The Best Times to Visit Florida (Month-by-Month Travel Tips)

Best Time of the Year to Visit Florida

Wondering what month or season is the best time to travel to Florida? Our team of Florida locals have you covered!

Florida is the only peninsula in the country and the only state that maintains a true subtropical climate year-round, meaning that there’s never a bad month to visit. That said, some months can definitely be better than others, depending on your preferences.

If you’re booking a trip to Florida this year and wondering when to go and what to do, we’ve covered every single detail to consider before planning your trip.

Everyone visits for different reasons, so we’ve broken down the best times to visit for every possible type of vacation and preference.

Best Times to Visit Florida: Quick Summary

  • Best Time for a Beach Vacation in Florida: April, May and November (great weather, lower crowds)
  • Best Time for Going to Theme Parks in Florida: January, February, September and October (lower crowds and cost)
  • Best Time to Visit National Parks in Florida: Spring and Fall
  • Best Time for Fishing in Florida: Summertime; June, July, August and September
  • Best Time for Golfing in Florida: almost all year with Winter months having the best weather
  • Best Time to Visit Miami & the Keys in Florida: January, February, March, April and May
  • Best Time for Lower Crowds in Florida: July, August and September
  • Best Time for Lower Prices in Florida: January & September

We’ll explain each of these times of year in greater depth later in this post, as each topic deserves a more detailed description of why it’s best to select specific months for certain purposes.

Florida Seasons At a Glance

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Peak Beach Season in Florida: We realize many visitors will be coming to Florida with one thing in mind: getting to the beach! It’s nearly impossible to come to Florida without considering where you’ll be beaching on vacay, especially if you’re coming from a landlocked area. And because Florida is literally the warmest state in the country, there’s almost no bad time to go to the beach. However, March seems to be peak season for the beaches will everyone coming down here for Spring Break.

If we had to choose, we’d suggest going when there are fewer people and optimal temperatures. The best months for going to the beach in Florida are April, May and November. At this point in the year, there may be a moderate crowd, but you’ll be getting some of the best wind and water temperatures. In the Winter, the ocean breeze and waters can be quite cold for swimming and in the Summer months you have very high chances of hurricanes, tropical storms and daily rain showers that could ruin your plans.

Peak Theme Park Crowds in Florida: It’s shocking that theme park high seasons don’t necessarily follow the peak and slow seasons of Florida’s tourist crowds. We base our theme park volume on Walt Disney World, which is the vacation capital of the world and the place that most vacationers will be headed upon arrival in Orlando. However, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens, Sea World and Legoland are all in close proximity and will fluctuate similarly.

Despite rainy weather being at it’s worst, most crowds will be at the theme parks in June, July and August. Not only will you be competing with other tourists at this time, but locals are also coming to have fun in droves. Amusement parks will also see an uptick in March for Spring Break and December for Christmas. This leaves the great weather months ripe for the picking with lower ticket and accommodation prices. To take advantage of this, plan to visit Florida’s theme parks during the months of January, February, September or October (can still be hot).

Slow Season in Florida: Florida is a “snowbird” haven, harboring Winter visitors and retirees who either come for extended vacations or who will be here for a full six months before heading back North for the hot months. They often arrive in October and go North in or before May. When they’re here, the state will be noticeably fuller, especially around the holidays and in the Spring when more tourists are here.

The slow season is inevitably the time when few people, even Florida residents, want to be here: Hurricane Season. Hurricane season lasts June through November, but the worst weather tends to be in July, August and September. Not only are these months riddled with daily thunder storms (and the somewhat rare potential hurricane or tornado), but the air is at it’s hottest and muggiest. Most people try to avoid this when vacationing in Florida.

Florida Month-by-Month

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This breakdown for each month will help you determine which time of year is the best fit for your preferred activities. Even though Florida weather is pleasant year-round, each month has small changes from the other. We’ve covered these in detail from month to month.

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Florida in January

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January weather in Florida is usually the coldest month of the year. In the Northern part of the state (Central Florida to the Panhandle) average daily highs will be around 65°F (18.3°C) and lows will be about 36°F (2.2°C). In the Southern part (Central Florida to the Keys) average highs will be closer to 72°F (22.2°C). You’ll almost never see snow, even in the Northern part of the state and rain is fairly scarce this month. When packing, it’s best to bring a variety of layers as the mornings will start cold and get warm throughout the day.

January crowds in Florida tend to be some of the slowest of the year. The places where you’ll experience the biggest influx of visitors will be in towns that are popular with snowbirds. Most travelers will be pleasantly surprised with the cheaper accommodations in Florida this time of year.

