Discover FL

Discover Florida

 

Want to get and explore all that Florida has to offer. Whatever your interests, you’ll find something fun — and cheap — to do!

Questions about any of these trips, contact the Center for Student Involvement at 863.680.4499.

Please note that Discover FL is for current students only and its one registration per student ID per trip. All event dates, times, locations, and prices are subject to change.

Registration becomes available one month prior to event.

Discover Florida 2016-2017


Orlando Pride Game

Orlando Pride Game - Orlando City Soccer Club

Friday, August 26, 5:00 PM

Come cheer the Orlando Pride NWSL Team to victory over the Washington Spirit.

Cost: Free
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Register



Mocs Magic

Mocs Magic - Walt Disney World

Saturday, September 3, 10:00 AM

Join us for a day of magic and memories. Walt Disney World Orlando, home to the six worlds of the Magic Kingdom, features some of your favorite movie-themed attractions from Pirates of the Caribbean to Buzz Light-year. Journey east to Orlando for a day of fun and evening of magic. Trip includes park entrance, transportation, and meal vouchers.

Cost: $75.00 per person.
Also available to annual pass holders for $25 per person.
Time: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Register



Dolphin Watching & Snorkel Trip

Dolphin Watching & Snorkel Trip - Egmont Key State Park in St. Petersburg

Sunday, September 4, 8:00 AM

Join us for our all day trip with Dolphin Snorkeling Cruise on Sunday, September 4th! The 4 hour cruise includes a clear water snorkel adventure, traveling to Egmont Key State Park, and sailing with dolphins! Trip will include transportation, 4 hour cruise, and lunch! 

Registration Begins​: Tuesday, August 23rd
There is a $10 refundable deposit due at registration.
Sign-up in the Hollis Wellness Center




Shuttle to Shop | Westfield Mall

Shuttle to Shop | Westfield Mall - Brandon, Florida

Saturday, September 24, 1:00 PM

Florida is known for its robust tourism business and as a result, features some premier shopping. This month you can hop on our shuttle to the Westfield Mall in Brandon. This mall hosts more than 158 stores and over 30 unique dining options.

Cost: Free
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM




Halloween Horror Nights

Halloween Horror Nights -

Universal Studios

Thursday, October 6, 7:30 PM

Step right into some of the most pulse-pounding moments in horror history at Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights. You’ll be immersed in the worlds of the biggest names in horror as you explore eight terrifying haunted houses, and make your way through multiple street experiences where creatures lurk around every turn.

Cost: $10.00
Time: 7:30 PM – 1:30 AM




Fall Break Trip - Universal Studios

Fall Break Trip - Universal Studios - Orlando

Tuesday, October 18, 10:00 AM

A fall break adventure is in order. This week we will check out two of central Florida’s premier theme parks. Join us October 20 to visit Universal Studios! Ticket and transportation included.

Cost: Free
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Limited access




Zip Lining

Zip Lining - Adventure Bridge

Wednesday, October 19, 8:00 AM

Looking for something fun to do over Fall Break? Join us for our annual Zip Lining Trip in Ocala, FL on Wednesday, October 19th. The zip lines total over a mile in distance and have been ranked the highest, longest, and fastest zip lines in Florida. Trip includes transportation, a 3 hour zip lining tour, and lunch! 

Registration Begins: Tuesday, September 27th
Cost: - $10 refundable deposit
Limited access
Sign-up in the Hollis Wellness Center




Fall Break Trip - Sea World

Fall Break Trip - Sea World - Orlando

Thursday, October 20, 10:00 AM

A fall break adventure is in order. This week we will check out two of central Florida’s premier theme parks. Join us on October 22nd to visit Sea World! Ticket and transportation included.

Cost: Free
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Limited access




Shuttle to Shop | International Plaza

Shuttle to Shop | International Plaza - Tampa, Florida

Saturday, October 29, 10:00 AM

November’s Shuttle to Shop will be taking you to the distinctive International Plaza located in Tampa. This mall features over 200 specialty shops and the Tampa Bay area’s H&M. In addition to shops you can also check out Bay Street for a fun and unique dining option.

