Fun Florida road trip stops include driving on dirt roads and beaches, drive thru churches and other businesses, funky buildings, and other quirky Florida.
Building on the theme of Florida Road Trips from a previous McCool Travel article (Road Trip Habits), here are some Florida road trip stops to entertain (and hopefully inform) you.
McCool Travel tip: When possible, stay off the major roads. Seeing Florida from smaller roads is much more fun than from the highways.
1. Florida Beach Scenes
Although there are so many fun Florida road trip stops all over the state, I certainly hope you incorporate some beach time into your next Florida road trip. Perhaps you will see some of Florida’s colorful lifeguard stands, amazing beaches, or kitschy fun decorations.
The area near the Daytona Beach boardwalk retains yesteryear charm. The Jantzen lady is just one of the old school discoveries you will find.
Perhaps you will also witness an exploding sunrise.
2. Fun Florida Mailboxes
>>> Please also see the McCool Travel article: Road Trip Sights: Manatee Mailboxes
3. USA’s Smallest Post Office
Driving Tamiami Trail—the road between Tampa and Miami (thus, its name Tamiami)—in the middle of the Everglades, is the world’s smallest post office. It is located in the small village of Ochopee. By the way, my grandparents lived a mile from this post office for about 25 years, so my cards and letters went through this building.
>>> Please also read the McCool Travel article: 7 Fun Scenic Drives in Florida.
4. Florida’s Funky Buildings
Little pink houses for you and me!
I like to call the above house, The Flintstone House? So many houses in Florida were constructed with a miss-mash of whatever stones they could find. Interesting, right?
Explore the Arabian themed architecture in Opa Locka, Florida (but read my warnings first!).
Can you believe there is a building in Florida that was built in the year 1141? Read the amazing story about the oldest building in the Western Hemisphere
5. Mossy Roads in Florida
Exploring smaller roads in North Florida will present you with many opportunities to see Spanish moss hanging from oak and cypress trees.
6. Dirt Roads in Florida
If your Florida road trip experience has only been on I-95, I-75, and the Turnpikes, then you will be surprised (pleasantly, I hope) to learn that there are plenty of opportunities to drive on unpaved roads.
Plenty of dirt roads can also be found in and near the Everglades. For exact locations, see 6 Sensational Miami Scenic Drives for Fun Florida Road Trips.
Some beaches allow for beach driving. Daytona Beach is perhaps most well known car beach in the world and it has 13 miles of drivable beach.
>>> Please also see the McCool Travel article: 8 Great Things to Do in Daytona Beach
7. Florida Drive Thrus
The state of Florida has ample opportunity to shop, worship, and more from your car. Good thing we are on a road trip!
Farm Stores are a staple of South Florida living.
Drive thru liquor stores are all over Florida. Big Daddy’s is the most weep-established and oldest brand, so there are knock offs with cutesy names like Happy Pappy’s.
Alas, this location was closed so I could not cure my “eat catfish while driving” jones.
And, yes, Florida has at least one drive in church. The Daytona Beach Drive In Christian Church has two services on Sundays. They serve snacks in the Friendship Hall but I wonder how many bring their own to eat in their vehicles.
8. Florida Cemetery Humor
Somewhat appropriately, I hope, this article on fun Florida road trip stops will end with cemeteries. Residents of Key West, locally called The Conch Republic, celebrate life every day and, as I found out, even spin a humorous slant to death.
Here are just two humorous examples I found in the Key West Cemetery.
>>> Please also see the McCool Travel article: 8 Great Spots to Visit in the Florida Keys.
Other historic cemeteries, not necessarily humorous, in Florida include three Florida National Cemetery locations (Bushnell, Jacksonville, and Lake Worth) and the Coconut Grove Bahamian Settlers Cemetery (where Michael Jackson’s Thriller video was filmed).
Do you have any favorite Florida road trip stops?