Deep in a forgotten scrub forest, this 10-mile stretch of red-brick road once saw a steady stream of ‘Tin Can Tourists’ in Model-T Fords from as far away as Chicago to the exotic, tropical wilderness of Florida.
Florida Day Trips
There’s something magical about a city skyline, especially at night. For lovers of dramatic cityscapes, here are the top Florida Skylines — and the best locations from which to enjoy them.
The Coral Castle is an oddball mix of engineering derring-do, romantic obsession, and just a little hint of creepiness. It was enough to inspire Billy Idol to produce the 1987 song and music video “Sweet Sixteeen.”
In that rare instance when you need to make the drive from Salt Springs to Welaka, the Fort Gates Ferry will save you about forty miles and a pointless journey up through Palatka and back. But that’s merely practical. What’s fun and impractical is driving miles out of the way to float your car across the top of Lake George at the St. John’s River.
Before Disney World, your best bet for family fun in the Orlando area might have been a concrete tower, where the lucky visitors could enjoy panoramic views of lakes and orange groves. Three notable towers on the Florida Ridge still offer the highest observation points in the state — and a glimpse of Florida from a few generations ago.
Here are 6 day trips within two-hour’s drive of Orlando that won’t break your pocket book. And as a bonus, these will give the kids a glimpse of a Florida they won’t find at the theme parks.