100+ Epic Florida Birthday Ideas For 2024

There’s nothing like celebrating a birthday with a fun experience, and the Sunshine State has plenty of those! With its beautiful beaches, exciting attractions, and warm weather, Florida is the perfect destination for a birthday celebration. Here are some Florida birthday ideas to make your special day unforgettable:

This post covers the whole state of Florida, so I ended up having over 100 ideas! Since there are so many, I have broken up these Florida birthday ideas by outdoors, indoors, free, kid-focused, adult-focused, destinations, and theme parks. This means there should be dozens of options for everyone! Take a look and start planning an epic Florida birthday for you or a loved one!

100 ways to celebrate your birthday in Florida

Birthday Things to Do Outdoors

If you love the outdoors, there are so many ways to celebrate your birthday in the sun. You can spend some time in nature, get out on the water, or even visit a lighthouse! Whether you are having an intimate day or a big party with friends, this first section has tons of ideas for embracing your birthday outside

1. Visit a Freshwater Springs

One way to celebrate your birthday in Florida is to take advantage of the spectacular freshwater springs. There are more than 700 springs all across the state and you can find ones for swimming, kayaking, tubing or just admiring. I have written about all my favorite springs in Florida here, but the list below is some of the best for birthdays:

blue springs state park

2. Go to a Florida Zoo

If you like animals, Florida has a variety of zoos to check out. Many offer unique activities that make for an exciting birthday, like feeding an animal or kayaking through an enclosure! Here are some Florida zoos to look into:

brevard zoo in melbourme, florida

3. See Gators on an Airboat Ride

Take a ride through the Florida wetlands on an airboat for a thrilling birthday. Airboat tours are available all around Flordia from 30A to the Everglades. It’s a fun way to see wildlife, especially gators, and go for an exhilarating boat ride.

gainesville la chua trail

4. Take a Sunset Sail

Another fun birthday experience on the water is to take a sunset sail. catamarans, pontoons, and all sorts of boats operate tours that take you on the water at sunset. You can rent out the whole boat for your friends, or just bring a small group for a joy ride.

sunset in intercoastal cocoa beach

5. Go for a Pedal Pub

To add a little activity to your birthday, Pedal Pubs let you and some friends power your own tour by pedaling while enjoying libations! I have seen these both on bicycles throughout cities and on the water via pedal boats. This is especially fun for a party of eight or more people.

6. Have a Pool Day at a Resort

If you want to relax by a pool for your birthday but do not feel like staying at a hotel for the night, Florida has plenty of resorts that offer Resortpass! This allows you to book a pool day and use the resort amenities starting at just $20 per person! You can even get a cabana for all your friends and bottle service if you want to splurge. Check out my guides to Resortpass hotels in Miami and Orlando for ideas.

resortpass hotels in miami and more

7. Take a Tree Trek Course

Relive your monkey bar days with a climbing course through the trees on your birthday! There are dozens of options for tree treks throughout Florida with everything from ziplines to rope swings. You and a friend can book a tour, or you can even do a private trek for an adventurous birthday party

8. Stroll Through a Garden

For a beautiful and affordable day outside, plan a visit to one of Florida’s botanical gardens. There are dozens to explore, each with a variety of plant species to see. This is ideal for a relaxing birthday! Here are some of my favorites:

bok tower gardens lake wales
The Bok Tower Gardens at Lake Wakes, Florida

9. Try a Foodie Tour

One way to experience Florida from a local’s perspective is to take a culinary tour. You can find them everywhere from Little Havana to Cocoa Village! This is fun for a couple or a whole private tour for a birthday party!

little havana miami culinary tour

10. Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride

See Florida from above with a hot air balloon flight! Disney Springs offers fifteen-minute experiences for only $25 per person and you can see Walt Disney World Resort from above. However, if you really want a birthday splurge, you can also book a private hot air balloon tour in many different cities around Florida, like Orlando and Miami.

disney springs

11. Play a Game of Mini Golf

Those looking for a classic birthday experience can find a variety of excellent mini-golf courses in Florida. Whether you want a beachside attraction or a theme park-level quality course, most Florida towns have at least one. There are now even some indoor courses if you prefer!

Disney World's Fantasia Mini Golf Course

12. Try a Watersport

If you want to cool off on the water for your birthday, a jet ski or water ski rental can be an exciting way to do it! There are tons of places to rent jet skis, and go parasailing or waterskiing all along the beaches, and even in the Central Florida lakes.

13. Visit a Florida State Park

Florida is an amazing place to explore and there are dozens of state parks where you can see nature up close. For an adventurous (and affordable) Florida birthday, visit a state park with family or friends! You can find everything from beaches and islands to springs and swamps. Here are some I recommend for a birthday experience.

sebastian inlet state park at sunset

14. Explore a Florida National Park

In addition to state parks, Florida is home to eleven National park sites, including three of the sixty-three designated national parks. If you live near South Florida, both the Everglades and Biscayne National Park offer adventurous tours like island snorkeling or an alligator tram tour that would be such a fun way to celebrate a birthday. Dry Tortugas is a little harder to get to, but if you book far enough in advance, it would be an epic Florida birthday!

