Top Day Trips From South Florida

June 20, 2015 8:00 AM

Looking to escape the daily grind of the “big city” lifestyle for one day? Luckily, one of the perks of visiting (or living) in South Florida is that it offers no shortage of day trip activities for individuals, couples and large groups alike. The best part is that many of these getaway locations are just a short drive away, and there seems to be something for everyone. So pack light and enjoy the ride, because the following spots are the top day trip options in the Sunshine State.

RA Charters
Dinner Key Marina: Pier 7 Slip 8
3400 Pan American Drive
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
(305) 989-3959
www.racharters.com

With water surrounding three-quarters of the peninsula and ideal weather conditions year-round, planning a day trip in the Sunshine State could prove to be a daunting task. Nevertheless, RA Charters undeniably falls under the category of South Florida’s best-kept secrets. Join Captain Asaad Masoud, Ph.D. aboard his 45-foot sailing vessel as he navigates Miami’s Biscayne Bay, the Florida Keys and the Bahamas. Day sails (half-day/full-day) and sunset cruises are available for up to six guests, making RA Charters perfect for family trips, birthday celebrations, corporate events and romantic wedding proposals.

Fury Glass Bottom Boat Cruise
2 Duval St. (between Ocean Key Resort and Pier House Resort)
Key West, FL 33040
(305) 296-6293
www.furycat.com

Home to the largest living coral reef in the country, Fury’s Glass Bottom Boat Cruise in Key West is certainly one of the most unique experiences in all of South Florida. Hop aboard this magnificent 65-foot catamaran and enjoy the best the Florida Keys has to offer. Experience the award-winning indoor viewing area or simply catch some rays on the seated sun deck above. Planning a day trip this Fourth of July? Be sure and check out Fury’s Glass Bottom Boat 3-D Fourth of July Cruise, which includes appetizers, soda, beer, wine and champagne. Everyone is encouraged to make early reservations and fees for this July 4 celebration.

The Kayak Shack
77522 Overseas Highway
Islamorada, FL 33036
(305) 664-4878
www.kayakthefloridakeys.com

Located at Robbie’s Marina (MM-77) in Islamorada, The Kayak Shack offers the best kayaking, paddle-boarding and guided eco-tour options without having to drive all the way down to Key West. With two state parks to discover – Indian Key and Lignumvitae Key – it’s no wonder this is one of the most visited spots by both locals and tourists alike. Half-day, all-day, weekly and monthly plans are available to those looking to explore the Single Kayak, Double Kayak, Stand-up Paddle Boards and the Canoe options. The Single Hobie Pedal Kayak is also available for half-day and all-day rentals.

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Jet Ski Rentals – South Beach
1127 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 767-1255
www.beachcitytickets.com/jet-ski-rentals-miami-beach

Jet ski rentals are always a great option a day-trip getaway filled with adrenaline and fun in the South Florida sun. Jet Ski Rentals in South Beach not only offer the best rates, but the fact that their pricing is all-inclusive simplifies the experience and makes it more enjoyable. While other companies stack on a number of hidden fees, Jet Ski Rentals vouches to charge a standard rate with no security deposit or fuel charge. Live a little this summer and satisfy that need for speed while soaking in some of the beautiful sights of South Beach.

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Airboat In Everglades
17696 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33194
(888) 893-4443
www.airboatineverglades.com

A list of top day trips in South Florida would not be complete without a journey into one of its most visited landmarks, Everglades National Park. With state-of-the-art equipment and a friendly staff, Airboat In Everglades is the best way to see this natural beauty in all its splendor. The one-hour semi-private airboat adventure covers approximately eight miles of the Everglades for an affordable price of $50 per adult and/or $30 for children between six-12 years of age. The one-hour private option covers the same distance for $175 for up to two people, and $50 for each additional person. It’s also worth noting that Airboat In Everglades provides free transportation for those looking to purchase the two-hour private airboat ride.

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