Florida is one of my favourite places to visit, not just because of it’s links to Disney. There are hundreds, if not more beautiful places to visit off the beaten track. Very few tourists know or visit these gems making them fantastically uncrowded and in many cases you could find yourselves being the only visitors there.
We’ve unfortunately had to miss a family trip to Florida this year. My Brother and his girlfriend went on Wednesday and my Dad and Step-Mum joined them on Friday. To say I’m disappointed is an understatement really. While I’m over here sulking I thought I’d put a list together of our favourite places to visit, that don’t break the bank but are still fun and exciting for the whole family. Perfect for a budget trip to the sunshine state!
High on my list is Lake Louisa. It’s just $5 to enter the State Park for the whole day. There’s lots of land to explore and a brilliant beach by the lake. Perfect for a paddle! We visited on a couple of times on our last trip to Florida, the first time we stumbled upon it whilst driving home one day, the next visit was a more organised trip complete with picnic. There are plenty of picnic sights and if you’re visiting by campervan you can stay on their campsite. There’s also water sports and horse riding if you fancy more than a paddle. To find out more visit their website here.
Another State Park, absolutely stunning. $6 Per car (6-8 people) for the day, there’s a visitor centre which gives you very good information about manatees and park itself, you can swim in the lagoon or enjoy a spot of fishing. Again, there’s plenty of picnic space available for lunch, a bonus when travelling around with the kiddies! There’s plenty of opportunity for wildlife spotting, if you’re lucky you could see the Manatees and their babies in the lagoon! To find out more visit here.
One more little treat is a visit to Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park. Amazing for the kiddies and not touristy at all. Great if crowds fill you with dread like me! There’s lots of animals to see including Lu the hippopotamus, black bears and river otters. There is a children’s educational centre on site, a gift shop and café. Tickets are $13 for Adults and $5 for Children. Under 5’s are free! I would say our trip here was much more enjoyable than our tip to Animal Kingdom. For more information visit here.
These are our top 3 cheap days out in Florida, fun for the whole family and away from the crowds. Your family trip to Florida can be relaxed, I promise!
Look out for our itinerary for a more relaxed holiday in Florida coming up shortly.
Let me know in the comments below if you know of more great budget friendly places to visit, I’d love to add these to the list for our next trip!