Adventures in Florida

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Tubing on the Ichetucknee River

Tallahassee, Florida, USA – Adventure awaits in Florida, where the water is always cool and the sun is always shining. Outside and inside adventure are our specialties and for good reason too. If you’re looking for an action-packed, exhilarating vacation, look no further than the Sunshine State. We’ve got every level and type of thrill-seeker covered.

Water Adventure:

With over 1,000 miles of coastline, water adventure isn’t hard to find in Florida. From airboat rides to swimming alongside the endangered Florida manatee, water exploration is our specialty.

–          In northern Florida, Jackson County is home to over 70 springs that include Spring Creek and the Chipola River, a fantastic place to search for sharks teeth and arrowheads from centuries past. Bring the whole family to take a relaxing kayak, canoe or even tubing trip at Spring Creek Park.

–          Bradenton area visitors can fulfill their vacation fantasies by riding horseback along the shores. You can even try out the area’s creation of Horsesurfing. This interesting activity invites visitors to test their balance while riding the waves on top of a horse all while gliding through the Gulf waters.

–          Another exciting Bradenton area activity is known as Flyboarding. Fly up to 20 feet in the air, strapped to a jet propulsion pack, allowing you to hover, spin and even dive like a dolphin.

–          Let your workout take you somewhere at RUN/SUP in Santa Rosa Beach. Founded by runners and paddlers in search of a way to combine the two, RUN/SUP offers a cross-training interval style workout that brings about a new and exciting way to exercise.

–          From the end of May to early September, Ichetucknee Springs in Fort White is the perfect place to experience Florida’s natural wetlands. Float down six miles of crystalline water with shaded hammocks and wildlife viewing opportunities. In addition to tubing, the springs also offer picnic areas as well as snorkeling, canoeing and hiking opportunities.

–          Home to the United States’ only natural living coral reef, The Florida Keys has an underwater adventure all its own. The John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park has over 200 miles of underwater paradise that has been protected since 1960. From shallow reefs for snorkeling to deep dives and ship-wrecks for the more experienced diver, Florida’s Dive Capital of the World offers a tropical aquatic adventure that will provide vacation memories that last a lifetime.

–          Speaking of Capitals, Florida is the proud home to yet another one. Known as the Manatee Capital of the World, Crystal River was deemed this title due to the large number of manatee populations that concentrate in the area from January to March each year. Experience an up-close animal encounter in their natural habitat at locations such as The Plantation on Crystal River.

–          If underwater adventure isn’t what you are looking for, try an airboat adventure tour. Glide over miles of natural Florida wetlands and feel the wind in your hair as you enjoy observing Florida’s exotic wildlife. Places such as Capt. Bob’s Airboat Adventure Tours in Indian River County are great for a one-of-a-kind airboat experience.

–          With every kind water body you can think of – salt, fresh and brackish – there is always something biting in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach and Charlotte Harbor. Adding yet another Florida capital, this location is often referred to as the Tarpon Capital of the World. This destination provides a variety of ways to fish these waters including inshore and back bay, offshore (deep sea), freshwater and fly fishing.

–          A lot of sea creatures are much more active in the night time. By Nightboarding at Ibis Bay in Key West, you can see the bay like never before. These tours feature stand up paddleboards adorned with super-bright, waterproof LED lights that give you an all-access pass to see night time sea life in action.

 

Land Adventure:

If you don’t have your sea legs and still want to explore all that Florida has to offer, there’s more than enough adventure to go around. These unique and exciting land adventure opportunities are guaranteed to create lasting memories.

–          Jackson County offers something no other place is Florida does, guided dry-cave tours. Starting 60 feet underground, the Florida Caverns State Park takes visitors on a fascinating trip through its well preserved formations.

–          Ranging from 350 to 750 feet, Empower Adventures in Oldsmar features five different ziplines to take the ride of your life. Riders will fly as high as 70 feet over mangrove swamps, salt marsh, oak hammocks and open water, all while enjoying Florida’s natural beauty.

–          Located in the region’s most visited birding site is the “crown jewel” in the National Aubudon Society’s sanctuary system, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. A 2.25-mile boardwalk through pine flatwood, wet prairie, around a marsh and finally into the largest old growth Bald Cypress forest in North America. Come marvel in untouched wilderness that can be dated back more than 500 years.

–          Whether you’re looking for an item to check off of your bucket list or a new hobby to throw yourself into, Skydive Spaceland is an adventure for the largest of thrill-seekers to enjoy. As one of the largest skydiving centers in the world, Skydive Spaceland can accommodate up to 100 first-time jumpers in a day and can train you towards earning your “A” skydiving license in just one week. Jump from up to 14,000 feet in the air, freefall at 120 miles per hour and end with a peaceful, 5-minute parachute flight to enjoy a beautiful bird’s eye view of Hendry County, Florida.

–          Combining scenic Florida landscapes and challenges for all skill levels, The Santos Mountain Bike Trail in Ocala/Marion County is one of only six bike trail systems in the United States that offers more than 60 miles of off-road adventure. This trail is filled with five miles of paved multi-use trails, featuring two-and-a-half miles of unpaved mountain biking paths complete with vertical drops of about 20 feet.

–          Challenge yourself and friends to a test fit for a true Navy SEAL at the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce. Jump, climb and race against the clock as you test your mental and physical abilities on this daring obstacle course. Including a rope climb, wall traverse and even a belly crawl, this course is free to try at your own pace with museum admission.

–          Unleash your inner cowboy at Central Florida’s Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo. This resort is located on the same land that Florida’s first cowboys roamed on and is situated on approximately 400,000 acres of state and federally protected wetlands. From glamping tents fit with nighttime bonfires to a 1,200 seat rodeo arena that is home to the longest-running Saturday night championship rodeo in the state, this resort is an experience that you don’t want to miss out on.

–          At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, an experience not known by many awaits in the Safi River Valley. Guests can pay to take an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour and view wild animals in their natural habitat during this three-hour Wild Africa Trek. Walk along grassland paths, cross rope bridges and ride in a rugged safari vehicle over an open savannah to see native African animals such as giraffes, hippos, crocodiles and more.

–          Amazing adventure awaits in Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Adventureland allows you to transport to a south sea island and explore the Swiss Family Treehouse, take on Captain Jack Sparrow and his crew on the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, experience the sensation of a magic carpet ride on the Magic Carpets of Aladdin or join Zazu for an exciting performance of song and merriment in the Enchanted Tiki Rooms.

–          Deemed the Number One Theme Park in the World for 2015 and 2016 by Trip Advisor Travelers, Orlando’s Islands of Adventure is exactly where adventure begins. Visit Marvel Superhero Island, Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, The Lost Continent, Seuss Landing and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter all in a single day filled with action-packed roller coasters, incredible attractions and more.

–          Fit with six top rated roller coasters and other thrilling rides, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay provides any adventure seeker with the adrenaline pumping excitement they desire. Their newest addition, Cobra’s Curse, takes guests up 70 feet in the air and then travels forwards, backwards and even ends in a free-spinning frenzy.

 

For photos, please contact Summer Gonzalez at SGonzalez@VisitFlorida.org.