Our things to do in Florida bucket list

Welcome to our things to do in Florida bucket list.

This is your hub for all the best places to visit in Florida, including top Florida attractions, theme park secrets, cool cities, unique outdoor adventures and beautiful beaches.

You’ll find our best tips, recommended hotels, tours and deals. We’re adding to this the more we explore Florida, so keep checking back.

Be sure to check all of our USA travel tips, as we’ve been exploring the country in-depth for the past year on short breaks, getaways, road trips, and a year long RV trip of the American West.

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Fun in Cedar Key, Florida

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Discount tourist cards are a great way to save money on popular attractions. With their skip-the-line tickets they can also save you a lot of time.

The Sightseeing Pass is our favorite discount attraction pass as it often includes quirky local attractions, walking tours, discounted food and shopping, and has a huge range of attractions and flexibility.

Check out the Florida Sightseeing Passes:

Florida Bucket List Content

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Florida Travel Tips

Looking for the best things to do in Florida and the best Florida destinations? Here are a few suggestions

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North Florida Travel Tips

Natural North Florida is an area we recently explored on a Florida road trip. It’s off the beaten path and stunning!

Theme Park Tickets

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Universal Orlando Playlist

Vacation Rental Home Near Disney World

Popular Orlando Tours

Popular Orlando Day Trip Tours

Awesome view of South Beach Miami as Carnival Vista departs for a 6 day Western Caribbean Cruise to Jamaica, Grand Caymans and Cozumel.

Miami Travel Tips

Miami has one of the most beautiful city beaches in the world. We can’t wait to explore more. For now:

Popular Miami Tours

Popular Miami Day Trips

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Booking Florida Accommodation

Each of the posts below have accommodation recommendations specific to the destination and from our personal experiences + ones we have thoroughly reviewed.

We recommend the following two booking sites (it’s the ones we use the most)

  • Apartment and home rentals on Airbnb

Tell us in the comments:

We want to know your local favorites and the hidden gems in your backyard?

Can you suggest other places to visit in Florida? What other Florida attractions can you recommend?

Some things already on our Florida bucket list include:

  • Everglades National Park
  • West Coast sunsets
  • Florida Keys
  • Florida Gulf Coast
  • College Football game at the Swamp

We’re looking forward to reading about your insider tips on things to do in Florida!

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52 thoughts on “Our things to do in Florida bucket list”

  1. Hello guys,

    I want to congrats you for this super blog and specially for this post! I spent a whole summer a couple of years ago in Florida and everything you wrote about was as well on my bucket list! Great job!

    Just like yours, traveling is my purest passion and I love writing about it! In fact, I just started writing on my blog and I wanted to ask you for some advice! I would really appreciate your opinion! Here I post you the link in case it’s not too much trouble po.st/uisPs2

    Thank you very much and keep on traveling & writing!

  2. There is so much to do in Florida! We loved Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel. If you go to Sanibel, check out the JN “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge. I think it would be a great place for Craig to get some great photos- and maybe see an alligator? We did our Everglades Airboat tour with Captain Mitch just outside of Everglades City and it was fantastic, too.
    If you go to the Florida panhandle, the little town of Seaside is a master-planned community that was featured in the movie, “The Truman Show.” It’s like being in the twilight zone or something. 🙂 I think Florida could fully occupy 2-3 months, you better plan to be here for 3 years!

    1. Hey Leah,

      Thanks for your suggestions to add to our Florida bucket list. Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel sound perfect, and thanks for the heads up on JN “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge. Definitely planning to experience the Everglades and get up close to some “Gators” but not too close 🙂

      And that little town of Seaside sounds fascinating!

