FLORIDA IN THE WINTER: FAVORITE DESTINATIONS AND ADVENTURES
Many people make the "Sunshine State" home during the colder months because Florida in the winter has mild temperatures and less rain. Average temperatures in Florida in the winter are lows in the 50s and highs in the 70s so who can blame them. From December to March it's my favorite time to get out there and explore.I may be a Florida resident but I despise the heat and I'm prone to getting heat sick alot which is no fun when you like being outdoors. Winter in Florida is when I can go hard on my favorite outdoor activities. Here are some of my favorite activities I like to plan in Florida in the winter months.
SWIM WITH MANATEES
If swimming with manatees isn't on your bucket list, it should be! Add it right now. This is hands down one of the single most satisfying wild animal encounters you could ever have and Crystal Springs and Homosassa Springs are the only place in Florida that allow you to swim with these gentle giants legally.There were at least 50 of these gentle giants in the King's Bay spring enjoying the warmer waters. Please note that in these pics we were observing passive observation and did not chase, harass, or initiate any contact with the manatees to stay in compliance with the law that protects these animals.
The winter months are truly the peak season for wild manatee viewing in Florida. Manatees can't handle cold water temperatures so when the Gulf of Mexico or the ocean temperatures fall below 68 degrees Fahrenheit, then you know it's time to go see these gentle giants. There are many places throughout the state of Florida where you can observe manatees from a boardwalk during colder temperatures.
The winter in Florida is mild enough to make kayaking still a fun activity. If you kayak the spring-fed rivers in the winter you definitely are more likely to see manatees.
GO GLAMPING IN FLORIDA
Glamping in Florida in the winter is the perfect time to get some fresh air and get outside. The temperatures are mild and the bugs are way less annoying!!
FLORIDA WINTER ROAD TRIPS
Taking a road trip in Florida in the winter is a great way to explore and have a new adventure without the suffocating humidity and extremely warm temperatures Florida can have during the summer. It's also much less rainy so the Sunshine State really lives up to its name in the winter.Everglades National Park - Visiting the Everglades during the winter is ideal for better more comfortable weather. See crocodiles, manatees, and birds. Kayak the backwaters, hike a trail, or take one of the shuttles. Dry Tortugas National Park - Head to the Florida Keys and take the ferry to visit this national park only accessible by boat or seaplane.Stuart, FL - Head to Martin County and take a sailboat ride or just enjoy sunrises above the Anastasia rock cliffs on the Atlantic Ocean.
GO ON A HIKE
Take advantage of the cooler weather to enjoy the great outdoors in Florida in the winter. Look for a state park, regional park, nature preserve, national forest, or national park that you haven't visited before and plan to take a nature walk. Here are some of my favorite parks with nature trails in Florida.