224 Things to Do in Florida for 2024 – The Ultimate Bucket List

One of the first blog posts I wrote when starting this blog was my 101 Things to Do in Florida Bucket List. It has been five years since then and I have crossed off pretty much every item on it! Because of that, I have decided to compile a new and improved Florida bucket list with 224 things to do for 2024.

You can either use this blog post for ideas for your own Florida bucket list or get my printable with all 224 ideas below. I have divided this up into seven different sections, so you could also try to accomplish one section at a time.

No matter how you use it, I have searched high and low for every cool thing to do in Florida and added it to this bucket list, so I am sure it will provide ideas for exciting experiences!

224 Things to Do in Florida Bucket List

Outdoor Things to Do in Florida

With warm weather all year long, the Sunshine State has so much to do outdoors! This first section has thirty-two different outdoor experiences to add to your Florida Bucket List. Whether you want to be active or just enjoy some fresh air, find ways to enjoy the Florida outdoors below.

1. See Gators on an Airboat Ride

Take a ride through the Florida wetlands and look for alligators! Airboat tours are available all around Florida from 30A to the Everglades. It’s a fun way to see wildlife and go for an exhilarating boat ride.

2. Embark on a Sunset Sail

Another fun 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 boat tour in cocoa beach

3. Try a Pedal Pub

To add a little activity to your day, 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.

4. Take a Tree Trek Course

Relive your monkey bar days with a climbing course through the trees! 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 experience.

5. Go For 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 to splurge, you can also book a private hot air balloon tour in many different cities around Florida, like Orlando and Miami.

disney springs

6. Try a Watersport

If you want to cool off on the water, 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.

Go Snorkeling or Scuba Diving

The best way to experience Florida underwater is by scuba diving or snorkeling! 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. Here are the best spots in Florida for snorkeling or diving.

7. Devil’s Den in Williston. An iconic Florida dive, Devil’s Den is a cave dive like no other. This deep blue spring is crystal clear and offers dive sights like no other.

8. Corridor Wreck Trek in West Palm Beach. Every scuba diver needs to do the wreck trek at least once! Plenty of charters will take you along this underwater site of six wrecks where the current allows you to gently drift by the marvelous sites.

9. Blue Heron Bridge in West Palm Beach. This shore dive in West Palm Beach offers encounters with seahorses, pipefish, and other mesmerizing creatures hiding within the seagrass. It’s very accessible since you do not need a boat to get there, but keep in mind, that the parking lot fills up fast on weekends!

10. John Pennekamp State Park in Key Largo. Another Florida bucket list scuba dive is this Florida Keys area where you can see living coral reefs and the Christ of the Abyss statue!

11. DiveQuest at Epcot. Get a guaranteed amazing scuba experience with this aquarium dive! At Epcot, you take a behind-the-scenes tour and then dive in their fish tanks to scuba with sharks, turtles, rays, and more.

divequest epcot sea turtles

Take a Horseback Riding Tour

Animal lovers will find Florida to be an excellent place for an equestrian 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.

12. Amelia Island Horseback Riding in Fernandina Beach. By far the most unique horseback riding experience you can have in Florida is taking a tour along the Atlantic on Amelia Island. Add Amelia Island Horseback Riding to your bucket list for an experience that’s as romantic as it is breathtaking.

13. A&A Adventure Horse Trail Rides in Miramar. On the opposite end of the state, take a tour through the Everglades on a majestic steed. With well-trained horses and scenic trails, it’s perfect for both beginners and experienced riders.

14. Cypress Breeze Farm in Pinellas Park. Located near Tampa, Cypress Breeze Farm offers serene equestrian trails perfect for riders of all levels. Enjoy the tranquil beauty of oak hammocks and pine flatwoods.

15. Lazy H Ranch in Kissimmee. Head to Kissimmee and discover the Lazy H Ranch, where you can embark on a serene sunset tour through scenic landscapes and pristine lakes, creating a perfect escape from the city’s hustle.

16. Have a Beach Bonfire

Between November and March, consider having a bonfire 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

17. 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 experience the Sunshine State. 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

18. See Sea Turtles Nesting

Every summer, hundreds of turtles come to the beaches of Brevard County to lay their eggs. Between June through August, head to the East Coast 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

19. Go Star Gazing

Florida has many remote locations that are perfect for watching 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

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. Here are some of my favorite places to take a hike:

20. Little Big Econ State Forest in Geneva. Prepare to be enchanted by the Flagler Trail Loop, which takes you through a variety of ecosystems, from pine flatwoods to floodplain forests. 

21. Turkey Creek Sanctuary in Melbourne. This urban oasis in Palm Bay offers a shaded trail that winds along Turkey Creek, with wooden boardwalks and observation platforms for birdwatching and manatee sightings.

22. Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Fort Myers. Meander through a pristine wetland ecosystem featuring a 1-mile boardwalk loop with the chance to see a variety of bird and animal sightings.

23. Black Bear Wilderness Area in Sanford. For a more challenging hike, this 7.1-mile loop Loop near Sanford showcases Florida’s wild side, taking you through a floodplain forest teeming with wildlife.

24. Black Rock Trail in Jacksonville. Stroll along the rocky shoreline, where the Atlantic crashes against striking black rocks and bleached live oaks. It looks like something out of Hawaii!

25. Torreya Challenge in Bristol. Located along the Apalachicola River, this is known as one of the hardest hikes in Florida with over 1,500 feet of elevation gain and twelve miles of views from limestone bluffs.