The other eight national preserves, seashores, monuments, and memorials are wonderful places to visit to learn about history or appreciate nature. Some like Canaveral National Seashore lend themselves to a full day, whereas others like Castillo de San Marcos, would be better off as part of a tour of other birthday experiences. Here are all the different Florida national park locations to look into for a unique birthday.

day trip to everglades from miami

15. See a Baseball, Hockey, and Basketball. Soccer, or Football Game

With eleven major sports teams right in Tampa, Orlando, Miami and Jacksonville, Florida is the ideal place to celebrate by going to a sporting event. Between the major sports teams below and the 13 NCAA Division 1 College teams Florida has, there are options for a big game every season! If you want to surprise someone celebrating, look into getting their name on the Jumbotron!

things to do in west palm beach spring training

16. Go Snorkeling or Scuba Diving

Marine life lovers can spend their birthday underwater with a day of either snorkeling or scuba diving. For good snorkeling, head to South Florida on a calm day and swim above the reefs. For scuba diving, I recommend a charter boat trip for a fun dive. If you have always wanted to learn to scuba dive, many companies offer lessons over the weekend, so you can always use your birthday as an excuse to try it out! Regardless of what you choose, here are some of the best spots in Florida for snorkeling or diving.

Scuba dive with sharks in florida

17. Climb a Lighthouse

Whether you are a history buff or just someone who likes a good view, climbing up a historic lighthouse can be a thrilling birthday experience. Below are some of the best ones you can visit. Most have a museum attached to learn about life as a lighthouse keeper and the history of the area in general.

Jupiter Lighthouse and Museum

18. Run a 5K

Maybe your birthday is an opportunity to test your endurance! If so, there are races going on constantly throughout Florida, many with unique themes and after-parties. Either sign up in advance for a weekend race or find a fun run in your area on your birthday for a more relaxing jog. Some of my favorites include the following:

  • Run Disney 5ks in Orlando
  • Turtle Krawl 5k in Melbourne
  • Run Gasparilla in Tampa
  • Great Pumpkin Glow and Run in Brooksville
  • Reindeer Run at SeaWorld
  • A1A 5k in Fort Lauderdale
  • Tropical 5K in Miami
fourt of july in orlando 5k

19. Catch Some Waves

For a gnarly birthday experience, take a surfing lesson or rent a board in New Smyrna Beach or Cocoa Beach! These beaches have the best waves in the state and plenty of great places to take lessons from. Lessons are offered at multiple places near the beach and you can spend a couple of hours getting the hang of the surf on a longboard. If you already know how to surf, spend the day enjoying the waves, or even try something new, like kiteboarding!

Cocoa Beach surfing

20. Take a Horseback Riding Tour

Animal lovers will find Florida to be an excellent place for an equestrian birthday experience. There are also sorts of lovely trails that you can plan a horseback ride through! Whether you want to gallop on the beach or take a sunset ride through the oak hammocks, you can find a place to go in Florida. Below are some of the best places I have found in Florida for a guided horseback riding tour.

21. Have a Beach Bonfire

If your birthday falls between November and March, consider having a bonfire beach party on the beach! Many towns allow them, as long as it is not during turtle season and you get a permit. We have done this many times and it makes for a unique and relaxing beach night.

beach bonfire in Indialantic Florida

22. Go Kayaking or Paddleboarding

For nature lovers, a birthday on the water can be a dream come true. Just head to your nearest beach, inlet, lake, or freshwater springs and chances are, you can book a paddling experience. Either take a tour and get a guided glide through nature or rent a few with friends for a scenic birthday party. If you want to do it at night, you can even try a bioluminescent paddleboarding experience!

bk adventure Florida bioluminescence kayaking

Florida Birthday Things to Do Indoors

Florida weather can be unpredictable, especially in the summer, so many prefer to plan for a birthday indoors. These next eighteen ideas are great for planning birthday celebrations in advance, especially ones that include multiple people. Whether you want a relaxing day trip to a museum or to plan a big group outing, here are options that offer that in air conditioning.

22. Race Go-Karts

Speed demons will get a kick out of racing go-karts on one of Florida’s many exciting tracks. I have listed the best places in Florida to try go-karting for the optimal birthday. In addition to go-karts, most of these places also have other activities, including laser tag, arcade games, and an obstacle course that will keep you busy. Some even offer birthday parties for all ages that can include unlimited arcade play and refreshments!

Andretti Indoor Karting Orlando

23. Play Some Golf at TopGolf

Though technically it’s not entirely indoors, TopGolf is a great place to plan an indoor Florida birthday thanks to the covered and temperature-controlled bays. You can bring up to six people for bay and take turns playing games on the interactive driving range. There is also a restaurant to have a birthday meal, or you can order food and drinks while you play!

topgolf tampa

24. Figure Your Way Out of an Escape Room

Throughout Florida, there are dozens of escape rooms and even an escape hotel! For a puzzling birthday, get some friends together and try and break out of an escape room! Even if you have done one before, there are always new challenges that make it worth checking out for a birthday.  With the ability to add up to twelve people in a room, it makes for a fun party idea too!

hilton orlando resort escape experience

25. Take a Cooking Class

For those looking to have a tasty Florida birthday, most cities have local places that offer cooking classes. Options vary with everything from learning French pastry and dessert techniques to sushi making. At the end of class, you get to eat your creation as well and leave with the knowledge to cook it at home in the future! You can book a class for you and a friend or plan a private class for your birthday party.

gathering table cooking class

26. Have Dinner and See a Show at Medieval Times

For a family-friendly Orlando birthday, book a dinner at Medieval Times. You can pretend you are back in the Middle Ages by watching a jousting show and eating a 4-course dinner with your hands! They offer packages for group outings of any age too!

