Enjoy Nature throughout Florida

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Florida vacation offers great snorkeling

Florida Vacation Guide for nature lovers

Step beyond Florida’s amusement parks (which are fabulous fun) and explore the world of ecotourism adventures the area has to offer.

Do you thrive on adventure?

Get out of your car and get set adrift in a hot air balloonto see Florida’s crystal-clear waters and pure blue skies from a very special vantage point. Or if you prefer to stay closer to the ground, explore the Everglades on an Airboat ride along the Shingle Creek Paddling Trail which gently flows out of the city of Orlando.

Are you an animal lover?

The Florida vacation guide strongly suggests a visit to the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. This unique nature preserve encompasses 140,000 acres made up of 1,000 types of plants and 500 animal species (16 endangered or threatened species of animals live call the refuge home). We recommend starting your visit at the Visitor Information Center 4 miles east of Titusville.

Take a hike!

Florida is chalk full of walking trails to discover on your own, or via guided tours. The Topsail Hill State Preserve will keep your family busy for hours as you explore three miles of secluded beaches, plant life, lakes, dunes and animals. Your whole family will have fun not only hiking but there’s lots of biking, fishing and swimming to be done in the park. And did you know that Mickey’s not the only famous rodent living in Florida?  Keep your eyes peeled and you might see the Choctawhatchee beach mouse, an endangered creature that calls the Topsail Hill State Preserve home.

Got fish?

Avid anglers flock to Florida where the fishing season is open year-round, the weather is always pleasant, and there are thousands of miles of shoreline and lakes teeming with fish.

Destin Florida is known as “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” on account of it’s perfect climate, scenic beauty, and crystal clear waters “swimming” with fish! 30,000 anglers from around the world head to Destin each year for its annual Fishing Rodeo which takes place for the entire month of October.

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Family fun on a Florida vacation

Sail along the Santa Fe River

Visit the 200 wooded acres of parkland along the Santa Fe River, located north of High Springs, Florida. Bring a tent and enjoy an unforgettable camping trip where you can bide the time tubing or kayaking, snorkeling or scuba diving. There are underwater caves begging to be explored!

Tell us…

Florida Vacation Guide wants to know…what’s your favorite outdoor activity?