Get Outside This Summer With These 5 Florida Adventures

ADD TO FAVORITES

Summer is here again! Last year, I wrote a post on Five Florida Adventures for the summer, and I thought I'd add some more to the list. Yes, it's going to be nice and hot, but don't let that stop you – get outside and explore the wild side of Florida. Put these five activities on your summer fun list:

Enter an Adventure Race - Kick it into high gear with one of Pangea's summer adventure races. The Luminescent AR takes place at River Breeze Park in Oak Hill on July 21. If you haven't seen the glowing waters of Mosquito Lagoon, you have to check it out. On Aug. 18, head over to Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area in Christmas for the Nocturnal Challenge AR and take part in an awesome nighttime event. Don't forget your headlamp!

Go Watch Some Wildlife - Yep, there are tons of places perfect for summer wildlife watching. Check out Edward Ball Wakulla Springs Wildlife State Park near Tallahassee and keep your eyes peeled for Swallow-tailed Kites, alligators, and tons of wading birds. Bonus points – take a dip in Wakulla Springs, one of the largest and deepest springs on the planet. Down south, visit the Venice Rookery for more egrets and herons, and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park on Key Biscayne near Miami for Gray Kingbirds, Magnificent Frigatebirds,and possibly a Mangrove Cuckoo. Tip: go in the mornings and late evenings when things are cooler and wildlife is more active.

Hit the Beach
- This is a given, right? It's Florida, and trips to the beach during the summer are a must. Some of my personal favorite stretches of sand are Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in northwest Florida, Mexico Beach, Fernandina Beach, Flagler Beach and Blowing Rocks Preserve. I could go on and on, but it would be better if you just check out the beaches section here on VISITFLORIDA.com.

Take a Tube Trip
- This is the classic Florida way to beat the heat, and I always do one or two tube trips during the summer. Grab a tube and head to Ichetucknee Springs State Park in Fort White or Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunnellon. Both are terrific places to float the day away. For folks near Pensacola, take a drive to Adventures Unlimited in Milton and tube Coldwater Creek. If you are near Orlando, a short tube run is located at Rock Springs Run at Kelly Park. Remember, these parks can and will reach capacity, so arrive extra early.

Go Snorkeling - Besides all the other outdoor stuff that I carry around, there is always snorkel gear in my vehicle. We've got world-class snorkeling spots all over the state, from Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River to a huge number of places in the Florida Keys. If you are down that way, don't miss John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo and Bahia Honda State Park on Big Pine Key for starters. Hop aboard the Yankee Freedom Ferry and spend some time snorkeling Dry Tortugas National Park, which is about 70 miles west of Key West.

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