Spring Break Alternatives in Florida
When many people think of Central Florida, they instantly think of the booming theme parks and popular large attractions. However, with the recent Corona Virus news many of these common Florida attractions have closed down amongst one of the busiest times of year – Spring Break! The current recommendations by national organizations and Florida state governments recommend that any outing with more than 250 people should consider closing to help passing of the virus.
This leaves a lot of large businesses out of operation during Florida’s famous Spring Break! Maybe you are one of those travelers who are still planning on coming to Florida but your ‘larger’ plans have cancelled – there are still lots of options to help support local businesses and make the most of your Spring Break. Or maybe you’re one of Florida’s residents that now has some extra time off and are looking for fun ways to spend a few hours during this great span of weather! Corona Virus is mentioned in many articles to hate the HOT weather! This is a great sign for Florida considering the next 10+ days have a high of 85 or higher!
There’s many local outdoor organizations or destinations that could greatly benefit from the decrease in travelers visiting Florida due to travel restrictions, here’s some of our favorites:
Devil’s Den in Williston, FL (pictured above left) – this is a not-so hidden gem that we LOVE! With crystal clear 72-degree spring water, ancient rock formations with stalactites, and fossil beds dating back 33 million years, there’s so much to explore while snorkeling, swimming, or scuba diving with friends or family! This is a great spot to also grab a photo and show it off on your socials! http://www.devilsden.com/
Blowing Rocks Preserve in Jupiter, FL (pictured above right) – looking to soak in some sunshine with a picturesque walk along the beach? This is an awesome spot! Waves will crash among rocks on the shoreline to make for some incredible photos and also some of the most unique views on the eastern coast of Florida! https://www.nature.org/en-us/get-involved/how-to-help/places-we-protect/blowing-rocks-preserve/
Clearwater Beach in Clearwater, FL (pictured below) – white sandy beaches, coastal views, local eateries… how could you not love Clearwater?! Bring a towel, some sunscreen, and some friends for the perfect hang out along Clearwater Beach!
Picnic at Kraft Azalea Garden in Winter Park, FL (pictured above left) – Bring a blanket and pack your favorite snacks. This picture perfect park is the place to relax and unwind. Enjoy nature and each others company while soaking in the beautiful surroundings of Winter Park. This is also the perfect spot near Orlando to catch a sunset! https://cityofwinterpark.org/departments/parks-recreation/parks-playgrounds/parks/kraft-azalea-garden/
Playalinda Beach at Canaveral National Seashore (pictured above right) – almost due east of Orlando, FL this vast beach is an awesome spot to unwind and get that Florida tan going! You’ll also be right near the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge which has some really great local scenic drives that will get you up-close-and-personal to some authentic Florida wildlife! https://www.visitspacecoast.com/titusville/things-to-do/playalinda-beach-canaveral-national-seashore
Clam Pass Park in Naples, FL (pictured below) – This is a fantastic beach access in North Naples. There’s an awesome boardwalk to the beach that winds through mangroves and chances to see some local marinelife on your walk to the pristine beach! For those not super interested in the walk, there’s also a shuttle to get you out to the award-worthy beach!
Round Island Beach Park in Vero Beach, FL (pictured above left) – Here’s a well kept park with picnic pavilions, a playground & walking trails, plus beach access, showers & restrooms. Along the boardwalk be on the lookout for a Florida manatee! They love to make this lagoon their home for the winter and your chance of seeing them with the right weather is high! https://www.discoveringverobeach.com/round-island-park
Wekiva Island in Longwood, FL (pictured above right) – Ready for an experience like none other? Relax along the scenic Wekiva River in a private cabana or comfy seat and watch paddlers coast by on the river. With an on-site indoor/outdoor bar, this is sure to be a hit for Spring Breakers! Only a short drive from Orlando and definitely worth swinging by! https://www.wekivaisland.com/visit-us/amenities/
Get Up And Go Kayaking (pictured below) – with our current 8 locations, you’re sure to find the perfect outdoor kayaking spot for you + your friends or family! We operate in 3 different springs as well our other incredibly scenic locations across Florida. With group sizes of only 10 or less, this is a hit for small groups and of course those looking to get an awesome spring break photo in our 100% clear kayaks!