Cheap Day Getaways in Florida

Cheap Day Getaways in Florida
Although Florida is home to theme parks such as Universal Studios, Busch Gardens and, of course, Disney World, it also has a wide range of day trips and activities that won't break the bank. From canoeing to hiking to museums, Florida has something to suit many budgets.

Sun Splash Park

Located in Daytona Beach, Sun Splash Park offers a day of recreation for the whole family. Among its features are sculptures along the pathways, an interactive fountain and a shaded playground. Families can enjoy lunch together in the picnic area or wander down to the beach that is accessible directly from the park. After a day in the hot Florida sun, you can cool off under one of the outdoor showers that are freely available. With 4 acres, the park offers plenty of space to play and sun bathe; its shaded seating areas are ideal for the hotter part of the day. Other park facilities include restrooms and allocated car parking. Admission is free.

Sun Splash Park
611 S. Atlantic Ave
Daytona Beach FL 32118


Fort George Island Cultural State Park

Once the site of a fort built by the colonists, Fort George Island Cultural State Park is now home to an abundance of recreational activities. Visitors can hike the 3-mile nature trail across the island's former golf course and see how it is being transformed back into a natural wilderness habitat for the local wildlife; mountain bikes are also allowed on this trail. Other activities at the state park include fishing in the Fort George River, kayaking, and taking a guided Segway tour around the island. The last of these options takes you through nearby Kingsley Plantation, where you will hear about the history of the island. Admission is free.

Fort George Island Cultural State Park
State Road A1A South
Jacksonville, Florida 32226

Miccosukee Indian Village

Situated in the Florida Everglades, the Miccosukee Indian Village gives insight into the traditions of this Native American tribe. Within the village, visitors can watch demonstrations of traditional craftwork such as beading and woodwork, or discover the rich history of the tribe through the exhibits in the Miccosukee Indian Museum. Other attractions include alligator demonstrations, as residents of the village show off these powerful predators of the Everglades; and authentic cuisine served at the Miccosukee Restaurant. As of March 2010, admission prices begin at $5 with no charge for children under 5.

Miccosukee Indian Village
Mile Marker 70, U.S. 41 Tamiami Trail
Miami, FL 33144


Article Written By Rina Shah

Rina Shah is a law student with degrees in psychology and business administration from the University of Texas and a Master of Science from the London School of Economics. She has worked in law, nonprofits, information technology and teaching. Shah has over five years of experience writing for various purposes on the job and more than 10 years of academic writing.

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