Now is the best time to plan a day trip in Florida! Planning a Florida day trip during the offseason will help reduce your costs and allow you to still enjoy the attractions. Thinking about extending your day trip into a road trip? Check out our Top Affordable Day Trips in North Carolina!
Educational AND Exciting – Take a day and go to one of these fun, yet educational exhibits. MOSI, also known as the Museum of Science and Industry, in Tampa, features interactive activities and reasonably priced tickets for the whole family. The Dali Museum, a museum dedicated to the life of the famous artist Salvador Dali, is located in St. Petersburg and offers admission discounts Thursday after 5:00pm, which makes tickets only $10! By tickets now so you can see the museum that boasts an exterior facade inspired by Dali’s surrealism and an internal labyrinth and collection of gardens. For a real NASA experience head to the Kennedy Space Center. This unique establishment offers tours, kid activities, and lunch with an astronaut.
Root for the Home Team – From college athletics to pro sporting events, Florida has numerous noteworthy athletic teams. Whether you are a fan of Florida State University or the University of Florida, you can watch young athletes before they turn pro. The Miami Heat is a very popular basketball team, whose 2014-2015 tickets are now available! Did you know Florida is home to three NFL teams? That’s right, the Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. These teams are just about finished preseason, and are ready to take on regular season games. For more information on these teams and their schedules, check out NFL.com. Do not forget the Miami Marlins and the Tampa Bay Rays have just over a month left in their season! Check out a home game with the family for a great day at the ball park!
Amusement Parks – From Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, LEGOLAND, and SeaWorld, Florida is known for its various themed adventure parks. Make your visit to any of these parks cheaper by going in late August or September. Specifically, the week after Labor Day typically has less crowds, but be aware of the heat. Wear light colored clothing and stay hydrated during your time in the park. If you wait until November, you can find great deals on tickets and avoid the crowds even more.
Beaches – The city of Destin features beaches and tourism, and October is home to two festivals on the Destin Harbor. Fort Walton Beach is about an hour drive from Pensacola, which features budget beaches, a downtown area, and great cheap eats. Head south to Key West and visit the southernmost point buoy. This free attraction is fun to take a quick photo with before walking around the downtown area. Downtown Key West features Duval Street, which is known for its night life, shopping, and great eats!
Become One with Nature – The Everglades National Park is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. Plan your visit to the park with these suggestions of things to do. The best part about this day trip is you can enter the park for a small fee, and once you’re inside, you do not have to spend any more money to have fun! Same goes for the Ocala National Forest. This recreational area has everything from picnicking to horhttps://www.fs.usda.gov/main/ocala/homeseback riding.
Make the most of the fall season by heading to Florida for one these affordable day trips the whole family will enjoy. Short on funds? Mariner Finance is here for your financing needs! Contact your local Mariner Finance branch today to speak with a knowledgeable member of our staff and get the money you need today!
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