27. Go to a Food Hall

Another delicious experience for a birthday in Florida is going to a food hall. These are like modern food courts where you can try all sorts of cuisines. I love ordering a dish from multiple booths to have my own unique meal. Check out the options below and see if they are offering live music or other events for a unique birthday.

armature works graze

28. Visit a Vineyard for a Wine Tasting

You do not have to go all the way to California for a vineyard birthday, as Florida has quite a few excellent options. Many of these have both indoor and outdoor tasting rooms, so it is a good option for fickle weather days. I recommend doing a guided tasting and learning all about the unique properties of each varietal. Here are some options for a vineyard birthday in Florida.

quantum leap winery orlando

29. Taste Your Way Through the Chocolate Factory

If you have a sweet tooth, visit a Chocolate Museum for a decadent birthday. You can start with a tour to learn about the origins and history of chocolate, followed by seeing how chocolate is made and some remarkable sculptures made out of chocolate. Of course, the tour ends with samples of all different kinds and a chance to purchase more! Bring a few friends on the tour to celebrate or book a private tour for a chocolate party at one of the options below!

30. Check out an Art Museum

For those who want to get the creative vibes flowing, a visit to a Florida art museum is sure to provide that for your birthday. These expansive galleries feature an array of exquisite art from many cultures and offer so much to learn about. Look into the following options below for a relaxing art museum birthday.

orlando museum of art

31. Learn Something New at a Science Museum

Science Museums offer educational exhibits and interactive displays that can enrich any birthday. Both young and old will love exhibits with topics about space, dinosaurs, ecology, and physics. You can visit on your own and enjoy exploring and learning. However, if you have kids, you could also throw a science-themed birthday party at one of the following options below.

museums to visit in orlando

32. Go For a Spa Day

There’s nothing better than being pampered on your birthday, and Florida has so many world-class spas to visit. For a relaxing day, visit your local spa for a massage, facial, or treatment. Afterward, treat yourself to some champagne and relax in a hot tub or sauna!

andaz costa rica spa

33. Take a Painting Class

For a hands-on birthday experience, a painting class is a fun way to celebrate. You can try painting a canvas at places like Painting With a Twist, pottery, or even try fluid painting with The Dirty Pour Project. This is another option for going on your own, with a friend, or booking a private birthday party.

orlando painting class

34. Catch a Musical or Concert

Florida has some of the best theater in the country, and Orlando, Tampa, and Miami are especially great places to place to see it. There are also so many live music venues, with everything from big stadium shows to tiny indie concerts. For a birthday treat, I love getting tickets to see a Broadway show or concert.

Hamilton at the Dr. Philips Performing Center

35. Go to a Rock Climbing Gym

If you are looking for a birthday activity that burns some calories, rock climbing gyms are a great way to test your upper body strength and do some climbing. Most Florida towns have both rock walls and bouldering walls that offer a variety of challenges. This activity is for young and old to celebrate their birthday with a group of friends.

rock climbing orlando

36. Play Some Games of Bowling

You can find bowling alleys all over the state, with everything from classic lanes to big complexes like Splitsville at Disney Springs. I recommend finding one with good music and drinks for a fun, indoor birthday.  Most bowling alleys even offer birthday parties for any age so you can reserve multiple lanes for your group.  

mini bowling in melbourne, florida

37. Visit an Aquarium

For a birthday where you are guaranteed to see sea life, head to one of the MANY Florida aquariums to see some creatures up close. Not only will you learn and see new things, but visiting is also a great opportunity to learn about local Florida sea life and the greater ocean. Check out one of the large aquariums listed below for a marine-centric birthday.

indoor aquarium orlando

38. Do Dinner and a Movie

Going to see the latest blockbuster always makes for an entertaining birthday, but you can pick it up a notch by going to a theater that serves elevated meals and drinks. Check out an AMC DIne-In location, such as the one at Disney Springs or the one in Miami, and treat yourself to a bougie movie experience.

Free Florida Birthday ideas

If you are looking for a fun way to celebrate without breaking the bank, there are many places in Florida where you can enjoy your birthday for free. Though you may spend a little on gas or food, these next fourteen ideas do not charge an admission fee. Here are my favorite ways to have a fun and free birthday in Florida.

39. Have a Beach Day

One of the best things about Florida is the plentiful beaches, many with free parking! For a beach birthday bash, I recommend heading to the coast, bringing a barbecue and enjoying the pristine beaches. There you can enjoy swimming, sunning, sand castle building, and more for only the cost of the gas to get there.

melbourne beach to orlando

40. See an Outdoor Movie

There are so many places to catch a free outdoor movie each weekend in Florida. Bring some snacks and drinks and use this as an opportunity to relax under the stars for your birthday. You can get a group together or just enjoy the experience on your own.

