7 Central Florida Mini Adventures for the New Year

2018 has arrived and lists, to-dos and proverbial buckets are all waiting to be checked off and filled. But, let’s add a dash of adventure into the mix, shall we? Here are seven ideas for fun that I like to call “mini adventures” because they don’t require too much planning or time. We truly have a variety of things to explore here in Central Florida.

Go Glamping at Westgate River Ranch

I like spending time outdoors camping and star gazing, but when it’s time to go to sleep I need a bed. A real bed. And electricity. Glamorous camping (glamping) has been on my mind for a long time, and I’m hoping to try it out this year. The cooler weather now makes it a good time to “glamp.” Also Florida and Georgia residents receive a 20% discount at Westgate before March 8, 2018!

Get details at WestgateResorts.com.

A “Luxe Teepee” for glamping at Westgate River Ranch. Image source: Westgate River Ranch.

How about a Hockey Game?

Image credit: Paul L. Dileen via Flikr CC.


I’ll admit, I’m nowhere close to being a die-hard sports fan. But I do like hockey, and tickets are very affordable compared to some other sporting events in our area. See schedules of upcoming games at OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com and the Tampa Bay Lightning website.

Savor a Central Florida Food Tour

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Sampling delicious food while exploring some of Central Florida’s most eclectic neighborhoods — yes, please! Click the links below to visit their websites for tour details.

Experience a Ghost Tour

It’s not October, but these tours are fun anytime, especially in the cooler weather. I also enjoy the local history that is woven into the tours. Click the links for details.

Bonus – Speaking of walking and being spooked, Backpackerverse.com blogged about 10 spooky Florida hikes.

Chef it Up at a Publix Cooking Class

Image source: Publix Facebook Page.

Am I the only person who didn’t know Publix offers cooking classes? Well now that I know, I’m excited to check this out. Here in Central Florida we are very lucky to have several of  Publix’s Apron Cooking Schools between Orlando and Sarasota.

View Publix cooking class schedules >> here.

Try a Fancy Marshmallow at Wondermade Sanford

Artisan marshmallows are being made right in our back yard at Wondermade Sanford. Bourbon, champagne and sugar cookie are just a few of the flavors. Day trip to Sanford, anyone?

Image source: Wondermade via Wondermade Facebook page.

Hike the Cruickshank Trail at Black Point Wildlife Drive

Image credit: Laura Huffman. Black Point, Titusville, Fla.


Black Point is one of my most favorite places in all of Florida. I’ve done the wildlife drive many times, but have not explored the Cruickshank Trail much. Now that the bugs are less pesky and it’s cooler, completing this hike is on my list. Learn more about beautiful Black Point and plan a visit >> here.

This area is home to one of the most renowned birding festivals in the US, read about the upcoming 2018 event here.

What sort of Central Florida adventures do you have on your mind for the new year? Share in the comments!

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Laura is a blogger and part of the marketing team for State27Homes.com | She has spent most of her life in the Sunshine State and does her best thinking at the beach with a perfect cup of coffee. Outside of work, Laura loves adventurous road trips, gardening, and spending time with her husband and pets in their little bungalow in the Conway area of Orlando.
  • Lynne Van Eck says:

    Big Ben at Riverview/Apollo Beach Fl Has manatees Great trip

    • Laura Huffman says:

      Great idea, Lynne! Thanks for sharing. -Laura

  • Jay says:

    Good ideas. Thanks for sharing.

    • Laura says:

      Thanks, Jay!

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