Beyond Theme Parks: Road Trip Florida Style

Each year more than a million tourists head to sunny Florida, but few of them venture outside the theme parks. For those thinking outside the Disney box, Florida is an outstanding place to explore by the roads few tourists travel. Many sites suggest road trips, and we’ve included a few favorites for you.

If you’re visiting the Orlando area, a day trip can help you discover the Florida that the locals know. Disney doesn’t hold the only mermaids. Less than two hours west, catch a live mermaid show at the Weeki Wachee State Park, and enjoy a boat ride down the Weeki Wachee River. The park also allows guests a chance to see alligators and snakes up close. Don’t forget to stop at Becky Jack’s for dinner.

If you’re interested combining the Weeki Wachee State Park with other stops, check out the Ultimate Central Florida Road Trip. This trip can take 10 hours or days depending on the amount of time you spend exploring what Florida has to offer.

Northeast Florida is home to the Big Bear Scenic Byway crossing the Ocala National Forest. This trip slows the pace down and allows the tourist a chance to stop and catch a fish, swim or eat one at a rustic diner among many other options. Create your own adventure with stops along the Byway with a full description at

The road to paradise exists just south of Miami and leads to the Florida Keys. This scenic drive crosses the Seven Mile Bridge over the ocean and leads to many options for stops along the way with adventures in fishing, snorkeling, and exploring historic sites such as the Earnest Hemingway home. Don’t forget the world-famous key lime pie. Explore the AllTheRooms Blog for more great road trip ideas around Florida. 

Whatever Florida road trip you choose, the sunrise or the sunset away from the noise and bright lights of the typical tourist destination is sure to please.

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