26. Perdido Bayou Trail in Pensacola. Traverse a remote and wild area in Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park, known for its varied wildlife and lush vegetation.

turkey creek nature trail

27. 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 picnic. I like making sandwiches or a charcuterie board to enjoy for an easy, yet flavorful meal. Bonus points for bringing a Frisbee or outdoor game!

florida picnic on the beach

28. Catch Some Waves

For a gnarly 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!

29. Play a Round of Golf

Florida is home to some of the best golf courses in the country and avid players have some amazing 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.

florida golf course

30. 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.

31. 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 bucket list experience, 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.

bald eagle florida birding

32. Go Kayaking or Paddleboarding

For nature lovers, a paddle on the water is a must-do. 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 paddle. If you want to do it at night, you can even try a bioluminescent paddleboarding experience!

bk adventure Florida bioluminescence kayaking

Parks, Gardens, Islands, and Springs in Florida

Similar to the section above, this part of my Florida bucket list is all nature places worth visiting. This includes fifty-one state parks, springs, gardens, national parks, and preserves that showcase Flora and Fauna. You can do a variety of the activities mentioned above, from kayaking to hiking, but I provided a little blurb about the best things to do at each so you get the full experience.

Visit an Island

If you have a kayak or paddleboard, you can visit 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. These islands are a must for any Florida bucket list.

33. Peanut Island in Palm Beach County. Accessible by boat, kayak, or paddleboard, this island is surrounded by crystal-clear waters perfect for snorkeling and includes a paved path to walk around and admire the stunning views.

34. Hontoon Island in DeLand. Take a short (and free!) boat ride to immerse yourself in lush landscapes, hiking trails, and a chance to spot native wildlife like manatees and birds.

35. Egmont Key State Park in St. Petersburg. Known for its blend of history and natural beauty, relax on the beach or explore the ruins of Fort Dade at this Tampa Bay island

36. Caladesi Island in Dunedin. With its untouched beauty, this barrier island offers hiking trails, serene beaches, and excellent shelling opportunities, accessible by ferry from Honeymoon Island State Park.

37. St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge in Apalachicola. A ferry ride away from the mainland, this remote island is home to pristine beaches, dense forests, and a resident deer population.

38. Crab Island in Destin. For a one-of-a-kind experience, add this submerged sandbar to your Florida bucket list. It turns into a bustling aquatic playground during low tide with vendors, inflatables, and a fun atmosphere.

Peanut Island Beaches

Visit a Freshwater Springs

One of my favorite things to do in Florida is visit 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 the best for a bucket list.

39. Blue Springs State Park in Orange City. Swim in the springs, paddle alongside manatees, or take a boat tour at this gorgeous Central Florida freshwater spring.

40. De Leon Springs State Park in De Leon Springs. Known for its make-your-own-pancake house, De Leon Springs is a great place to swim, take a tour, or hike around this historic grist mill.

41. Ginnie Springs in High Springs. Try everything from cave diving to floating down a river at this freshwater spring just outside of Gainesville.

42. Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunnellon. One of the prettiest Florida freshwater springs, this one is bucket-list worthy for its emerald green water and lush trails complete with azaleas and waterfalls.

43. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. See the famous mermaid shows and go for a kayak at this Gulf Coast spring.

44. Ichetucknee Springs in Fort White. A tuber’s paradise, head to Ichetucknee for a float down a real lazy river.

45. Madison Blue Spring State Park in Lee. A hidden gem for diving, visit the bright blue waters for a swim or dive at Madison Blue Spring.

46. Silver Springs in Ocala. Take a glass-bottom boat tour or go kayaking at this manatee paradise.

rainbow springs florida

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. Here are my must-visit Florida gardens.

47. Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando. Discover a natural wonderland just miles from a bustling city where there are over fifty acres of rose gardens, forest, and butterfly habitats.

48. Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales. If there’s one garden to visit in Florida, it’s Bok Tower, which has an iconic singing tower and a variety of native gardens.

49. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami. For a look at history and nature, this waterfront garden showcases the landscaping of the Gilded Age.

50. Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg. Step into a tropical paradise featuring koi-ponds, flamingos, and a rainbow eucalyptus tree.

51. Mount Botanical Gardens in West Palm Beach. Admire exotic plants and unique sculptures in this extensive garden.

52. Bonnet House Museum and Gardens in Fort Lauderdale. Another estate every Floridian should visit is this Fort Lauderdale mansion and jungle of a backyard that is even home to a monkey!

53. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota. For a slice of paradise, see the stunning orchids and canopy walk overlooking Sarasota Bay.

54. Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in Jacksonville. Enjoy the architecture and oak trees of this historic riverfront garden.

55. Naples Botanical Garden in Naples. Explore a variety of gardens themed to global regions, including the Lea Asian Garden and the Kapnick Brazilian Garden.

Things to do in Florida Bucket List

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 bucket list experience, visit a state park with family or friends! You can find everything from beaches and islands to springs and swamps. Here are my top picks:

56. Sebastian Inlet State Park in Vero Beach. Fish from the giant pier, surf the monster hole or simply relax by the water at this coastal park.

57. Myakka River State Park in Sarasota. Take a boat tour or explore part of the 39.8-mile trail that runs through this expansive state park.

58. Johnathan Dickinson State Park in West Palm Beach. Dive or snorkel among vibrant color reefs at this gorgeous beach park.

59. Bahia Honda State Park in Big Pine Key. No bucket list is complete without visiting the beaches of this island paradise.

60. Grayton Beach State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. For a tranquil escape on the Gulf Coast, enjoy the pristine beaches and dunes of Grayton Beach.

61. Three Rivers State Park in Sneads. Go on a birding scavenger hunt or hike along the shores of Lake Seminole at this northern state park.

62. Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine. Get a taste of old Florida while hiking around tidal salt marshes and exploring a historic Spanish quarry.

63. Kissimmee Praire State Park Preserve in Okeechobee. Experience Florida’s only “dark sky” and see the beauty of untouched Central Florida.

64. Billy Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne. Climb the steps of the Cape Florida lighthouse and admire the crystal-clear water of this coastal wonderland.

65. Ravine Gardens State Park in Palatka. One of the best state parks for hiking in Florida, be sure to cross the suspension bridges and admire the flora!

66. Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in Gainesville. To see alligators in their natural habitat, check out this swampy state park and climb to the top of the observation tower.

67. Hillsborough River State Park in Thonotosassa. Go for a hike, check out Class II River Rapids, and look for birds at this oasis outside of Tampa.

sebastian inlet state park at sunset

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. In South Florida, both the Everglades and Biscayne National Park offer adventurous tours like island snorkeling or an alligator tram tour. Dry Tortugas is a little harder to get to but is one of the ultimate Florida bucket list experiences. See if you can visit all eleven!

68. Everglades National Park in South Florida. A true icon, The Everglades is a sprawling wetland habitat that’s home to alligators, manatees, and an incredible diversity of bird species. There are multiple entrances where you can take a hike, go on a tram tour, or kayak through the mangroves.

69. Biscayne National Park near Homestead. Water Lovers need to add Biscayne National Park to their Florida bucket list for snorkeling, kayaking, or boating. There are all sorts of tours offered here to explore the reefs and islands of this aquatic national park.

70. Dry Tortugas National Park near Key West. For the ultimate Florida experience, take a ferry or seaplane from Key West to explore historic Fort Jefferson on this island surrounded by crystal-clear waters.

71. Big Cypress National Preserve in Ochopee. Another South Florida gem. visit Big Cypress for hiking and wildlife viewing through the swamps and cypress forests.

72. Canaveral National Seashore in Titusville. Find some of the most pristine Florida beaches at this seashore on the space coast that’s perfect for exploration.

73. Castillo de San Marcos National Monument in St. Augustine. History buffs need to see Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States.

74. De Soto National Memorial in Bradenton. For a Florida learning experience, visit the memorial for Hernando de Soto’s expedition and check out the park trails.

75. Fort Caroline National Memorial in Jacksonville. Located in the Timucuan Historic Preserve, this memorial has information regarding the short-lived French presence in the area.

76. Fort Matanzas National Monument in St. Augustine. Just south of Castillo de San Marcos, you can take a boat ride to this historic fort on the water

77. Gulf Islands National Seashore in Gulf Breeze. Another national park great for breach bums, this panhandle area has stunning beaches and historic forts. 

78. Timucuan Historic Preserve in Jacksonville, For hiking or kayaking adventures, this national park is a treasure trove of natural beauty.

historical st. augustine things to do

Spend the Night Camping

Camping is the best way to immerse yourself in Florida’s nature and connect with family or friends. You can find dispersed campsites for free or pay a fee to camp at some of these Florida bucket list camping destinations:

79. Lake Louisa State Park in Clermont. Just thirty minutes from Orlando, there is no excuse not to camp or glamp at this enchanting spot! Paddle along the lake, hike amidst towering pines, and camp under a canopy of stars at this Central Florida state park.

80. Little Talbot Island State Park in Jacksonville. Experience camping at an undeveloped Barrier Island, where pristine beaches, dunes, and coastal forests create an idyllic setting for camping and relaxation.

81. Manatee Springs State Park in Chiefland. Set up camp in the heart of the big bend, home to diverse wildlife (including manatees!) and unique wetland landscapes that will leave you in awe.

82. Long Key State Park in Long Key. Camping in the Keys is an unforgettable experience and at Long Key, you can camp by the turquoise waters, snorkel along vibrant reefs, and witness breathtaking sunsets.

83. Fort De Soto Park in Tierra Verde. Discover the coastal beauty of Fort de Soto, where pristine beaches, dunes, and coastal forests create an idyllic setting for camping and relaxation.

84. Ginnie Springs in High Springs. Dive into freshwater bliss at Ginnie Springs, where camping along the Santa Fe River’s edge offers a chance to enjoy both water and land adventures.

camping at kissimmee prairie preserve

Museums, Aquariums, Lighthouses and Zoos

Next up, I have listed forty-six different Florida institutions to visit, such as zoos, aquariums, museums, and historical spots. Many of these are indoors, so it’s a great way to figure out some fun things to do in Florida on a rainy day. What all these places have in common is that they provide a unique Florida learning experience! Find a variety of ideas for whatever you are into below.

Go to a Florida Zoo

If you like animals, Florida has nine zoos to check out. Many offer unique activities that make for an exciting experience, like feeding an animal or kayaking through an enclosure! Here are the top Florida zoos to visit:

85. Brevard Zoo in Melbourne. My personal favorite, I love the immersive atmosphere of the Brevard Zoo and the add-on activity where you can kayak alongside giraffes!

kayak with giraffes at the brevard zoo

86. Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Sanford. This zoo combines animal encounters with beautifully landscaped gardens for a unique and educational experience.

87. ZooTampa at Lowry Park in Tampa. See elephants, penguins, koalas, and much more at this sprawling zoo!

88. Zoo Miami in Miami. Arguably the best zoo in Florida, Zoo Miami has big cats, big birds, and a big park to explore.

89. Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in Jacksonville. From its African Boardwalk to the Range of the Jaguar, this zoo in Jacksonville is a must-visit for animal enthusiasts.

90. Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens in Naples. Go on a primate expedition cruise and wanter through a historical tropical garden at this Southwest Florida zoo.

