With 825 miles of accessible beaches and a year-round tropical climate – there’s no way you’re not having fun in Florida.
People love the Sunshine State, and the stats prove it. About 36 million happy souls flock to Florida’s sandy shores and vibrant cities each year. While here, they go crazy with fun activities. From thrill-seeking rides in Orlando to scuba diving around the Keys, there is no shortage of squeal-worthy moments.
But a little planning can make all the difference for a first-time visitor with only two days in the state. So, here are some of our favorite things to do in Florida. We’ve highlighted spots with delicious food and activities that will fill your heart with joy.
Visit One of Florida’s Theme Parks:
Whether you’re into thrills or want to feel like a kid again, theme parks are perfect for a two-day stay. Choose your favorite one and spend the day experiencing world-class rides and attractions. Remember to leave enough time for classic rides like Splash Mountain or The Incredible Hulk.
Sadly, you won’t be able to make it to each state’s top parks (Disney World, Universal Studios), but that just means more reasons to come back someday.
Go Glamorous Camping:
Have you ever camped with a mattress and a private bathroom or stayed at a place where nature meets luxury? That’s glamping, and it’s one of the best experiences you can have in Florida.
These glamping sites are scattered throughout the state, with stunning views and comfortable amenities. So, lay back and watch the stars while enjoying all the luxuries camping has to offer.
Most sites have access to the beach and provide kayaking, fishing, and biking activities. So, don’t forget your swimming suit and fishing rod.
Explore the Outdoors:
From hiking trails to natural springs, Florida is full of outdoor wonders waiting to be explored. So, pack up and head to one of the state’s many nature parks, Wekiwa Springs or Lake Kissimmee. Spend the day meandering in the wilderness, watching birds and other wildlife.
After a few hours, cool off with a refreshing dip in one of the clear-water lakes. You’ll be able to spot alligators in some of the parks for an extra dose of excitement. Our best pick is Rainbow Springs, State Park – known for its incredible crystal-clear water and lush vegetation.
Eat Delicious Seafood:
No trip to Florida is complete without an ample dose of fresh seafood. The state’s coastlines offer a wide variety of options, from shrimp boils to fried fish sandwiches. The famous restaurants in the Keys are a must-stop spot, offering delicious seafood with a Caribbean vibe.
But don’t forget to look for the local hole-in-the-wall spots that offer the most authentic seafood experience. Sample a bit of local history and chuck down on freshly caught fish tacos or grouper sandwiches.
Swim with Manatees:
If you want to experience something genuinely exquisite, there’s nothing like swimming with manatees. The Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge is the only place to do this. Here, hundreds of manatees gather each winter season to feed and warm up in the natural springs.
Take a boat tour and spend time with these gentle giants in the water. It’s an experience you’ll never forget! We recommend you book a tour with an experienced guide to ensure the experience is safe and fun.
Enjoy a BBQ Dinner and Show:
No matter what time of year you visit, there’s always a great show happening in Florida. From jazz concerts to theater performances, the state has something for everyone. Plus, the shows aren’t limited to just one city – there are plenty of venues to choose from all over the state.
Look for a dinner and show combo to get the full experience. When it comes to BBQ, there’s no one doing it better than 4 Rivers Smokehouse. Hot off the grill, their pulled pork and beef brisket will leave you wanting more. The steaming sides and craft beers will make for the perfect night.
Experience Florida’s Many Festivals:
No matter what time of year you visit, there’s always a festival happening in Florida. You’ll find something to enjoy, from the Pensacola Seafood Festival to the Central Florida Fair. Sample some delicious food, listen to live music, or check out local art. Some places even offer free admission, so it’s a great way to save money. Plus, most festivals have activities for kids so the whole family can enjoy the fun.
Explore Florida’s Springs:
When it comes to natural beauty, Florida has plenty to offer. One of the best ways to experience this is by exploring the state’s many springs. From the sparkling waters of Silver Springs to the rustic charm of Manatee Springs, each spring has its unique vibe and beauty. Plus, they offer plenty of activities to keep you busy. However, follow the safety guidelines if you plan to swim.
Get Some Thrill by Visiting a Haunted House:
For a unique experience, why not try visiting one of Florida’s many haunted houses? So, whether you’re looking for a good scare or some silly fun, you can find it in the Sunshine State.
Some of the most popular attractions are Howl-O-Scream and Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights. If you want to save this activity for later, plan your next vacation around the St. Augustine Ghost Tours, which runs on select nights throughout the year. This one’s spooky but also educational – you’ll learn about the area’s haunted history.
Experience Being a Cowboy:
It may sound a bit out of place, but some travelers look for the unexpected, and Florida can offer it in spades! If you’re looking for a unique experience, try visiting one of the many horse ranches near Ocala. Learn how to ride, care for horses and even herd cattle.
The experience will take you deep into the country and teach you how to do things like lassoing, barrel racing, and roping a steer. It’s an adventure you’ll never forget – and the perfect way to end your two-day stay in Florida.
Honestly, two days in Florida is not enough if you ask us! The state has so much to offer that it’s impossible to fit everything into a short trip. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach day or an unforgettable adventure, Florida is the place to be.
With so many activities and sights to choose from, we guarantee a memorable time. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, and come on down!