Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast or someone who likes to observe the splendors of nature from a distance, Florida offers an outdoor activity for everyone. While beach days certainly deserve consideration, here are some other outdoor activities to fill your weekend plans.
This one goes without saying. Florida is home to the Florida Reef System, the largest reef in the continental United States, stretching a massive 358 miles along the Atlantic coast. Tourists and locals alike jump at the opportunity to scour the clear blue waters of these marine ecosystems to find unique coral and spendildiy colored fish. If you get lucky, you might even see a ray or a shark, but don’t worry, most are harmless. You can join a tour group on a snorkeling adventure or go solo and do it on your own. Either way, the awe of Florida’s natural beauty is sure to impress anyone.
Hiking is another great way to get out and explore the nature landscapes around us. Although Florida is statistically the flattest state in the US and can’t offer the same mountain views as Colorado or Montana, embarking on a journey through the jungle is still worth it. Much of Florida’s land is protected by the federal government, meaning that national park trails are open to hikers.
Florida is a paddler’s paradise. With 1,350 miles of pristine coastline and a myriad of canals, intercoastal rivers and channels, the options are endless. Guided trips range from a few hours to a full day and give everyone the opportunity to choose how adventurous they want to be. Whether you want to traverse the open water or maneuver through the tight mangrove channels, kayaking is a fun and easy way to experience Florida’s nature.
Bird watching may seem like something your grandmother likes do on an idle afternoon, but if done in the right location, bird watching in Florida can be anything but boring. Just an hour outside of Fort Myers, Sanibel Island is a prime spot for observing hundreds of species of birds like moorhens, great blue herons and snowy egrets to name just a few. By grabbing a list of birds and a pair of binoculars, one can easily enjoy a restful, educational day.
Water biking is another new, trendy way to exercise and enjoy nature at the same time. A combination or bicycling and paddle boarding, water biking combines the relaxation of a paddleboarding experience with exercise. One can cruise around the various bay areas of Florida’s coasts by renting a water bike at a variety of locations.
So, whether you want dive into the clear blue water or stay dry on the beach, Florida’s natural landscape has something to offer.