ORLANDO FLORIDA DAY TRIPS

The Orlando Florida day trips and one tank trips described on Florida Backroads Travel are all within 100 miles of Orlando. Since Orlando is smack dab in the middle of Florida, there are many places you can go on the four corners of the compass.

We calculate that the average car can go at least 250 miles on a tank of gas. Many compact cars get a lot more than that. Your Orlando Florida day trips to the places mentioned on this website will leave you plenty of gas for exploring the back roads as well as visiting your destination.

Here are some things to do and places to see within 100 miles of Orlando.

The map below shows you some of the major cities within 100 miles of Orlando, and many of them are great destinations for Orlando Florida day trips.


Avon Park is a small town along the scenic drive through citrus country south of Lake Wales.

Babson Park is also on the scenic drive through the citrus groves of central Florida, and is the home of Webber College.

Bok Tower Gardens is a botanical and architectural treasure near Lake Wales. The beautiful tower houses a carillon that plays at regular intervals.

Brevard Zoo is an animal habitat built entirely by volunteers and has become one of the most popular central Florida attractions.

Cherie Down Park has a beautiful beach in Cape Canaveral just north of Cocoa Beach. You can also visit Ron Jons, the Cocoa Beach Pier and other locat attractions.

Cocoa is a Space Coast town worth visiting because of its beautiful downtown area, Cocoa Village, noted for its fine restaurants and shopping.

Cross Creek was the home for many years of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of "The Yearling" and "Cross Creek".

Daytona Beach is motor city and beach city. You can drive on the hard packed sand beaches and visit the NASCAR facilities in town.

Deland is the home of Stetson University and has a wonderful downtown area with restaurants and shops in restored historic buildings. Lots of trees and murals throughout the town.

Doctor Phillips is a community south of Orlando along Sand Lake Road. It is loaded with many restaurants and shops, and is close to Universal Studios and the attractions along International Drive.

Eustis is an old Florida town northwest of Orlando that has a neat little downtown area and parks along the southeastern shore of Lake Eustis.

Florida Citrus Tower is a 65 year old attraction in Clermont west of Orlando. An elevator to the top takes you to a wonderful view of all central Florida.

Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville is the state's largest and is on the campus of the University of Florida.

Gainesville also has plenty to look at in addition to the university and the museums. The town has many historic neighborhoods and buildings, and a lot of nice restaurants.

Gatorland north of Kissimmee was entertaining tourists and locals long before Walt Disney World came on the scene.

Gatorland Kissimmee Florida

Highlands Hammock State Park near Sebring is one of the finest examples of unspoiled natural Florida. Camping and day activities.

Highland Park is a small golf course town in the rolling hills south of Lake Wales. It has one of the oldest golf courses in Florida.

Lakeland is located among several lakes and has a lot of wonderful statuary to look at in downtown.

Lake Placid is the Caladium Capital of the World and has transformed its typical little downtown areas with murals on the buildings.

Lake Wales is the center of the citrus industry and is close to Bok Tower Gardens, a treat you should not miss.

Melbourne is on the Space Coast and Indian River Lagoon. Its downtown area is historic and renovated with lots of shops and restaurants.

Mount Dora is a small town on Lake Dora in the hill country northwest of Orlando. It has become an antique and art center with plenty of shops and frequent festivals and other events. It is one of our favorite Orlando Florida day trips.

New Smyrna Beach is where Orlando natives like to visit the beach. It is a charming small town along the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway.

Ocala is the center of the thoroughbred horse industry in Florida. A lot of great horse statues are scattered throughout downtown and the whole city is surrounded by beautiful rolling horse farms.

Orlando itself is loaded with more tourist attractions than one can possible visit. It also has many beautiful neighborhoods and a revitalized downtown business district. Get away from the bustle of Universal Studios and Walt Disney World and visit a real Florida city. Since the city is in the center of the state, it is the logical place to enjoy your Orlando Florida day trips.

Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando has a lot of exhibits about the Orlando area that will entertain adults and kids alike.

SeaWorld Orlando is home to dolphins, whales, sharks and a lot of entertained tourists. One of the original big three Orlando attractions.

St. Augustine is one of Florida's favorite tourist attractions. Visit some of the oldest neighborhoods and buildings in the United States.

The Villages is a planned community northwest of Orlando that is developed around numerous golf courses. Lots of good dining and shopping.

Universal Studios Orlando is near SeaWorld and has a lot of shows and activities based on Universal movies. Islands of Adventure is loaded with thrill rides.

Vero Beach has some of the nicest beaches in Florida. Disney also has a beach resort just north of Vero in Wabasso.

Walt Disney World is the most visited theme park in the world. You can spend your entire vacation here, but you will pay dearly for it.

Webster flea markets are open only on Monday.  The biggest flea market in Florida.

Windermere, a small town near Walt Disney World with canopied streets and Old Florida ambience.

Winter Garden, a small town west of Orlando with a revitalized downtown business district.

Winter Haven, a pretty town among the lakes south of Orlando.  The home of Legoland on the grounds of the former Cypress Gardens.

Winter Park, a small upscale enclave in the Orlando metro area on the north side. Great shopping, dining and art festivals. Morse Museum with a lot of Tiffany objects, and Rollins College. A great place to stay while you enjoy your Orlando Florida day trips.


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This is one of 7 pages that describe day trips and one tank trips within a 100 mile radius of a major Florida City.

The cities that are covered are Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Pensacola, Tallahassee, Tampa and The Villages.

Jacksonville Day Trips
Miami Day Trips
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Tallahassee Day Trips
Tampa Day Trips
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THINGS TO DO

Babcock Wilderness
Big Cypress Loop Road

Bok Tower Gardens
Brevard Zoo
Calle Ocho Festival

Coral Castle
Crystal River Manatees
Dali Museum
Dinosaur World
Edison & Ford Estates
Florida Aquarium
Florida Authors
Florida Citrus Tower
Florida Art/Music Festivals
Florida Folk Festival
Florida Georgia Game

Florida Heritage Sites
Florida Historic Hotels
Florida Museum of Natural History
Florida Restaurants
Fruit And Spice Park
Gatorland
Ginnie Springs Outdoors

Goombay Festival
Grant Seafood Festival
Hemingway Home
Jacksonville Zoo
Jungle Island
Jungle Queen Riverboat
Key West Aquarium
Kissimmee Boat-A-Cade
Lion Country Safari
Marineland Florida
Miami Marine Stadium
Mill Creek Horse Farm
Morikami Japanese Gardens
Mug Race
Naval Aviation Museum
Okeechobee Waterway

Rattlesnake Festival
SeaWorld Orlando
Spook Hill
St Augustine Alligator Farm
SunFest West Palm Beach

The Dolphin Connection
Universal Studios Orlando
Walt Disney World Florida
Webster Flea Markets
Weeki Wachee Springs
Winterfest Boat Parade
Worm Gruntin Festival


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