Cost: Free
Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.




Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding - Ocala

Saturday, November 12, 8:00 AM

Come back to Ocala with us as we travel back to Ocala for a horseback riding tour on Saturday, November 12th. Trip will include transportation, lunch, and a 2 hour and scenic horseback ride throughout The Canyons park.  You’ll ride through the woods and alongside our lakes, scenic vistas, and beside the enormous cliff walls.

Registration Begins​: Tuesday, October 25th 
There is a $10 refundable deposit due at registration.
Sign-up in the Hollis Wellness Center




Shuttle to Shop | Premium Outlets

Shuttle to Shop | Premium Outlets - Orlando

Saturday, November 12, 11:00 AM

This month’s Shuttle to Shop is taking you to the city of Orlando to one of its large outdoor outlets. The Orlando outlets feature over 180 designer stores for you to check out.

Cost: Free
Time: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM




iFly Orlando

iFly Orlando - Orlando

Thursday, December 1, 8:00 AM

NEW! Join us on our very first indoor sky-diving trip on Thursday, December 2nd! Earn your wings for the day and experience the equivalent of freefalling from 12,000 feet in two flights at iFly Orlando. Trip includes transportation, dinner, and two flights. 

Registration Begins​: Tuesday, October 25th 
There is a $10 refundable deposit due at registration.
Sign-up in the Hollis Wellness Center

 




I Drive 360

I Drive 360 - Orlando

Saturday, January 14, 10:00 AM

Located in the heart of Orlando’s popular International Drive, the Orlando Eye’s 400 foot iconic observation wheel is the centerpiece of this metro-chic themed complex featuring a dynamic blend of attractions, restaurants, clubs and shops. Joining the Orlando Eye as part of the I-Drive 360’s unique line-up of attractions are world-famous Madame Tussaud’s wax museum and SEA LIFE Aquarium.

Cost: Free
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Limited access




Indoor Rock Climbing Trip

Indoor Rock Climbing Trip - Tampa

Thursday, January 19, 1:00 PM

Join us for our Indoor Rock Climbing trip on Thursday, January 19th. We will be traveling to Vertical Ventures in Tampa! Trip will include transportation, rock climbing, and dinner.

Registration Begins: Tuesday, January 10th
$10 refundable deposit
Sign-up in the Hollis Wellness Center




Shuttle to Shop | Millennia

Shuttle to Shop | Millennia - Orlando

Saturday, January 21, 1:00 PM

The first Shuttle to Shop in 2016 will bring you to the upscale Mall at Millennia in Orlando. This dazzling selection of over 150 stores and restaurants will be sure to keep you busy.

Cost: Free
Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM




Wicked

Wicked - Dr. Phillips Center for the Arts, Lakeland

Saturday, January 28, 5:00 PM

Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin-smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships... until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” Join us for a night at the Walt Disney Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Arts.

Cost: $25.00
Time: 5:00 PM – 1:00 AM
Space is limited




Shuttle to Shop | Tampa

Shuttle to Shop | Tampa - Tampa

Saturday, February 11, 11:00 AM

This month’s Shuttle to Shop is taking you to the city of Tampa to one to the area’s newest outdoor outlets. The Tampa Premium Outlets feature many designer stores for you to check out.

Cost: Free
Time: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.




Love's Labour's Lost (Orlando Shakespeare Theater)

Love's Labour's Lost (Orlando Shakespeare Theater) - Orlando

Thursday, February 23, 5:00 PM

Self-denial is in fashion at the court of Navarre where a young King and three of his courtiers solemnly forswear all pleasures in favor of serious study. But the Princess of France and her all-too-lovely entourage have other ideas. The men soon find that love’s labor complicates and conquers all things in Shakespeare's boisterous romantic comedy about love and marriage.

Cost​: Free 
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.




