Can't-Miss Places on Your Florida RV Trip

Top destinations in the sunshine state.

Bryanna Royal  |  11.06.2017

Florida is a great place to RV in the winter. If you are able to get farther south than Orlando, the weather is most likely going to be warm and sunny even in January or February. Sounds good to me! We recommend starting your road trip earlier in the year, so you can also take in the beauty of the Panhandle – one of our favorite places!

Florida Panhandle

You don’t want to miss visiting this part of Florida. It is one of our favorite places to visit in the whole country. We highly recommend Grayton Beach State Park and the surrounding area.

The campground is within walking distance to the beach – one of the most beautiful in the country. We can spend a whole day just hanging out here, with its soft white sand and turquoise, crystal-clear water.

Just down the street is Destin. It is a tourist town, but this means there are lots of attractions, restaurants and stores. There are also some great RV parks on the beach, like Camp Gulf and Henderson Beach State Park.

Orlando

You can’t miss Orlando when you go to Florida. However, I don’t recommend spending a week park-hopping to all the amusement parks. Instead, just pick one or two and spend a couple days there. Then use the rest of your time to explore the other areas of Orlando.

We enjoyed a day at Magic Kingdom and a day at Universal Studios (perfect for Harry Potter fans). We also recommend Legoland if you have younger kids. There is definitely magic in these amusement parks, but also a lot of people.

One of our favorite places to visit when in Orlando is Kelly Rock Springs – perfect for tubing down a crystal-clear river. This place is awesome and we can’t believe it is only 30 minutes from all the craziness of Orlando!

There is the Thousand Trails Orlando resort which is a great location for visiting these attractions or you can’t go wrong with Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Talk about nice!

Central Florida

Highland Hammock State Park is a beautiful park located in the middle of Florida. The campground is nice and the hiking and trails are amazing. One of the trails takes you through a swamp on a walkway with no railings on it … yes, a little scary, but also cool! This state park is definitely worth a stop.

Everglades

Miami Everglades RV Park gets you into the Miami area, but far enough away to enjoy some peace and quiet. It is also close to the Shark Valley Visitor Center of the Everglades. At this awesome place, you can take a 15-mile bike ride where you are literally riding your bike right next to HUGE alligators.

It really is a unique experience that also leads you into the middle of the Everglades where you can walk to the top of a lookout tower and see the vast park. Plus, a LOT of alligators! Not feeling like the bike ride? They do have a tram you can take. Tickets sell out, so be sure to buy ahead of time.

Florida Keys

A Florida road trip just isn’t complete without a visit to the Florida Keys. However, Hurricane Irma really did a number on the Keys, so hopefully they will be back up and running soon. The Keys are a Caribbean paradise in the U.S. We love the vibe of Key West (even with kids – during the day).

One of our favorite activities is going on the Fury Adventure. Spend six hours on a boat that takes you out to snorkel, jet ski, parasail and play in the water. It is awesome fun for everyone.

Make sure to visit the Dry Tortugas, too. The island is 70 miles off the coast of Key West and well worth the 2-hour boat trip to get there (bring your Dramamine).

Exploring the fort on the island and taking in the beauty of the shells, beach and water is an unbelievable experience. (Check out our video for more).

Atlantic Coast

We have mixed feelings about the Atlantic Coast since the beach just isn’t as clear and beautiful as the Gulf side. That being said, we are going to suggest driving up to St. Augustine.

This city is really cool. We enjoyed exploring all of the historic places and also visiting the Alligator Farm. Plus, there are lots of great restaurants and forts to explore.

We spent six months road tripping through Florida and enjoyed every minute of it. There is so much to see and do in this state. In our opinion, it is the best place to be in the U.S. when it is cold everywhere else in the country!


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  1. Mike Sz Posted on 10.20.2018

    I would suggest always being aware of the local risks, bad people, animals, snakes, spiders and plants. Wekiwa River in Wekiwa Springs State Park minutes north of Orlando is beautiful rowing time for a canoe/kayak BUT never a tube. Alligators are present! A few years ago a swimmer ignored the caution signs about not swimming and paid a price. Enjoy… but be knowledgeable of the possible hazards. The Wekiwa Springs have a designated swimming, floatables area.

  2. Bryanna Posted on 11.19.2017

    Florida in winter can be really hard to find campgrounds – especially if you are looking at state parks or national parks and if you are further down south. If price isn’t an issue and you don’t really mind where you stay then I would think you could find something. But ideally I would recommend booking ahead of time or you may find you spend all of your time looking for campgrounds instead of just enjoying the trip! Florida after January 1 is FILLED with full time rvers!

  3. Jeanne Posted on 11.18.2017

    If we go to the Keys we will know the dates by then. Thanks for the heads up – but I bet it was still cheaper than a hotel, right?

  4. Jeanne Posted on 11.18.2017

    We plan on just driving the coasts of Florida this winter and stopping where we like a place and stay however long we want to. Will this be a problem due to so many full time RVers living in the RV parks? Will we need reservations ahead of time? We don’t really know the coast so would like to wing it. Is this advisable?

    1. Don Cohen Posted on 11.18.2017

      Reservations are helpful, especially in the Keys. We managed to get a space for 3 nights in Sunshine Key 3 years ago in high season. Most we’ve ever paid: $150 a night!