If you're visiting Central Florida attractions and would like to explore the region here are a few places that are well worth driving "Off the Beaten Path":

  • Forever Florida located on a 4 700-acre cattle ranch and nature preserve offers three types of zip-line safaris.
  • Take a walking tour of Main Street DeLand's famous town murals.
  • Explore DeLeon Springs State Park in DeLand through a 50-minute eco/history boat tour that departs every hour from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Go birding at the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge also in DeLand and rent a paddleboat or hike the four-mile Wild Persimmon Trail.
  • Drive to the Ocala forest for a horseback ride at the Florida Carriage Museum nestled in 400 bucolic acres in Florida’s horse country. You can also tour the museum's 160 carriages including elaborate royal models.
  • Take a glass bottom boat tour at Silver Springs State Park near Ocala.
  • Check out the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park to see the largest collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany artwork in the world.
  • Tour the twelve Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in Lakeland's Florida Southern College campus. Here's an interesting story about their recent restoration.
  • Take a Segway tour of Mt. Dora which begins below sea level and soars up a large (Florida-style!) hill. Afterward go antiquing!
  • Drive through the Ridge Scenic Byway a 38.7-mile route on SR 17 that travels through many historic communities.
  • Investigate Spook Hill and see if your car rolls backward up the hill.
  • Visit Lake Wales meandering through Bok Tower Gardens while the 60-bell carillon gives one of its twice-daily concerts. 

If you can't fit all this into one trip I recommend that you come back again soon to explore more of Central Florida's attractions!