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11 Free Things to do During the Summer

Places to Visit besides Disney

Summer is probably the most anticipated time for kids and teens of all ages. For us parents, it can get kind of hectic – and believe me when I say that I totally get it. Of course, there’s the family vacay or the long-awaited road trips to somewhere you’ve never been. But what about exploring your town? Or areas close to home? Sounds like a staycation!

You would be surprised at how many different things you can do with little or no baggage šŸ˜ƒ. And even more so when you have some pretty cool places and 11 free things to do!

Living in Central Florida can be tricky. There is really a LOT to do and explore but having Disney and so many other amusement parks, the coolest places are more than often missed. Which is why I thought about coming up with a list of places you could visit for free and fun things to do.

lake louisa state park
Lake Louisa State Park in Clermont

11 Free Things to do During the Summer

  • Take a walking tour. Did you know that with the Florida Stories app you have access to free walking tours? Explore cities like DeLand, Fernandina Beach, St. Augustine, Tallahassee, Tarpon Springs and much more. The app is also completely free!
  • Go to a car show. There is always a really cool car show going on, completely free!
walking tours in Florida
Florida Stories Walking Tour of the city of Bartow explores the history behind the Record Building.
  • Go GeoCaching. Yes, it’s one of our favoriteĀ things to do and I’ll never get tired of mentioning it! GeoCaching is like the mama bear of treasure hunts and it’s a worldwide activity too! So no matter where you go, there is always a cache to find!
  • Grab snacks and go on a Wildlife Drive. We have one of the coolest wildlife drives right in Central Florida! Go birdwatching at the Apopka Wildlife Drive, spot gators, and take beautiful landscape pictures.
  • Hike along one of Florida’s National Scenic Trails. Known also as the Florida Trail, it takes you along some of the most beautiful landscapes in Florida! You can start with the trails at Ocala National Forest. hiking the Florida Scenic Trail
  • Go seashell hunting. Florida’s beaches are great for hunting beautiful seashells. We specifically love Bethune Beach in Volusia County for seashell hunting!
  • Take a chocolate tour. Wait, did I really just say chocolate? Yes!! Take a free tour at Angell and Phelps Chocolate Factory in Daytona Beach and taste a sample (or two) of their delicious chocolates made right here in Florida!
  • Visit Green Springs in Deltona. A green sulfur spring that is simply breathtaking!
green springs in Deltona
Green Springs in Deltona, FL
  • Take a walk in Ybor City. Although there is a lot to do in Ybor City, just walking around and enjoying the historic buildings is super nice!
  • Visit a 1920’s store in the middle of the forest. Go back in time as you walk into Richloam’s General Store. This is really a must-see that you do not want to miss.
  • Take a walk on the beach. Might seem pretty obvious during summer, but it’s really not. Most people only think of beach trips. But this is really just a walk, unplanned, to just enjoy the sound of the ocean and the soft breeze. It’s energizing and relaxing!
a store that takes you back in time Richloam General Store
Richloam General Store, a store that takes you back in time.

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Hi there! I'm Yanitza Ninett. I'm the mom, the wife, the stepmom, and creator of Next Stop Adventures. This is a blog about our adventures and travels, as a blended family of six! I love nature, sunny days, and I love to travel and capture life with my lens.

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