There’s nothing quite like the thrill of setting off on a daytrip. Whether your destination is on the coast or in the countryside, a quick adventure is a wonderful way to break up your routine, unwind, and soak up some fresh air.
With its diverse landscape, vibrant cities, and gorgeous beaches, Florida is the perfect place to explore at a moment’s notice. So pack your bags, gas up your car, and grab some snacks as we take you on a tour of our top 7 daytrips for seniors in Orlando.
1. Step back in time with a visit to St. Augustine
Located just a few hours north of Orlando, St. Augustine boasts a rich history that dates back more than 450 years. You can explore the city’s many landmarks and museums, including the Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fort in the country, and the St. Augustine Lighthouse, which offers stunning views of the city and the Atlantic Ocean. Get a true taste of the vibrant culture and architecture of St. Augustine by visiting St. George Street, a pedestrian-only thoroughfare lined with shops and restaurants.
2. Connect with nature at Blue Spring State Park
From shelling, birding and stargazing to boating, fishing and scuba diving, Blue Spring State Park offers plenty of things to do for active seniors. It also features a variety of events and activities throughout the year, including live music, arts and crafts, and educational programs. Best of all, during the hour’s drive from Orlando, you pass by several other attractions along the way, including Rock Springs Run Wildlife Management Area and the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens.
3. Sit among flowers at Bok Tower Gardens
Nestled in the heart of Central Florida and about 1.5 hours away from Orlando, the Bok Tower Gardens is a wonderland of flowers, trees, and wildlife. It also features a breathtaking 205-foot-tall singing tower that stands at the center of the park. The tower’s carillon bells ring out across the gardens, creating a magical and peaceful atmosphere. Bok Tower Gardens also offers a variety of outdoor activities, including birdwatching, hiking and picnicking. Throughout the year, they host a variety of concerts, art exhibits, and other cultural events that celebrate the richness and diversity of the local community.
4. View wildlife at the Canaveral National Seashore
With its sandy beaches, lush vegetation, and crystal-clear waters, the Canaveral National Seashore is the perfect destination for beachgoers and nature enthusiasts. It’s also a thriving habitat for wildlife, including manatees, sea turtles and a variety of bird species. Explore its many hiking trails, paddle through the mangrove forests, or simply relax on the beach and soak up the sun. Canaveral National Seashore is a little over an hour away, which makes it one of our favorite daytrips for seniors in Orlando.
5. Experience small-town charm in Mount Dora
Mount Dora, located just one hour away from Orlando, is a small town that exudes a unique blend of Old World charm and modern-day sophistication. Its stunning lakes provide breathtaking views and plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities such as fishing, kayaking, and boating. In addition to its natural beauty, Mount Dora boasts a buzzing arts scene, with several galleries showcasing the work of local artists. You can also enjoy live music performances, theatrical productions and film screenings at the town’s many cultural venues.
6. Enjoy the best of the Florida coast at Cocoa Beach
About an hour’s drive from Orlando is Cocoa Beach, which is known for its laid-back atmosphere, miles of pristine beaches, and an abundant array of water activities including dolphin and whale watching, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, and canoeing. No matter the season, you can always enjoy a swim in warm waters. Even in December, the waters at Cocoa Beach are around 70 to 80 degrees. To end an exciting day of living life to the fullest, dine al fresco at your choice of fine dining restaurants or on a sunset cruise.
7. Explore the bustling and vibrant city of Sarasota
Located a few hours west, Sarasota makes an exciting daytrip for seniors in Orlando looking for a longer drive. Explore the shops and restaurants in the bustling downtown area, or take a leisurely stroll through one of the city’s many beautiful parks and gardens. If you’re a beach lover, Sarasota’s picture-perfect shores, which offer everything from quiet coves to lively boardwalks, won’t disappoint you. Sarasota is also home to the Ringling Museum of Art, which houses an impressive collection of European paintings and sculptures, as well as the Sarasota Opera, the Sarasota Ballet, and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.
Come Home to Independent Living at Legacy Pointe
Legacy Pointe features everything you need to live a vibrant and active lifestyle steps from your front door. And when adventure calls, you’ll be in the perfect place to set off and explore every inch of the Sunshine State. Contact us online, R.S.V.P. to an event, or call us at 407-917-6418 to learn more about our independent living community in the Central Florida area.