I don’t know about you but I love spring weather in Florida. The summers can be torturous but spring break almost always kicks off with beautiful weather. Since we love to explore Central Florida, I figured I would share my favorite things to do, some free and some paid.
1. Take a trip to the Zoo! ($)
Going in the summer can be really messy and make for a long day, but with the spring breeze you can stay all day without worrying about getting dehydrated. We recently visited The Tampa Zoo at Lowry Park and I can’t wait to go back! They have animal encounters and tons of habitats to check out.
2. Enjoy the beach! (free)
In the beginning of spring it might not be warm enough to go into the ocean but make an informal trip and take a walk while listening to the waves. Daytona Beach has a really cute park set up for the kids and the breeze near the ocean is wonderful. I don’t recommend going to Daytona Beach during spring break because it’s usually the most crowded with tourists. Instead check out New Smyrna Beach or Ormond Beach. Trust me, you will have a lot more space to enjoy your time.
3. Disney! ($)
Disney is crowded year round, but during spring break it can be pretty full with tourists. It’s because the summer heat hasn’t quite knocked us down yet. If you have passes or are thinking about getting them, make a short trip to do a ride or two and visit Disney springs after for some food and entertainment.
4. Explore a Botanical Garden! ($)
Experience the beautiful flowers and plants without the overwhelming heat from the sun. Bring snacks and have yourself a picnic. We have quite a few gardens near us but I would recommend Harry P Leu Gardens or Mead Botanical Garden in Winter Park.
5. Wild Florida Drive Thru Safari ($)
This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while! Go on your very own safari drive thru the Wild Florida park. You will see tons of animals and they have other experiences available as well, encounters, airboats, gator park etc. They have a scavenger hunt you can download prior to arriving that’s perfect for kids and keeping them engaged.
6. Picnic at the Springs! (depends on the park, Green springs is free, Gemini and Blue Springs charge for parking)
Head to Blue Springs, Gemini or my favorite Green Springs and pack a lunch. They have grassy areas for picnic space and play time and also playgrounds for the kids to burn off energy. During February you can see manatees and they have a festival you can go to, but arrive early because it gets packed and parking is usually a mess.
7. Family Walk at the Riverfront in Sanford (free)
The city of Sanford has made a beautiful walking path along the St. John’s River. It’s perfect for biking, walking, or running. There is also a park and splash pad. But my favorite thing is to sit on the benches and try to spot alligators or manatees. It’s my favorite place to unwind. I used to take Cassidy there every single day when I was on maternity leave.
8. Exercise at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs (free)
Cranes roost has an awesome pathway built, perfect for exercising. Part of the pathway goes over the water and you can spot turtles, ducks and fish. This is another favorite for me.
9. Explore Lake Nona! (free)
This is quite a drive for us but we love coming down to Lake Nona and visiting Boxi Park for food and entertainment. For Easter we had Brunch at Chroma and it was delicious. They usually have events frequently and tons of photo op areas. I love the art on the walls and sculptures. So much fun!
10. Bike Ride around Celebration
Feel free to bring your own bikes but we rented some and explored through the paths. We had a lot of fun and got lunch afterward. There are quite a few places to grab lunch or dinner and parking is free. The only downside I would say is that the playgrounds are only for residents of Celebration so the most you can do is bike and/or walk around. I’ve seen a few gators down in the ponds here as well.
Tag me in your adventures! I have put together a summer bucket list as well, check it out HERE.