91. Sarasota Jungle Gardens in Sarasota. Learn more about the nature around you at this Floirda-focused zoo, home to flamingos, reptiles, and a petting zoo.

92. Palm Beach Zoo and Conservatory in West Palm Beach. Not to be overlooked, this small zoo in West Palm emphasizes conservation and offers encounters with animals from around the world.

93. St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park in St. Augustine. Bird and reptile lovers take note! This zoo has the most amazing rookery home to hundreds of wild birds and just about every alligator and crocodile species imaginable.

alligator farm st. augustine

Climb a Lighthouse

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

94. Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse in Jupiter, Florida. Nestled along the serene Jupiter Inlet, this lighthouse invites you to explore its history museum and embark on a climb that’s well worth the effort.

Jupiter Lighthouse and Museum

95. St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum in St. Augustine. The oldest and one of the most iconic lighthouses in Florida, don’t miss the chance to see stunning views from the top and explore its maritime museum.

96. Key West Lighthouse in Key West. Located in the heart of Key West, this lighthouse offers a glimpse into the island’s maritime history and rewards those who make it to the top with breathtaking vistas.

97. Cape Florida Lighthouse in Key Biscayne. A historic gem at the tip of Key Biscayne, enjoy both the lighthouse views and go for a swim when visiting this side of paradise.

98. Cape Canaveral Lighthouse in Cape Canaveral. Located on the Space Force base, scheduled tours are required but worth it to experience this active lighthouse.

99. Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse in Hillsboro. Situated along Pompano Beach, be sure to take a shuttle boat to tour this historic lighthouse.

100. Anclote Key Lighthouse in Anclote Key. Take a boat cruise to get up close to this Tamp Bay lighthouse built in 1887.

101. Pensacola Lighthouse in Pensacola. Perched on a historic naval base, this lighthouse is a beacon of history and panoramic views of the Gulf Coast.

102. Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse in Ponce Inlet. Being the tallest lighthouse in Florida at 175 feet, touring this New Smyrna Beach lighthouse is a must for any Florida Bucket List.

st. augustine lighthouse

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. These expansive galleries feature an array of exquisite art from many cultures and offer so much to learn about. Add the following art museums to your Florida bucket list.

103. The Dali in St. Petersburg. Every Floridian needs to visit this iconic museum, where you can find the largest collection of Dali’s surrealist works outside of Spain.

104. Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach. A haven of artistic treasures, art enthusiasts need to see this extensive collection spanning diverse genres and time periods.

palm beach culture

105. Cummer Museum of Art in Jacksonville. For a tranquil art experience, explore European and American paintings, decorative arts, and the stunning gardens of the Cummer Museum.

106. Perez Art Museum in Miami. Miami’s artistic heartbeat thrives at this waterfront museum, which boasts a modern architectural masterpiece and an equally impressive collection of contemporary and international art.

107. Orlando Museum of Art in Orlando. Nestled in the heart of Downtown Orlando, this museum offers an ever-changing range of exhibitions that span cultures and styles.

orlando museum of art

108. Tampa Museum of Art in Tampa. This museum bridges the gap between art and community engagement, with rotating exhibits and frequent events.

109. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. This impressive complex encompasses an art museum, a circus museum, a stunning mansion, and breathtaking gardens that will please any art or history fanatic.

110. Lightner Museum in St. Augustine. It’s only fitting that St. Augustine has an art museum paying homage to the Gilded Age that this town thrived in. Add it to your bucket list next time you visit the historic coast!

lightner museum st. augustine

Learn Something New at a Science Museum

Science Museums offer educational exhibits and interactive displays that can enrich anyone’s day. Both young and old will love exhibits with topics about space, dinosaurs, ecology, and physics. Here are the best science museums to visit in Florida.

111. Orlando Science Center in Orlando. Enjoy a fun and educational experience at this interactive museum with exhibits on energy, nature, dinosaurs, and more!

Orlando Science Center

112. Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville. A UF gem, be sure to add this Gainesville museum to your Florida bucket list where you can see fossils found in Florida, walk through a butterfly garden, and learn about the native people that were the first to reside in The Sunshine State.

113. Cox Science Center and Aquarium in West Palm Beach. From exploring the depths of the ocean to understanding the intricacies of the human brain, get ready for a full sensory experience at this Palm Beach attraction.

114. Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale. From digging for fossils to experiencing hurricane-force winds, this museum offers a range of hands-on activities that make science come alive. 

115. IMAG History and Science Center in Fort Myers. This hands-on science center encourages visitors to explore scientific concepts through experimentation and play, with exhibits like the STEM lab and aquatic touch tanks.

116. Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa. This museum is a haven for science lovers of all ages with a planetarium, IMAX theater, and a “Mission Moonbase” experience where you can explore the lunar surface!

cox science center mosaic

Visit an Aquarium

Check out one of 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. Below are the best aquariums to visit in Florida.

117. SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium in Orlando. Experience Florida’s only 360-degree aquarium tunnel at this iconic park haven for budding marine biologists.

118. The Florida Aquarium in Tampa. This immersive experience is a must-visit Florida experience, with everything from coral reefs to wetlands exhibits.

119. The Turtle Hospital in Marathon. My favorite aquarium in Florida, this rescue and rehab facility teaches you all about Florida sea turtles and gives you an up-close look at the hatchlings and adults they have rescued.

sea turtle hospital marathon

120. Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater. This aquarium is dedicated to marine life rescue and rehabilitation and offers guests of all ages to see and learn about rescued dolphins, turtles, otters, and more up close.

121. Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota. Discover the wonders of marine research and conservation at this aquarium home to manatees, sea turtles, sharks, and alligators.

122. St. Augustine Aquarium in St. Augustine. Learn all about aquatic life at this museum which offers guided marine biologist tours, and snorkeling with fish and rays!

123. Miami Seaquarium in Miami. From dolphin encounters to sea lion shows, Miami Seaquarium offers a range of marine experiences and lively shows.

124. Key West Aquarium in Key West. This small yet captivating aquarium focuses on marine life found in the Florida Keys and even includes a touch tank where you can see local sea life up close.

Orlando indoor aquarium with tropical fish

Go to A Children’s Museum

For kids who love to be creative, Florida has some amazing children’s museums. These themed play areas 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. Here are the best Children’s Museums to experience in Florida.

125. Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa. Experience an imaginative wonderland where kids can role-play as firefighters, doctors, artists, and more. 

126. Miami Children’s Museum in Miami. From a miniature cruise ship to a bank, this Miami museum is a haven of interactive exhibits that blend learning and play seamlessly

127. Florida Children’s Museum in Lakeland. A space that encourages kids to explore their interests, whether it’s arts and crafts, science experiments, or virtual creation.

128. The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast in Jensen Beach. Designed for interactive learning, this museum features exhibits on local ecosystems, health, and even a pretend grocery store for kids to shop in.

129. Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples. An oasis of imagination where kids can build, climb, and explore in a dynamic environment indoors or a garden outdoors.

130. Hands-on Children’s Museum in Jacksonville. This interactive museum allows kids to take on roles as firefighters, astronauts and waiters while learning about community roles.

131. Great Explorations in St. Petersburg. A delightful blend of science, art, and play awaits, where little explorers can splash around in the water exhibit or unleash their inner artist in the art studio.

Foodie Things to Do in Florida

If you have been a longtime reader, you know I am a foodie and love to find unique cuisine all over Florida! This section is for people like me looking for different things to eat and drink. I have included thirty-six experiences, food halls, festivals, wineries, distilleries, and breweries to add to your Florida bucket list. Keep in mind, that this section is mainly for adults, but there are a few family-friendly options.

132. Go on 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 party!

little havana miami culinary tour

Go to a Food Hall

Another delicious experience on my Florida bucket list 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. I’ve been to a lot of Florida food halls and think the ones below are the best for your own bucket list.

133. Armature Works in Tampa. My personal favorite, add this foodie paradise to your Florida bucket list, where you can find a variety of stalls dishing up everything from vegan barbecue to poke bowls.

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134. Grandview Public Market in West Palm Beach. A haven for food enthusiasts, this market boasts an impressive array of cuisines and community events, including yoga, music, and bingo.

135. The Citadel in Miami. A hidden gem in Little Haiti, this food hall has a variety of international offerings that will tantalize your taste buds.

136. 1-800-LUCKY in Wynwood. Transport yourself to East Asia with a visit to this Wynwood food hall, which has everything from Japanese Taiyaki to Peaking duck bao buns.

137. The Lincoln Eatery in Miami Beach. A hub of gastronomic wonders, with an assortment of stalls offering global eats that’ll satisfy even the most discerning palate.

138. Sistrunk Marketplace in Fort Lauderdale. An innovative space where the culinary creations are plentiful and foodie experiences like global pairings and cocktail tastings are always on the calendar.

sistrunk marketplace fort lauderdale

Visit a Vineyard for a Wine Tasting

You do not have to go all the way to California for a wine tasting, 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 vineyards to add to your Florida bucket list.

139. Summer Crush Vineyard in Fort Pierce. Tour and enjoy the laidback vibes of this family-owned winery that frequently hosts live music and weekend festivals.

140. Whispering Oaks Winery in Oxford. Renowned for its blueberry wines, this rustic winery offers tours and tastings that delve into its winemaking process.

141. Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards in Clermont. Known as Florida’s largest premium winery, Lakeridge offers award-winning wines, guided tours, and stunning views of the vineyards.

142. Schnebly Redland’s Winery in Homestead. Add this tropical paradise to your Florida bucket list where you can try unique wines crafted from exotic fruits in lush surroundings.

143. Bunker Hill Vineyard and Winery in Parish. Known as America’s “Greenest Winery”, take a visit and try a few of their forty unfiltered, natural, vegan, and gluten-free fruit and grape wines.

quantum leap winery orlando

Taste Your Way Through the Chocolate Factory

If you have a sweet tooth, visit a Chocolate Museum for a unique Florida experience. 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! Check out the two Florida chocolate factories below for bucket list-worthy experiences.

144. Chocolate Museum and Cafe in Orlando. A chocolate factory like no other, visit this Orlando attraction to take a chocolate-making tour, see sculptures made of chocolate, and then sample different kinds! It’s such a hidden gem once you have experienced all the touristy parts of Orlando.

145. Whetstone Chocolates Tasting Tour in St. Augustine. Another awesome place for chocaholics is the Whetstone Chocolate Tour. You get to see the factory where chocolates are made and taste a variety of flavors. This is my favorite chocolate shop in Florida, so at the very least, be sure to try some from here!

146. Take a Monorail Bar Crawl

Though Disney World is a costly affair for many, you can actually experience a few areas of it without a ticket. Head to one of the Magic Kingdom area hotels and embark on a monorail bar crawl. Here, you can take a free monorail ride and see each of the resorts, take photos, get drinks, and even see the Magic Kingdom fireworks show. Check out my full monorail bar crawl guide here. 

disney monorail crawl

147. Have Dinner and See a Show at Medieval Times

For a family-friendly Orlando experience, 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!

