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.

Places to see within 100 miles of Orlando, Florida.Places to see within 100 miles of Orlando, Florida.

Recommended Orlando 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, Melbourne, FloridaBrevard Zoo, Melbourne, Florida

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

Cassadaga is a historic village of spiritualists, mediums, and healers, that is open to the public.

Central East Florida Day Trips is a page on this website that has maps showing interesting back road drives in the coastal area east of Orlando.

Central Florida Day Trips is a page on this website that has maps showing interesting back road drives around Orlando from Ocala in the north to Lake Placid in the south.

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.

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Home, Cross CreekMarjorie Kinnan Rawlings Home, Cross Creek

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

Daytona Beach is a motor city and beach city. You can drive on the hard packed beaches and visit the NASCAR track 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.

Wood and Swink Store, Evinston, FloridaWood and Swink Store, Evinston, Florida

Evinston is a small community near Cross Creek and home to the old Wood & Swink General Store on the National Register of Historic Places.

Flagler Beachfront Winery is in Flagler Beach, right on the ocean.  Enjoy wine tasting with an ocean view.

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.

Fort Gates Ferry is a historic ride across the St Johns River between the Ocala National Forest and Fruitland.

Frank Lloyd Wright Child of the Sun.
The largest single collection of the great architect's buildings are on the campus of Florida Southern College in Lakeland.

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 Kissimmee FloridaGatorland

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

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.

Lakeridge Winery is near Clermont.  Watch wine being made, enjoy tasting and tours.  Also lots of entertainment and music.

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

Leu Gardens Floral ClockLeu Gardens Floral Clock

Leu Gardens in Orlando has almost 50 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, lakes and trails.  Enjoy 200 year old oaks and acres of camelias.

Maytown Road is a lightly traveled paved road through one of Florida's last large wilderness areas.

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

Melrose is a small Victorian village near Gainesville with historic buildings and a fine restaurant.

McIntosh has a population of only 469 people but has almost 70 buildings in its designated historic district.

Micanopy is a historic tiny town named for a great Seminole chief.  Nice antique stores and restaurants.

Mount Dora LighthouseMount Dora Lighthouse

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.

Old Florida Carpenter Gothic Churches.  See 5 of these rare historic churches in the Orlando area.

Orlando is loaded with more tourist attractions than one can possibly 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.

Orlando Tree TourBig Tree Park, Orlando Tree Tour

Orlando Tree Tour is a self-guided tour of several significant trees in the City of Orlando, many of them hundreds of years old.

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

Ormond Beach is the birthplace of automobile racing.  You can visit The Casements, famous home of John D. Rockefeller.

Paisley is a small town north of Orlando where an old cemetery is the resting place of Walt Disney's grandparents.

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is south of Daytona and offers you a climb to the top for a magnificent view.

Princess Place Preserve is north of Palm Coast and is a nature conservation area that was once the home of a pioneer princess.

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

Castillo San Marcos, St. AugustineCastillo San Marcos, St. Augustine

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

Central Florida Tourist Attractions that were here before Walt Disney World opened in 1971 and are still operating.

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 MarketsWebster Flea Markets

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.


If you are interested in particular themes, there are many places to  enjoy in and out of the 100 mile radius.  Examples of themes are "beaches", "seashells", "zoos" "historic buildings", "rockets", "lighthouses", and at least 20 others.  Click below to learn more.


Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables

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