Weekend Getaway: Affordable Road Trip Ideas
Florida is so much more than just Miami. Whether you’re an international student or a Florida native, these places make amazing mini-vacations. Make sure that you get to see all of what Florida has to offer before you leave! Pro tip #1: use Airbnb.com for your housing. It’s affordable and most importantly, safe.
The Florida Keys
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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park: The visitors center features a 30,000-gallon saltwater aquarium and other natural history exhibits interpreting the park’s unique marine environment. There’s also a theater where visitors may watch nature videos. Snorkeling and glass bottom boat excursions are also available. Admission is $2.50 to $8.50, depending on the number of people in your vehicle. pennekamppark.com.
Visit one of North America’s most prehistoric places, Devil’s Den — an underground spring inside a dry cave in central Florida. The remains of many extinct animals from the Pleistocene Age (2 million – 10,000 years ago) were discovered at Devil’s Den, including the bones of early man, dating back to 7,500 B.C. The pleasant year-around temperature of 72 degrees in the Den allows comfortable diving, winter or summer. On cold winter mornings you can see steam, like smoke, rising from the cave’s chimney. Hence, the early settlers called the place Devil’s Den. You’ll find open water and cavern diving at its best & will be fascinated by the rock formations with stalactites and 33 million year old fossil beds, truly a natural wonder. (credit to http://www.devilsden.com/About_Devils_Den_JBS8.html)
Florida Caverns State Park
In Marianna, Florida, this park provides access to the only air-filled caves open to the public in Florida. The park also offers bicycling, boating, canoeing, kayaking, and camping.
Bok Tower and Botanical Gardens
In Lake Wales, Florida, Bok Tower Gardens has offered some of Florida’s most remarkable experiences to more than 23 million visitors since 1929. Through its historic landscape gardens, unique Singing Tower carillon and magnificent 1930s Mediterranean-style mansion, the Gardens offer unparalleled opportunities for artistic, cultural, personal and spiritual enrichment.