  3. Hi! We live in a bus and have spent more than 3 years traveling across the States. Florida is quite expensive, but it sure is a beautiful place! Here is a list of our very favorite places not to be missed! Make sure to reserve A LONG TIME in advance for the State Parks (I know, not really what you want to do when you live on the road, but the first few ones in the list are worth it!)
    Fort De Soto State Park (white sand, turquoise clear water! Paradise!)
    Bahia Honda State Park (make sure to not go to the Florida Keys between February and May, it’s the worst time for the sand flies and it’s insane!)
    St. Joseph Peninsula State Park
    Sebastian Inlet State Park
    Spend a day in Naples (West Coast). There is an awesome candy shop that also has homemade gelato that is not to be missed!
    Spend a day in St. Augustine, a beautiful fortified old city. Visit the Castillo de San Marco and maybe the Pirate Museum if your children are into pirates

    1. Hi Catherine, it sure does look like a beautiful place.

      Appreciate all your tips for things to do in Florida. We love visitng State Parks and getting out in nature, and who doesn’t love white sand and clear turquoise water?!! Thanks for the heads up on the sand flies in the keys.

      Oh, and I’m sure our kids will love the candy shop and gelato in Naples 🙂

      Other travelers have also mentioned St. Augustine, and the Castillo de San Marco as great destinations. Cheers!

  4. How about something a little different and of a historical nature? Visit and watch a Civil war reenactment in Florida! As part of the fee acting community, I invite you to visit and watch a battle and see how life was like in the South during this period but touring the camps. the reenactments are held during the winter months and into February.

  5. Hey! We did a 3-week road trip in Florida last year and our favourite places to explore were Fernandina Beach, Cedar Key, Tampa and the Everglades. We also had a great time snorkeling Devil’s Den near Williston.

  6. I’ve been to the Keys. It was before I was into snorkeling and diving, though. I need to get back down there. Great, quality post! Much appreciated.

  7. When you go to a game in the swamp (Go Gators!), make a trip to Devil’s Den- gorgeous! Satchel’s pizzeria is the best Gainesville has to offer!

    Find your way to the Panhandle and check out 30A. Rent a bike and check out Seaside, Rosemary, Santa Rosa, etc. Absolutelu gorgeous beaches and cutest little towns!’

    1. Hi Kelsey,

      As mentioned I love my college sports and would love to see a Gators game. Thanks for the tip on the Devil’s Den and Satchel’s pizzeria.

      And we love bike riding so would love to explore those spots in the Panhandle.

  8. This trip sounds like so much fun! I have lived in Florida for most of my life and there are so many amazing places to explore in this great state. First off I would recommend visiting Jacksonville and exploring the many things it has to offer. It just over the border from Georgia and has both the intercoastal and the ocean. If you decide to visit Jacksonville, you should go to Ponte Vedra beach, San marco which is near downtown, atlantic beach where festivals are always going on, and visit st. augustine which is a short 30 minute drive away. You said that you were planning on seeing a UF game, but if you’re in Jacksonville in late October, you should go to the Florida vs. Georgia football game. Everyone is at this game, and is considered the nation’s largest outdoor cocktail party. It is fun for the whole family to go and watch this game as the stadium is divided directly down the middle from red and black on one side and orange and blue on the other. I grew up going to the game in gator colors but after attending the University of Georgia, I now go to the games each year in red and black. Go Dawgs! I hope that you have a great trip through my great state of Florida!

    1. Hello Megan,

      Ok, will research more on Jacksonville and the intercoastal and the ocean area.

      Wow, that Florida vs. Georgia football game sounds like a TON of fun and would be right up my alley. That’s so cool it’s considered the nation’s largest outdoor cocktail party 🙂

  9. I recommend to visit Siesta Key, near Sarasota. It’s one of the best beaches in States. Sand over there is really white, and you can mold the sand like snow. On west side is also St. Pete, really beautiful place. If going there, I suggest to drive via sunshine skyway brigde, which is awesome. In Orlando there is world’s largest Hard Rock cafe. Must see, if you’re into that kind of things.

    1. Hi Piia,

      As Aussies, we LOVE beaches so thanks for adding Siesta Key to our list of things to do in Florida. How cool that you mold the sand like snow!! And thanks for the tip on driving via sunshine skyway brigde and the Hard Rock Cafe, definitely up for that!

