Since Fall Break crept up on everyone, students quickly start to wonder what to do during this long weekend to take advantage of the time off. Luckily here in Miami, students can venture either north or south and still be entertained with adventures that Florida has to offer. Here are a few options to consider for students deciding to take a trip in Florida for Fall Break.
For those whose ideal vacation is lying on the beach with a good book and no distractions, any of the Florida keys are a go-to spot. The farthest of the keys, Key West, is only a three-hour drive, so not that much time has to be spent traveling; also, road trips are fun AF. The keys are also a good spot for those who are more of the adventure type. Between diving and snorkeling, fishing, golfing and water sports, these islands have so much to offer. Fall break is the perfect opportunity to knock Duval Street off your bucket list.
Want the fun of Disney without having to deal with the absolute chaos that comes with it? Busch Gardens in Tampa has so many attractions and rides and even offers a buy two nights, get a third night free package – that’s the perfect amount of time for the long weekend. For those who venture to Orlando for Halloween Horror Nights, Busch Gardens has Howl-O-Scream, packed with rides, haunted houses and scare zones.
Dry Tortugas National Park
Dry Tortugas is a national park in the Gulf of Mexico, 70 miles west of Key West. It is only 100-square miles, consisting of mostly open water with seven small islands. Explore one of the largest 19th century forts in the U.S. or scuba dive among sunken boats and a diverse marine life. Visitors can spend the night at the park by camping in Garden Key. There are eight individual campsites that can each hold three two-person tents. The campsites are equipped with picnic tables and grills and cost $15 per night.
Did someone say siesta?? Because a nap is going to be much needed after midterms. Located in Sarasota, Florida, Siesta Beach has earned the reputation of one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The beach is equipped with a concession stand, a playground and volleyball courts where tournaments are held. Siesta Beach is recognized as a National Healthy Beach and is also certified as a “Blue Wave” beach by the Clean Beach Coalition, which helps maintain robust beaches. It’s debatable which is more beautiful: the white sand or the free parking.
Whether you venture to any of these places or explore some other part of the Sunshine State, pack sunscreen, sleep in and don’t even think about checking Blackboard.
Lizzie is a junior double majoring in media management and french. She is currently the Travel Editor for distractionmagazine.com, and writes for the print magazine as well. Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Lizzie loves working out, going to concerts, traveling and of course, writing.