Make 2020 even better than 2019 with this Florida Bucket List. Seize the moment by exploring Key West’s hidden gem by air or be bold and snuggle with wolves. Whether you’re a solo traveler or an out-of-the-box daredevil, Florida has something for everyone.
Whether you’re a native of the Sunshine State, new to the area or plan to visit soon, this 2020 Florida bucket list should be on your radar. Skip the boring resolutions and jump into this unranked list of the top 20 things to do in 2020 along with honorable mentions that were just too good to leave out. Stop waiting, adventure starts now.1. Dine with world-renowned chefs
Get ready to grub and mingle at The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival. More than 65,000 folks attend the five-day weekend every year. You’ll get a chance to be among culinary legends and sample world-class food and wine. The 19th annual festival begins February 19 - 23, 2020.2. Become a beach bum
Florida is known for having the best beaches. Lay out on Siesta Key Beach and catch some sun. The beach, which is known for its glittering sand recently came in sixth on TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice award list. From picturesque picnics to fun waters ports, there’s plenty to do at the beach.
Related: Visit Siesta Key: 4 ways to enjoy the island like a local3. Reach new peaks in an Orlando hot air balloon
Grab a date or a friend, and float through the air at sunrise at heights of up to 2,500 feet at Orlando Balloon Rides. Wanna save a few bucks? Take a flight in the morning during the week for $160 per adult/$99 per child.
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Florida’s known for a lot, and it’s no secret that oranges are a billion-dollar industry for the state. Oranges from the Sunshine State make up 56% of the United States’ orange supply, so get your citrus on by picking your own oranges at Vo-La Salle Farms. The family-owned farm experiences first blossoms in March until the first day of harvest in November. While you’re taking a look around, be sure to say hello to the cows, pigs and goats around the farm.
Related: Get a taste of ‘Old Florida’: Day trip to this retro orange farm5. See one of Key West’s most beautiful gems -- by air
Join Seaplane Adventures on a mini trip 70 miles west of Key West, where lies one of North America's most inaccessible National Parks, the Dry Tortugas. You can sunbathe on a remote white sand beach or snorkel the reef in warm, clear waters.
Related: Trip to Islamorada: Quiet adventure, fresh seafood at every corner6. Find serenity in a garden
Need a place to meditate? Seek peace at Bok Tower Gardens. After visiting the towers, slip into the nature trails for a scenic walk or visit the Blue Palmetto Cafe for a Vegan Cobb Salad before exploring the gardens for seasonal azaleas, camellias and magnolias.7. Taste flavors from around the world
Experience global cuisine, culinary demonstrations and music as you stroll through Disney’s Epcot. If you missed the 2019 Food & Wine Festival, mark your calendars for the next Disney festivals -- the 2020 Epcot® International Festival of the Arts from January 17 - February 24, 2020 and the 2020 Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival from March 04 - June 01, 2020.
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It takes courage to jump out of a plane -- and what better time to conquer your fear than 2020? Take a leap and start the new year off as a certified daredevil by visiting Skydive Sarasota.9. Get speedy
Venture to Daytona to check out the Daytona 500 for some speedy thrills. Head over to the 62nd annual DAYTONA 500 on Feb. 16, 2020, to cheer on your favorite racers.
Related: PHOTOS: The 2019 Daytona 50010. Mingle with gators
Channel your inner wildlife expert and ride through the Everglades on an air boat at around 40 mph over hundreds of feisty gators at Captain Jack’s. When you’re done zipping through the swamp, stay for the animals and alligator show, which is free with all air boat tours. Visitors will get an up-close look at alligators, tigers, lions, a Florida panther and more.
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Soar high at The Wheel. Hop on this sky-high ride for an elevated journey into the clouds. Want to party in the air? Purchase the Sky Bar package and enjoy an open beer and wine bar while enjoying the city views.View this post on Instagram 12. Teleport to the past
Get transported to the bygone days of Florida’s history by checking out a reenactment at the Castillo de San Marcos. The Historic Weapons Demonstration is offered every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and showcases rangers and volunteers demonstrating the weapons and experiences of the Spanish colonial soldier in 1740s St. Augustine.
Related: Trip to St. Augustine: The best vacation, no plans required13. Hunt ghosts
Want to hear spooky tales and experience strange lights, temperature changes and apparitions? Join the Ghost Tours of St. Augustine, Inc. Featured on the Travel Channel and Discovery Channel, these ghost tours uncover haunting tales of the town's dark history.14. Get nerdy at the Space Coast
The Space Coast is a destination for all ages, and was named one of CNN’s 2019 top worldwide spots to visit. It’s where you can view the space shuttle Atlantis, touch a moon rock, meet NASA astronauts, tour a NASA spaceflight facility and get up close to a Saturn V moon rocket all on the same day.
Read more: Florida destination named one of CNN’s 2019 top worldwide spots to visit15. Glamp like a champ
Gone are the days of being bitten by incessant mosquitoes or cowering in a minuscule tent, wondering if a gator will eat you. Nowadays, you can glamp. For those who don’t know what glamping is, it’s like camping except with luxurious amenities not offered in traditional camp settings. Experience camping minus the daunting Man Vs. Wild vibes at the Westgate River Ranch.
Read more: Glamping in Florida: It’s just like camping but way more comfortableView this post on Instagram 16. Enjoy a blast from the past at the Florida Museum of Natural History
Enjoy a blast from the past at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Learn about Florida’s legacy at one of the nation’s top five natural history museums. Pro-tip: If you’re a college student, admission to the exhibits is free. And if you want the learning to continue, sign up for the free Florida history newsletter by texting FLORIDATIME to 345345.17. Swim with Florida manatees at Crystal River
Put on a wet suit and prepare to get stealthy like James Bond as the manatee experiences are done by snorkeling silently. The manatee tours include new suits and snorkel gear as well as full-service facilities for changing, videos and pictures of your manatee experience; all you need to do is show up.18. Get your blood pumping
Feel bad about not sticking to your fitness resolutions? Amp up your bucket list by running across the Key West Seven Mile bridge like a champ. Start training now -- the 39th Annual 7 Mile Bridge Run will be on March 28, 2020.19. Zip through the trees like Tarzan
If you’re brave enough, try the moonlight zip lining tours, which takes you across five zip lines and two sky bridges. Not ready to take a swing through the trees? The Canyons also offers horseback riding tours, gem mining and wine tastings for laid-back guests.20. Watch mermaids
There are a lot of urban legends, but one of the most popular has to be the alluring mermaid. She appears in Disney movies and in storybooks, but did you know you can meet one in Florida? Sit back and watch stunning mermaids gracefully swim in a submerged 400-seat auditorium at Weeki Wachee Springs. You won’t be able to look away from these whimsical characters.
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Take a trip to the ‘50s
Kick it with your friends old-school style at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Watch chilling sci-fi scenes as you devour retro ‘50s meals like the Drive-In BBQ Burger while sitting in a car-shaped booth.
Dig into secrets
Be brave and find out the secrets of Spook Hill. Known for its optical illusion on a hill, this eerie area seems to make cars go uphill when they’re put into neutral in the area.
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Feel like a kid again
Channel your inner kiddo and travel back to your childhood at Legoland. Trying to save pennies in 2020? Enjoy 12 months of unlimited admission to Legoland Florida & Water Park by signing up for an “Awesome pass,” which is a Florida Resident annual pass that can be paid off with monthly payments of $11.66.