Is there anywhere in Florida that's not fun? The short answer is no — practically every region of the Sunshine State offers a positive experience. Your road trip from Orlando to Miami is no exception as you'll be traveling from Central Florida's most exciting destination to the largest metro area in the state. Along the way, you'll be driving in close proximity to the Atlantic coastline and passing many popular beach towns, such as Vero Beach, Port St. Lucie, Palm Beach, and Fort Lauderdale. There are many areas of interest to see along the way, and it is definitely worthwhile to stay a day or two at any one of these locations during your trip.
There are three national parks located in Florida, all of which are in the southern end of the state. Without going too far off your route, you can take a side trip to either Biscayne National Park or Everglades National Park as you approach Miami.
Biscayne National Park
Biscayne National Park serves to preserve the Biscayne Bay and its barrier reefs. The park, which is 95% water, includes an extensive mangrove forest that lines the bay's shore. The largest island in the park is Elliot Island, and it is surrounded by many smaller islands of corals and sand. There are four distinct features of Biscayne National Park: shallow waters at Biscayne Bay, a mangrove swamp along the shoreline, coral limestone keys, and the offshore Florida Reef.
Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park is one of the most visited attractions in Florida. Comprised of around 20% of the original Everglades, this park is one of the largest tropical habitats in the U.S. It is also the third-largest National Park and ranks next to Yellowstone and Death Valley in size. Over a million tourists visit the park each year. Furthermore, Everglades National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve.
Florida has an excellent state park system, and the parks are well-funded and well-maintained. In fact, some of Florida's most beautiful coastal areas are on protected state park land. Consider stopping at a few during your Orlando to Miami RV road trip.
Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
Fort Pierce Inlet State Park is a 340-acre park that is located just north of Fort Pierce Inlet between Vero Beach and Port St. Lucie. It's on the North Hutchinson Barrier Island in the Atlantic Ocean. The half-mile beach is a popular destination for snorkeling, swimming, surfing, and diving. Visitors also flock here to leisurely beachcomb, picnic, and relax. Hiking is a common pastime on Jack Island Preserve, which is just one mile from the park, and the Marsh Rabbit Run Trail lends a great view of the Indian River and Jack Island.
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
At Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, on Key Biscayne just south of Miami, you can swim, fish and boat on the beautiful waters of the South Atlantic. The beach is often ranked as among the top in the U.S., and it stretches for a mile along the island coast. The lighthouse, which was built in 1825, is one of the oldest of its type in the region. Guided tours are available for the lighthouse and the attached keeper cottage two times daily.
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is named for the man who donated part of the land for the park's construction in the 1970s. Located a little north of Singer Island in North Palm Beach, it was opened to the public in 1989. The park possesses a unique blend of tropical and coastal mangrove and hammock forests. It's a haven for many rare and endangered tropical and coastal species of plants. Visitors can snorkel, swim, surf, and picnic along the beach. Birdwatching is a popular activity, and you may see terns, pelicans, sandpipers, and seagulls. You can also fish off the shore or by boat.
Besides the National and State Parks that lie along your route, there are several interesting and fun attractions to experience. Consider adding the following to your road trip itinerary from Orlando to Miami.
Walt Disney World Resort
Located just outside of Orlando, Walt Disney World Resort consists of four Theme Parks: Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom. There are also two water parks: Blizzard Beach Water Park and Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. You can choose to stay at one of the more than 25 hotel resorts on the property. Depending on your itinerary, you may purchase tickets for a number of days, a number of parks, and a combination of both choices.
Stranahan House is the former home of Frank Stranahan, the founding father of the city of Fort Lauderdale. It was built in 1901 and has served many purposes since then. Today it's a museum with guided tours that take visitors back to the beginning days of South Florida when Fort Lauderdale was a small frontier town.
Miami Seaquarium is a marine park in Miami that combines an educational and conservational purpose with family-friendly activities. You can swim with dolphins, view manatees and sea turtles and learn all about penguins. There are eight animal shows for audience viewing. These showcase the animals in an entertaining fashion but also offer educational information.
Jungle Island is a unique park that presents a "jungle" of animals from around the world. Over 80 years old, Jungle Island today is a contemporary theme park with orangutans, 300 birds, and a trained Cassowary. Visitors can play on interactive areas that include a series of treehouses, a rock-climbing wall, and a playground. Of course, everyone will also love viewing the animal shows.
Located 20 miles south of Orlando, Kissimmee is very close to Disney World. The city is on the northwest shore of Lake Tohopekaliga and is home to the Kissimmee Waterfront Park, which has lots of walking paths, playgrounds, and a fishing pier. While in Kissimmee, you can shop at a variety of shops and malls, enjoy recreational activities, and dine at your choice of eating establishments.
One of the top local campgrounds can be found at Moss Park, which is on Mary Jane Lake. Here, you can swim in the lake and fish from the docks. The RV sites have fire rings, grills, and picnic tables. There's also a dump station for campers.
West Palm Beach
West Palm Beach is an exciting city on South Florida's Atlantic Coast. Home to many of the rich and famous, this city boasts amazing shops, fine dining, off-Broadway productions, museums, and much more. The beaches beckon with their requisite ocean-based activities, so you'll be well-served to take a couple of days from your travels to experience this city.
Juno Ocean Walk RV Resort is in Juno Beach and is just a few miles north of West Palm Beach. At this 246-site RV park, you are within walking distance of public beaches, a dog beach, and the Juno Beach Pier. There is a dump station for public use.
Fort Lauderdale offers a wide variety of entertainment and recreational options. To begin your stop here, check out one of the many spas and wellness centers for a relaxing and healthy treatment. There are lots of shopping centers and boutiques in the area too. If you want to enjoy the Florida sunshine, explore the local outdoor parks and nature centers. Meanwhile, the kids can visit children-centric centers like the Museum of Discovery & Science or the Young at Art Children's Museum.
Kozy Kampers RV Park is among the best Fort Lauderdale-area parks because it's so close to the beach. You can easily walk to many restaurants and various stores, and you'll enjoy the proximity to swimming, fishing, and boating on the ocean. There's also a dump station for guests only.
A road trip can be much more than just the number of miles on your odometer. In actual time, the drive from Orlando to Miami is only several hours, but you can take all the time you want to stop along the way and discover the Atlantic side of South Florida. Of course, an Orlando to Miami road trip will always be better if you travel by recreational vehicle. With RVshare, you can get a rental in Orlando or Miami.