This page lists popular kids day trips from Gainesville. Listings include springs, beaches, theme parks, water parks, animal parks and zoos museums and other popular destinations.
Adventure Island Water Park
10001 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa, FL 33612 / (888) 800-5447
Adventure Landing Shipwreck Island
1944 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
5800 Water Play Way, Orlando, FL 32821 / (888) 800-5447
Big Cat Rescue Sanctuary
12802 Easy Street, Tampa, FL 33625
3852 NE 172nd Court, Williston, Fl. 32696 / (352) 528-5704
Blue Springs Park
7450 NE 60th Street, High Springs, FL 32643 / (386) 454-1369
(4 miles west of High Springs on County Road 340)
(4 miles west of High Springs on County Road 340)
6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee, FL 34606 - (352) 592-5956
10165 N McKinley Dr., Tampa, FL 33612 / (888) 800-5447
Cedar Key is one of the oldest ports in the state, and when Florida's first railroad connected it to the east coast, it became a major supplier of seafood and timber products to the northeast. Today it has become a haven for artists and writers who find the unspoiled environment inspirational to their work. Many people visit each year to walk the historic streets browse the shops and galleries, explore the back bayous and enjoy the world-famous restaurants featuring seafood fresh from local waters.
Central Florida Zoo
Tropical Splash Ground: Kids of all ages will enjoy staying cool as they splash around the watery playground. The Splash Ground features unique water sources resembling some of the local residents and former residents of the Zoo! Located at the front of the Zoo, the Splash Ground was designed for those hot and humid days in Florida when you just want to cool off. The Tropical Splash Ground includes an alligator, frog, hippopotamus, raining trees, water tunnel and a bucket dump and is just waiting for children-of-all-ages to enjoy.
3755 NW Hwy 17-92, Sanford FL 32747 / (407) 323-4450
Crystal River is known for snorkeling or swimming with the manatees, one of mother natures most amazing creatures, right here in Crystal River. Kayak with dolphins, or take a fishing trip for some of the most amazing redfish, trout, shark, tarpon and bonefish. Snook fishing is in the area. Citrus County is known as "Mother Nature's Theme Park" and is the only place in the world where interaction with the manatee is encouraged. Come see the real Florida the way it was meant to be lived. Crystal River also has a strong fishing community. Whether it's fishing from a kayak, or with an experienced guide, Crystal River is known for record breaking catches of tarpon, reds and trout. Crystal River is also known for great sea food and even better hospitality. The Crystal River area also has over 30 on-the-water restaurants between the towns of Crystal River and Homosassa Springs. There are over 60 plus restaurants on the water and off the water, giving you incredible options for takeout or eating in.
Daytona Beach Area
Daytona Beach is the perfect place for family fun. Activities include the beach, water park, go-kart tracks, parasailing, miniature golf, the planetarium and much more! With over twenty miles of wide sandy beach, wall-to-wall motels, and inviting aquamarine water, Daytona is the ultimate beach town and one of the biggest draws in Florida. Daytona's other big draw is auto racing. The Daytona International Speedway hosts a number of high-profile racing events, most notably the world-famous Daytona 500 in February. Motorsports fans can visit the impressive Daytona USA, which is a $20 million dollar racing museum featuring celebrated racecars and interactive displays.
The pleasant year-around temperature of 72 degrees in the Den allows comfortable diving, winter or summer. On cold winter mornings you can see steam, like smoke, rising from the cave's chimney. Hence, the early settlers called the place Devil's Den.
You'll find open water and cavern diving at its best & will be fascinated by the rock formations with stalactites and 33 million year old fossil beds, truly a natural wonder.
