ADVENTURE TRIPS

The Department of Campus Recreation provides outdoor adventure trips for students, and Rec Members. All trips are beginner friendly, although the level of difficulty can vary due to weather.

Registration

Registration for each individual trip opens one month before the start of the trip.  Specific dates are provided in the trip descriptions.  You can register for trips in Base Camp, the Outdoor Adventures office, in the Recreation & Fitness Center.  Base camp hours can be found here.  For more information on any of the trips, stop by Base Camp during their normal hours, email outdoor@fau.edu, or call (561)297-4425

Trip Difficulty Ratings

Whether you want to learn a new activity, better your skills, or just explore a new area, our trips are designed to be appropriate for a wide variety of skill levels.  However, the difficulty of the trips varies.  The following rating system is designed to help you better understand the level of physical exertion for each trip.  The weather and your level of fitness can all affect the difficulty of trips, but this is the rating system that we use:

  • Easy- Not much physical exertion is needed. The activities for these trips are relaxing and not very strenuous.  These trips are the least likely to have increased difficulty as a result of fluctuating environmental conditions.

  • Moderate- You’ll know that you’re getting exercise on these trips, but the activities are not as strenuous or as long as those in challenging trips.

  • Challenging- These trips are still beginner friendly, but be prepared for a work out! The trips involve activities where you will be exerting yourself for several hours a day in conditions that can greatly affect the difficulty.  But remember, the greater the challenge, the greater the reward!

**Please note that dates are subject to change and will be finalized after the first week of class.  Trip activities and/or locations can also change due to a variety of factors, but we will do our best to ensure the trip is as similar as possible to what is described.

Trips include transportation from FAU's Boca campus (northbound trips can stop at the Jupiter campus if needed to pick up and drop off students residing in Jupiter), meals while camping and during the activities, and group gear (tents, stoves, kayaks, canoes, snorkel equipment, paddleboards, etc.). Trips do not include food while driving to/from trip locations or personal items such as sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and backpacks with hip belts (needed for backpacking trips).  These items are available for rent at Base Camp.

Did you know there were caves in Florida? Well there are! At Florida Caverns State Park you can tour the caverns and see dazzling formations created by limestone stalagmites and stalactites. Inside the caves it is a brisk 65-70 degrees all year round. Florida Caverns is the only state park in Florida that offers tours to the public, and after touring the cave we’ll go to Torreya State Park for some hiking. This park is in North Florida (be prepared for hills and cooler weather) and feels worlds apart from South Florida. With such a fun combination of activities, this is a trip you won’t want to miss.
Registration Opens:  Jan. 5 Registration Closes:  Jan. 15
Difficulty Rating:  Easy Student Price: $55 Member Price: $80
Come and explore beautiful Hontoon Island! Situated in Northern Florida between the St. John’s River and Hontoon Dead River, we’ll be taking advantage of some of the excellent kayaking opportunities around the park. Dolphins and manatees are known to frequent this area, so sightings are a possibility. When we’re not kayaking, we’ll explore some of the short hiking trails in the park.
Registration Opens:  Jan. 5 Registration Closes: Jan. 28
Difficulty Rating:  Moderate Student Price: $40 Member Price: $60
Join us for a quick weekend getaway into the wilderness of the west coast. This park was selected by Backpacker Magazine as one of the top hiking destinations in the Southeast. During this two day trip, we will be hiking and camping in Myakka River State Park, as well as exploring the river area and a canopy walk, which includes a 74-foot observation tower!
Registration Opens:  Jan. 7  Registration Closes:  Feb.4
Difficulty Rating:  Moderate  Student Price: $30  Member Price: $45 
Located just south of Miami, Biscayne Bay is part of Biscayne National Park, and is one of just three national parks in Florida. One of the best ways to take advantage of the park is by sailing around under the sun! Whether you’ve sailed before or if this is your first time, this trip is bound to provide a great break from classes as you explore this beautiful area. No prior sailing experience is needed, just a willingness to help out and learn!
Registration Opens:  Jan. 21  Registration Closes:  Feb. 18
Difficulty Rating:  Easy  Student Price: $30  Member Price: $45 
Want a challenge? Need some time to get out of town and relax in nature? Desiring to become more active and healthier in a fun environment? Then this is the perfect trip for you! This adventure trip will be targeted not only towards having fun in nature and the outdoors, but on improving our overall health in general as well. We will be heading across the state to Sanibel, one of the best biking locations in the US! With dozens of miles of bike paths, lots of wildlife, and beautiful beaches, this is the perfect place (and perfect time of year!) for a biking trip! All the meals we will be eating will emphasize the importance of health, a balanced diet, and exercise. We will be biking a good number of miles, so be prepared for a workout, and prior biking experience is strongly recommended to help you get the most out of the trip.
Registration Opens:  Feb. 16  Registration Closes: March 11
Difficulty Rating:  Moderate/Challenging  Student Price: $50  Member Price: $75 
Come and experience a weekend full of fun and adventure as we head north to Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. We’ll see some amazing scenery, from gorges to waterfalls to mountain lakes while hiking, horseback riding, and whitewater rafting. And what is glamping? Glamorous camping! So what makes this a glamping trip? Gourmet food, access to real bathrooms, no strenuous work, sleeping in the famed “Squirrel’s Nest” at Unicoi State Park, and spending a night in yurt! Get ready- Outdoor Adventures is getting fancy.
 
