10 Things to do on a Florida Spring Break and avoid drunk college students

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10 Things to do on a Florida Spring Break and avoid drunk college students

The highlight of spring semester for college students is spring break.  Florida is the home of spring break between Miami, Daytona Beach, and Panama City.  Florida sees millions of college students during the month of March. Many of the students come to Florida to party. It is not uncommon to see pictures of drunken students doing crazy things.  Despite the large numbers of college students, there are many things to Florida Spring Break and avoid drunk college students.

Fresh Water Springs of North Florida

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Taken by me in Wekiva State Park

North Florida has a large collection of springs.  Some are protected other state parks such as Poe Springs or Wekiva Springs.  Other such as Blue Springs and Ginny Springs are privately owned.  Each spring has perfect 72-degree water.  The fresh water bursts from the spring and provides a nice backwoods swimming hole.  The springs are away from the beaches protecting them from the invasion of college students.

SCUBA diving in Key Largo

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Taken by me while diving in Key Largo

Key Largo is the first of the Florida Keys.  This island is a tourist hub but doesn’t collection of large skyscraper hotels and streets of bars that attract college students. The Key has a more relaxed vide.  Key Largo has some of the best SCUBA diving in the Florida Keys.  It has miles of protected reefs such as Molasses reef.  With Spiegel Grove, Duane, Bibb, and Benwood, Largo is a wreck driving capital.

Camping on Dry Tortuga National Park

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Taken while camping in Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park is 68 miles west of Key West. Its location prevents hordes for people from storming the island.  The island can only be reached by boat or seaplane.  The island can either be a day trip or a multi-day camping trip. The camping allows for more time on the island and time on the island without the 100 or so people from the ferry.  Spend the nights watching for stars or hunting for ghosts in Fort Jefferson.

Explore Everglades National Park

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A baby gator in the park.

The month of March is one of the best times to visit the Everglades.  The water is low enough that the animals are gathered around to deep sections of the park and near the boardwalk trails.  Yet, the mosquitoes are not eating you alive. The weather is cool enough to step outside without overheating.  Usually, the canoe trails are still passable and ready for an adventure away from the boardwalks.

Visit Space at the Kennedy Space Center

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Image from Flickr by Lee

The east coast of Florida is called the Space coast for a reason.  If you are there at the right time it is possible to watch a NASA or SpaceX launch from Cape Canaveral. Cape Canaveral is also home to the Kennedy Space Center.  At the space center it is possible to take a tour of the launch facility and learn about the great American Space program.

Discover Dali at the Salvador Dali Museum

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One of the world’s best collections of Salvador Dali paintings is hidden away in a small museum in Saint Petersburg, Florida.  It was pure luck that St. Pete landed THE best Dali collection outside of Spain.  The  museum helps visitors explore the world of Dali and see the hidden features behind his painting.  There is a depth that isn’t completely seen until one is standing in front of a Dali piece.

Spend time with Spanish History in St. Augustine

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Preparing to fire the cannon.

Florida is home to the oldest European-founded city in the United States.  This is St. Augustine.  This historic town was built by the Spanish early in their conquest of Florida.  The city would play a crucial role in securing the state for Spain.  The historic Castillo De San Marcos is the Spanish masonry fort used to protect the early city first from the French and then the British.  The historic atmosphere is family friendly and a great place to spend a couple days realizing and enjoying history.

Tour the Coral Castle

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Image from Flickr by lancearoundorlando

The Coral Castle is the work of a madman or genius.  Take your pick.  Built by the eccentric Edward Leedskalnin, the castle was a 28-year work in progress (during the 1940). Leedskalnin build the limestone castle from megalithic stones.  He did most of work himself using “reverse magnetism” and some other supernatural abilities.  Some of the large stones weigh several tons.  Spend a day exploring this feat of human engineering / crazy man project.