5390 NE 180th Avenue, Williston, Fl. 32696 / (352) 528-3344
6000 Discovery Cove Way, Orlando, FL 32821 / (877) 557-7404
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Osceola Parkway,Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disney’s Blizzard Beach
1500 W Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
1200 Epcot Resort Blvd, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 / (407) 939-6244
Disney's Hollywood Studios
351 South Studio Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 / (407) 939-6244
Disney's Magic Kingdom
3111 World Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830 / (407) 939-6244
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon
1494 E Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
18020 N.W. Highway 19, Fanning Springs, Florida 32693 / (352) 463-3420
14501 South Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32837 / (407) 855-5496
7300 NE Ginnie Springs Rd, High Springs, FL 32643 / (386) 454-7188
Glazer Children's Museum
110 Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, Florida 33602 / (813) 443-3861
Green Meadows Farm
1368 South Poinciana Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34746 / (407) 846-0770
Hands-On Children's Museum
- Kids Mini Bank: Act like a Bank Teller and give loans or open an account, write checks or make deposits in your new account.
- Winn Dixie Lil' Grocery: Pick up a grocery cart and shop for tonights dinner. Then act like the cashier and ring up your groceries on the real cash registers and real conveyor belts.
- Kids U. S. Postal Office: Write letters and mail them in the mail box. Act like the Mail Carrier and sort and deliver the mail.
- KIDS TV / Radio Newsroom: Sit behind the News desk and give the Weather, Sports or Local News. See yourself on the TV monitor or give the news over the Radio Mic.
- You're the Star Stage: Dress up in one of over 50 costumes and put on a show for the audience on the Stage.
- Wheelchair Basketball: Play basketball in a wheelchair. Challenge someone to a game and see who will win.
- S.S. Spinghetti: Climb aboard the boat and sail around the world.
- Puppet Stage: Put on a puppet show with one or more of over 50 puppets or in our Castle Puppet Stage and then build your own castle.
- First Adventures Toddler Room: A play room just for children up to age 3 with a built in play house, a 5' doll house, a GIANT CATERPILLAR you can crawl through, a castle and more!
- 50's Cafe': Take orders for lunch in the bright red 50's Cafe'.
- McDonalds' Climbing Tubes and Ball Pit: Have fun climbing the Pink, Green and Red Tubes or jumping in the Ball Pit.
- KIDS Jacksonville Fire Department: Walk up the Ramp and Climb down the Fireman's Pole. Put on a fire hat, boots and a jacket and then drive the fire engine.
- 8' Train and 2 Train Tables: Buy a ticket from the Train Ticket Booth and take a ride on the train or play with one of our 2 train tables.
- Jacksonville Police Kid's Substation: Ride in the Police car, Call out License Numbers over the Police Radio.
- Play checkers, have a Tea party, play on the Gears Table and more...
8580 Beach Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32216 / (904) 642-2688
Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 S. Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa, Florida 34446 / (352) 628-5343
12087 S.W. US Hwy 27, Fort White, Florida 32038 / (386) 497-4690.
As the largest city in land area in the U.S., Jacksonville offers a wealth of attractions and recreational opportunities. A predominant waterfront gives convenient access to boat cruises, riverfront boardwalks, fish camps, and offshore fishing. For sports fans, Jacksonville is the home of the NFL Jaguars, as well as college football's Gator Bowl Classic. Other points of interest include: Jacksonville Landing, a waterfront marketplace with unique shops and restaurants; the Jacksonville Zoological Gardens; Adventure Landing amusement park; plus a number of local museums and historical sites. And don't forget, the golden sand of Jacksonville Beach is just a short drive away.
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Play Park and Splash Ground: Climb, jump and get wet in the 4,000 square-foot Splash Ground. Find your way through two mazes and discover and create in the Discovery Center. Climb into a tree house or climb on the rock wall in the Forest Play area, watch the river otters through a tunnel window as they swim overhead, groom and pet the pygmy goats in the Animal Care area and enjoy kid-friendly food from the Play Park Café.
370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32218 / (904) 757-4463
Kennedy Space Center
•The Apollo/Saturn V Center, where the incredible accomplishments of the Apollo moon program return to life.
•IMAX® theaters, where you can feel the thrill of space exploration on five-story screens as you "float' alongside NASA astronauts.
•Guided tours into exclusive areas for a behind-the-scenes look at Kennedy Space Center's working space flight facilities.
