110 Things to Do in Florida

January 2, 2020 Hanny 2 Comments

Florida is one of those places that many people love to visit. Whether it’s because of the beaches, the sunny weather or Disney, the Sunshine State gets plenty of visitors a year.

Having lived in Florida my whole life, I have noticed that people will either go to Disney or wonder what to do in Florida. I’ve had friends not know what to do in the Sunshine State, so as a Floridian, I thought it would be a good idea to put a list together of 110 things to do in Florida.

Now, I have not been to all the places below, but I have been to majority of what is on the list. Those that I haven’t been to are marked with an asterisk, but I do plan on going to all of them this year. 

Miami

Miami is my hometown, so there’s a lot about Miami that most tourists will not know about. Even after living in Miami throughout my childhood, I still learn about new activities and places to visit.

1. Wynwood – Amazing street art, wonderful galleries to explore and also some great eateries.

2. Art Deco Historic District – Offers some retro buildings and has some fun tours. Also has the Art Deco Weekend, which is a three day event full of music, art, food and much more.

Things to do in Florida
The inside of the restaurant

3. Food Tour in Little Havana – Learn more about the Cuban culture and taste delicious Cuban Cuisine as well as tasty drinks.

4. Vizcaya Museum & Gardens – Majestic and beautiful museum with amazing gardens.

5. Eat cinnamon rolls at the Knaus Berry Farm – Popular with the locals for their cinnamon rolls. They also have shakes and other goodies!

6. Fruit & Spice Park – Beautiful 37-acre botanical park contains over 500 fruits, vegetables, spices and herbs. Although you are not allowed to pick fruit from the tree, visitors are welcomed to sample fallen fruit.

7. Bayside Marketplace – An open air shopping center in Downtown Miami. Has a tropical look and it’s wrapped around by the banks of Biscayne Bay.

8. Miccosukee Resort & Gaming – Play in the casino or eat brunch, there’s plenty to do within the resort.

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9. The Coral Castle – Located in Homestead and has a unique history.

10. Take a trip to the Everglades – If you’re more on the adventurous side and love the outdoors, then you’ll definitely like the Everglades. They have plenty of tours, airboat tours and a lot of nature!

11. Miami Beach – Take a trip to the beach, and get some rays and drinks in.

12. Have lunch in Brickell – A very posh neighborhood in Miami, Brickell has plenty of great restaurants.

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13. Design district – Head on over to the Design District to admire the architecture and wonderful stores.

14. The Biltmore Hotel – Said to be haunted, The Biltmore Hotel is a very beautiful hotel to visit, whether it is to stay or have brunch. They do offer free tours that occur every Sunday at 1:30 and 2:30PM. 

15. The Venetian Pool– Located in Coral Gables, this is a great public pool to visit. 

16. The Burger Museum – Holds 3,000 collectibles from Burger and Comfort Food Restaurants from all over the United States. (UPDATE: This Museum is no longer there, but you could always visit the casino).

17. See celebrity mansions – Take an hour long boat tour and cruise past celebrity homes on Fisher Island, Star Island and Palm Island. 

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18. Roam around the Ancient Spanish Monastery – A medieval monastery transported from Spain and rebuilt in Miami. 

19. Holocaust Memorial** – Miami Beach has a Holocaust Memorial, which was conceived by a group of Holocaust survivors.

20.  Visit The Bass** – a historic art deco space featuring diverse art and sculpture garden. They even have their own “magic mountain”, which is referred to as Miami Mountain. 

21. Go to the Unicorn Factory** – If you love art and unicorns, this is the place to visit. 

22. Jungle Island – Like the zoo, except there are more exotic animals. 

23. Wander around The Kampong** – A botanical garden located in Coconut Grove, The Kampong contains a fascinating array of tropical fruit and flowering trees.

24. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden – This beautiful botanical garden is located in Coral Gables and has 83-acres of rare tropical plants. 

Fort Lauderdale

25.  Cinemark Paradise 24 – Watch a movie at this beautiful Egyptian Temple movie theater.

26.  Swap Shop Flea Market – Go to a drive in movie at the Flea Market or go shopping. 

27. Bonnet House Museum & Gardens** – Filled with a collection of art and the personal treasures of the Birch/Bartlett families.

28. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Even if you don’t need a room, this hotel has it all – a big nice pool, restaurants, spa, memorabilia and a casino. 

29. Butterfly World**- Largest butterfly park in the world, the facility houses around 20,000 live butterflies.

30. Hugh Taylor Birch State Park**- Said to be something out of Narnia, this State Park offers visitors freshwater lagoon, diverse wildlife, hiking, fisking and much more. 

31. Museum of Discovery & Science – One of the largest museums in Florida of its kind, this museum offers interactive exhibits and an IMAX theater. 

