CENTRAL EAST FLORIDA DAY TRIPS
And One Tank Trips
Central East Florida day trips and one tank trips are designed to show you some of the most interesting spots off the beaten path in this narrow region along the east coast of Florida.
I-4 is the east-west interstate in this region. It crosses the state of Florida from
I-95 is the north-south interstate in this region. It comes in from Georgia and goes all the way down to Miami.
The Florida Turnpike is a major toll road on the west side of
Indian River and St. Lucie Counties. The Turnpike starts in Wildwood
and terminates in
A branch of the Turnpike splits off north of Miami and heads south and east to Homestead on the way to the Florida Keys.
The interstate exits are crowded with gas stations, fast food restaurants and motels. The Turnpike also has oases with gas and food. You can travel the state quickly and easily on these highways (except during rush hours), but not see as much scenery or real towns as you will on our recommended Central East Florida day trips.
The town signs you do see are usually several miles from the downtown section. The fun begins when you get off the turnpike and interstate and hookup with the less traveled roads.
There are many state and county highways off the interstate that offer better scenery and a look at real towns. In Florida, some backroads are even four-laned.
Here are a few Central East Florida day trips and one tank trips that I recommend:
Central East Florida Day Trips & Scenic Drives
Anderson Drive from Highbridge Road south along the east side of the
Halifax River to Ormond Beach. Beautiful river views and tree canopies;
fine houses and tranquil neighborhoods. About 9 miles.
Garden Across from the Casements
SR-A1A south of
from the Port Orange bridge south to Ponce Inlet. End of the road
community, great inlet, historic lighthouse, good restaurant. One of
the nicest Central East Florida day trips. About 6 miles.
Ponce Inlet Lighthouse
The river road from north
New Smyrna Beach
. Close to the river, old houses, beautiful trees. This beautiful
scenic route parallels and is on the east side of US-1. You will pass
by the city marina downtown and the nice little New Smyrna Yacht Club
just north of Edgewater. About 4 miles.
Old Ruins in Downtown New Smyrna Beach
Leave US-1 south of Oak Hill and take SR-3 into the top of Kennedy Space Center, then
west on SR-406 to Titusville. You will pass a couple of real old
pioneer houses in Shiloh, Baker's Haulover Canal south of Shiloh and
lots of wilderness and wildlife all enhanced by the mystique of the
missile center and the giant looming presence of the Vehicle Assembly
Building. About 25 miles.
House in Oak Hill
The river road from Williams Point on US-1 north of
south through Cocoa Village, Rockledge, and Bonaventure. This road
parallels US-1, and ties back into it at the south end. One of the most
beautiful roads in Florida. Close to the river, some pretty high rocky
bluffs in Cocoa, quaint Cocoa Village, fine old houses and big oak and
palm trees and lots of Spanish Moss. About 20 miles.
Mariner Square Downtown Cocoa
Tropical Trail on Merritt Island from just south of the barge canal to
SR-3 at Georgiana. Old Florida that has been bypassed by the newer
SR-3. Great old houses and trees. Stop and visit the old Georgiana
Methodist church and the nearby cemetery to see the graves of Merritt
Island pioneers. About 10 miles.
Georgiana United Methodist Church
SR-3 from the Pineda Causeway(SR-404) south to the Mathers Bridge at the
south end of Merritt Island. This is known as South Tropical Trail.
You will enjoy a constant and beautiful Indian River view on your right
as you drive along, and stately homes on your left that front on the
Banana River. About 4 miles.
SR-A1A from US-192 at Indialantic south to Sebastian Inlet. Low density
development, fine beaches with lots of public access, great fishing and
a nice jetty jutting into the ocean at the inlet. About 22 miles.
Jungle Trail from SR-510 at Wabasso Beach south along the east side of
the Indian River to Johns Island, and back to SR-A1A north of Indian
River Shores and Vero Beach. Real old Florida. Was not paved last time
I drove it, but easily passable in a normal passenger car. About 4 miles.
Pioneer Cabin on Jungle Trail
Indian River Drive from Ft. Pierce along the west side of the Indian
River to Jensen Beach. Wonderful road hugs the river, beautiful old
houses, historic places and magnificent trees. About halfway down you
will see the giant St. Lucie nuclear power plant looming up over the
barrier island. About 18 miles.
Another excellent day trip for Central East Florida is to drive to Cape Canaveral and enjoy a day at the beach at Cherie Down Park. The park page has a map that shows you exactly where it is located and how to get there.
Cobbs General Store, Fort Pierce
From US-1 in New Smyrna Beach take Wayne Avenue past the country club to Halleck Street. Go south on Halleck to Enterprise Ave which becomes Pioneer Trail. Follow Pioneer Trail west to its intersection with SR-44. Pioneer Trail is also known as Volusia County Rd 4118. About halfway along this route you will come to Cabbage Patch Bar and Cacklebery Campground, favorite hangouts for bikers, at Tomoka Farms Road. About 14 miles.
Here is an interactive Google map that you can use to help you fine tune your Central East Florida day trips described above:
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