Adapted from Camp Lisa Travels:
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1. Key Biscayne (40 min away)
Once you cross the Rickenbacker Causeway onto Key Biscayne, you are transported both physically and mentally. The views on both sides are spectacular and so relaxing with a small town feel, you’ll forget how close to home you really are. The beaches here are powdery white, and the kite surfing is great. There are 3 separate parks on this one small strip of land, each distinct from the other. Park your car just off the Rickenbacker and dip your feet into Virginia Key Beach Park’s clear waters, up close to the incredible mangroves. Here you can rent paddle boats or SUP boards. Then head to Crandon Park and explore the many trails by bike, or rent a kayak or SUP board. Last but not least, visit the Cape Florida Lighthouse, built in 1825, located in Bill Baggs State Park. If you’re in the mood to stay dry, the 163 acre Bear Cut Preserve offers great easy hikes with the chance to see a reef made from a fossilized 6000 year old black mangrove forest on the Fossil Reef Overlook. Peek into the water at this thriving intertidal zone to spot some resilient little creatures. To have this part of your next Florida adventure package visit camplisatravels.com
2. Safari Wilderness Ranch in Lakewood (3.5 hours)
Add on an unforgettable adventure to your next Tampa or Orlando theme park trip with a stop over at Safari Wilderness Ranch! Conveniently located between Orlando and Tampa, it has been open for unique tours since 2012. Choose from special safari tours offered on open Jeeps, kayaks or even ATVs. They have over 500 animals on property— including some whose names I just cannot pronounce—coming from 4 continents. We saw zebras, barsingas, ostriches, lemurs, warthogs, ankole cattle, among others. We were able to feed llamas (even a baby one), livingstone eland, and water buffalo. It was such a cool experience and I cannot recommend it enough— let them know Camp Lisa sent you. I know you’ll thank me later! To have this part of your next Florida adventure package visit camplisatravels.com
3. Biscayne National Park (1 hour away)
We are lucky in Southern Florida to have direct access to 3 national parks. The Everglades get all the fame, Dry Tortugas gets all the glory, which leaves Biscayne National Park. Just an hour outside of Miami, this park is one of Florida’s best kept secrets.Pick from all the wonderful activities they offer including kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, and the boat ride to Boca Chita Key is a must. With a beautiful beach, clear waters, and dried coral pieces which look like seashells, this island is one not to be missed- and the lighthouse is just the icing on the cake. 50 percent (or more) of Miami locals don’t even know this park exists, but now you’re in the know so don’t miss it! To have this part of your next Florida adventure package visit camplisatravels.com
4. Theater of the Sea at Islamador (about 2 hours away)
Theater of the Sea located in Islamorada, is a great place to get up close and personal with marine animals, especially dolphins. This place really makes you feel like you are stepping into the animals’ habitat rather than an aquarium or zoo. There is a spectacular dolphin show, dolphin encounters, parrots, sea lions, and reptiles to see and interact with. They can even do experiences for children as young as 4 years old! To have this part of your next Florida adventure package visit camplisatravels.com
5. Solomons Castle In Ona (3 hours away)
Solomon’s Castle is a real life castle in the last place you’d ever think to find a castle! Howard Solomon, the castle’s creator, was well known for making beautiful things from once discarded items. He built the whole structure, standing 3 stories tall, and entirely covered in shiny aluminum (printing plates), without blueprints. He then completed the look with stained glass windows. There’s even a kitschy restaurant–The Boat in the Moat– that tops the whole thing off. Visit this quirky, centrally located stop for a little whimsy and adventure into the imagination. To have this part of your next Florida adventure package visit camplisatravels.com
6. Devil’s Den In Williston (5 hours away)
About 30 minutes outside of the University of Florida lies Devil’s Den, a prehistoric sinkhole where you can scuba dive or snorkel into crystal clear, shark and gator-free, blue waters. It is definitely one of the coolest places I’ve ever been. It is one of Florida’s 700 springs (yes, Florida has that many natural springs). Devil’s Den was named by original settlers to the area that saw steam rising from the ground (the waters below were warmer than the winter air). Right now, due to social distancing policies, Devil’s Den is limiting the number of people they allow in at one time, so you get to enjoy it without overcrowding. To have this part of your next Florida adventure package visit camplisatravels.com
How far are you willing to drive before it becomes an overnight destination? At what point does it become a road trip? We hope these fun spots inspire you to pack your favorite snacks, gather the people you like most and hit the road!!! Is this still a bit too overwhelming? Piecing small cute places together is “Camp Lisa’s” specialty. Customizing the stops along the way or creating an itinerary just for you is what Camp Lisa’s all about.
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