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While it's great to pick one destination to enjoy to the fullest, a day trip to a nearby town or attraction can be the icing on the cake of your vacation. ShermansTravel experts have rounded up the top day trips within a few hours' drive so you can experience that must-visit stretch of beach, national park, or under-the-radar city.

Day Trips from Cape Canaveral

Sea World Orlando

Kids love the amusement park rides and the aquarium, home to Shamu, dolphins, sea lions and orcas; dads love the beer garden.

60 miles northwest of Cocoa Beach, 7007 Sea World Drive, FL, 407-351-3600, www.seaworld.com
Tags: family | day trip | wildlife | aquarium | amusement park

St. Augustine

Explore the city’s 443-year-old historic district. Close by is Fort Matanzas where shipwrecked French soldiers were executed by the Spanish, and Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest Spanish fort in the States.

124 miles north of Cocoa Beach, FL, www.getaway4florida.com
Tags: family | culture | architecture | history | day trip

Universal Orlando Resort

Come for a variety of attractions: Nickelodeon Studios, Sound Stage 54, Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast, Terminator 2, Revenge of the Mummy, The Blues Brothers, and Woody Woodpecker’s roller coaster.

57 miles northwest of Cocoa Beach, 6000 Universal Blvd., FL, 407-363-8000, www.universalorlando.com
Tags: family | day trip | amusement park

Walt Disney World

Bring the kids to meet Mickey Mouse, dine with Cinderella, rocket through Space Mountain, and spin in the Mad Hatter’s teacups. Hit the park during weekdays to avoid crowds.

65 miles west of Cocoa Beach, FL, 407-824-2222, www.disneyworld.com
Tags: family | day trip | amusement park

Wekiwa Springs State Park

Check out the natural, 72-degree hot springs, hike pretty wooded trails, rent a canoe or camp under the stars at this stellar state park.

78 miles from Cocoa Beach, Apopka, 1800 Wekiwa Circle, FL, 407-884-2008, www.floridastateparks.org/wekiwasprings
Tags: family | hiking | hot springs | canoeing | outdoors | day trip | camping

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