Getting your driver’s license is a big deal. It takes a lot of work to earn, including taking online drivers ed classes, a written test, a road test, and many hours of driving practice. Once all the requirements are passed and you have your license in hand, you should take a road trip to celebrate. Living in Florida is a big benefit because there are plenty of great destinations for taking a quick road trip. Need some suggestions? Here are five of the top places to visit in Florida.
1. Dry Tortugas National Park
This National Park is in Key West has a unique form of ecology, the seven reef islands. These form an archipelago which is a special group of islands. This is a unique piece of ocean ecology for any budding ecologists, geographers, or oceanographers in your group. While in Key West, don’t forget to stop by the famous Key West lighthouse and the colorful marker for the southernmost point of the continental United States.
One of the most popular events in Florida is the Dayton 500. This Nascar Race draws a crowd from all over the country to watch as racers drive their cars extremely fast around a racetrack. If you are looking to make a road trip in February, schedule it at a time to see the race. Not interested in watching the race? Daytona is home to some of the most beautiful beaches. Although, if you aren’t coming for the race, hold off until the area is less crowded.
3. The Colonial Quarter
Why not include a little education into your road trip? The Colonial Quarter of St. Augustine is a great place to learn about Florida’s history during the 1500s to 1700s. Stop in an see the different museums dedicated to Ponce de Leon and other maritime explorers. Visitors can even see a replica of a 16th century boat used by the famous travelers. Want a more interactive experience? Check out the Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park.
4. Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society
While you have probably been to plenty of zoos in your life, this one is a unique experience for everyone on your trip. Located in West Palm Beach, this location has more than 700 animals from all over the world. See animals in their habitats on a safari through the African animal areas. Interact with the animals at the petting zoo or by feeding the giraffes. There are rides and restaurants located inside too, so you can spend an entire day here.
Once you have enough experience driving, Orlando is a definite must-do for a road trip in Florida. There is a reason this city is such a vacation hotspot for travelers. There are several great stops here, including Gator World and Universal Studios. The most popular place to go though in Disney World. No matter who is on your trip with you or what age they are, these places are a fun way to spend your time.
Having a Florida driver’s license means having plenty of opportunities to drive to fun locations. Once you have permission to take a trip, Florida has plenty of attractions, beaches, and National Parks for travel. These five destinations are just the beginning, with many more possibilities around the state.