Things to Keep in Mind When Planning a Road Trip to Florida
There is a host of activities to enjoy when considering a road trip to Florida. Boasting a pleasant climate, unforgettable beaches and numerous attractions that are ideal for the entire family, this state may very well be the perfect getaway destination. If you fly into Florida, the first thing you’ll want to do is rent a car, as the state is actually quite big. After all, with so much to see and do, you’ll want to have as much freedom to move as you can.
Key Biscayne from Miami
Although not the capital, Miami is probably the most well-known and popular city in the state. Anyone planning a trip to Florida will want to make sure they have at least a few days to spend there, as its sights, sounds and unique mix of cultures are not to be missed. While staying in Miami, consider also visiting a wonderful location known as Key Biscayne, which is a mere fifteen minutes’ drive outside of the city or a total distance of eleven miles. Just take the I-95 southbound exit (the main motorway in Florida), then take the exit to the 913 motorway. While on the 913, you will cross Biscayne Bay and drive through Crandon Park before arriving at Key Biscayne. Expect to enjoy panoramic views and a quaint lighthouse, both ideal for a relaxing picnic!
Fort Lauderdale and South Beach
While the city of Fort Lauderdale is host to a number of unforgettable venues, nearby South Beach is renowned for attracting the rich, the famous and the beautiful, probably because it boasts one of the most stunning strips of seafront property in the world. It’s a fun, trendy and sometimes quirky place that will often surprise you. From Fort Lauderdale, the total driving time will be approximately forty minutes in traffic; a comfortable distance of 31.5 miles. You’ll spend pretty much the whole drive on the southbound section of the I-95 motorway, so it’s hard to get lost.
Miami and the Kennedy Space Center
No trip to Florida would be complete without a day at the Kennedy Space Center. With exciting attractions for children and adults alike, it is more than worth the visit, whether you’re travelling with family or friends. From Miami the total distance is two hundred and sixteen miles, however, so you should expect to be on the road for about three hours (slightly more in traffic). If you’re bringing kids along, make sure they have something to do. Many rental cars will have a DVD player built in so the little ones can enjoy a film or two on the way.
To get to the Kennedy Space Center, follow Florida’s Turnpike and the I-95 motorway north then exit at the FL-405 causeway. This will become the NASA Causeway and then NASA Parkway West. Not long after, you’ll arrive at the Kennedy Space Center.
Of course, these are but a few of the attractions that await. Plan ahead and your trip to Florida will be a memorable and exciting experience.