5 Ways to Stop Scrolling and Explore Wild Florida


In a world dominated by screens and social media, it’s easy to get caught up in the endless scroll.

But here in Florida, the wilds await! There is so much to explore and discover, whether you are an unabashed adventurist or you’re dipping your toe in for the first time.

Need some motivation to put down your phone and get outside? Here are five ways to stop scrolling and explore wild Florida.

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1. Go for a Paddle

Tuck your phone safely away in your life jacket and grab a paddle. Florida has thousands of miles of navigable water, from serene routes through the mangroves to saltwater kayaking on the Gulf Coast. Haven’t paddled before? No sweat. Many state parks and popular paddling areas offer guided tours for first-timers.

More: Paddle Adventures at Lake Louisa State Park

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2. Take a Nature Walk

We get it; sometimes, taking a “hike” feels too intense. Leave all the complications behind and go on a casual stroll through nature in a nearby city, county, or state park. Soak in a little bit of sun, enjoy the beauty of a blooming plant, or simply take deep breaths of the fresh air. Studies show that it can have a positive impact on your mental and physical health!

More: A Wild Escape Within Earshot of the Magic Kingdom

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3. Join the World’s Largest Treasure Hunt

Ever heard of geocaching? There are millions of geocaches all around the world waiting to be uncovered. Chances are, there is a geocache hidden near you right now! To participate, download the free Geocaching app and head out to find your closest cache. We know, we know – it requires a phone. But we promise you’ll spend more time hunting than you will looking at your screen.

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4. Cast a Line

Dig out the fishing rod hiding in your garage, pick up some bait, and spend a morning relaxing on the banks of your favorite river, lake, or stream. It doesn’t really matter if you catch anything, does it? There is something about the quiet of the water, the sound of a line zipping across the surface, and the freedom of nowhere to be…

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5. Go for a Scenic Drive

Florida is full of scenic driving routes that can take you in and around nature…without getting too close! If you need a few ideas of scenic drives to get you started, we recommend Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, the Florida Black Bear Scenic Byway, and the Big Cypress Loop Road.

More: Check Out This Low-Key Wildlife Safari on the Space Coast

Florida’s wild beauty beckons. The next time you feel the urge to scroll, why not step outside and explore? We’ll see you out there.

Photos by Live Wildly Lead Adventurist Sara Sheehy and Tandem Stills + Motion