The dog days of summer are the perfect weather for packing up the family and/or friends and hitting the road. And Florida is full of fun places to lose yourself for the day. We are all for the getaway that is gas and wallet-friendly and takes just a couple of hours to reach.
Here are a few of our favorites:
- Located in Highlands County Florida on US-27 (a few miles north of Sebring).
- For the nature enthusiasts, hundreds of thousands of acres of citrus to be seen
- Town population of about 9,000
- Downtown Avon Park is built along a grassy boulevard mall, where most of the old buildings have been nicely maintained or restored.
- See more at: http://www.florida-backroads-travel.com/avon-park-florida.html#sthash.H1VgSOTe.dpuf
- Home of the historic Citrus Tower, Clermont is a small, rather quiet town with the original downtown area still intact. Just take State Road 50 west from US-27 a few blocks and turn north on 5th Street. You will begin to see historic buildings and know you have stepped back into Old Florida.
- The main highways in the Clermont area are US-27 (a major north-south highway), and State Road 50 (a major east-west highway)
- You can get to Clermont by the turnpike, or take the I4 to SR 50 and take the longer, toll-free route.
- There’s a great city park on the south shore of Lake Minneola, and a historic village that has preserved some of the city's old houses and buildings.
- A nice place to visit north of town is the Lakedridge Winery. This is a personal favorite!
- Another gorgeous spot to stop to look or enjoy their luxurious spa is, Bella Collina.
- See more at: http://www.florida-backroads-travel.com/clermont- florida.html#sthash.YBHf4nDv.dpuf
- Located in Melbourne, Florida
- Over 16,000 volunteers helped build it
- One of the most popular Florida zoos.
- Unique attraction because you can actually hand feed giraffes and birds, and ride a small train around the grounds.
- There is also a guided kayak tour through 22 acres of restored wetlands.
- $13.50 adult $10.00 child
- Easy half hours drive from all major areas of interest in Brevard County.
- About one hour east of Orlando on SR-528
- Also known as the Martin Andersen Beachline Expressway because it ends up in Cocoa Beach
- Several stories still circulate as to how the town got its name. One of the most popular stories is that the mail used to come by river boat and was placed in an empty tin box labeled Baker's Cocoa.
- Kennedy Space Center is a short drive to the north.
- For a truly breathtaking view, the drive along the west side of the Indian River from Williams Point through Cocoa Village and down to Bonaventure is the way to go
*Check back soon for more locations!!
Another shout out to our Blogger Gerri Sainte from the inspirational blog at: http://jrecalculating.blogspot.com/