  10. I’ve lived in Florida most of my life and it’s a wonderful state with lots to do. However, no trip would be complete without experiencing the vibrant Latin culture of South Florida. Miami is synonymous with Cuban culture and the best place to witness this is by going to a “Viernes Culturales” (Cultural Fridays) Festival in Little Havana. This street festival takes place the last Friday of every month on Calle Ocho between 13th and 17th Avenues from 7-11pm. There’s outdoor art galleries, live music, salsa dancing, domino games and cigar rollers. You really feel like you’re in Cuba! Also, just 45 min north of Miami there’s Deerfield Beach/Pampano Beach, these cities make up the largest Brazilian population in the U.S. If you go to the beach on the north side of the Deerfield Beach pier, you’ll hear people speaking Portuguese, playing beach soccer and footvolley and wearing Sungas, it’s like being on Copacabana 🙂

    1. G’day Megan,

      Awesome suggestion on experiencing the Latin culture of South Florida and the “Viernes Culturales” Festival in Little Havana – we love these types of experiences. And great tip on Deerfield Beach/Pampano Beach, never knew that about the Brazillian population – sounds fun!!

  11. Just summed up Florida must do list on my Insta:) Here it is (less what you’ve mentioned already):

    • Miami, South Beach, Design District
    • Boating, jet skiing, kayaking, paddle boarding
    • Zoos, seaquariums, safaris, parrot jungles etc.
    • East coast beaches – West Palm, Melbourne, Jupiter
    • snorkeling and scuba diving (Devil’s Den Cave – beautiful)
    • Sanibel and Captiva islands, shell beaches
    • Saint Petersburg and Dali Museum
    • Kennedy Space Center and space shuttle launch experience
    • zip lines, parasailing, helicopter flights, paragliding, ATV off road rides
    • amazing state parks and national preserves (Ichetucknee Springs Park, Suwannee River Park, Paynes Prairie Preserve – just to name a few)
    • Lake Okeechobee, hikes and boat rides
    • Saint Augustine – the oldest city in US
    • North Florida parks and nature (Oak trees, foggy swamps)

  12. I only really know the panhandle, so I can’t speak to the rest of Florida. I’ll speak to what I know.

    – Wakulla Springs is definitely worth a visit, but it is the biggest of many interesting springs in Florida. Econfina Creek is supposedly really good, too, and then there are several beautiful springs further down into the parts of Florida I don’t know well. If you go during the cooler parts of the winter, the manatees come up near the springs to keep warm.

    – Any beach in the panhandle is going to be great. If you are looking for the wild beach experience, you should look at the Gulf Islands National Seashore near Pensacola.

    – The little communities down highway 30A (Seaside, Grayton Beach, Rosemary Beach) are pretty cool.

    – Apalachicola and Carrabelle is are beautiful quiet little historic towns with good seafood.

    – Crab Island by Destin is a cool sandbar.

    – The Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola is also worth a visit if you’re at all into aircraft.

    There’s more than that of course, but those are the highlights to me.

    1. Hi Doug,

      Would love to see the manatees, and visit all those springs.

      Being from OZ, we are definitely into beaches and the photos we have seen so far of the Panhandle it looks amazing. And I like the sound of the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

      And thanks for the tips on the little communities historic towns – I LOVE seafood!!

  13. Sounds like an incredible journey. If you are on the east coast go to the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach. You won’t be disappointed.

  14. I lived in Florida my whole life and you should go to Wekki Wachee State Park. It’s a cute little park where they hold mermaid shows and you can kayak and swim in the springs there. If you go in the winter time you might be able to swim with manatees. It a great place to go with young kids. It is super relaxing there too.

  15. Whenever you go to the Florida Keys, make it a point to take the ferry to the Dry Tortugas (you can also camp there for up to three days). I have lived in Florida my entire life and only recently found this hidden gem. You don’t want to miss this beauty. Also, if you are road tripping Florida you might want to look into Sanibel Island as a stopping point. So many shells from the carribbean so the kids will probably enjoy that aspect.

    1. Oh and make sure to book Dry Tortugas well in advance 1 month plus, it will be sold out if you wait until right before the trip and also although you can choose to camp there, you can also just make a day trip out of it. Cheers.

  16. Buy a Florida state annual park pass for $129/family at the first park you visit. Then all the other state parks are free.

  17. Avon Park Florida

    -Highlands Hammock State Park
    -Eat at the Wild Turkey Tavern!
    -Avon Park Air Force Bombing Range-Recreational Pass for the day!
    -Lake Wales-Camp MAC-Airboat Ride on the Kissimmee River

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