While living in Florida I discovered first hand what a great destination the state is for vacationing. Indeed it is a very large state with a variety of places and things to do. Of course Walt Disney World may be the most well-known of Florida’s must-dos, but the offerings of the state extend far beyond Mickey Mouse. If you have decided to not go the Disney route this summer below are some exciting alternative activities that you can add to your sunset bucket list.
Visit All The Major Beaches
Florida is definitely iconically well-known for the beautiful coast lines and home to a variety of beaches that you won’t want to miss in the summer months. Some of the more popular options on the East coast include Jacksonville, Point Vedra, Daytona and Cocoa. If you are visiting the West coast be sure not to miss Davis Islands, Clearwater, Sunset, and Naples, Florida beaches.
Enjoy A Meal At The Smokin’ Tuna Saloon
After a hot and exciting day spent at one of these famous beaches you can really end off your day in the right tone by enjoying a meal that involves some world-famous seafood dishes in Key West at the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon. On the menu you can choose from scallops, shrimp and crab or even the fish chili. If you happen to be visiting Central Florida then, add to your bucket list Joe’s Crab Shack situated on International Drive where you can enjoy whole Maine lobster, shrimp or a Steampot of Queen crab.
Spend A Day At Silver Springs
Situated in Ocala, Silver Springs is the ideal spot to ensure you remain cool in the heat of the summer in Florida. Before swimming pools, the people in Florida used to enjoy swimming in one of the natural springs. The good news is that you can still partake in this unique experience with a variety of springs found across this Sunshine state.
Take A Hiking Trip On The Florida National Scenic Trail
While there may be a variety of fantastic hiking trails all over Florida, if you are looking for the biggest hiking trail you should definitely try out FNST( Florida National Scenic Trail). This trail stretches over 1,300 miles and begins at the Big Cypress National Preserve, finally ending in Fort Pickens situated at Gulf Islands National Seashore.
Enjoy Exploring The Bok Tower Gardens
Another activity to add to your sunset bucket list in Florida is to visit this historic and national landmark situated in Lake Wales Florida. Featuring a 250 acre beautiful and natural garden along with the 205 foot tall famous Singing Tower with the carillon bells. The Bok Tower Gardens is recognized as THE romantic destination that is a definite must on a summer day. This estate was erected in the year 1929 and also showcases a museum, 1,500 book library, exhibit hall and bird sanctuary.
Don’t Miss Out On The Local Wineries And Breweries
In the summer a fine wine or good beer is a great way to enjoy the exciting attractions that Florida has to offer. Make your bucket list experience more memorable and pay a visit to the Funky Buddha Brewery located in Oakland Park. Known as the biggest brewery in the whole of South Florida it features a 3,000 square-foot Tap Room in a 54,000 square-foot Brew Warehouse. Here you can try out some of the latest offerings of genuine craft beer.
If you are one of those people who prefers a fine wine, do not miss out on the Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards situated in Clermont. This 127 acre winery offers native varieties of hybrid Florida bunch grapes that include Blanc Du Bois, Suwannee and Stover.
Whether you enjoy some of the delicious seafood delicacies or enjoy sunbathing on one of the famous beaches or you decide to visit national landmarks and theme parks, all the experiences in Florida are well worth adding to your bucket list.