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summer adventure trips 2024

Summer Adventure Trips

Where will you adventure to this summer? Find your adventure with Adventure Trips! See below for our local, national, and international summer adventure trip options. 

Bioluminescent Kayaking

Come experience one of nature's most unique and breathtaking phenomenon right here in Florida! Only a handful of locations in the world experience "bioluminescence" where movement in the water creates a blue-green glowing effect that mesmerizes you. This trip cannot be fully described, but needs to be experienced! There are multiple biolum trips throughout the summer so be sure to look at all the dates!

Sunset Paddle

Come experience the Hillsborough River at it's most beautiful, during sunset! Join us for a guided paddle on the river from the USF Riverfront Park Boathouse with some of our Adventure Trip Leaders!

Hiking and Whitewater Rafting Adventure

One of Georgia's most unique natural features, Providence Canyon is a recent, man-made canyon feature of exposed clay and rock caused by irrigation runoff and poor farming practices in the 1800's. A state park today, the beautiful reds and oranges of the canyon are a great place to take photos and hike through! Enjoy a weekend hiking and camping in Providence Canyon, as well as whitewater rafting the nearby Chattahoochee River!



Learn more about our adventure trips

USF RecWell’s Adventure Trip Program eliminates barriers for you to get outdoors and connect with the natural world on various adventures.

Do you want to try something new, meet new people, or see fascinating things in nature? How about all three! Most of our trips are beginner friendly, additionally transportation, gear, food, and trip leaders are provided.

So whether you want to explore Florida more through our Passport to Florida programs, travel throughout the United States on trips experience nature through activities like hiking, caving, whitewater rafting, and backpacking, or you want to take a journey outside the US on one of our Adventure Abroad trips, we have an adventure for everyone!

In addition to pre-planned experiences, we offer custom trips for student organizations, friend groups, or University departments!


Learn how to register for adventure trips

How to Register Online for Adventure Trips

Don't see a trip that piques your interest? Not a problem! Reach out to adventure@usf.edu to get more info about setting up your very own Custom Adventure Trip! 

What's Included

Find out what's included in our adventure trips

What's Included

What to Expect

Learn more about what to expect on your adventure trip

On most trips, you don’t need any experience. Really! If a trip requires experience, we’ll indicate what experience you should have on the Registration page.

After signing up for a trip, within 1-2 weeks before the trip your Trip Leader will reach out with all of the information you will need, including meet up location, what you need to pack, and any other specifics for your trip.

Overnight trips will include a pre-trip meeting. This meeting is mandatory for trip participants. It will include valuable information, such as appropriate clothing, necessary gear, what food to bring, the trip plan, and any necessary paperwork.Once you sign up staff will be in contact about 2-3 weeks before the trip to schedule this meeting.

Types of Adventures

Learn about the types of trips we adventure on

Not sure what kind of adventure you’re seeking? Maybe these categories will help you narrow down what you’re looking for! 

Local Adventure – Explore Tampa Bay and it’s natural setting whether it is on the bike on Downtown’s Riverwalk, kayaking through Weedon Island, or walking through Ybor City. 

Urban Exploration - Adventure is everywhere, we will experience some of the great outdoors around some of our favorite urban areas.  

Passport to Florida - See the real Florida at some of America’s best State Parks and natural beauties all across the state including springs, beaches, and forests. 

Classic - Hiking, trekking, biking, paddling, and camping adventures, made for beginners and outdoor types. 

Appalachian Adventure – Come with us on a trip to the mountains. We will explore one of the oldest mountain ranges on the Earth; hiking, camping, and backpacking through its rolling peaks and cascading waterfalls. 

Adventure With Confidence - Come out and learn a new skill or improve your current skills. These trips are meant to provide a hands-on experience for anyone wanting to try new ways to get outside! 

Adventure Abroad - Want to travel the world, off the beaten path? Take trips around the world, exploring some of nature’s most specular places and immersing ourselves in the local culture. Getting to spend time outdoors in remote landscapes, as well as explore the local culture in cities and towns along the way. 

Nature Rx – Reconnect with the natural world and yourself. Discover awe-inspiring destinations combined with rejuvenating activities like mindfulness walks, plant identification, yoga and meditation to recharge the body and nourish the mind. 

Trips Policies

Review our adventure trips policies

  • We want our trips to be safe, fun, and memorable.
  • Due to weather and other safety concerns, trip itineraries are subject to change.Trip Leaders will communicate any changes in a timely manner.
  • Outdoor Recreation practices strong Leave No Trace ethics. (LNT.org) Pack it in, pack it out!
  • All students participating in Recreation & Wellness Programs are expected to follow the University of South Florida Student Code of Conduct.Should violations of said Code occur, participants risk expulsion from the trip and barring from participation in future programs.
  • Outdoor Recreation does not condone hate speech, bullying, emotional or physical abuse, or racism on any of our trips. Use of such language or actions could result in expulsion from the program.  We pride ourselves in a creating an inclusive community space where meaningful dialogues and personal growth can take place.
  • Adventure Trips are Alcohol Alternative Programs, therefore no alcohol is allowed to be consumed during the trip. Any underage consumption could result in University judicial consequences.
  • No illicit drugs or drug paraphernalia are allowed on trips in any fashion.  Breach of this rule will result in an immediate expulsion from the trip and could result in University judicial consequences.
  • We reserve the right to cancel a program due to inclement weather, natural disasters, or extenuating circumstances
    • In the event we must cancel a program, a full trip refund will be provided.
    • You can find the full refund policy on the Trip Registration page. 



Location: USF Recreation & Wellness, Room REC013

(813) 974-6381