Orlando halloween movie night

41. Take a Monorail Ride

Though Disney World is a costly affair for many, you can actually experience a few areas of it for free! If you do not want to pay for parking, head to Disney Springs and take a free bus to the Grand Floridian, Polynesian, or Contemporary. Here, you can take a free monorail ride and see each of the resorts, take photos, get ice cream and even the Magic Kingdom fireworks show. 

disney monorail crawl

42. Have a Picnic in a Park

For a picturesque meal, pack a picnic and head to your favorite beach, state park, or public space. You can invite a crowd or just make it a small and relaxing birthday. I like making sandwiches or a charcuterie board to enjoy for an easy, yet flavorful birthday meal. Bonus points for bringing a Frisbee or outdoor game!

florida picnic on the beach

43. Visit a Farmer’s Market

Early birds can spend their birthday at free Farmer’s Markets all throughout the state. There are tons of vendors with everything from produce to plants to art and you are sure to see plenty of dogs. You can easily spend a few hours strolling through here and getting a little treat for your birthday.

plants at melbourne florida farmers market

44. Go on a Self-Guided Mural Tour

One of my favorite things to do in Florida is to take a tour of street art. Head to your nearest city (Orlando, Tampa, and Miami are the best, but any will do) and go on a photo safari looking for murals. Whether on foot or by car, make your own self-guided mural tour and see how many colorful murals you can spot! Make sure to get some pictures!

orlando mural tour

45. Walk Along a Pier

Simple, yet elegant. head to the coast and enjoy a walk along your nearest pier. Whether you watch the sunrise or sunset, throw in a fishing line, or grab a cocktail, it’s a lovely way to take in the beauty of the ocean and life in general. Of course, you could combine this with a picnic on the beach for a romantic birthday!

flagler beach pier

46. Go Birding

Florida is a paradise for birders, with hundreds of exotic bird species calling this state their home. I have seen everything from roseate spoonbills to eagles in the wild and am always amazed at the diversity. For an easy and affordable Florida birthday, check out a park near you and see how many different birds you can spot. Whether you do this on a photo safari or just a leisurely walk, it can be so much fun.

merritt island national wildlife refuge birds

47. Visit an Island

If you have a kayak or paddleboard, you can spend your birthday on an island for free! Below, I have included islands throughout Florida that you can paddle or take a boat to for a relaxing day by the water. For those without a paddle, you are not at a loss! You can take a free boat ride to Hontoon Island or an affordable ferry to Peanut Island and Caladesi Island. Once you get there, feel free to swim, snorkel, grill up some eats, or just relax in a hammock.

Peanut Island Beaches

48. Spend the Night Camping

Speaking of islands, a very Floridian way to spend your birthday is by camping on one! Most of the islands mentioned above offer camping, but check to see if you need a reservation. Camping is the best way to immerse yourself in Florida’s nature and connect with family or friends for your birthday. You can find dispersed campsites for free or pay a fee to camp at some of these great Florida destinations:

camping at kissimmee prairie preserve

49. Go For a Bike Ride

Whether you are an avid cyclist or a casual rider, a bike ride can be a free and active way to enjoy a birthday. Florida offers plenty of free trails or you can take a beach cruiser to coast. Cycle to your heart’s content and appreciate the natural sights and public amenities along the way!

miami beach tips & tricks

50. Take a Hike

If you don’t mind the heat, check out AllTrails and find a unique Florida hike to go on. The state is full of interesting destinations with gorgeous hikes to take. This can be done at state parks, refuges, or even at your nearest park. It’s a great way to soak in the great outdoors as you celebrate another year of life. Here are some of my favorite places to take a hike:

ft lauderdale nature hikes

51. See Sea Turtles Nesting

Every summer, hundreds of turtles come to the beaches of Brevard County to lay their eggs. If your birthday is in June through August at night, take a drive here and try to see them! The Sea Turtle Preservation Society hosts turtle walks where you can learn all about the turtles and get a few glimpses of them. These cost at least $20 per person and fill up fast, so you can also take your own walk along the beach at night and look for turtles for free. We have seen many on our own and it is always magical. Read these rules in advance for being a responsible turtle watcher before you do!

turtle sighting walk in melbourne beach florida

52. Go Star Gazing

If you want a celestial birthday, head outside the city and find a quiet place to watch the stars. I prefer to do this at the beach, but a park works too. Come in the evening with a beach blanket on a clear night and see the beauty of the night sky. Make sure to watch for shooting stars!

stargazing at kissimmee prairie preserve

Family Birthday Ideas

If you are looking for a kid-friendly birthday experience in Florida, the options are endless! Though the things to do listed above are great for all ages, this next section includes ideas specifically aimed at a child’s birthday. All of these options offer birthday parties for kids, or you can take them on their own!

53. Get Colorful at the Crayola Experience

For a creative birthday, kids will love the Crayola Experience at the Florida Mall. This activity center offers all sorts of things to do, like crafts, drawing, making your own crayon, and climbing in the playground.