Tour a Distillery

Another great way to try something new is to visit 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 some to add to your bucket list.

148. St. Augustine Distillery in St. Augustine. Steeped in history, this distillery offers guided tours that walk you through their small-batch distillation process while handing out plenty of free samples.

149. Wicked Dolphin Rum in Cape Coral. Add this distillery to your bucket list, where you can experience the essence of Florida with craft spirits made from locally sourced ingredients. 

150. Marlin & Barrel Distillery in Fernandina Beach. With a focus on small-batch spirits, this distiller provides a cozy setting for tours and tastings.

151. St. Petersburg Distillery in St. Petersburg. Delve into the world of handcrafted spirits with tastings and cocktail-making classes at this Tampa Bay distillery.

152. Papa’s Pilar Rum Distillery in Key West. Located in the heart of Key West, this distillery offers tours that showcase its unique tropical-inspired spirits. The vibe here is laid-back and the flavors are vibrant.

st. augustine distillery tour

Go to a Food or Drink Festival

 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 experience. Florida has some of the best in the country too! Every Floridian should cross these Florida food and wine festivals off their bucket list.

153. Epcot International Food and Wine Festival in Orlando. An obvious Florida bucket list item is to go to Epcot for the Food and Wine Festival. This event occurs every fall and gives guests the opportunity to try cuisines from around the world while exploring Epcot.

154. South Beach Wine and Food Festival in Miami. The other renowned Florida foodie fest is Miami Beach’s event where celebrity chefs gather each year to show off gourmet cuisines.

155. St. Augustine Food and Wine Festival in St. Augustine. For a more casual yet equally delightful experience, explore the culinary offerings of the Historic Coast while enjoying live music and a lively atmosphere.

156. Key West Food and Wine Festival in Key West. If you can visit Key West for their food and wine festival, you are in for a treat! This laid-back event that showcases the island’s culinary wonders is a tasty festival for all.

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Visit a Florida Brewery

If you’re like me, you appreciate a good brew as much as you love exploring new places. Florida is not only known for its stunning beaches and theme parks but also for its thriving craft beer scene. Add these breweries to your Florida bucket list for an unforgettable tasting experience.

157. Civil Society Brewing Co. in Jupiter and West Palm Beach. My personal favorite, check out either Palm Beach taproom for juicy IPAs and an artsy vibe.

civil society best Florida brewery

158. Angry Chair Brewing in Tampa. Renowned for its sours and IPAs, this cozy spot offers a taproom that’s equal parts laid-back and eclectic.

159. J. Wakefield Brewing in Miami. Known for their bold, fruit-infused creations, this Star Wars-themed taproom is a South Florida must-visit.

160. Deviant Wolfe Brewing in Sanford. Central Florida’s brewery gem with an industrial-chic taproom and a variety of beer styles.

deviant wolfe beer

161. Cycle Brewing in St. Petersburg. Try the rich stouts and hoppy delights that have earned this brewery a cult following.

162. Swamp Head Brewery in Gainesville. Quirky and fun, this local favorite offers a variety of creative beers and a chill outdoor atmosphere.

163. Green Bench Brewing Co. in St. Petersburg. Relax in their spacious beer garden while sipping on a variety of their carefully crafted offerings.

164. Sideward Brewing Co. in Orlando. Delve into their rotating selection of innovative brews and enjoy the chill, warehouse-style atmosphere.

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165. Sailfish Brewing Co. in Fort Pierce and Vero Beach. A slice of Florida in your pint glass with a range of sippable brews.

166. Intracoastal Brewing Company in Melbourne. Experience this Space Coast hidden gem with a biergarten and a variety of crazy flavors.

167. Aardwolf Brewing Company in Jacksonville. Visit Jacksonville’s treasure, where they boast a variety of unique and experimental beers.

168. Tripping Animals Brewing Co. in Miami. Iconic and innovative, this Miami brewery’s creations are a must-try for any beer enthusiast.

tripping animals miami

Unique Things to Do in Florida

This next section is kind of a stretch but basically, it is some random other things to do in Florida on my bucket list. Many will not be for everyone (like the Crayola experience for adults or the helicopter tour for those afraid of heights), but they are unique things that Florida has to offer. Here are sixteen things to do in Florida to add to your bucket list.

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! Try and see a game at every team.

169. Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa. See a football game in the fall or winter at Raymond James Stadium.

170. Miami Marlins in Tampa. Baseball games occur at LoanDepot Park from April through September every year.

171. Orlando City Soccer in Orlando. Always a fun time, head to Orlando in the spring through fall to see a soccer game at Exploria Stadium.

orlando soccer game

172. Miami Heat in Miami. For an NBA game, get tickets to see the Heat at the Kaseya Center in Miami every winter and spring.

173. Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville. Another Florida NFL team, the Jaguars play at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville every fall and winter.

174. Florida Panthers in Sunrise. Hockey fans can see the Florida Panthers play at FLA Live Area in the fall, winter, or spring.

175. Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg. Over in St. Petersburg, the Tampa Bay Rays play at Tropicana Stadium every spring through fall.

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176. Orlando Magic in Orlando. For a magical experience, watch this Orlando NBA team compete at the Amway Center.

177. Miami Dolphins in Miami. For football in South Florida, watch the Dolphins play at the Hard Rock Stadium.

178. Tampa Bay Lighting in Tampa. See the Stanley Cup champs play at the Ameliae Arena every hockey season.

179. Inter Miami CF in Miami. If you want to see the iconic Lionel Messi, try and get tickets to an Inter Miami game at the DRV PNK Stadium.

180. Orlando Pride in Orlando. The only NWSL team in Florida, go see a soccer game at Exploria Stadium and some world cup players!

