Best Florida Travel Destinations

Updated 01/26/2024.

While Orlando, Miami and Jacksonville are popular Florida destinations, there is so much more to the Sunshine State. If you’re a baby boomer who’s been there and done that, check our ideas for visiting Florida that will take you off-the-beaten-path and, hopefully, avoid the crowds. I think they are the BEST places to visit in Florida!

When readers ask the best books to bring on a Florida trip, I recommend DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer: Florida  and Fodor’s Florida.

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Florida Off the Beaten Path

Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip

It takes some effort to visit Dry Tortugas National Park but it’s oh-so-worth it. You’ll be visiting an historic Civil War fort on a key in the Gulf of Mexico. Don’t forget to bring your snorkeling gear! We’ll show you how to plan ahead (this isn’t a spur-of-the-moment-trip) to make the most of your boomer adventure in Florida.

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Driving Big Bend Scenic Byway

If you’re looking for off-the-beaten-path Florida travel experiences, you’ll find them in the Panhandle. Driving Big Bend Scenic Byway is a delightful exploration of lighthouses, wildlife refuges and a look at Old Florida. You’ll love this uncrowded corner of Florida.

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More Articles on Florida

The Best Cultural Things to do in Sarasota (and More)

Through the years, we’ve published many great articles about Florida destinations. And while our goal is to keep you active, there’s one city in the Sunshine State where you shouldn’t miss the culture. Sarasota! My Itchy Travel Feet featured writer, Debi Lander of ByLanderSea, lives in Sarasota. So she’s the perfect person to share the best […]

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Explore the Florida Forgotten Coast in Gulf County

Are off-the-beaten-path destinations your preference? I certainly prefer them. If you are looking for a less crowded beach for putting your toes in the sand, perhaps the Florida Forgotten Coast in Gulf County is the answer. My Itchy Travel Feet featured writer, Debi Lander of ByLanderSea, recently traveled to Gulf County. Keep reading for plenty of […]

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The Best Outdoor Things to Do on a Daytona Beach Getaway

Walking the wide, sandy beach is one of the many outdoor things to do in Daytona Beach. You could stroll next to the Atlantic Ocean for hours. But that’s just the beginning! Guest contributor, Cheryl Rodewig, shares tips for outdoor adventures in Daytona that you might not expect. Think kayaking shady creeks, exploring lighthouses, and discovering […]

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Enjoy a North Central Florida Road Trip to Small Towns, Springs and Preserves

Have you considered a North Central Florida road trip? Once you’ve explored Florida’s Space Coast and experienced historic St. Augustine, it’s time for a more off-the-beaten-path experience in the Sunshine State. Guest contributor, Cheryl Rodewig, shares the small town vibe, delicious eats and fun things to do in North Central Florida. Save this itinerary for […]

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How To Visit Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands

Are you looking for off the beaten path travel ideas in the state of Florida? Do you know about Ten Thousand Islands? Deep in the Florida everglades, you’ll encounter countless marine species, mangrove islands, and untold species of fish. Guest writer and Florida resident, Cheryl Rodewig, shares her tips for how to visit this wilderness […]

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Exploring Florida’s Big Bend Scenic Byway on a Road Trip

Are you planning a trip to Florida? From historic St. Augustine to the funky Florida Keys, there’s a travel experience for every interest. But For boomers who enjoy a scenic drive, be sure to add a Big Bend Scenic Byway road trip to your Florida road trip itinerary. When you’ve had enough of beaches, enjoying […]

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