54. Touch the Sky at a Trampoline Park

I know trampoline parks are all the rage with kids these days and luckily there are plenty in Florida perfect for celebrating birthdays. Find your local trampoline gym and see if they offer birthday parties where you get a group jump time and a party room for pizza and birthday cake.

trampoline park orlando

55. Have a Tea Party with your American Girl Doll

Another birthday thing to do in Orlando is to take a visit to the American Girl doll store. For kids who have their own American Girl, this place has an assortment of unique activities to experience with their doll! Options include pizza birthday party packages where kids can do a doll-themed craft and even get a makeover with their doll. It’s a special way to celebrate a birthday for any child over eighteen months old.  

56. Take a Visit to WonderWorks

One birthday attraction kids love is the “edu-tainment” complex WonderWorks. This is that crazy upside-down building on I-Drive that has all sorts of hands-on exhibits inside. Here you can experience all the WonderWorks exhibits, the ropes course, laser tag and so much more.

route 7 adrenaline warehouse in melbourne

57. Go to A Children’s Museum

For kids that love to be creative, Children’s Museums are an excellent birthday party spot. Throughout Florida, you can find a variety of “children’s museums” with themed play areas that immerse kids in different types of worlds. From shopping at a fake Publix, to learning how to be a vet, kids will have so much fun expressing themselves while adults can take it easy. You can usually rent a party room for cake and presents after too! Here are some of the best children’s museums for a Florida birthday.

58. Visit LegoLand

If you want a family-friendly theme park day, LEGOLAND is a worthwhile experience. This theme park is mainly kid orientated with rides accessible to most kids under ten. The whole family will enjoy rides like Masters of Flight and the Lost Kingdom Adventure, and LEGO enthusiasts will especially get a kick out of the park. MINILAND USA is a must-see, as it is made up of cities built entirely out of LEGOs. In addition, you can also explore the botanical section of Cypress Gardens which has been on display since 1936. With one-day passes often less than $100, this is the perfect place for a LEGO-loving kid to spend their birthday!

lego deer at mounts botanical garden

59. Try a Ninja Course

Lastly, families can consider planning a ninja-course party at one of the many venues throughout Florida. These attractions usually have obstacle courses with jumping, climbing, and swinging challenges to test your strength and balance. Though many can be fun for adults, I think rambunctious kids would be the main audience for a birthday here. Below are some ninja courses in Florida to check out:

Florida Adult Birthday Ideas

For those who want to live it up on their birthday, Florida has so many unique options! With restaurants, bars, and clubs of all sorts, you can have a night out unlike any other here. I have also included some adrenaline-pumping experiences that are more suited for adults. Read on to brainstorm some adults-only birthday ideas!

60. Spend the Night at CityWalk

Locals and tourists alike love CityWalk at Universal Orlando for a birthday celebration. This nightlife spot has all sorts of themed restaurants and bars to celebrate. Go to Big Fire for a classic steak dinner or Toothsome Chocolate Emporium for a sweet and savory meal. Make sure to make reservations in advance!

Afterward, hit the bars for a night of drinks and dancing. Rising Star is a hit for karaoke and the Red Coconut Club has Latin music and dancing. Even if you just want to relax with a margarita and easy listening you can visit Margaritaville. There are so many places to celebrate a birthday here, day or night!

citywalk universal orlando

61. Hit the Clubs in South Beach

If you like dancing and live in South Florida, heading to Miami Beach for your birthday is an amazing experience. Get your friends together for a party bus ride to the strip and spend the night out on the town. You can find spots with live bands, DJs, Latin music, and even silent discos throughout Miami Beach. If you are more of a day person, the pool parties are also a blast during the day. I can’t imagine a better birthday for partiers than Miami!

south beach art deco

62. Check out a Speakeasy

Transport yourself back in time to the Prohibition era and indulge in an evening of clandestine fun with a speakeasy birthday. Start by researching speakeasies in your area, like Hanson’s Shoe Repair in Orlando or Ciro’s Speakeasy in Tampa, and be prepared for a journey into a world of vintage charm. Once you figure out how to get in, savor artisanal cocktails crafted with precision and a nod to the past. The dimly lit ambiance and live jazz or blues music create an intimate atmosphere that’s perfect for celebrating in style. For extra fun, dress in your finest flapper attire or dapper suit, and don’t forget to practice your secret password!

the bookcase and barber cocktails

63. Go Bar Hopping at Disney Springs

I have spent many a birthday at Disney Springs and each one is magically memorable! There are so many fabulous restaurants with a variety of cuisines. Raglan Road, Boathouse, or Jaleo are my picks for a celebratory dinner.

