Want to go on some least-known adventures in Florida that will make your friends envy your vacation and blow up your Instagram feed? Read on to learn about some unique things to do in Florida this summer.
Go Bioluminescent kayaking in Florida
This night tour takes you to the famous Indian River Lagoon in Florida where you can see the blue waters light up in the dark. Every time your paddle hits the water or you dip your hand in the water, it looks like millions of under-water, colorful rockets go off. In summer, you can see the illuminating dinoflagellate, while in the winter months, you can catch the glowing jellyfish (which don’t sting at all!). We offer a variety of bioluminescence tours that depart every night throughout the year.
See your first Rocket Launch
If you are planning a trip to the Orlando area, you should definitely look up the launch schedule (online) of Space X. When Elon Musk’s brainchild took over the launch pads at Kennedy Space Center, it made huge waves in the space industry – especially in Titusville, Florida. Canaveral National Seashore is one of the best viewing locations and it also offers miles of yet-to-be-discovered beaches in Florida.
Snorkeling in the Devil’s Den
It’s not as sinister as it sounds! Devil’s Den is a pre-historic cave which is part of the stunning Springs system in Florida. It is minutes away from Manatee Springs, Silver Springs, and Ginnie Springs. You can enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling here but free swimming is not allowed.
Swimming with the Manatees
Florida may be wildly popular for manatees but there are only two places here where you can actually go swimming with them – Crystal River and Blue Springs State Park. The best time to go is in the cooler months from January through March. That’s when the manatees come out to play.
Visit the Dry Tortugas National Park
You will have to pre-plan this trip but it’s worth it. This national treasure is an old fortress located in the Caribbean Sea just off the Key West coast. If you want to explore it in peace, take an early morning boat to reach there. It’s the perfect place enjoy hours of exploring, snorkeling, and simply relaxing on the beach.
No tour of Florida is complete without a visit to Saint Augustine – the oldest city in the US. Founded in 1565, this charming city is known for two things – its stunning Spanish architecture and haunted houses. If you can stomach it, stay at the Casa Blanca Inn for a night. You can also visit a number of haunted eating joints here. Or better yet, sign up for the nightly ghost tours!
See the Mermaids
Okay, so, they are not real but Florida mermaids at the Weeki Wachee Springs were hugely popular in the 60’s and 70’s. And they are back! Kids obviously love them but it’s the adults who can’t resist taking selfies with them.
You can see these beautiful mermaids in the daily shows that re-enact the classic tale of The Little Mermaid. If there’s a social media worthy adventure in Florida, it’s this one hands down.