Orlando/Kissimmee

32. Kennedy Space Center – Check out all things NASA, shuttle launches, IMAX films and astronaut memorabilia. 

33. Try axe throwing** – Epic Axe Throwing offers anyone visiting the opportunity to throw axes. 

34. Visit Titanic: The Artifact Museum – This beautiful museum showcases all things Titanic. 

35. Stroll around the Bok Tower Gardens – Known for their “singin” tower, this peaceful garden has a tower, whose carillon bells play several times a day. 

36. Visit the tallest tree in Florida – Big Tree Park is home to the tallest tree in Florida. 

I was hanging out with Jimmy Fallon

37. Hangout with celebrities at Madame Tussaud’s – A museum full of life-size wax replicas of celebrities.

38. Make your own pancakes at The Old Spanish Sugar Mill – Located inside the De Leon Springs State Park, The Old Spanish Sugar Mill allows guests to make their own pancakes.

39. See the city of Orlando on The Wheel– The Wheel at ICON Park allows you to see Orlando at about 400 feet up in the air. 

40. Go on a beer tour with Hop on! Orlando – Go to several breweries with Hop on! Orlando and sample some delicious beer. 

41. Go to the Sea Life Aquarium – Beautiful exhibits with a variety of sea creatures. 

42. Drink around the world at Epcot – Have some adult fun by drinking around the World at Disney’s Epcot. 

43. Explore Fort Christmas Historical Park – This park features replicas of historical buildings. 

44. Feed Lemurs at the Safari Wilderness – The Safari Wilderness gives you the opportunity to go on a Safari and also feed the animals.

45. Take a drive around the Apopka Wildlife Drive – if you’re a nature lover, but you don’t want to walk trails, then the Apopka Wildlife Drive is a good place to visit. See wildlife, while you drive in your car.

46. Stroll around Disney Springs – if you’re on a budget, but want to experience the Magic of Disney, visit Disney Springs.

47. Go on the Central Florida Ale Trail and try different beers – Simply get a map from one of the participating breweries and begin your journey. Once you complete the map with stamps, you will get a special growler to celebrate.

48. Take a tour of Florida’s Natural – Learn about their history and sample orange juice.

49. Go on a pub crawl in downtown Orlando – Every month the pub crawl has a different theme. So dress up and visit all the bars included in the crawl.

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50. Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards – Sample some delicious wine and take the tour.

51. Go canoeing or kayaking at Lake Louisa State Park – located in Clermont, Lake Louisa Park is a 4,372-acre Florida State Park offering visitors plenty to do.

52. Go to the Citrus Tower – one of Florida’s first attractions, you will be taken all the way to the top to get a view of Clermont.

53. Presidents Hall of Fame – Take photos of their replica Mount Rushmore and checkout their museum with a miniature replica of the White House.

54. Showcase of Citrus – From picking fresh Florida Citrus to riding on a monster truck, this spot has plenty to do.

55. Visit Cassadaga and take a tour – A small community known for having many psychics and mediums, and has been bamed the “Psychic Capital of the World.”

56. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! see some odd things such as rare animal skeletons at this museum.

57. Capone’s Dinner & Show – Watch a 30’s gangland Chicago-themed show and enjoy an Italian-American buffet.

Tampa

58. Go to Junk Art of Hong King Willie – A property decorated with buoys, ropes and many other random things. 

59. Cruise along the Tampa Riverwalk** – Take the Pirate Water Taxi and explore everything Tampa Bay has to offer. 

60. Visit Ybor City Historic District – Located Northwest of Downtown Tampa, this area has an interesting history as well as some fun things to do. 

61. Dinosaur World** – Between Tampa and Lakeland, Dinosaur World is an Open-air museum with more than 150 dinosaur models. 

62. Henry B. Plant Museum** – Beautiful museum with original furnishings and artifacts. 

63. Take a tour of the Yuengling Brewery – A completely free tour that shows you how Yuengling is made. 

64. Gasparilla Pirate Festival** – I’ve heard so many good things about this festival. This year, it takes place on January 25th and usually occurs around January every year. This is a large parade and the main event of the festival is the Parade of Pirates. 

Saint Augustine

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65. Learn more about Castillo de San Marcos – Historic fort offering visitors a self-guided tour and beautiful views. 

66. Visit the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum – Take a tour of this beautiful lighthouse and museum. Climb 219 steps to the top to enjoy a breathtaking view. 

67. Go to the Lightner Museum – Home to a collection of fine 19th century art. 

68. Take a tour of Saint Augustine Distillery – Ranked #1 Whiskey Tour in 2018. Learn about Bourbon, Gin, Rum and Vodka. 

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69. Go on a Pirate Cruise on the Black Raven Pirate Ship** – This pirate themed boat ride offers live entertainment and cocktails. 

70. Go on a haunted pub tour – Explore different haunted bars, while learning more about the history and drinking booze. 

71. Go to a pirate festival – The Old City Pirate Fest is a weekend full of pirate fun. This year it is going to be from January 25h – January 26th. 

72. Take a trolley tour – There’s plenty of trolleys in St. Augustine that will take you around the city to learn more of the history of each attraction. 