Then you can spend the rest of the night checking out unique bars like Wine Bar George, listening to live music around Disney Springs, or even going to a concert at The House of Blues! With so many hotels close by, you can book one for the night and not worry about driving either.

disney springs wine

64. Party the Night Away on I-Drive

For every type of restaurant and bar you can imagine, I-Drive in Orlando is the perfect place to celebrate a birthday. You can start at Icon Park, which has plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from for the whole family. Then move on to one of the best bars in Orlando like Mango’s, Howl at the Moon, or O’Shucks Karaoke Bar. The Pointe also has some cool bars nearby, like Blue Marini Louge and the Improv Comedy Club.

idrive in orlando

65. Take a Brewery Crawl

There are so many amazing Florida breweries, that I recommend beer lovers spend their birthday trying a few. Most downtown areas in Florida have a few to peruse, including St. Petersburg, Fort Myers, Gainesville, and of course, Orlando. Plan your own crawl or see if there is a local shuttle service.

deviant wolfe beer

66. Game It Out at an Arcade Bar

For anyone that wants to relive the 80s, arcade bars let you play all your favorite arcade games in a bar setting. You can sip on cocktails, beer, and mocktails while playing games like Ms. Pac-Man, Air Hockey, and Donkey Kong Junior. These have been opening all over Florida, and you can find them in most cities!

quarters brewig and arcade

67. Tour a Distillery

Another great way to try something new on your birthday is at a local distillery. There are a variety of local Florida distilleries that make whiskey, rum, vodka, and more! Most offer free tours and tastings and some even have restaurants! Here are my favorite options:

st. augustine distillery tour

68. Go to a Food or Drink Festival

For a scrumptious birthday, why not treat yourself to a fantastic food and wine festival in Florida? I can personally vouch for the sheer delight of discovering new flavors and indulging in culinary masterpieces as a birthday treat. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or a foodie at heart, immersing yourself in the lively atmosphere of a food and wine festival is an exceptional way to mark your special day. Most of these events take place in the fall, but you can usually find some sort of festival going on all year. Here are some of the best options for a Food and Wine Festival Florida Birthday:

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69. Play a Round of Golf

Florida is home to some of the best golf courses in the country and avid players have some amazing birthday options! Plan a round of golf at resorts like The Waldorf Astoria in Orlando or a public course like our favorite Melbourne Beach one, Spessard Holland. You can get some fresh air and enjoy a game with your buddies for a chill birthday.

florida golf course

70. Take a Helicopter Tour

If you’re looking to take your birthday celebrations to new heights, consider booking a helicopter ride over the breathtaking landscapes of Florida. You can find helicopter tours offered in most Florida cities, including Orlando, Miami, Cocoa Beach, and the Florida Keys. Whether you’re flying solo or sharing the experience with friends and family, a birthday helicopter ride adds an exhilarating touch of adventure to your celebration. 

71. Go on a Spooky Ghost Tour

For a spooky, supernatural experience, many Florida cities offer ghost tours all year! These vary from exploring old manors with ghost sightings or ancient graveyards. Depending on the tour, there can be stops where you can learn about the history of the area as well. This is perfect for a Halloween-themed birthday or just a spooky experience for any basic witches. Check out Orlando, St. Augustine Sarasota, and more for a ghost tour birthday.

Spooky things to do in central florida

Florida Places to Visit For A Birthday

Start your next year of life off with a visit to a new city! Florida has no shortage of exciting destinations to visit and I have included the ones I think are best for a birthday below. Whether you spend the whole weekend or just take a day trip, take a look through this list for some unique birthday destinations.

72. Orlando

With theme parks, Michelin-star restaurants, and fun attractions galore, Orlando is a great choice for celebrating your birthday in Florida. I have spent many a birthday here and always enjoyed it. You can check out Disney World, Universal, or a Water Park (more info below) or experience the lively Downtown section of this city. Winter Park or Winter Garden also make for a relaxing birthday experience. There is so much to see here and if you need help narrowing it down, check out my birthday things to do in Orlando post.

Lake Eola Things to do

73. Tampa

One of my favorite cities in Florida is Tampa, and it is the perfect city for a birthday party! There is so much to do here whether you visit the gardens, zoo, aquarium, or local breweries. I recommend ending the day by taking a sunset walk on the riverwalk and getting dinner at Armature Works.

tampa florida

74. Miami

Another no-brainer for a Florida birthday is a visit to Miami. The city that never sleeps is perfect for party animals who want to hit the clubs or pool parties to celebrate. It’s not all parties though, Miami is also a foodie and art mecca brimming with culture and history. I’ve got a whole travel guide for Miami here, but I would recommend focusing on the South Beach or Wynwood area for a birthday.

miami beach art deco self guided tour

75. St. Augustine

If you haven’t been to St. Augustine, you may be surprised to see it on this list, as it’s known for being a historical city. Nevertheless, it is also an exciting town with top-notch bars, spectacular nature, and yummy seafood. Staying in Old Town will put you within walking distance of everything. Here, you can spend your birthday like every pirate should-drinking rum and vibing to live music!

historical st. augustine things to do

76. Key West

It’s tough to take a day trip to Key West, so if you can swing it, plan a birthday trip to Key West! This island is the ultimate Florida part destination with iconic bars along Duval Street, sunset cruises, seafood dinners, and more. I definitely recommend staying close to Duval Street so you can walk everywhere (parking is a pain), and explore some of the local favorites mentioned here. You can find everything from a mix of music, history, cuisine, and nightlife.

