What time is it? Summertime…well, almost. It is time, though, to create your Summer 2023 Bucket List!
Being in Central Florida, we are so lucky to be surrounded by SO many incredible sights and activities! From theme parks to beach trips and everything in between, there’s a summer activity for everyone. Check out these seven activities and adventures within driving distance that are a must for your Orlando Summer Road Trip Bucket List!
Calling all adrenaline junkies…We love Disney and Universal as much as the next theme park goer, but switch things up this summer by taking a trip to Adventure Island Tampa and Busch Gardens!
Busch Gardens boasts some of Florida’s biggest thrill rides like the Sheikra, Tigris, and the newly opened Iron Gwazi—which plunges from a 206 foot-tall peak into a 91-degree drop and reaches top speeds of 76 miles per hour! In addition to some heavy-hitting coasters, this park has tons of family friends rides, safaris and animal tours, lots of shopping, and tasty spots to refuel and hydrate!
Adventure Island, the water park next door, is perfect for a hot Florida summer day! Slide down daring corkscrews and waterfalls, free-fall slides, flume rides, and more. Plus, two new rides are opening this year for you to try out: the Wahoo Remix and Rapids Racer. In between plunges, take a dip in the pool or a lap in the lazy river. And what’s a day at the pool without a trip to the tiki bar and some classic waterside fare?
Just a short drive away is Devil’s Den Spring! This picturesque spring is perfect for anyone wanting an oasis escape from the city life. This prehistoric spring is one of North America’s oldest sites with fossils dating back to the Pleistocene Age—which was about 2,580,000 to 11,700 years ago! The crystal-clear spring stays a perfect 72º and if you visit during the winter you can see the steam rise off the spring in the morning hence the name Devil’s Den. Here you can snorkel, dive, or just swim!
Aren’t we lucky to have so many great options for our Orlando Summer Road Trip Bucket List?! Which one of these beautiful destinations will you be exploring this summer?
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