Orlando Magic

Orlando Magic - Orlando

Sunday, February 26, 5:00 PM

The NBA’s Orlando Magic, who call the Amway Center in downtown Orlando home, are ready to offer you an exciting night of professional basketball. Don’t miss out.

(Date of event is subject to change).




Paddle Board Trip

Paddle Board Trip - Florida

Wednesday, March 8, 8:00 AM

NEW! If you will be on campus during spring break, you won’t want to miss out on our new paddleboard trip on Wednesday, March 8th! This private paddle boarding tour will provide expert training for all abilities. Trip includes transportation, paddle boarding, and lunch. 

Registration Begins​: Tuesday, February 21st 
There is a $10 refundable deposit due at registration.
Sign-up in the Hollis Wellness Center




Spring Break Trip - Typhoon Lagoon

Spring Break Trip - Typhoon Lagoon - Orlando

Wednesday, March 8, 10:00 AM

A spring break cool down is in order. This week we will check out two of central Florida’s premier water parks. Join us March 8 to visit Typhoon Lagoon! Ticket and transportation included.

Cost: Free
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Limited access




Spring Break Trip - Aquatica

Spring Break Trip - Aquatica - Orlando

Friday, March 10, 10:00 AM

A spring break cool down is in order. This week we will check out two of central Florida’s premier water parks. Join us March 10th to visit Aquatica! Ticket and transportation included.

Cost: Free
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Limited access




Beach Day

Beach Day - Clearwater Beach

Saturday, April 1, 10:00 AM

If it’s one thing that Florida is known for it’s definitely its beaches. If you are in need of a post spring break beach day, join us as we head to Clearwater Beach. This broad white sand beach is sure to provide plenty of fun in the sun. We will also bring along some box lunches just in case you get hungry!

Cost: Free
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Limited access




Paintball Trip

Paintball Trip - Lakeland

Thursday, April 20, 12:00 PM

A student favorite trip—Paintball!! Join us on April 20th as we go to Off The Wall Adventures for our annual paintball trip. Trip will include transportation, two hours of paintball, and dinner.

Registration Begins: March 28th
There is a $10 refundable deposit due at registration. 
Sign-up in the Hollis Wellness Center



Looking for something to do this weekend?

Stop by the the Business Office in the Raulerson Building to purchase discounted tickets to local theme parks.

Cash, checks, debit and credit cards are accepted.

Disney including Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios

Call the Business Office at 863.680.4154 for information about Disney ticket prices and blackout dates. 2-day tickets are available on a pre-order basis; please order 2-3 weeks in advance.

Universal including Single Park ($74) and Park to Park ($94)

Busch Gardens – 1 Day ($65)

Sea World – 1 Day ($65)

Aquatica – 1 Day ($31)

Legoland

Local Events & Attractions

20 Miles or Less

  • Circle B Bar Reserve (Winter Haven)
  • First Fridays (Downtown Lakeland)
    First Friday every month
    Free
  • Food Truck Rally (Downtown Lakeland)
    Second Thursday every month
  • FSC Waterfront Kayaking (On Campus)
  • Hollis Wellness Center Equipment Rental (On Campus)
  • Legoland (Winter Haven)
  • Mayfaire by the Lake (Downtown Lakeland)
    Mother’s Day Weekend For details, visit the Polk Museum of Art
  • Pigfest (Lakeland)
  • Sun ’n Fun (Lakeland)

40 Miles or Less

  • Adventure Island (Tampa)
  • Alafia River State Park (Lithia)
  • Busch Gardens (Tampa)
  • The Florida Aquarium (Tampa)
  • I-Drive 360 (Orlando)
  • Museum of Science and Industry (Tampa)
  • Walt Disney World (Orlando)

50 Miles or Less

  • Manatee Viewing Center (Apollo Beach)
  • Universal Orlando (Orlando)
  • Wet ‘n Wild (Orlando)

70 Miles or Less

  • Clearwater Beach (Clearwater)
  • The Dali Museum (St. Petersburg)
  • Fort de Soto Park (St. Petersburg)
  • Madeira Beach (Madeira)