181. Run a Race

Whether you walk a 5K or run a marathon, everyone needs to participate in a Florida race! You can do a RunDisney race through the parks, a half marathon on the beach and so many more. Find a uniquely Florida race to cross off your bucket list.

half marathon cocoa beach florida

182. Take a Helicopter Tour

If you’re looking to take your Florida bucket list 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, and the Florida Keys. Whether you’re flying solo or sharing the experience with friends and family, a helicopter ride adds an exhilarating touch of adventure to your life. 

183. Go on a Spooky Ghost Tour

For a spooky, supernatural experience, take a ghost tour in St. Augustine! With so many historic buildings, this is one of the best places to go on a ghost tour in Florida.

Spooky things to do in central florida

184. Get Colorful at the Crayola Experience

For a creative experience, 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 crayons, and climbing in the playground.

185. Take a Visit to WonderWorks

Another 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.

Theme Parks

Florida has five large theme park complexes, each with dozens of rides and entertaining shows. I wanted to break out the fourteen different theme parks and water parks to visit and share the best things about all of them. Every Florida bucket list should have some theme parks, as they are part of what makes Florida special!

Visit a Disney Theme Park

First, the theme park that started them all. There might not be a theme park complex in Florida without Walt Disney’s purchase of land in Orlando back in the 1960’s. Disney World has grown and changed a lot since then and now there are four theme parks and two water parks to visit. Try and go to all of them to see what makes the Disney theme parks unique!

186. Magic Kingdom: Everyone needs to experience the most magical place on earth, 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!

magic kingdom fireworks at disney world

187. Epcot: The second Disney World theme park to open in Florida was Epcot, and this park is a hit, especially for foodies. This is thanks to the frequent festivals that feature food, drinks, entertainment, and more, that fit each festival’s theme. However, 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

188. Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Thrill seekers would find Hollywood Studios to be the ideal Disney World park to visit. 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 also love the uniquely immersive lands in this park.

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189. Disney’s Animal Kingdom: If seeing lions, tigers, and bears sounds like a fun theme park experience to you, Animal Kingdom is the one 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 experience, 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

190. Typhoon Lagoon: Water Parks are another great Disney World theme park to experience, 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

191. Blizzard Beach: The other Disney World water park you can visit 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!

Visit a Universal Orlando Theme Park

Universal Orlando used to be Disney World’s little brother, but it has grown up a lot and now is worthy of a weeklong vacation! With currently two theme parks and one water park, you can find plenty of thrills at Universal Orlando. I would recommend visiting them all, but if you do not have enough time, read on to find the best park for you.

192. Universal Studios: The Universal Orlando Resort is another must-add to your Florida bucket list. 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

193. 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 day here and can experience all the thrills.

jurassic world velocicoaster ride at islands of adventure

194. Volcano Bay: By far the best water park I have ever been to, Volcano Bay is another theme park you have to visit. 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

Visit Other Florida Theme Parks

Lastly, this section has all the other Florida theme parks to add to your bucket list. None of these are as sprawling as Disney World or Universal Orlando, but they each have a unique theme and experiences you cannot find elsewhere. You may disagree with some of the places I am calling “theme parks”, but they all have some sort of ride, so I would count them.

195. SeaWorld: Another great Florida theme park to visit is SeaWorld Orlando. This park has some crazy roller coasters, water rides, and tons of aquatic exhibits. Whether you like animals or thrills, SeaWorld should be on your bucket list.

seaworld ray exhibit

196. Discovery Cove: This next one is a splurge but I still have it on my Florida bucket list.. 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 luxurious day in the sun!

197. LegoLand: If you want a family-friendly theme park day, LegoLand is a worthwhile experience. This theme park is mainly kid-oriented 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 comprises 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.

198. Busch Gardens: For an epic day of thrills and excitement, spend the day 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. This one is in Tampa and has a lot to offer for theme park lovers on the Gulf Coast.

199. 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. With so much history, this is an essential Florida experience.

Kennedy Space Center Apollo Center

200. 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. 

Florida Places to Go

The last section of this bucket list is all places to visit in Florida. I have narrowed down twenty-three quintessential Florida destinations that are worth at least a day trip. Add some or all of these to your bucket list to make sure you travel far and wide across the Sunshine State.

Beach Towns

There is nothing like the Florida coast and each beach town along it has its own personality and attractions. These eight beach towns are among the cutest and most unique in Florida. For a day at the beach, I would aim to check out each of these options at some point.

201. Siesta Key: Beach bums can enjoy a Florida experience 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 day with a sunset view!

202. Cocoa Beach: Though there are tons of beautiful beaches in Central Florida, for a gnarly beach day, 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

203: Naples: If you want to check out a relaxing Florida beach town, Naples would be my pick. This coastal spot 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.

204. Seaside: For a charming visit to the Emerald Coast, Seaside offers stunning white sands and a plethora of water activities. Though smaller than other panhandle spots, Seaside is perfect for a lowkey day of biking and swimming.

205. Jupiter: I might be biased because we got married here, but Jupiter has everything you want from a Florida beach town! The water is warm with gentle waves, there are tons of seafood shacks by the water and you will probably see dolphins or turtles! Snorkel enthusiasts especially should add this spot to their Florida bucket list.

Jupiter Florida from Above

206. Sanibel: Located in Southwest Florida, the adorable town of Sanibel is known for being the best place to find seashells. Locals collect sand dollars, conch shells and everything in between that can be found daily on the coast. In addition to gorgeous beaches, there are all sorts of charming cafes and quirky watering holes throughout the island.