**In order to participate in the horseback riding, participants must weigh 280 lbs or less.
 
**Note that this trip is one of our "unplugged" style trips- personal electronic devices such as iPods, tablets, and phones are NOT allowed for the duration of the trip. Digital cameras are the only exception.  Get back to basics and connect with each other and nature!
Registration Opens:  Feb. 27  Registration Closes: March 24
Difficulty Rating:  Moderate - long, steep staircase into Tallulah Gorge Student Price: $150 Member Price: $225
Join us on an adventurous exploration through North Florida’s magical Ocala National Forest! Wake up to take an early start to hike the famous Florida Trail and appreciate all the beautiful fauna and flora the area has to offer while shaded by tall ancient oak trees and passing other unique features along the hike, such as sinkholes and old cemeteries. In the late afternoon casually wade and snorkel in the natural, crystal clear, refreshing water of Juniper Springs. This is a trip you won’t want to miss offering a gorgeous location with so many diverse things to offer!
Registration Opens:  March 9  Registration Closes: March 31
Difficulty Rating:  Easy  Student Price: $40  Member Price: $60 
The Wekiwa River is located in Central Florida outside of Orlando, and is a gorgeous place to go canoeing! Springs feed the river, giving it clean water and making it an ideal habitat for lots of wildlife. We’ll be canoeing Saturday and Sunday, spending the night along the river in a primitive campsite.
Registration Opens:  March 11  Registration Closes: April 8
Difficulty Rating:  Moderate  Student Price: $45  Member Price: $70 
If you love paddling, swimming in crystal clear springs, or just getting away from the everyday hustle and bustle, this is the perfect trip for you! We will be heading to High Springs, FL where we will be stand-up paddle boarding (SUPing), canoeing, swimming, and camping along the Santa Fe River. We’ll be paddling with the current, making for a leisurely river trip with plenty of beautiful scenery.
Registration Opens:  March 17  Registration Closes: April 14 
Difficulty Rating: Moderate  Student Price: $75  Member Price: $120 
Located just north of Boca in West Palm Beach, Phil Foster Park offers some of the best snorkeling in South Florida! We’ll be leaving Boca early in the morning to take advantage of the clear water during high tide, and exploring the park’s underwater snorkeling trail which features lots of boulders and artificial reef structures in water just 6-10 feet deep. From colorful fishes to starfish, spotted rays, and octopuses, the abundant marine life here won’t disappoint!
Registration Opens:  March 18 Registration Closes: April 15
Difficulty Rating:  Easy/Moderate - depends on swimming ability, strong currents possible Student Price: $10 Member Price: $15

 

Trip Cancellation Policy

  • A full refund will be issued if the cancellation is made within 7 days of the trip’s registration start date
  • Cancellations made 7+ days after the trip registration opens will not receive a refund for any reason
  • If a trip is cancelled by Outdoor Adventures due to weather or any other reason, a full refund will be issued

Trip Policies

  • Payments must be made using debit or credit cards.  No other forms of payment will be accepted.  All purchases on card will be processed the week of the trip.
  • Participants must attend the Pre-Trip Meeting for their specific trip. 
  • If the trip involves water-based activities, life jackets must be worn.  If you have passed the Outdoor Adventures Swim Test, then the life jacket can be removed at the trip leaders’ discretion.
  • Participants must travel in Outdoor Adventures’ vehicles. Driving separately, meeting the group or being picked up is not allowed
  • Outdoor Adventures trips are university related functions and should be treated as such. Alcohol, tobacco, and drug use are prohibited for the duration of the trip. Participants who violate these rules are subject to removal from the trip and transportation back to FAU will be at the participant’s expense.
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