Best Beaches in January: Gold Coast, the Florida Keys, Treasure Coast

Best Things to Do in January: Everglades National Park, Mount Dora, Diving in the Keys, Golfing, Amusement Parks, Hog Hunting

Events in January: South Florida Fair, Florida Manatee Festival, Saint Augustine Film Festival, Homestead Championship Rodeo, Art Fort Lauderdale, Mecum Auto Auction, Key West Food & Wine Festival, Gasparilla Pirate Festival

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Florida in February

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February in Florida can vary each year, but it’s usually cooler. The Northern half of the state will average highs around 68°F (20°C) and lows at 45°F (7.2°C), while the Southern half will average highs closer to 74°F (23.3°C). Very often the cold air collides with humidity at this time, creating fog on the roadways for a few hours every morning until about 10am.

February crowds in Florida will vary depending on which region you visit this month. However, February tends to be a little slower month for vacationing. Most parts of Florida will experience a lull, even on the beaches, as most families will not be traveling this month in general, but snowbirds will keep the state busier this month.

Best Beaches in February: Gold Coast, Treasure Coast, the Florida Keys

Best Things to Do in February: South Florida, Ocala, Mount Dora, Swimming Crystal River, Diving in the Keys, Everglades National Park, Golfing, Amusement Parks, Spring Training

Events in February: Valentine’s Day, Spring Training Games, Florida State Fair, Florida Strawberry Festival

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Florida in March

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March weather in Florida can be cool, with warmer days sprinkled throughout averaging lows of 50°F (10°C) to highs of 75°F (23.9°C). Spring in Florida tends to have drastic changes in temperature each day, so expect to pack light layers you can put on and strip off when necessary. March is also a windy month for Florida with fogginess of the morning hours.

March crowds in Florida see a bit of uptick with most residents around the country vacationing for Spring Break. Florida is a popular Spring Break destination for it’s abundance of beaches and warm weather so most of the beach towns and big cities will be pretty busy.

Best Beaches in March: Gold Coast, Space Coast, Emerald Coast

Best Things to Do in March: Orlando, Jacksonville, South Florida, Space Coast, Snorkel Devil’s Den, Explore Florida Caverns, Golfing, Spring Training

Events in March: Spring Training Games, Florida Strawberry Festival, Sarasota Jazz Festival, Florida Renaissance Festival

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Florida in April

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April weather in Florida is starting to feel warmer, with less fog and less wind and more sunshine and breezy afternoons. April is also considered the last month of the dry season; rains will start to pick up in late May through the summer. Most of Florida will average 55°F (12.8°C) to 85°F (29.4°C) in the month of April. Humidity levels are always fairly high, with April seeing approximately 70% humidity.

April crowds in Florida die down just a little after the surge of Spring Break visitors in March. April is an excellent time to take advantage of lower hotel rates, while experiencing the oceans, beaches and inland areas before the heat becomes unbearable in the summer months. Snowbirds are still in town this month, so their most popular cities will still be fairly busy.

Best Beaches in April: Treasure Coast, the Florida Keys, Gold Coast

Best Things to Do in April: Orlando, West Palm, Apalachicola, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Explore Florida Caverns, Snorkel Devil’s Den, Hike National & State Parks, Dive in the Keys

Events in April: Florida Keys Island Festival, Pioneer Days Festival

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Florida in May

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May weather in Florida is definitely warmer than the start of the year with temperatures rising throughout the month. May tends to have the nicest weather out of the Spring months, with significantly less fog and more sunshine throughout the day. May is the start of the wet season in Florida, so expect random rainfall during your trip. Most of Florida will average 65°F (18.3°C) to 85°F (30°C).

May crowds in Florida are moderate. It’s usually the point in time when the snowbirds will begin to head back North with the increasing rise in temperature this month. It’s an excellent time to take advantage of lower hotel rates, while experiencing the oceans, beaches and inland areas of the state before the heat rises. The beaches should be fairly busy, but not full like they were in Spring Break.

Best Beaches in May: the Florida Keys, Treasure Coast, Gold Coast

Best Things to Do in May: Key West, Sarasota, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Bahia Honda State Park, Big Cypress State Park, Tube the Itchetucknee, Offshore Fishing

Events in May: Cinco de Mayo, Suwannee River Jam, Oceanfront Bandshell Concert Series, Orlando International Fringe Festival, Megacon, Jacksonville Jazz Fest

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Florida in June

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June weather in Florida will feel noticeably hotter and more humid than the other Spring months. June is in the wet season, so expect random showers and thunderstorms to occur at any point during your trip this month. Typically, rainfall in the Summer months in Florida will happen in the afternoons for about an hour or so and then taper off in the evening. But some days will have thunderstorms lasting all day through the night.

