Planning a road trip to Florida? Our family recently drove over 3000 miles through Florida to the Southernmost Point of the Continental US and back! This post contains our Florida road trip itinerary, which includes stops at all three Florida National Parks, some stunning Florida State Parks, and beautiful beaches, of course. If you are planning a road trip to the Sunshine State, read on!
Florida Road Trip
As our blog name, Road Trip 7, implies, our family loves a good road trip. With seven of us, driving is considerably more affordable than flying. Even if that means driving over 45 hours and more than 3000 miles to Southern Florida and back! Indeed, this is precisely how we spent our spring break this year.
For some time we have considered visiting the three Florida National Parks: Biscayne, Dry Tortugas and Everglades. However, we held off due to distance and other travel challenges. Finally, we decided to make the trip. Over spring break, we drove through Florida to the Southernmost Point of the Continental US and back. Along the way, we visited all three of Florida’s National Parks. As well as other extraordinary National Park sites, some stunning Florida State Parks, and plenty of beautiful beaches. Here we offer our Florida road trip itinerary, a rundown of the trip’s highs and lows, and suggestions for fun road trip pit stops along the way.
Florida Road Trip Highs & Lows
- Hiking over a swing bridge and through a hardwood hammock at Florida’s O’Leno State Park .
- Dealing with a toddler prone to car sickness while driving thousands of miles.
- Viewing aquatic wildlife and historic artifacts from a glass-bottom boat in Florida’s Silver Spring State Park.
- Hiking, boating, and snorkeling in Biscayne Bay National Park.
- Swimming, snorkeling, & exploring Fort Jefferson at Dry Tortugas National Park.
- Cruising through Everglades National Park on an airboat.
- Playing in the surf at Canaveral National Seashore.
- Exploring the oldest masonry fort in the continental US, the Castillo de San Marcos.
Road Trip Pit Stops
The primary destination of our road trip was South Florida. But to get there, we spent a significant amount of time driving through the Midwest and the South. With 5 young kids in tow, we did not drive straight through. We made multiple pit stops to eat, move, and most importantly to visit new places. Which is the main appeal of a road trip, right? Our road trip pit stop highlights include:
- Admiring the vintage Corvettes at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
- Checking out the eclectic collection of vehicles at the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tennessee.
- Riding the carousel an exploring Coolidge Park in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
- Observing nearly 800 species of animals at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
- Eating Key Lime Pie and watching roosters and street performers in Key West, Florida.
- Going on a scavenger hunt at the Pirate & Treasure Museum in St Augustine, Florida.
|National Corvette Museum||Kentucky||240||5.5|
|Lane Motor Museum||Tennessee||69||1.25|
|2||O’Leno State Park||Florida||245||3.50|
|Silver Springs State Park||Florida||66||1.10|
|3||Hotel – Miami (Pool Day)||Florida||0||0.00|
|4||Biscayne NP – Dante Fascell Visitor Center||Florida||54||1.20|
|Biscayne NP – Boca Chita Key||Florida||11||1.00|
|5||Biscayne NP – Snorkel Excursion||Florida||54||1.20|
|6||Bahia Honda State Park||Florida||144||2.75|
|Key West Tourist Attractions||Florida||35||0.75|
|7||Dry Tortugas NP||Florida||70||2.75|
|8||Everglades NP – Ernest F Coe Visitor Center||Florida||132||2.75|
|Everglades NP – Royal Palm||Florida||4||0.12|
|Everglades NP – Airboat Tour||Florida||35||0.90|
|9||Canaveral National Seashore||Florida||144||2.20|
|Castillo de San Marcos National Monument||Florida||83||1.50|
|St Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum||Florida||0||0.00|