Florida is sand, fresh water springs, beaches, forests, swamps, lakes, prairies, wetlands, and rivers. So no excuses, get out and explore the most diverse land in North America. Below you’ll find a few resources to get you started. Send your activity ideas to Dofla@howtodoflorida.com
Enjoy a natural lazy river
Experience Manatees face to face
Standup Paddleboard Central Florida
Surf Lessons Florida
Swim with the Manatees
Unique way to wakeboard
A quiet oasis in downtown Orlando
A zipline adventure in Orlando
Charter your own Houseboat adventure
Experience a unique natural habitat
Fish the Cocoa Beach Pier
Fish the iconic Mosquito Lagoon
Learn about citrus and nature
Learn how to build your own fishing rods
Learn how to survive in the wilderness
Learn the history of this beach town
Learn to Hang Glide over Central Florida
One of Florida’s oldest and best zoological attractions
Rare and exotic animals, right in Melbourne
Ride an old rail path
Ride the West Orange Trail
See and hear a unique sight
See exotic wildlife without going on a safari
See the natural Florida on horseback
See wildlife from many angles
See Winter Park from the water
The Great Southern Cracker Roadshow
Visit a slice of Old Florida
Chart your own kayak adventure
What: Full service kayak rental company offers daily to weekly rentals, guided tours and fishing trips.
Where: Lee County
Crabbing with an Old Salt
What: Be a crew mate on Captain Gus’ commercial crab boat and learn to pull and bait traps. Clean, steam and eat each of stone crabs and blue crabs on Tampa Bay. Capt. Gus was our how to Crabbing expert.
Dive into warm springs
What: The only warm water mineral spring in Florida, and the largest in the world.
Where: Nort Port
Escape to peaceful ecosystems by canoe
What: Canoe Escape offers 6 different self guided, day trip combinations along the Hillsborough River through a diverse ecosystem.
Speed Boat Adventures
A glimpse into Victorian Florida
What: The museum’s mission is to interpret the Tampa Bay Hotel at the turn of the century and the Victorian lifestyles of America’s gilded age.
Exotic animals, right in Tampa
What: The zoo features more than 2000 animals, interactive exhibits, rides, and shows.
Fish on a historic pier
What: Fishing pier, remodeled with more amenities in 2007.
Where: Bradenton Beach
Go fishing with one of the highest ranked guides in Fort Myers
What: Set out with Captain John Simoneau for a fishing or sight-seeing tour in and around Fort Myers.
Where: Fort Myers, FL
Learn about natural Florida
What: Nature Preserve – fishing pier, paddling trails, nature & history center.
Where: St. Petersburg
Learn to captain a sailboat
What: All inclusive sailing school, from simple 2 hour lessons to courses that will prepare you to sail around the world.
Where: Ft. Myers
Learn to Fly Fish on Pine Island
What: Learn to fly fish, classes for beginners as well as advanced technique classes for those more familiar with the sport.
Where: St. James City
What: Located at Tampa Electric’s Big Bend Power Station, the center features tons of local wildlife, and in the winter, manatees.
Where: Apollo Beach
Surrealism on Florida’s West Coast
What: Houses the largest collection outside of Europe of the works of the artist Salvador Dali.
Where: St. Petersburg
Take a quiet ride on the high seas
What: Sailboat and captain offering many trip options from short sunset cruises to multiple night all inclusive trips.
Where: Ft. Myers
The world of seashells, on display
Learn the hot new watersport
Learn to surf from a pro
Rent a kayak and explore on your own schedule
Scuba trips and training
Swim in a historic grotto
Take to the water and the air, all at once.
The only Country Club for Scuba Divers
Wakeboard the largest cable park
Learn about Natural Florida
Catch your record Largemouth
Experience a safari, right in the city
Explore a rainforest, right in Florida
Have a classic Glades adventure
Learn where sugar comes from
Pick your own strawberries, and more
See and taste flavors of the world
See marine life
See native Florida and natural history
Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit
Stroll through a wildlife preserve
An up close dolphin experience
Dive the Vandenberg wreck and other sites off Key West
Feel like you’re sitting on water
Hand feed tarpon
If it’s on the water, they’ve got it
Interact with sealife
Scuba experience without the hassles
The experience of scuba, while staying dry(er)
The most unique dives in the Keys
Tour the backcountry by kayak
Experience a slice of Keys history
Ferry to the Dry Tortugas
Islamorada’s fishing headquarters
Learn to fly fish from the best
Take a seaplane to the Dry Tortugas
The Keys from above
The only freshwater in the Keys
Tour the haunted side of Key West
Get on the water at Coldwater Creek
Glide down the Blackwater River
Learn how to Cave Dive
Fly fish the Pensacola area
Learn about man’s exploration of the deep
Learn about Navy Aviation in it’s birthplace
Learn to sail on the Emerald Coast
Offshore fishing, however you want
See Florida’s tallest waterfall
A human powered adventure
Dive deep under Florida
Learn to Catch Scallops
Ride and swim with horses
See another side of Jacksonville
50 acres of nature, right in the city
Canoe the Suwannee River
Climb a working lighthouse
Horseback trail rides in N. Florida
Learn outdoor skills that could save you
Learn to sail in St. Augustine
Learn to sail where Chad did
Pick your own blueberries at Yancey’s
Ride the famous glass bottom boats
Sail aboard a schooner
This website will help you plan your visits to Florida’s 174 award-winning state parks, trails and historic sites.
Summertime means family vacations for many people. If a state park is your destination, you can use this website to find a great place to camp under the stars. More than 50 state parks offer camping for tents, campers and RVs. If you prefer air conditioning and a roof, then cabins are the way to go.
The Florida Trail Association develops, maintains, protects, and promotes a network of hiking trails throughout the state, including the unique Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST). Together with our partners we provide opportunities for the public to hike, engage in outdoor recreation, participate in environmental education, and contribute to meaningful volunteer work.
FPTA paddling trails are divided into 15 regions with a total of 32 segments. Regions begin at Big Lagoon State Park near Pensacola, extending around the Florida peninsula and Keys and continue up the east coast to Fort Clinch State Park near the Georgia border. Interior regions cover the Suwannee River, Ocklawaha and Wekiva Rivers and lakes in Central Florida. Our paddling trails include every type of Florida habitat, from swamps to barrier island dune systems to salt marsh and mangroves.
Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of our national parks. With the help of volunteers and partners, we safeguard these special places and share their stories with more than 275 million visitors every year. But our work doesn’t stop there.