Every once in a while, we just need a little trip. Something that will give us a little escape from the everyday hustle and bustle of life. Whether you need a serene escape or something to break up the monotony of everyday life, these 8 day-trips near Orlando have your fun things to do covered this summer.
The best part about Orlando is that it's surrounded by a variety of options to plan a little getaway day for yourself. From culture, science, and history experiences, to serene nature retreats, and the more adrenaline pumping attractions - you'll find a little bit of each on this list of 8 exciting Orlando day trips.
Guang Ming Temple
Price: Free to visit; donations welcome. Items and classes are available for purchase during your visit.
Address: 6555 Hoffner Ave, Orlando, FL 32822
Why you need to go: Great for those wanting to learn more about culture, Buddhism, or simply have a place to zen-out for a minute. On Sundays you can take part in a ceremony; Any day of the week you can utilize the meditation room to de-stress. They even have a teahouse and a library.
Price: Will vary depending on what all you decide to do! But you HAVE to ride the old-timey Ferris wheel for $5.
Address: 5770 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy Kissimmee FL, 34746
Why you need to go: A vintage district with tons of retro-inspired shops, eateries, events, and attractions. You HAVE to ride the old-school Ferris wheel for only $5 - it glows neon at night if you want to make it a night trip instead of a day trip. They're known to host old school car shows here too.
Kennedy Space Center
Price: $57/adult full price, currently running a deal with promo APOLLO for $5 off up to 6 tickets. Additional add on experiences will add extra price. We recommend one of the astronaut training simulators!
Address: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Space Commerce Way, Merritt Island, FL 32953
Why you need to go: Explore the history of Nasa and outer space at an out of this world Space Center. Base price gets you in to see some really awesome exhibits; if you've ever had a dream to be an astronaut, try adding on one of the training simulations for an added fee!
Price: $12.50/person full price. Groupon is known to offer a 2 for $22 and 4 for $40 deals.
Address: 5250 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
Why you need to go: An affordable day trip - put your way through 18 holes across themed zones like the Aztec Jungle and Under the Sea. Psychadelic imagery, glowing neon colors, all set to catchy music for an upbeat and fun vibe. They also sell snacks and beverages which also makes it a super cute date idea!
Crystal River Manatee Snorkeling
Price: $65/person for a standard tour; private and smaller tour groups increase in price.
Address: Crystal River - the dive site address will be given after booking your trip.
Why you need to go: An up close and personal manatee swimming experience with Florida's most gentle and adorable wildlife. Stunning water views are a bonus!
Devil's Den Prehistoric Spring
Price: $15/person Monday-Friday, $20/person on Weekends and Holidays
Address: 5390 NE 180th Ave Williston, FL 32696
Why you need to go: The most unique spring in the entire state, in an underground cavern. The natural skylight shines Florida Sunshine down into the clear blue water for stunning water views. Cool prehistoric rock formations you won't see anywhere else.
Spirit of the Swamp Airboat Ride
Price: $49.99/adult for a 60-minute ride
$65/adult for a 90-minute ride
$85/adult for a 2-hour ride
Address: 2830 Neptune Rd, Kissimmee, FL 34744
Why you need to go: Equal parts serene and thrilling, this ride will give you the oohs and ahhs of stunning water and swamp views, with all the thrill of a high-speed boat ride. Lots of wildlife spotting including gators and the occasional manatee.
Price: $80 for a 2-hour zip-line adventure across 3 separate experiences. Other experiences are also available for purchase such as horseback riding, camping, and buggy tours.
Address: 4755 N Kenansville Rd, St Cloud, FL 34773
Why you need to go: Multiple ways to enjoy nature with horseback or buggy rides through the 4900-acre preserve - but we're coming here for the U.S's only Zipline Rollercoaster! They also have other zip line courses and tree-top experiences as well.
So what are you waiting for? Take a trip alone, or grab your friends and go on a friend day adventure. No matter what escape you decide to take, you're bound to have a memorable day out.