Fun day trips to take while visiting Disney World in Orlando, Florida. These unique ideas and beach towns are great family day trips. Enjoy these Disney family travel tips and fun excursions to do with kids.
Fun Day Trips in Florida From Orlando
Disney World is a magical place, but sometimes it can be nice to get away from the crowds and explore some new places.
If you’re looking for some ideas for day trips from Disney World, then look no further. This post will give you five great options that are all within easy reach of Orlando. So pack your bags and get ready to explore!
Where is the best place for a day trip?
Whether you’re planning your very first family trip to Disney World or you’re an experienced Disney visitor, you should consider what Florida has to offer beyond the parks.
Before planning your Florida trip, be sure to look for the best Orlando hotel deals. Saving money on your hotel in Orlando means more funds for day trips.
From inland springs to coastal beach towns, here are some of our favorite day trips to take from Orlando or Disney World.
St. Augustine is a small seaside town situated on Florida’s east coast, located roughly two hours northeast of Disney World and the Orlando metro area.
It holds the honor of being the oldest city in America, and for many folks, that’s enough of a reason to plan a day to see what St. Augustine has to offer.
This town is home to Castillo de San Marcos, an old fort built by early Spanish settlers, as well as a number of family-friendly attractions to keep your crew entertained.
Explore the city by trolley or take to the cobblestone streets and see what you can find on foot.
The closest beach to Disney World, Cape Canaveral is an hour’s drive straight east from Orlando.
Spend the day soaking up the sun or head a few minutes north to Kennedy Space Center – a must-see for anyone who’s interested in space or science! You can take tours to view shuttle launchpads, view exhibits you won’t find anywhere else, and experience a shuttle launch simulator.
Don’t forget to treat the kids to some Dippin’ Dots while you’re there!
Ponce De Leon Springs
Ponce De Leon Springs is a natural spring located approximately one hour northeast of Orlando.
If your family is dying to spend some time in the water surrounded by nature, this is a great stop to add to your itinerary.
You can swim or explore the water by kayak, canoe or stand up paddle board.
Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the shade or grab a bite to eat at the Sugar Mill Restaurant, known for tables with built-in griddles that let you make your own pancakes.
Two hours southwest of Orlando, it’s easy to spend a fun-filled day in Tampa.
Experience marine life up close at the Florida Aquarium, explore the Lowry Park Zoo, or check out one of the multiple museums in the area.
What is the nicest beach in Tampa?
With over a dozen of the most beautiful stretches of sand in Florida, it’s hard to pick just one beach in Tampa.
If we had to choose just one, it would probably be Clearwater Beach. Clearwater has a world-class beach featuring lots of beach-side amenities and nearby attractions, restaurants and nightlife.
If you want to add another theme park to your plan, you can always pick up tickets for Busch Gardens. While this theme park has attractions and activities for people of all ages, it’s best suited for adults or older kids who love thrill rides – especially roller coasters.
Feel the need for speed? Head to Daytona Beach, roughly an hour and a half northeast of Orlando, to experience the Daytona International Speedway – home of the Daytona 500 NASCAR race.
If fast cars aren’t your thing, no need to worry! There are plenty of fun things to do and see in Daytona Beach.
Stroll along the pier and you’ll find everything from thrill rides and snack bars to souvenir shops and arcades.
Claim a spot on the beach and splash around in the water, or cross the street and have a blast at Daytona Lagoon, the local water park.
What day trips from Disney have you taken? Which were your favorite? Share your ideas in the comment section!
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Originally published on May 15, 2022. Last Updated on May 15, 2022 by Amy Locurto