A Florida holiday can be so much more than just a relaxing and rejuvenating holiday by the beach as there are so many sporting activities on offer for you to enjoy. Whether it’s a gentle stroll or hitting the waves, you’ll be having so much fun you won’t even realise that you’re exercising. Better yet, you’ll be getting a good dose of vitamin D and topping up your tan at the same time.
With an abundance of scenic hiking trails to choose from across various terrains, both hiking enthusiasts and those wanting a gentle stroll can take their holiday down a new path. The trails located in North Florida are generally quite hilly so backpackers must be prepared to work their legs, but the most challenging routes can be found in Big Cypress National Preserve in South Florida. Central Florida’s routes on the other hand are great for both beginners and experts.
A magnitude of both paved and off-road cycling trails suitable for every rider can be found in abundance across Florida. Hop on a bike to pedal your way through scenic rural landscapes and areas of natural beauty people never knew existed. Popular routes include the 20 mile St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail which connects the capital city to St, Marks on the coast, as well as the Cross Florida Greenway/Santos Trails, also known as the ultimate off-road bike playground.
Horse around on one of the many equestrian trails and activities Florida has to offer. Saddle up and choose between enjoying a quintessential Florida beach complete with swaying palms trees, or getting back to nature and meandering along rustic horseback riding trails through cypress swamps, pine flatwoods and hardwood hammocks. If you’d prefer someone else to take the reigns, opt for a horse-drawn carriage ride or spectate at a polo match or championships rodeo instead.
Florida has more golf courses per capita than any other place in the United States, making it the perfect destination to practice your swing and dream of participating in some of the nation’s most famous tournaments. Whether you want to stay and play, or pay as you play, beginners and experienced golfers alike are welcome at the 1,000 golf courses in the state (and counting).
Diving and Snorkelling
Dive into new experiences in Florida. After all, where else could you explore shipwrecks-turned-artificial reefs, including the massive USS Oriskany, a WWII-era aircraft carrier, and aren’t you curious to see John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, America’s only underwater state park? Expect to see a myriad of colourful tropical fish, living coral and even sea turtles while you’re exploring new depths. Snorkellers can enjoy much of the same, but also have the opportunity to swim beside Manatees in Crystal River.
Watersports are the perfect activity for adrenaline seekers who prefer to keep their feet firmly off dry land. Surfing and stand up paddleboarding are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to watersport options in Florida. For something a little different, why not try kayaking through an endless array of creeks and hidden bays, or hit the waves via a speed boat ride, a high-flying parasailing trip or a jetski.
If you’d rather watch sport than actively take part in it, be sure to catch a game or two during your stay in Florida. Choose to watch anything from spring training baseball to ice hockey. If you’re lucky enough, you may even be able to find tickets and join the thousands of motorsport enthusiasts who attend the Daytona 50, a famous 500-mile-long motor race held at Daytona International Speedway.