Although Florida may not rank up there with places like North Carolina, Tennessee or the New England states when it comes to beautiful fall scenery, there are actually a few spots in the Sunshine State where you can capture some Instagram-worthy fall shots. You will have to travel to the northern part of the state though, and make sure to visit these places later in the fall season toward the end of October and beginning of November since the leaves here will change later than their northern counterparts.
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Torreya State Park, Bristol (Nearby Hotels)
Located in the Panhandle, Torreya State Park is probably your best bet for capturing the most vivid fall foliage in Florida. In fact, at first glance, you may think you’ve temporarily stepped out of the Sunshine State with its high river bluffs, lush forests and magnificent trees. Although you won’t find any fall foliage here until late October at the earliest, you should be able to snap some gorgeous shots with vibrant reds, oranges and yellows.
Morningside Nature Center, Gainesville (Nearby Hotels)
Morningside Nature Center in Gainesville features more than 275 acres of wildflowers, birds and wildlife that can be enjoyed up close via 7 miles of hiking trails. There’s also a living history museum on-site that recreates the life of an Irish immigrant family in 1870. In addition to their home, kitchen and schoolhouse, you can also tour their heirloom garden and meet some live farm animals. If you’re in search of the perfect wildflower pics though, make sure to take one of their fall wildflower walks that are held every Saturday in October.
Wekiwa Springs State Park, Apopka (Nearby Hotels)
A little further south in Central Florida, you can also find get capture some Instagram-worthy shots at the Wekiwa Springs State Park in Apopka. Even though this park is actually located a short distance from downtown Orlando, you’ll still enjoy the beauty of nature with its miles of hiking trails, cool springs and views of the Wekiwa River. If you’re feeling extra adventurous while you’re there, you can also go mountain biking, horseback riding, canoeing and kayaking.
Ormond Scenic Loop, Ormond Beach (Hotel Prices & Photos)
The Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail is an official Florida Scenic Highway and National Scenic Byway and stretches for 30 miles beginning just north of Daytona Beach. Along the loop, you’ll pass through four state parks, see historic homes and plantations, pass the colored leaves of red maples and hickory trees and if you’re lucky, might even spot a dolphin or a whale swimming offshore. All of which makes for plenty of awesome Instagram-worthy photo ops!
Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando (Nearby Hotels)
You might not be spotting a whole lot of fall foliage at Epcot, but you will still want to make a trip to their annual fall event, the International Food and Wine Festival, which takes place from September to November. In addition to a smorgasbord of different foods and beverages to taste, there’s also live music, celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations, seminars and even a collection of international marketplaces where you can shop for unique cultural souvenirs.
But, if you’ve never been to Epcot World Showcase before, the thing you’ll most want to capture for your Instagram feed is the amazingly accurate and detailed versions of each country where you can experience things like exploring a city square in Germany or strolling down a street in France with the Eiffel Tower in the distance.