Guide to Florida Day & Staycation Adventures On & Off the Beaten Path

By Danielle Rivera-Eccles July 7, 2022

We have put together a list of day & staycation trips and ideas for you to entertain your MacKid all summer long. The list has it all, everything from big family adventures to small day trips close to home. We encourage you to get out and explore our beautiful state with its amazing beaches, theaters, museums, and parks. Make your summer one to remember with days full of fun for the whole family!

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Fun, Relaxing and short day trips

~ Brevard County

  • Brevard Zoo - While you are there try out your adventurous side and do the zip-line and obstacle course at TreeTop Treks. They even offer a small adventurers package for the kiddos.

~ Indian River County

~ Martin County

~ Palm Beach County

~ Okeechobee County

~ Saint Lucie County

  • Clover Park (aka Mets Stadium) - Check out Macaroni KID Port St. Lucie's calendar to see what's happening at the ballpark
  • DEFY Port St. Lucie - Indoor Trampoline Park
  • Heathcote Botanical Garden
  • Horseback Beach tours
  • Oxbow Eco-Center - Visit the animals, catch a story time and walk the nature trails all at this wildlife center.
  • PopStroke - A cutting edge golf experience featuring two 18-hole extreme putting courses, golf course simulators and a full service restaurant and ice cream parlor. Your family is bound to enjoy hours of quality time together. Before or after a game, satisfy your hunger with a delicious meal in the full service restaurant or enjoy a refreshing handspun milkshake or dish of homemade ice cream in the ice cream parlor.
  • Smithsonian Marine Ecosystem Exhibit (featuring the Saint Lucie County Aquarium) - Make this a whole day activity and spend the day relaxing on the sandy inter-coastal waterway beach, play on the playground or have a picnic under an old shady oaks all while never leaving the grounds.
  • Urban Air Adventure Park Port St. Lucie - Urban Air Adventure Park is much more than a trampoline park; it is the ultimate indoor playground that features jumping, climbing, riding, playing, and fun for all ages.

~ More Fun Ideas Close to Home 

Spoil Island Project (Locations in Brevard, Indian River, and Saint Lucie Counties) - Bring your own boat over or take kayak tour and explore this chain of islands right off our very own treasure coast.

Florida Airboat Tours - There are many airboat tours all around Florida to choose from, here are a few that are close to home:

Catch a show at one of our areas fantastic performing arts theaters:


Pack up everyone and take a drive to places you wouldn't want to miss out on this summer. Spend the day in...

Broward County

While down in Fort Lauderdale make sure you stop by one of the great restaurants and grab a bite to eat in downtown on Las Olas Boulevard. If you would prefer beach front dinning head down to A1A where there are a bunch of ocean front restaurants to choose from.

Dade County


Blue Springs State Park - You will not regret taking a trip to this breath taking natural spring located in Volusia County. Go tubing, swimming, kayaking, snorkeling or even on a scuba diving tour.

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park - Located in Hernando County, this state park has a little something for the whole family, including live mermaid shows, wildlife shows, river boat cruises, and the Buccaneer Bay water park.

Cape Canaveral

Saint Augustine - The country's oldest city, beautiful cobblestone streets filled with shops, restaurants and history.


This is Florida, so we can't miss out on trips to these great Orlando attractions:

And in Tampa