Ultimate Outdoor Florida Bucket List (150+ Ideas From A Local!)

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My Florida bucket list started out manageable, it’s gotten very quickly out of hand now that I live here. Like, so out of hand.

And I can’t wait to do all the things! While this is outdoor-focused, there are so many other cool things to do in Florida, too. 

I’m constantly finding new places to go in Florida, and new hikes to do and I’ll keep updating this as I find and do those things.

I’ve got this broken up as my original Florida bucket list and my updated 2023 additions. I’m not including every single thing I have on my Florida bucket list map but I will include a lot.

Like I said, this is oriented more toward fans of nature and the outdoors. I did try not too keep it too Gainesville area oriented though since I know most people aren’t visiting that area.

But, as i do things around here and get posts about them up, I’ll most likely add them because it really is a beautiful area!

Anyway, I hope this gives you some ideas of fun outdoorsy things too add to your own Florida bucket list!

Travel Services I Recommend:
AllTrails – This is my favorite hike tracking app.
America the Beautiful – The national park pass is essential.
Booking.com – This is great for finding and booking hotels.
Get Your Guide – I recommend Get Your Guide for booking tours.
National Park Obsessed – This is the best national park planner.
Skyscanner – Skyscanner is great for finding and booking flights.
Enterprise – This is my rental car recommendation.
See all my resources here.

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Florida bucket list (original)

This section is my original Florida bucket list. I’ve made pretty good progress on this part! But some of it is still patiently waiting to be done.

And some of it is fairly expensive which is why it will probably take a little longer to do. But that’s ok, I have time!

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Florida Bucket List (2023 updates)

Oh man, my Florida bucket list has probably tripled in the last year, in the last three months alone. I have done a lot of what I’m adding but I haven’t done more of it.

  • Micanopy
  • Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Park
  • Goldhead Branch State Park
  • Falling Creek Falls
  • Stienhatchee Falls
  • Cedar Key
  • Ponce De Leon Springs State Park
  • Honeymoon Island State Park
  • Fakahatchee Hilton
  • Rock Springs Kelly Park

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  • Anna Maria Island
  • Fernandina Beach
  • Fort Clinch State Park
  • Seabranch Preserve State Park
  • Pensacola Lighthouse
  • Apalachicola
  • Savannas Preserve State Park
  • Anclote Key Preserve State Park
  • Camp on Cayo Costa State Park
  • Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse
  • Cockroach Bay Preserve State Park
  • Egmont Key Lighthouse
  • Juniper Springs
  • Alexander Springs
  • River Rise State Park
  • Curry Hammock State Park
  • See a ghost orchid
  • Ride in a swamp buggy
  • Hunter Springs Park
  • Rainbow Springs State Park
  • Salt Springs
  • Silver Springs State Park
  • Silver Glen Springs
  • See the Pippi Longstocking house
  • Rum Island Springs
  • Kanapaha Botanical Garden
  • Naples Botanical Garden
  • Stump Pass Beach State Park
  • Gasparilla Island Lighthouse
  • Don Pedro Island State Park
  • Twin Oaks Conservation Area
  • Morningside Nature Center
  • Celebration
  • Mt. Dora
  • Super Nintendo World
  • Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park
  • Longleaf Pine Preserve
  • Neptune Beach
  • Palma Sola Botanical Park
  • American Beach Museum
  • Castaway Island Preserve
  • Fort Mose Historic State Park
  • Fort Matanzas National Monument
  • Crooked River Preserve
  • Peace River
  • Look for shark teeth in Venice
  • Clam Pass Park
  • Whimzeyland
  • Shell Key Preserve
  • Little River Springs
  • Florida Natural History Museum
  • Ecofina River State Park
  • Troy Springs State Park
  • Reddie Point Preserve
  • Orlando wetlands Park
  • Lake Louisa State Park
  • Blowing Rocks Preserve
  • Disney Wilderness Preserve
  • Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines preserve
  • Red Bug Slough Preserve
  • Tarpon Springs
  • Cassadaga

Final thoughts on my Florida bucket list

While I didn’t include a loot of the specific trails that I haven’t done yet, this is a pretty solid portion of my own personal Florida bucket list.

Have you done any of these things?  Do you want to?  Is there anything else I should think about adding to the list?  What’s on your Florida bucket list?

4 thoughts on “Ultimate Outdoor Florida Bucket List (150+ Ideas From A Local!)

  1. Oh man! lol I can’t believe Annie Lyttle is on your list! That place is a right of passage for those of us from JAX. Curious to how you learned about it.

    1. I love abandoned/haunted things and probably found it on a list of things like that around Florida!

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