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Top 5 Family Road Trip Ideas from Lakeland


Get your fill of surf, sand, sun, culture, history – and, of course, adventure – with our top five family road trip ideas from Lakeland.

Crystal River

Who wouldn’t love a road trip to the Manatee Capital of the World? Crystal River is the ultimate road trip destination for outdoors-oriented fun. Swim with manatees. Fish the deep sea off the Citrus County coastline or hit up the area’s abundant saltwater flats for some inshore action. Tee off at a world-class golf course or two. Hike Crystal River Preserve State Park or the Chassahowitzka Salt Marsh Trails. Cycle the Withlacoochee State Trail. There’s so much to see and do here. Just remember: No matter what adventures you choose in Crystal River, make sure those charming manatees make the list!


Sure, Miami is known for its epic nightlife. But the fun isn’t just for the grown-ups. Whether it’s exploring the culture of Little Havana, taking a thrilling airboat ride in the nearby Everglades, or enjoying a family-friendly surf session at South Beach, there’s all sorts of all-ages adventure to be had in Miami. You’ll also find a vibrant arts and museum scene here. The Wynwood Arts District, Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, and Miami Children’s Museum are just a few ideas for your itinerary. 

Lake Wales

For a quick road trip, this Central Florida gem delivers. From the zen-like vibes of Bok Tower Gardens to an endlessly fascinating dive into the region’s citrus industry roots at Florida’s Natural Grove House – there’s plenty to check out here. Make sure you visit “haunted” Spook Hill and schedule some playtime at gorgeous Lake Wailes. 

Daytona Beach

For an epic sun- and sand-filled road trip, put Daytona Beach on your Florida road trip list. This iconic city on the Atlantic Coast boasts some 35 miles of shoreline including a staggering 26 beach access points. Whether you’re looking to hit up some of the state’s best surf spots, check out the sights along the boardwalk, or scale the second-highest lighthouse in the country, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse, Daytona Beach delivers. And that’s just a sampling of the adventure to be had here. You’ll never go wrong with a trip to Daytona Beach.

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

If Crystal River is Florida’s manatee capital, then Weeki Wachee is the mermaid capital. Yep, you read that right. This park is home not only to the deepest freshwater cave system in the U.S. – making for epic explorations – but it’s also host to can’t-miss daily mermaid performances. It’s quite the sight, as is the lush scenery at this tropical paradise, where you can paddle the Weeki Wachee River, snorkel the springs at Buccaneer Bay, or swim in the park’s crystal-clear waters.

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Whether you need a unit for all your outdoor gear or a place to park your boat or RV between adventures, turn to StorQuest Self Storage in Lakeland. Our centrally located facility has everything you need to live big.

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