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73. Visit the Presbyterian Church – Church constructed in 1889 by Henry Morrison Flagler. Not only is the outside of the church gorgeous, but the inside is even better. 

74. Go on a tasting tour in San Sebastian Winery – Offers complimentary tours and wine tasting!

75. Make a pit stop at the Kings Head British Pub – A wonderful U.K. Pub/restaurant with unique decorations. 

76. Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park – Beautiful park showcasing the 16th century Spanish settlement. 

Key West

77. Go scuba diving/snorkeling in Key Largo** – One of the best spots to scuba dive and snorkel. 

78. Visit the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum – If you’ve read any of his books or stories, then this is a good spot to learn more about him. 

79. Eat some delicious Key Lime Pie in Mallory Square – Key West is known for their Key Lime Pie and even better when you eat it in Mallory Square. 

80. Go to the Pier to watch the Sunset – Go to the Sunset Pier to see the best Sunset. 

St. Petersburg

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81. Eat a delicious meal at the Toasted Monkey – One of my favorite beach bars, the Toasted Monkey has some amazing food, beautiful views and lots of entertainment. 

82. Have some drinks at Postcard Inn on the Beach (PCI Beach Bar) – One of the oldest bars on the beach, the PCI Beach Bar is a great spot for drinks, plus their decor is really cool to look at. 

83. Take a ride to the beach with Free Beach Ride – Get free local rides with Free Beach Ride. The drivers work for tips only. 

84. Go to the Salvador Dali Museum – An art museum that houses the largest collection of Dalí’s works outside Europe.

85. Admire glass art at the Chihuly Collection – Unique sculptures by glass artist Dale Chihuly.

Safety Harbor/Clearwater

86. Eat a sandwich at the Sandwich on Main – They have some amazing sandwiches and I absolutely love the drinks they have. 

87. Admire the art in Whimzeyland – The most colorful house in Safety Harbor, this place also has a bunch of bowling balls and other decorations around the house. 

88. Watch the sunset from Pier 60 in Clearwater Beach – The sunsets here are breathtaking and absolutely gorgeous. 

89. Crooked Thumb Brewery – Drink some craft beer or join in on Trivia Night. 

90. Philippe Park** – Go checkout the National Historic Landmark, the Tocobaga Indian Mound at this beautiful park.

Tallahassee/Pensacola

91. Visit wolves at the Secrest Wolf Preserve** – You get to actually be near them rather than seeing them behind a fence. 

92. Florida Caverns State Park** – We don’t have many caves in Florida, but this State Park definitely has caves. 

93. Fort Barrancas** – A United States Military Fort and also a National Historic Landmark. 

94. National Naval Aviation Museum – One of the largest aviation museums in the world. 

DeLand

95. Take a tour of the Stetson Mansion – Said to be one of the largest homes in the state built before the 20th century. 

96. Take an audio tour of downtown DeLand – Thanks to the App, Florida Stories, you can take your own audio tour of downtown DeLand free. 

97. Bill Dreggors Park – Beautiful park with a lot of history.

98. Catch a show at the Athens Theatre – Lovely theatre with  live entertainment.

Daytona Beach

99. Dunlawton sugar mill gardens** – Botanical Garden with ruins from a 19th century sugar mill.

100. Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier – Great spot with entertainment, amazing views, restaurants and more. 

101. Tour the Daytona International Speedway – Tahe a tour of the speedway, where the Daytona 500 races occur. 

102. Go waterfront dining** – Enjoy the beauty of Daytona by dining near the waterfront. 

103. Visit the Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse – Located 10 miles south of Daytona Beach, this lighthouse is one of the most well preserved and second tallest in the country. 

Jacksonville

104. Kingsley Plantation** – Has an interesting history, open daily 9-5pm. 

105. Visit Mosh – Jacksonville’s Museum of Science and History

106. Surfer the Bar** – A beach side bar known for its live music performances. 

107. Cummerbund Museum of Art and Gardens – This museum holds one of the finest art collections in the Southeast and has 2.5-acres of historic gardens.  

Naples

108. Naples Botanical Garden – 170-acres of garden paradise. 

109. Naples Pier – A favorite spot among many locals. 

110. Tin City Waterfront Shops** – Locally owned store and restaurants by the waterfront. 

Florida is such a wonderful state to visit, especially with the amount of activities and places to see. Hopefully this list will help you plan your next visit and if you already live in Florida, hopefully it will get you exploring this wonderful state.  

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2 Comments

  • Nicola January 13, 2020 at 6:25 am

    This is a fantastic list. Wow, there’s so much stuff to do in Florida! I’ve been there once but I didn’t know about most of these things. If I ever go again I’m referring to this list for different things to do 🙂
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    • Hanny January 13, 2020 at 9:03 pm

      Awesome thanks! There is plenty to do in Florida and my list could have actually been longer, but I had to cut it somewhere lol

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