Jump into Florida adventure and don’t look down! There’s so much to do and see to push your boundaries here in the Sunshine State. From an underwater diving excursion to a swamp walk and even a haunted lighthouse tour, the options are everywhere.

We chose these award-winners based on based on reviews, offerings, unique features, adventure level, and our own extra subjective criteria. Book a trip with any of these activities included and you’re on your way to an unforgettable experience.

Best Unique Outdoor Adventures in Florida

Bird’s Underwater Dive Center, Manatee Diving || Crystal River

About the activity: Swim with Manatees Tours is owned and operated by Bird’s Underwater Dive Shop and is located directly on King’s Bay. Bill “Bird” and Diane Oestreich have been operating in Crystal River, Florida since 1989. We have offered family friendly manatee snorkel tours, and scuba diving instruction in Citrus County for over 29 years, and gained a worldwide reputation for safety, integrity, customer service and just plain fun! Check our conditions update page for current conditions, weather and tides determines the number of manatees and where they will be. Manatees come into Kings Bay to shelter for the winter from November to March, but we do have a small summer population. We offer kayak rentals, Scuba Diving tours and instruction. Check us out on Trip Advisor, our reputation speaks for itself.

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A Day Away Kayak Tours || Titusville

About the activity: Our guides are all trained to give you clear and helpful instruction and will have you paddling like a champ in just a few minutes. Twenty percent of our guests have never kayaked before and all have a great trip.

A Day Away Kayak Tours serves kayakers visiting all areas of Central Florida. We offer the following kayak tours: Moonlight Tours, Sunrise & Sunset Tours, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Tours, Manatee Encounter Tours, Silver River Tours, Private Refuge Tours and our specialty is Bioluminescent Tours.

We are within a reasonable driving distance to join any of our day or evening tours–Titusville, Cocoa Beach, Merritt Island, Rockledge, Melbourne, Melbourne Beach, Satellite Beach, Indialantic, Palm Bay, Ormond Beach, Daytona Beach, St Augustine, Jacksonville, New Smyrna Beach, Edgewater, Orlando, Kissimmee, Lake Buena Vista, St. Cloud, Winter Park, Winter Haven, Lakeland, Clermont, Oviedo, Sanford, Lake Mary, Deland, Apopka and surrounding areas, especially those close to the Space Coast, Walt Disney World Resorts, Sea World, or Universal Orlando Theme Parks.

If you plan to kayak in Florida, we are your gateway. We specialize in large group kayak rentals and tours from all over the state of Florida.

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Dark of the Moon, Haunted Lighthouse Tour || Saint Augustine

About the activity: Be one of the few to experience the St. Augustine Lighthouse at night. The Dark of the Moon paranormal tour is the only tour with access inside the Lighthouse. Learn the real history behind the paranormal events that take place here. Make reservations at staugustinelighthouse.org

The Dark Of The Moon tour is a two hour paranormal tour. The first portion is a guided session through the Keeper’s house and the grounds. Then after a climb in the tower in total darkness guests are set free to explore and investigate the site as they see fit.

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Captain Mike’s Scalloping Tours || Crystal River

About the activity: Scalloping is a fun thing to do, especially in the hottest and most humid of Florida summers, because you actually “fish” for the critters in the water. It’s akin to a treasure hunt, but under water, as you go in search of these delicious bivalves that love to just hang out in gooey mud at the bottom of warm waters and near the bottom of long sea grass. They’re fun to hunt for with friends or family. If you can snorkel, you can go scallop hunting!

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Sea Turtle Preservation Society’s Turtle Walks || Indialantic

About the activity: Our Florida State Permit allows us to guide groups to observe nesting loggerhead sea turtles. The walk team is comprised of many volunteers including greeters, presenters and guides all trained and experienced in their respective roles.

There are no guarantees that guests will see actual nesting, though – because it is all up to Mother Nature and the respective sea turtle to cooperate. However, the STPS turtle walk team has a very good success rate because we live near the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge, the site of the second largest loggerhead nesting area in the world!
Teams provide Turtle Walks for the public several nights a week during May, June, and July at three different locations in South Brevard County. Guests must make reservations to participate.

  • Guests arrive on the night of the walk.
  • The night begins with a presentation about sea turtles that nest in the area, the threats they encounter, and what we can do to help.
  • Meanwhile, permitted scouts are looking for loggerheads that are coming ashore to nest.
  • If a scout spots a nesting loggerhead, the group is led to the location and allowed to observe while the turtle is laying her eggs.

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Clyde Butcher’s Swamp Walk || Ochopee

About the activity: Why tell you when we could show you?

Dolphin Encounters at the Dolphin Research Center || Grassy Key

About the activity: Bring your family to meet our family of dolphins and sea lions, all of whom live in natural, seawater lagoons in the Gulf of Mexico. Spend a couple of hours or all day, experiencing their personalities in fun-filled, narrated behavior sessions. In between, watch educational presentations, visit the tropical birds, play in the Sprayground or simply enjoy the beautiful, outdoor Florida Keys setting.

The heart of our mission is the welfare of every animal in our family. Whether they are born here, or come from rescue/rehabilitation centers or other facilities, each receives the finest possible care and a safe, healthy, enriching home for life.

Dolphins and sea lions choose to participate in sessions, including interactive programs from the docks or in the water. None are ever forced. Therefore, on any given day, program availability and times may vary based on the needs of the animals.

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Bike Florida Tours || Clearwater

About the activity: Bicycle touring is the ultimate multisensory experience. See the details of your surroundings, smell the air, hear the sounds of the local area, and feel the texture of the road through your pedals.

Exploring a new area by bike can be intimidating if you are on your own. At Bike Florida, we do all the work for you. From our intimate all-inclusive small group tours, to our annual Spring Tour with hundreds of people, we provide something for a wide range of budgets and riding experience.

We can’t wait for you to learn about Florida’s unique cultural and historical heritage, enjoy our beaches, discover our springs, and explore our state parks. Let us take you to parts of Florida you never knew existed, and create everlasting memories from the perspective of your bicycle.

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Thriller Miami Speedboat Tours || Miami

About the activity: Thriller Miami Speedboat departs from Bayside Marketplace in Downtown Miami. The 45 minute tour provides the ultimate sightseeing experience in true “Miami Vice Style”. See celebrity mansions on Star Island, Fisher Island, Miami Beach and see the Art Deco district of South Beach from Thriller’s unique perspective in the Atlantic Ocean. We are the only tour boat that can give you an off-shore experience, covering three times the Miami area as compared to other tour vessels.

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