Florida is one of the most popular spring break vacation destinations in the United States, and there’s more than just warm weather and white sand. For travelers looking to supplement a relaxing day on the beach, the state offers countless activities spanning delicious brewery trails, wildlife adventures, exhilarating Nascar racing, and even behind-the-scenes access to MLB training season.
For those looking for alternative spring break trips that still offer all the beauty of Florida without the seasonal crowds, here is a curated list of top recommendations.
Surf’s Up in Vero Beach
The waters off Vero Beach present some of the best surfing in Florida and offer the ideal getaway for wave-ridin’ pals. There are perfect spots for beginners and at least one place that rip-curl experts can enjoy. Drop in at milder spots like Humiston Park, Jaycee Park and Wabasso Beach Park, as they’re all within eight miles of each other on the barrier island. If interested in a serious challenge, head a few clicks north to the Monster Hole at Sebastian Inlet.
Catch America’s Favorite Pastime Across the State
Got baseball fever? Over 26 million fans have attended Spring Training Baseball games in the State of
Florida since 2000 and Florida visitors can catch 12 different teams warming up for 2019 MLB Opening Day in Florida’s iconic Grapefruit League. Including six of the oldest teams in Major League Baseball, the Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles, the annual March spring training has been a Florida tradition for more than 70 years!
Learning how to bat a homerun from the “pros” is offered year-round with the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins Spring Training season. The two prolific teams take the field at JetBlue Park (a state-of-the-art stadium that holds up to 11,000 people) and Hammond Stadium from February through March. Fans can come for a full game or stop by the team’s workouts, which are free and open to the public.
Follow the Brewery Trail along the Gulf Coast
Microbrew lovers can follow the Fort Myers Brew Trail, sampling brews and spirits infused with tropical flavors. Start the morning with family-friendly yoga at Millennial Brewing in Fort Myers. After class, kids can play in the free bounce house while parents enjoy a brew to extend the morning relaxation. Fort Myers Brewing Co, the first microbrewery in Lee County, claims the title of Best Brewery in Florida, while the female-lead Big Blue Brewing won the 2018 title of Best Brewpub in Florida, with its “Lightest Thing Ya Got” cream ale winning the title of Best Beer in Florida.
Discover Eco-Adventure in South Walton
Choose to cruise on the Gulf or Bay – either way it’s the perfect South Walton experience. Sail on a catamaran with Into the Wild Eco Diversions and weave environmental and historic knowledge into a unique trip. Try an adventure you wouldn’t expect in Northwest Florida by exploring aboard an airboat that seats up to six people with 30A Airboat Adventures. You can complete your South Walton summer experience by hopping on a dolphin cruise with Solaris and Sunquest Cruises.
With 26 miles of sugar-white sands along the Gulf of Mexico, as well as 15 rare coastal dune lakes and easy Bay access, South Walton’s natural beauty is on full display from your kayak. With locations in WaterColor, Grayton Beach and Seagrove, the folks at Yellowfin Ocean Sports can ensure that you’re well equipped and ready to go.
Given South Walton’s proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, it’s only natural that visitors want to dive deep in our turquoise waters. The South Walton Artificial Reef Association has spearheaded the effort to deploy nearshore and offshore snorkeling and diving reefs that attract both marine life and human spectators. A variety of local SCUBA/snorkeling operators, like Rent Gear Here, are more than happy to gear you up and take you on a reef visit by boat.
Satiate a Need for Speed in Daytona
Visitors, both those traveling fast and furious and those not a Nascar Race fan, can enjoy the exhilarating tour of the Daytona International Speedway. Home to some of the country’s biggest races, including the Daytona 500 and Nascar Racing Experience 300, the 30-minute tour is an absolute must for any race or motorsport fan and includes access to a museum full of classic racing machines.
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