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77. Siesta Key

Beach bums can celebrate their Florida birthday on island time with a visit to Siesta Key. This lowkey gulf coast town has everything you would expect from a Florida island and it is way easier to get to than the Keys. Either rent a beach house for the weekend or spend the day riding around on a beach cruiser. Just make sure to end your birthday celebration with a sunset view!

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78. West Palm Beach

For those who want to party in style, West Palm Beach is a luxurious spot for a birthday. Though you can go all out at The Breakers, there are also plenty of ways to experience West Palm without splurging. Here you can decide whether to spend your birthday at the beach, shopping on Worth Avenue, visiting some world-class museums and gardens, or going for a scuba dive.

Christmas at the Square in West Palm

79. Destin

If you are an inspiring mermaid wanting a beach birthday, Destin is one of the prettiest places to have it. You can celebrate on the powdery white sands of Henderson Beach State Park, shopping at the boutiques of Destin Commons, or cruising along the Emerald Coast on a sailboat. Whatever you do, be sure to end the day with a seafood feast at the local favorite, “Boshamps Seafood & Oyster House,” a local favorite known for its lively atmosphere and coastal cuisine. Destin’s Charm is the ideal setting for a Florida birthday by the water.

80. Fort Lauderdale

The vibrant city of Fort Lauderdale is just the place for a celebration to remember. My go-to birthday itinerary includes a visit to stunning Fort Lauderdale Beach, a scenic river cruise, a trek to the Arts and Entertainment District for some gallery hopping, and if you’re up for it, a waterfront dinner where the seafood is as fresh as the ocean breeze. Fort Lauderdale’s got a vibe that’ll make any birthday shine.

fort lauderdale beach things to do

81. St. Petersburg

Another fun city to explore for a Florida birthday is St. Petersburg. This downtown is super artsy with museums, murals, and music. In addition to enjoying the sights, there is also a pier perfect for a birthday dinner on the water.

downtown st pete mural

82. Gainesville

Though Gainesville is known for being home o the University of Florida, it is much more than a college town. The nature surrounding Gainesville is a wonderful way for adventurers to spend a Florida birthday. You can kayak through a freshwater spring, float down a river, or hike among the gators. Gainesville has the perk of being close to nature, while also having a fun downtown, so you can end the day with some excellent food and drinks too.

devils mill hopper gainesville

83. Cocoa Beach

Though there are tons of beautiful beaches in Central Florida, for a gnarly birthday, to do, you can take a surf lesson at the legendary Cocoa Beach! Lessons are offered at multiple places near the Ron Jon house and you can spend a couple of hours getting the hang of the surf on a longboard. If you already know how to surf, come here and enjoy the waves, or even try something new, like kiteboarding!

Cocoa Beach Things to do

84. Panama City Beach

For those who live near the Panhandle. consider celebrating your birthday in the sun-soaked paradise of Panama City Beach. This picturesque spot is a vacation destination for a reason with sunset views, dolphin-watching tours, and scenic bike trails everywhere you look. Either take a visit to a beach house with friends or spend the day chilling by the water. With both natural beauty and coastal charm, PCB has everything for a Florida birthday.

85. Naples

If you want a relaxing Florida birthday, Naples would be my pick. This coastal town has gorgeous beaches, amazing restaurants, adorable shops, and an excellent zoo! It’s also a paradise for boaters or paddlers who want to get out on the water. Though it’s known for being a retirement town, it’s a little slice of paradise that will be perfect for any beach lover.

naples things to do

86. Crystal River

For a birthday experience unlike any other, take a snorkel tour of Crystal River. In the winter, there are so many manatees that you can swim near them in the wild! Conversely, in the summer, this is a great place to get on the water and go scalloping. Water lovers will find so much to enjoy while spending a birthday in Crystal River.

swim with crystal river manatees
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Florida Theme Parks to Visit On Your Birthday

As I mentioned at the beginning, the Orlando theme parks are an unforgettable place to spend a birthday. Young and old will enjoy the rides, shows, and experiences that you can only find in Orlando. In this last section, I have broken up what to do in each theme park for the ultimate birthday experience.

87. The Magic Kingdom

Spend your birthday at the most magical place on earth with a visit to The Magic Kingdom. This is the quintessential Disney World theme park with Cinderella’s Castle, Space Mountain, and a nightly fireworks show. Kids will love the fantasyland rides and characters and adults will appreciate the thrilling mountains and nostalgic atmosphere. It’s a classic for a reason!

Cinderellas Castle at Magic Kingdom theme park

88. Epcot

Epcot is one of the most popular Florida birthday ideas, especially 21st birthdays. This is thanks to the drinking around the World challenge where you try and have a drink in each of the eleven countries. Also popular is the snack around the World challenge. However, you do not have to be a glutton to enjoy a birthday at Epcot. This theme park also has fireworks, gorgeous scenery and educational rides that are fun for all ages.

le cellier steakhoust at epcot's canada pavillion

89. Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Thrill seekers would find Hollywood Studios to be the ideal Disney World park for a birthday. This theme park has some of the most extreme rides at Disney World, including Rock’n’Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, and Rise of the Resistance. Star Wars or Toy Story fans will especially love the uniquely immersive lands in this park.

hollywood studios disney

90. Disney’s Animal Kingdom

If seeing lions, tigers, and bears sounds like a fun birthday to you, Animal Kingdom is the theme park to visit. I love everything about this theme park from the theming to the animal walk-throughs. There are also plenty of exciting rides, like Expedition Everest and Avatar Flight of Passage. To make it an extra special birthday, consider doing a behind-the-scenes tour where you get to meet some of the animals!

