There are lots of fun possibilities for fun day trips from Gainesville. If you have kids, getting out of the house for the day is imperative on those long summer days with nothing to do. Below are ideas of places to go with kids within a 2 1/2 hour drive from Gainesville.
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Theme Parks – From Gainesville, there are more than 10 theme parks within a 2 1/2 hour drive. Some have lots of rides, while others focus more on shows and attractions.
Water Parks – From Gainesville, there are more than 10 water parks within a 2 1/2 hour drive as well. During the summer, spending the day at a water park can be a great way to stay cool while still having fun outside.
Zoos, Aquariums and Animal Parks – From Gainesville, there are almost 20 places to take kids to see animals. Whether your kids want to see large animals in zoos or explore animals in their natural habitat, there are plenty of options.
Beaches – One of the best things about living in Florida is that you can be at the beach within a couple of hours. At many nearby beaches you can drive and park your car on the beach making traveling with kids even easier.
Springs – In the Gainesville area, visiting a spring for the day is a great alternative to the beach. Many springs are closer than the beach, and the water is usually 72 degrees year round making it a great place to cool down when the temperature is in the 90’s.
Museums – All the above day trips are outdoor day trips. If you’d prefer to visit some place with air conditioning, consider one of the kid-friendly museums within a 2 hour drive.
Other Popular Day Trips – Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Tampa, Ocala, Orlando, Cedar Key, Crystal River and Daytona Beach are all close by.