Orlando, Florida is a popular destination for many coming from Atlanta, Georgia. But what if you want to make a Road Trip out of the journey? There are a great many spots where you can stop along the way and have some fun. Let’s unpack 5 Things to do On a Road Trip from Atlanta to Orlando.
#1 Silver Springs State Park
Located in Ocala, Florida, Silver Springs State Park has been a natural destination since the 1870s. Here you can explore one of America’s largest springs from one of Silver Springs’ famous glass-bottom boats.
The 4000-acre park doesn’t just cover the spring but the entire 5-mile Silver River and surrounding sandhill forest. The park also offers two restaurants and a gift shop so you can bring something of the experience with you.
The entrance fee is $5 per car, $2 for pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, and/or passengers in a vehicle with a holder of the Annual Individual Entrance Pass. $4 per vessel launch fee for personal canoe or kayak. $2 per person for entrance to the Silver River Museum and Environmental Center.
#2 Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History
Located off Hull Rd in Gainesville, Florida a few miles from I75 sits the Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History, an interactive exhibit where several species of butterflies and birds roam free. There is also an assortment of other animals you’ll get to see including turtles and fish.
The cost for this amazing experience is $14 for adults | $12.50 for college students and seniors, and $7.50 for ages 3-17. Entrance is free for children ages 0-2, UF students, and Museum members.
#3 Rainbow Springs State Park
Rainbow Springs State Park is another great pit stop to make on your way to Orlando, Florida. Located at 19158 SW 81st Pl Rd, in Dunnellon, the spot was once frequented thousands of years ago by Native Americans.
You can stroll through gardens past waterfalls and sloping hills that point to a time when the land was home to a mining operation and a privately owned tourist attraction. Take a walk through downy hammocks and then cool off in the cool, clear springs. Fees for the park vary.
#4 Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards
Located on US Hwy 27 in Clermont, Florida, Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards tours run about every 30-40 minutes until 4 PM. A personal tour guide will show you the winemaking area and the gorgeous view of the vineyards where the grapes for the wine are grown.
Along with the tour you’ll be treated to a wine tasting featuring an assortment of award-winning wines. The tour and tasting last about 45 minutes. Complimentary tour hours are as follows: Monday-Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, and Sunday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
#5 Eisenhower Regional Pool & Recreation Center
Located on Buena Vista Blvd in The Villages, Eisenhower Regional Pool & Recreation Center is a great place to visit if anyone in your family has served in the military. The entire building is flavored with a patriotic flair.
There is an Olympic-sized pool to swim in while you’re stopped and a fitness center if you’ve a mind to get a membership. The center is open from 7 AM to 8 PM.
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