Expedition Everest ride at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom

91. Typhoon Lagoon

Water Parks are another great Florida birthday idea, especially in the summer. Not only are these cheaper than an amusement park visit, but you can also stay cool! Typhoon Lagoon is my favorite Disney World water park. It has an awesome wave pool, a relaxing lazy river, and a variety of themed slides. The rides here are a bit tame compared to other water parks, but the atmosphere cannot be beaten!

Couple at Typhoon Lagoon slide

92. Blizzard Beach

The other Disney World water park you could visit for your birthday is Blizzard Beach. This park is themed to be a ski resort and has unique features like a ski lift and a toboggan slide. The rides here are a lot more exciting than the ones at Typhoon Lagoon, so if you like fast water slides, check out Blizzard Beach for a birthday!

93. Universal Studios Orlando

The Universal Orlando Resort is a wonderful place to spend a birthday. I would know, as I came here for my 30th birthday! I find it cheaper and a bit more relaxing than Disney World, especially if you get a hotel room within walking distance of the parks. Universal Studios is a movie-themed amusement park with all sorts of coasters and dark rides. Harry Potter fans can experience Diagon Alley and Despicable Me fans can meet the minions.

Et ride at Universal Studios orlando

94. Islands of Adventure

My favorite Universal theme park is Islands of Adventure, where there are so many excellent roller coasters and themed lands. I especially love the new Jurassic World Coaster and Hagrid’s Motorbike adventure. Daredevils will appreciate a birthday here, whereas those with kids, might want to stick to Universal Studios.

jurassic world velocicoaster ride at islands of adventure

95. Volcano Bay

By far the best water park I have ever been to, Volcano Bay is the perfect spot for a Florida birthday. Though more expensive than most, it has some of the craziest slides and even a rapid river. The best part is you get a wristband that adds you to a virtual queue so you do not have to stand in lines! It is such a genius idea, and I highly recommend anyone who enjoys water parks to check it out.

Volcano Bay Lazy River

96. SeaWorld Orlando

Another great theme park to celebrate your birthday at is SeaWorld Orlando. This park has some crazy roller coasters, water rides, and tons of aquatic exhibits. Whether you like animals or thrills, SeaWorld is perfect for an exciting birthday.

seaworld ray exhibit

97. Discovery Cove Orlando

This next one is a splurge but is sure to be a fantastic birthday experience. Entry to Discovery Cove includes swimming with dolphins, snorkeling with fish and rays, relaxing on the lazy river, and unlimited food and drinks. They have everything you need for a fun-in-the-sun birthday!

98. Kennedy Space Center

Not exactly a theme park, the Kennedy Space Center is a museum-like attraction with rides that will thrill any space junkie. Here you can tour the rocket garden, see the lunar lander and even ride a launch simulator. I found Baby Boomers to especially enjoy this for the nostalgia factor. For a birthday out of this world, KSC is the place to go!

Kennedy Space Center Apollo Center

99. Icon Park

A big attraction on I-Drive is Icon Park, which I would say is similar to a theme park. It is free to visit and walk around and get some food. However, if you are not afraid of heights, you can pay for admission to ride the giant Ferris Wheel or spin on the swings. They also have an aquarium and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum for an indoor experience. 

100. Busch Gardens

For an epic day of thrills and excitement, spend your birthday at Busch Gardens. Experience the sheer variety of roller coasters, indulge in some delicious park eats, and check out the captivating animal exhibits that make Busch Gardens unique. Of course, don’t forget to grab a birthday souvenir to commemorate your unforgettable day. Celebrating your birthday at Busch Gardens is a recipe for excitement and memories. 

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Know Before You Go: Epic Florida Birthday Ideas

I hope this guide helped you find some fun ways to celebrate a birthday in Florida! For those visiting Florida for a birthday vacation, there are so many things to do here to make it special! And if you are a local looking for a special day, you can find all sorts of experiences throughout the state. Before you start planning, here are some things to keep in mind for planning Florida’s birthday

  • Keep an eye on the weather for the day of your celebration. Florida weather can change quickly, especially in the summer with storms popping up. It may be good to have a backup plan inside in case of rain or high heat.
  • If you are looking to visit any of the theme parks, make sure to look for Florida Resident deals! Kelly, the blog’s trusted travel agent, can help you find the best rates!
  • Popular attractions, restaurants, and tours can get booked up quickly, especially during spring break and the holidays. Make reservations in advance to avoid disappointment.
  • For water-based activities like snorkeling, diving, or kayaking, bring your own gear if possible. It’s not only more comfortable but also saves you rental fees.

What’s your ideal Florida birthday celebration? I have spent many at the beach or theme parks and it never gets old!

For Orlando-specific birthday celebrations, don’t miss my guide to Orlando birthday ideas. And for more Florida fun, check out my Florida Bucket List.

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