•Interactive space flight simulators at the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®
SR 405, Kennedy Space Center, FL, 32899 / (866) 737-5235
Lafayette Blue Springs
799 N.W. Blue Spring Road, Mayo, Florida 32066 / 386-294-3667
One LEGOLAND Way, Winter Haven Florida 33884www.florida.legoland.com/en/
Lowry Park Zoo
River Odyssey Eco-Tour: The "Sirenia", named after the Order that manatees come from, will take wildlife enthusiasts on a boat ride adventure where they can see river turtles, hawks, herons, manatees and dozens of other animals that call the Hillsborough River.
Rides: Besides our wonderful animal residents, the Zoo also offers fun rides for all ages. Whether you take a camel ride in Safari Africa or soar high above the Zoo on the Skyfari Skyride, there are lots of fun things to do all around Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo!
Woolshed Playground in Wallaroo Station will keep "ewe" and your little one busy with exciting slides, tunnels and ladders all themed after an Aussie sheep-shearing operation. Plus, there are two water plash parks nearby for kids of all ages.
1101 W. Sligh Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604 / (813) 935-8552
Manatee Springs State Park is located at the end of S.R. 320, off U.S. 98, six miles west of Chiefland.
9600 Oceanshore Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080 / (904) 471-1111
The Body Within Enter through MOSH’s larger than life mouth, stroll down the digestive tract, and exit out the rear! Learn all about our bodies and how they work with hands-on interactive fun.
Water Worlds Explore the underwater world of the first coast in MOSH’s permanent aquarium exhibit. Multiple aquariums will represent the many fascinating water habitats and live aquatic animals found throughout Florida and beyond.
Currents of Time Go back in time as you take a walk through the history of Jacksonville and Northeast Florida. From our earliest settlers over 12,000 years ago to modern day events, students will learn how this area of land we call Jacksonville became the city it is today!
Atlantic Tails Dive into this exhibit and meet Fermata, our life-sized right whale, along with her baby. You will be greeted by other marine mammals as well and be able to see real life marine skeletons.
JEA Aqua Expo Experience how water works without getting wet!
The Loft Gallery This changing exhibit space houses artifacts from MOSH’s very own history collection as well as objects on loan from other historical institutions.
Florida Naturalist’s Center Meet all of MOSH’s resident live animals. Owls, snakes, turtles, tortoises, and alligators- just to name a few- are all native to Florida.
1025 Museum Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32207 / (904) 396-MOSH
• Learn through play inside Kids In Charge!, the largest children’s science center in the nation.
• Brave extreme weather conditions inside Disasterville, featuring WeatherQuest—a 10,000 square foot exhibition on the science behind tornados, hurricanes, wildfires and much more!
• Guests can harness themselves onto a bicycle along a 98-foot-long steel cable, suspended 30 feet above ground on MOSI’s High Wire Bike, the longest in a U.S. museum.
• Challenge your sense of adventure by walking on the wild side at the new Sky Trail® Ropes Course.
• Enter into an engineered ecosystem in the BioWorks Butterfly Garden and view multiple kinds of free-flying butterflies.
• Learn about the human body in all its complexity, from DNA to organs in The Amazing You, an Exhibition of the Human Body.
• Take in an astronomy show in The Saunders Planetarium and gaze into the starry nighttime sky.
• Plus, visit Florida's only IMAX® Dome Theatre. The IMAX® Dome motion picture system projects images of unsurpassed size, clarity and impact onto a dome shaped screen providing 10,500 square feet of visual imagery.
4801 E. Fowler Avenue - Tampa, Florida 33617 / (813) 987-6000
Experience engaging family attractions such the Fun Factory of Ocala, Chuck-E-Cheese and Silver Springs theme park. Or get out and enjoy an endless array of hiking, biking, birding, kayaking and other outdoor activities.
Orlando is a perfect destination for family vacations! Whether you're traveling with the kids, or have multiple generations rolling in the same minivan, Orlando offers several attractions and activities that can be enjoyed by the whole gang. Theme parks have a tendency to bring out the kid in everyone, while other nearby attractions such as Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center will capture the imagination of any individual, whether seven or 70. Don't forget about the dinner shows, outdoor adventure parks, museums, and many other local attractions that make Orlando special.
