After a long and tiring work week, the last thing anyone wants is to take a lengthy trip and return even more tired, just in time for Monday! However, for those who live in South Florida, there is a wide selection of excellent attractions and activities within easy reach. Here are some of our favorite weekend getaways, activities and attractions that won’t take long to reach.
Peanut Island Park and Campground
Peanut Island is a fantastic destination for a family weekend getaway. Featuring excellent snorkeling facilities, pathways to explore, swimming spots and plenty of places for overnight camping, Peanut Island is a great place to spend a quiet weekend with the great outdoors. The best ways to reach Peanut Island is on the water taxi which stops at Riviera Beach Marina and Sailfish Marina. Don’t forget to visit the John F. Kennedy Bunker while you are there.
Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
Located in Boca Raton, the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is a great place to visit if you and your family are interested in animals. The Center features sharks, sea turtles and various other aquatic creatures within aquariums as well as a beautiful butterfly garden. You can also walk through a hammock and climb up the 40 foot tower to experience a stunning panoramic view. The Gumbo Limbo Nature Center also has a Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Facility where visitors can learn more about the gentle creatures. If you would like to take home some memorabilia, you can stop by at the nature-themed gift shop for environmentally friendly and unique gifts.
Florida National Scenic Trail
The Florida National Scenic Trail offers plenty of ground to explore the Sunshine State. If you are planning a weekend trip, then you won’t be able to explore the entire trail in one visit. You can however, break it up to segments so that you can enjoy the trail in many different ways. The segment from Lake Okeechobee to the Atlantic Ocean is a connector segment of the trail. This trail features a lake and an ocean that are large enough to be considered an inland sea. You can also explore the Belle Glade, South Bay, Pahokee and Canal Point on the LOST segment of the Florida National Scenic Trail. The LOST segment can be accessed from several points scattered across the Western portion of the Palm Beaches.
Mounts Botanical Garden
Located in West Palm Beach, the Mounts Botanical Garden is the largest and oldest botanical garden in Palm Beach County. Spread across 14 acres, the garden is home to over 2000 species of native, exotic, tropical and subtropical species of plants. This is a great place to spend a day, exploring some fascinating flora.