There is no doubt that Florida, particularly south Florida, is the perfect location for outdoor fun! Adventures and activities galore, with year-round accessibility, and bright sunny days nearly all year long make Florida the top spot for outdoor lovers. Year round, Florida offers a plethora of outdoor escapades ideal for family fun and exploration.
With pristine beaches, from the ocean to the gulf, plus rivers, natural springs, lakes, and bays, Florida has no shortage of water activities to enjoy. Of course, on top of adventures that get you all wet and keep you cool on the hottest of days, there are also amazing hiking and biking trails, along with a vast array of unique festivals, fantastic amusement parks, incredible museums, and eco-friendly activities to experience.
Learn Something New Together
With abundant water ways to explore, what better way to take to the water than learning something new? Florida is the perfect location for learning to surf or paddleboard, swim or snorkel, fish or dive. Never thought you could learn to surf or fish? Or maybe you thought snorkeling and diving was out of the question? It’s not true! Florida has ideal spots for learning any or all of these water activities, plus Florida has the best teachers around. Take the time, bring the family together, as you learn together, develop new, stronger bonds, and find a great new activity you can enjoy as a family!
Paddling with the Family
While on the subject of water fun, kayaking and canoeing are ideal activities for every season – winter, spring, summer, or fall, in Florida. Whether you chose a single day of paddling with the family or an extended paddling/camping adventure, Florida has unique locations to explore. Paddling with the family or friends allows you to explore the state’s natural beauty in a unique way. From the St. John’s River to the manatee filled Blue Spring, from the Great Calusa Blueway to the Suwanee River Wilderness Trail, from Ocklawaha to Withlacoochee, and beyond to the Florida Keys, you can’t go wrong paddling your way to adventure on Florida’s waterways.
Take a Hike
Hiking Florida is another great way for the family to explore Florida’s unique tropical flora and fauna. Florida is filled with trails of all kinds for the whole family to enjoy from flat, simple loop trails for the family with little members to challenging stacked loops ideal for families who enjoy being a bit more daring. Trails abound, wherever you are in Florida, but here are a few to get your exploration started: Disappearing Creek, Wekiwa Springs, Big Cypress, Okeechobee, and Suwanee Springs just to name a few.
Peddling with the Family
Biking with the family is another amazing way to explore Florida. Florida is filled to the brim with scenic biking trails, both paved and unpaved, providing a way to enjoy the great outdoors and explore the all that Florida has to offer. Some favorite trails for residents and visitors alike include Big Cypress, Withlacoochee, the East Coast Greenway, and Lake Myakka.
Have a Wildlife Watching Day
All across Florida, wildlife watching is an activity people of all ages enjoy. From the youngest to the young at heart, catching a glimpse of a Peregrine falcon in flight, a dolphin splashing in the waves, or a manatee lumbering along an estuary is sure to thrill! The Florida outdoor lifestyle is sure to please as you and your family unplug and explore together.