Maybe it’s to make up for our gorgeous winters, but Florida summer weather is…not great. It’s hot, muggy, and buggy, with frequent storms. Still, there are many great activities to do in Florida year round. Plus, it’s the off season, so lines are shorter and prices are, in some cases, at least, cheaper.
On a hot day, there’s no better place to be than in the water, and for Floridians, there’s always somewhere to splash around. Whether a morning at the beach or a day at a water park, or an afternoon trip to a community pool or local splash pad, there are lots of options. For something different, consider renting a canoe or going on a whale watching tour.
If you’re making a day of it, plan ahead! You’ll probably want to take some time out of the sun, plus, you’ll want somewhere to escape those sudden Florida rainstorms. A lot of places have indoor cafes, gift shops, or museums that you can use for an excuse to get out of the elements.
Tour a cave
At Florida Caverns State Park, you can tour dry (as in, not underwater) caves filled with stunning limestone stalagmites and stalactites. It’s a great way to go on a fascinating nature hike without having to really go outside. The caves are cool and dry, no matter what the weather is doing.
Take in some history
Founded by Florida’s first governor, Pedro Menédez de Avilés, St. Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied European-established city in the United States. Stroll down St. George Street or visit the Mission of Nombre de Dios or the Old Jail. St. Augustine can get really hot in the summer, so plan accordingly, but by going in the warmer months you can avoid the heavy tourist traffic that comes in the winter.
Visit a museum
For a fun, educational day trip to somewhere air conditioned, visit a museum. No matter what you’re interested in, Florida has something for you. Some of the best: the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, The Ringling, The Dali Museum, and the National Naval Aviation Museum.
See a show
Lots of movie theaters offer free or cheap movies in the summer, often geared towards families. Or, check your area to see if you have a community theater group that performs near you.
Go to an indoor playground
If you have young kids who are itching for a trip to a playground, but it’s too hot or rainy to take a trip to the park, see if you have any indoor playgrounds in your area. Many of these are even more elaborate than regular parks, with multi-story slides, trampolines, and foam pits.