Live Oak, Florida 32060 / (386) 776-2194
28800 NW 182nd Avenue, High Springs, Fl 32643
19158 S.W. 81st Pl. Rd., Dunnellon, Florida 34432 / (352) 465-8555
7007 SeaWorld Drive, Orlando, FL 32821 / (800) 327-2424
No matter what your age, there are plenty of rides and attractions at Silver Springs that will make you laugh, fill you with wonder, and provide a glimpse into what life was like here more than 10,000 years ago. Just as they did then, the springs pump out 550 million gallons of sparkling-clear water a day-enough to supply the entire city of New York. Surrounding the springs is a marvelous diversity of animals and nature you simply won’t find anywhere else. Come and explore the stunning beauty of Florida in its natural state.
5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Silver Springs, FL 34488 / (352) 236-2121www.silversprings.com
From ghost walks along cobblestone streets in St. Augustine to sunset ceremonies at the wharf in Jacksonville northeastern Florida is eclectic and enchanting. Sail on a tall ship; ride bikes along the beach; find bargains at and outlet mall; experience living history at an old fort; drink fresh-squeezed orange juice and sample alligator jerky. Try a grouper sandwich partnered with key lime pie, vacation bliss, and the list goes on.
St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park
999 Anastasia Blvd, St. Augustine, Florida 32080 / (904) 824-3337
St. Augustine Beaches
Tampa Bay is an exciting place for children! Over 230 sun-drenched days each year guarantee endless days of family fun for youth of all ages in Tampa. There's theme parks, zoos, aquariums and animal sanctuaries. There's beaches, nature parks, museums to explore. There's boating and hot air ballooning and much much more!
674 N.E. Troy Springs Road, Branford, Florida 32008 / (386) 935-4835
Uncle Donald's Farm
2713 Griffin Avenue, Lady Lake, Florida 32159 / (352) 753-2882
Universal Studios' Islands of Adventure
Join the battle of good versus evil above the streets of Marvel Super Hero Island®. Get splash happy with your favorite cartoon characters in the water rides of Toon Lagoon®. Come face to face with the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park®. Venture through the mists of time as you experience the epic adventures of The Lost Continent®. And step right into the pages of the children’s books of Dr. Seuss in Seuss Landing™. Islands of Adventure is the stuff legends are made of.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ at Islands of Adventure: Pass through the towering Hogwarts™ castle gates and explore the familiar passageways, classrooms and corridors. Visit the shops of Hogsmeade™, including Honeydukes™, Zonko's™ Joke Shop, Ollivanders™ and more. Dine at the Three Broomsticks™. Plus experience new pulse-pounding rides including Dragon Challenge™, Flight of the Hippogriff™ and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™, a state-of-the-art attraction that brings the magic, characters, and stories of Harry Potter™ to life in ways never before imagined.
1000 Universal Studios Plaza, Orlando, Florida 32819 / (407) 224-4233
At this real, working film and TV production facility you’ll find an amazing array of rides, shows, movie sets and attractions that put you right in the picture. You’ll enjoy themed dining and shopping, a variety of exciting special events throughout the year, and you might even catch a real film crew at work on the backlot. From entertaining shows that take you behind the scenes of the movie-making process to state-of-the-art rides that make you part of the action, nobody brings the magic of the movies… television… and music to life like Universal Studios.
1000 Universal Studios Plaza, Orlando, Florida 32819 / (407) 224-4233
Weeki Wachee Springs
6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee, FL 34606 / (352) 592-5956
Wet’ N Wild Water Park
200 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819 / (407) 351-1800 or (800) 992-WILD
Whispering Pines Park Water Playground
1700 Forest Drive Inverness, FL 34453
3766 Old Clyattville Road, Valdosta, GA 31601 / (229) 219-7080
5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Silver Springs, FL 34488
Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Hernando County
360 Suncoast Blvd, Spring Hill FL 34608 / (352) 279-3600