Florida Caverns State Park

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Image from Flickr by Florida Fish and Wildlife

Florida is a state full of caves. Almost all the cave are only accessible via SCUBA diving, but the Florida Caverns are different.  Located in northern Florida, the Florida Caverns are the only accessible above ground caves in the state. The cave is a great place to spend a couple of days in Florida.  There is a 45-minute tour of the caverns and the Florida Caverns State Park has canoeing, hiking, and bird watching.

Backpack along the Florida Trail

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Image from Flickr by G N Bassett

Avoid the crowds by spending a week hiking along Florida Trail.  The Florida trail is just over 1000 miles and when finished it will run from Big Cypress National Preserve to Fort Pickens at Gulf Islands National Seashore.  The trail crosses the ecosystems of Florida.  It showcases the best of natural Florida.  The trail is a tranquil escape from the busy Florida cities.

Where is your favorite place to go on a Florida Spring Break and avoid drunk college students?

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35 Replies to “10 Things to do on a Florida Spring Break and avoid drunk college students”

  1. Ashley

    Love this list! There’s so many cool places to go in Florida that do not include partying on the beach (although that is fun sometimes, too) 🙂

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  2. Morgan

    These are great options! Florida certainly is one of the most beautiful places in this country. The entire panhandle of the state has so much to offer everyone, including families, whether it be the gorgeous beaches or unique, exciting attractions on every corner. Very cool post! Thank you so much for sharing these fun ideas!

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  3. Stacey Valle

    I’ve only been to Orlando few years back for amusement parks, and that was it due to only visiting for few days. I certainly would love to visit Miami and where other spring breakers usually go – however, it’s not the only thing I’d love to go for. I’d love to see that Coral Castle and especially Everglades National Park! I love hiking and exploring more 🙂 I’m hoping to visit Florida one day soon again!
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  4. Melissa Jones

    There is plenty to keep you occupied and away from the drunk students here, I would happily do all of these! The everglades and Kennedy Space Centre in particular I would love to check out! When you’re a student it’s great to be drunk and on spring break but as soon as you finish university and start working, you just want a bit of peace and quiet haha!

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    • Jennifer Post author

      I only had a day or two of being a drunk idoit during Spring Break. I would rather have fun doing something other than getting drunk.

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  5. Heather

    Great list! As a native Floridian, I’m going to use this list to rediscover my own backyard. I’m particularly excited to try SCUBA diving in Key Largo and I’ve always wanted to go camping on Dry Tortuga National Park. I’ve never even heard of the Coral Castle, I’ll have to check that out too. The Dali museum is fantastic and a Must-Do for any art lovers visiting the west coast.

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  6. Sarah Ebner

    I’ve only been to the theme parks in Orlando, but I’d love to visit St Augustine as I’ve heard great things about it, and my son and husband loved the Kennedy Space Center (my son went to space camp!). I think people sometimes forget how much there is to do in this part of the world – we’d really like to go back!

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    • Jennifer Post author

      Kennedy Space Center is so much fun to explore and learn about space. The tech is so amazing and the effort that made it possible is worth a visit.

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    • Jennifer Post author

      It is worth a visit and I went as a child. It is still one of my favorite memories. All kids want to be an astronaut at some point.

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  7. Laura

    Avoiding drunk college kids is of utmost importance! I haven’t spent a lot of time in Florida, so I’ve just learned a lot of new places to check out. I think top on my list right now would be exploring the Everglades because they just look so fascinating.

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  8. travelling chingrita

    Cavern State Park looks amazing, I’m disappointed that I didn’t discover more of Florida when I had the chance. Regardless, I think that next time I go Coral Castle, and Fresh Water in NoFla would be the places I’d definitely check out.

    Great pics and thanks for the wonderful list!

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    • Jennifer Post author

      I have done most the things on the list but never managed to get up to Caverns State Park. I am hoping to get there next time I visit.

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  9. Maria Milea

    I miss Florida so much! There are many beautiful things to see and great things to do. You have mentioned Kennedy Space Center and the Florida Trail(which looks like an amazing experience), two places that I have not visited yet,and are on your list and now are definitely on my list for this year.
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