How Much Have You Done On This Florida Adventure Bucket List

By Colleen McTiernan
Florida Adventure Bucket List

On the hunt for your next great adventure? Well, look no farther than your own backyard. From water sports to zip lining, our great state has so much to offer! Find out all your can do with this Florida Adventure Bucket List!

  • Learn how to properly climb trees with Canopy Climbers!
  • Zip line the longest, highest and fastest zips at Canyons Zip Line & Canopy Tours in Ocala.
  • Take to the air in a hot air balloon.
  • Kayak or canoe the Class III Whitewater rapids (the largest whitewater rapids in Florida) at Big Shoals State Park.
  • Hike up to Florida’s highest waterfall at Falling Waters State Park in Chipley.
  • Go spelunking in the caves of Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna.
  • Try out deep sea fishing in either the Atlantic or the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Kayak or swim alongside the manatees at Crystal River during the winter. Just be sure not to touch these gentle giants!
  • Snorkel among the vibrant coral and seagrass communities of Dry Tortugas National Park.
  • Take a dolphin sighting boat tour — we recommend checking out tours in Clearwater or the keys!
  • Scuba dive among the shipwrecks of Key West, including the Cayman Salvager, which sunk in 1985.
  • Check out the Gulf Stream-powered drift diving of West Palm Beach.
  • Hunt for shark teeth in Venice, the shark tooth capital of the world, all while underwater!
  • Take an airboat ride to explore the natural beauty of Florida’s Everglades.
  • Hike through over 700,000 acres of swamp in Big Cypress National Preserve.
  • Dive to your hotel room at the Jules’ Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, the only underwater hotel in the country!
  • Jet ski in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Learn to fly a plane by taking pilot training lessons at one of Florida’s many aviation schools.
  • Hike the 1,300 mile-long Florida National Scenic Trail, stretching from Gulf Islands National Seashore to Big Cypress National Preserve.
  • Find great surfing opportunities in Panama City.
  • Bike through the heart of the Everglades on the Shark Valley Trail.
  • Ride thrilling roller coasters at one of Florida’s many theme parks.
  • Visit and tour Kennedy Space Center in Titusville.
  • See wolves up close at the Seacrest Wolf Preserve in Chipley.
  • Climb 203 steps to the top of the tallest lighthouse in Florida, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse.
  • Combine skiing and surfing with kitesurfing lessons in Key Biscayne.
  • Visit Shell Key in the Ten Thousand Islands just south of Naples to embark on a shelling adventure where you will find, observe and collect shells from the beautiful west coast.
  • Visit Martin County’s Blowing Rocks, a destination where waves forced through limestone create a geyser effect often erupting 40-50 feet into the air.
  • Watch turtle hatchlings return to the sea from mid-July to September at Boca’s Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.
  • Skydiving in Sarasota
  • Swim in the largest freshwater swimming pool in the country, the Venetian Pool in Coral Gables.
  • Snorkel or scuba dive your way through Devil’s Den, a prehistoric underground spring.
  • Go horseback riding on the beach and watch the sunset on Amelia Island.
  • Take a seaplane ride in the Keys.
  • Feed lemurs and other animals at Jungle Island in Miami.
  • Go scalloping for bay scallops off the Gulf coast during the summer.
  • Search for Florida Spiny Lobster during Florida Lobster Season.
  • Snorkel in John Pennekamp Coral Reel State Park, the first undersea park in the United States.
  • Check out one of Florida’s alligator farms, and if you are feeling brave enough, zip line right over gators and crocodiles at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park.
  • Try something new on your next water adventure and go stand-up paddleboarding.
  • Pedal boat among the swans on Lake Eola in Orlando.
  • Camp on the beach at Bahia Honda State Park.
  • Give hang gliding a shot at Wallaby Ranch.
  • Pay a visit to the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge for great birdwatching. Be sure to visit between November and February when waterfowl are most abundant.
  • Swim with dolphins, or go for something a little different and paint with one at the Dolphin Research Center.
  • Cage dive (or free dive!) with Tiger, Great Hammerhead, Reef sharks and more!
  • Take a 75-foot plunge off the bungee tower in Destin.
  • Complete the Everglades challenge (check out Vance Elshire’s experience here!).
  • Go waterskiing on one of Florida’s many lakes and waterways.
  • Learn how to spear fish by taking classes with Scuba Monkey.
  • Discover Native American history and munch on shellfish in the Florida Big Bend Shellfish Trail.
  • Embark on a nighttime, bioluminescence kayaking tour on Haulover Canal in Merritt Island.
  • Cycle through town during the Monticello Bike Festival.
  • Take a boat tour on the Suwanee River.
  • Paddle along the Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail.
  • Dive into the largest clear water cavern when you go to the Blue Grotto.
  • Walk through a garden with flowers from all over the world at Coral Gable’s Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden.
  • Swing through the air by taking a flying trapeze class. You can take class right here in town at Gainesville Circus Center!

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