours, while you enjoy a five-course meal and a murder mystery show. Guests are encouraged to participate in trying to solve the mystery.
This canopy walk adventure course is an awesome challenge.
TreeUmph! Adventure Course in Bradenton sprawls over 14 acres of lush Florida scenery, with pine and live oak canopies. With several courses at different levels of difficulty, visitors climb over suspension bridges, cling to hanging nets, swing on Tarzan ropes and fly through the air on Zip-lines.
Check out one of the best views in Florida with this hike.
Torreya State Park, located in Bristol, has scenic bluffs that overlook the Apalachicola River, where you can see for miles on a clear day.
Have an adventure on this ravine walk.
Some people think Florida is totally flat, but the natural landscape at Ravine Gardens State Park in Palatka shows that’s not true. The two natural ravines in the park slope down at 45-degree angles, reaching depths of 120 feet.
Hunt for treasures at one of Florida's largest flea markets.
At Webster Westside Flea Market, there’s something for everyone. The market has tons of antiques and collectibles, jewelry, furniture, clothing, tools, crafts, plants, produce, and just about everything else you can imagine. It's open every Monday, rain or shine, from 5 a.m. – 3 p.m. in October through April and 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. in May through September.
Sample some incredible Thai food at this temple in Tampa.
Wat Mongkolratanaram of Florida, or Wat Tampa hosts a bustling Sunday market, where long lines form for a taste of the authentic Thai cuisine prepared by temple volunteers.
Observe wildlife in a totally new way on this unique ranch.
At Safari Wilderness Ranch in Lakeland, guests can take a camelback expedition, horseback safari (on beautiful and gentle Haflinger horses) or even a kayak tour of the ranch. Animals that can be found on the ranch include water buffalo, red lechwe, ostriches, zebras, ring-tailed lemurs, spoonbills, herons, and bald eagles, and many more.
Experience the real Old Florida at this pioneer settlement.
The living museum exhibits at the Panhandle Pioneer Settlement in Blountstown teach classes in blacksmithing, honey and maple syrup making, and all kinds of pioneer crafts.
Have you taken any trips to these amazing places in the Sunshine State? Do you have a favorite destination to add to this list?