207. Clearwater Beach: Like a family-friendly version of Miami, Clearwater Beach has some of the nicest beaches in the country. In addition to white sand and glassy water, you can also take a dolphin cruise and enjoy the bustling pier.

clearwater beach day trip

208. Amelia Island: For a trip back in time, Amelia Island is a must-visit beach town to see the Victorian architecture and maritime heritage. You can completely unplug on this Atlantic Coast island where many boat to dinner. Be sure to get some fresh shrimp and visit the country’s oldest saloon once you are here!


Being the third most populous state, Florida has a surprising amount of large cities. These hubs can be both places to work and live and tourist attractions. I have identified the ten cities that make Florida unique and added them to this Florida Bucket List. Spend a day at each to understand what I mean!

209. Orlando: With theme parks, Michelin-star restaurants, and fun attractions galore, Orlando is a must-visit city in Florida. You can check out Disney World, Universal, or a Water Park or experience the lively Downtown section of this city. There is so much to see here and if you need help narrowing it down, check out my Ultimate Guide to Orlando.

downtown orlando restaurants church street

210. Tampa: One of my favorite cities in Florida is Tampa, and it should be on every Florida Bucket List! 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 downtown.

211: Miami: Another no-brainer for a Florida Bucket Lists 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 live it up. 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 if you have never been.

Miami Beach art deco tour

212: 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, including multiple items on this bucket list!

213: Key West: This island is the ultimate Florida 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. You can find everything from a mix of music, history, cuisine, and nightlife.

key west sunset

214: West Palm Beach: For those who want to experience Florida style, West Palm Beach is a luxurious spot to check out. Though you can go all out with a stay at The Breakers, there are also plenty of ways to experience West Palm without splurging. Between a day at the beach, shopping on Worth Avenue, world-class museums and gardens, or going for a scuba dive, there are so many ways to enjoy West Palm Beach/

215. Destin: If you are an inspiring mermaid, Destin is a place you will want to be. You can relax on the powdery white sands of Henderson Beach State Park, go shopping at the boutiques of Destin Commons, or cruise 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,”, known for its lively atmosphere and coastal cuisine.

216. Fort Lauderdale: The vibrant city of Fort Lauderdale is just the place for an iconic Florida experience. My go-to 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. Bonus points for seeing the Mermaid Show at the Wreck Bar!

fort lauderdale beach things to do

217. St. Petersburg: Another fun city to explore in Florida 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 dinner on the water.

218. Sarasota: For a mix of art, history, and beaches, Sarasota is a must-visit Florida city. There are few other places where you can go from a European Art museum to a beach in less than ten minutes and then go for fine dining afterward. Sarasota has something for everyone and I recommend checking it out, especially if you are on the Gulf Coast.

hyatt sarasota amenities

Quirky Spots

Last of all it would not be Florida without some Florida man experiences! These final six bucket list items are places to go for a distinct vibe you can’t find elsewhere in the state. Though quirky may not correctly define all of them, it’s worth pointing out these beloved towns that have their own kind of charm.

219. Mount Dora: Nestled in the heart of Central Florida, Mount Dora is a throwback to a bygone era. Its vintage charm is a magnet for antique lovers and art enthusiasts alike. Stroll down the streets lined with quaint shops, and don’t miss the charming boat tours on Lake Dora.

220. Crystal River: For a Florida 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 in Crystal River.

swim with crystal river manatees

221. Christmas: Believe it or not, there is a Florida town called Christmas! The festive spirit is alive here, with holiday decorations adorning streets and stores all year long. Get your dose of holiday cheer any time you visit!

222. Tarpon Springs: Known for its strong Greek heritage, this town boasts delicious Greek cuisine, sponge diving demonstrations, and a unique Mediterranean atmosphere that transports you to the Mediterranean. This is a must-visit for foodies and history buffs alike with fascinating tours and amazing Greek restaurants.

223. Flagler Beach: Small but mighty, Flagler Beach is the embodiment of laid-back coastal living. Beach bums will love taking a visit here, where they can enjoy the surf and sand without the crowds. Be sure to get there early to see the sunrise and enjoy a seafood lunch by the water.

flagler beach bed and breakfast access

224. Fernandina Beach: Historic and quirky, Fernandina Beach offers a blend of maritime history and bohemian vibes. If you take a trip to Jacksonville, add this town to your bucket list, as you can easily spend a whole day sightseeing here.

Know Before You Go: Bucket List Things to Do in Florida

I hope you enjoyed my ultimate Florida Bucket List with over two hundred ideas for things to do in Florida! This probably still does not cover everything there is to do in Florida, so leave a comment if you think I missed any. I would love to see how many spots others have visited. Personally, I have crossed off 110 items on this Florida bucket list exactly! Before you get started crossing off items on your own, keep these tips in mind.

  • While exploring, make sure to leave nature undisturbed and always pick up trash. You can take shells home if you like, but make sure there are no living organisms in the shells when you do!
  • Keep an eye on the weather whenever you are out and about. 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.
  • No matter what you are doing in Florida, you will probably want to bring sunscreen and bug spray. I like reef-safe Sun Bum and these bug-repellent wipes.
  • Popular attractions, restaurants, and tours can get booked up quickly, especially during spring break and the holidays. Make reservations in advance to avoid disappointment.
  • Even if you are not bringing a picnic lunch, I always recommend packing a cooler with drinks and a couple of snacks for day trips. This way you can enjoy nice, cold water or seltzer on the drive back!
  • 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!

Let me know what’s on your Florida bucket list below! For more Florida activity ideas, check out my Florida Day Trips Guide.

Things to do in Florida Bucket List