Even though the weather can be overcast and rainy, the sun still shine brightly and often in the month of June. The sun will be out most of the day this month, so come prepared with plenty of protection and sunblock because sunburn and heat rashes can happen quickly with limited sun exposure in Florida. It’s extremely important to stay hydrated, too. Most of the state will average 70°F (21.1°C) to 90°F (32.2°C) with high humidity.

June crowds in Florida are busy. Many tourists like to travel to Florida at the beginning of the summer when the weather isn’t unbearable and the kids are out of school. There are plenty of beautiful white, sandy beaches around the state, so most visitors will spread out, but the popular public beaches like Miami, Cocoa and Clearwater will remain highly populated.

Best Beaches in June: Emerald Coast, First Coast, Treasure Coast

Best Things to Do in June: Tallahassee, Central Florida, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Tube the Itchetucknee, Boating, Offshore Fishing

Events in June: Savor Sarasota, Sarasota Music Festival, Summer Sizzle Restaurant Week Naples, Bands on the Beach Pensacola, Rock the Docks Destin

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Florida in July

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July weather in Florida is very hot and muggy and even considered the hottest month of the year. This is the official start of summer, and summer in Florida is always pretty warm, sunny and rainy. Daily showers and thunderstorms are typical of July with higher chances of hurricanes. Average temperatures stay around 90°F (32.2°C) with high humidity.

July crowds in Florida start to taper off. Being the hottest and most times wettest month of the year, most families aren’t crowding the beaches, but will still fill up the inland tourist spots and theme parks. Again, the sun is powerful even when it’s cloudy, so sun protection is always a must.

Best Beaches in July: First Coast, Treasure Coast, Cultural Coast

Best Things to Do in July: Panama City, Anna Maria Island, Central Florida, Fishing, Boating, Water Parks

Events in July: Independence Day, Fireworks at the Fountain Orlando, Star Spangled Spectacular Celebration, America’s Birthday Bash Miami, Celebrate America Tallahassee, Key Lime Festival Key West

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Florida in August

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August weather in Florida is very hot and muggy, usually the second hottest month of the year. We’re well into hurricane season at this point, so tropical storms and hurricanes are always likely this month. Aside from the major storms, expect random showers and thunderstorms to occur daily. It’s extremely important to have plenty of sun protection and hydration no matter the weather. Average temperatures will still be around 90°F (32.2°C) with high humidity.

August crowds in Florida are fairly low. Even though August is ghastly hot and rainy and most families are heading back to school, the theme parks can still have decent crowds this month. Most beach goers will favor the Northern part of Florida up through the panhandle. The Southern beaches, especially those on the Atlantic side can be dangerously hot and more susceptible to bad storms.

If you’re looking for lower crowds when visiting Florida, definitely don’t miss our list of the 12 Quietest Beaches in Florida .

Best Beaches in August: Emerald Coast, First Coast, Sun Coast

Best Things to Do in August: Panama City Beach, Anna Maria Island, Tallahassee, Gainesville, Fishing, Boating, Water Parks

Events in August: Miami Spice, Key West Lobster Fest

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Florida in September

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September weather in Florida is still hot and muggy and it’s the main month that is heavily affected by hurricane watches and warnings. Also, Florida is often called the lightning capital of the world and while most visitors aren’t in danger, boaters should use caution. When it’s not overcast and rainy, the sun will shine brightly, so it’s important to prepare yourself with sun protection and hydration.

September crowds in Florida are low with most children back in school. Plus, hurricane season keeps tourists at bay. This makes it a nice month to visit the beaches and theme parks, but the weather can turn on you in an instant. Most of the state will average about 85°F (29.4°C) in the month of September, reaching over 75% humidity.

Best Beaches in September: Emerald Coast, First Coast, Sun Coast

Best Things to Do in September: Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, Sarasota, Venice, Florida National Scenic Trail, Fishing, Boating, Amusement Parks, Water Parks

Events in September: Key West Sunset Celebration, Miami Spice, Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, Flavor Palm Beach

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Florida in October

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October weather in Florida is cooling off and getting drier. Hurricane season is nearly over and October typically won’t have too many hurricane watches or warnings. Daily rain showers and thunder storms begin to slow down this month. October is one of the first months that you begin to see cooler temperatures, as well, though hot days will still occur. Temperature averages a high of about 80°F (26.7°C) and a low of 67.5°F (19.7°C) occurring at nighttime.

October crowds in Florida are low. Most people aren’t traveling much this month anyway, but with the hurricane season unpredictability, it tends to keep visitors away. This is one of the last best times to get in a good beach day or go to a theme park with lower crowds.

Best Beaches in October: Sun Coast, Cultural Coast, Emerald Coast

Best Things to Do in October: Palm Beach, Amelia Island, Gainesville, Weeki Wachee, Florida National Scenic Trail, Amusement Parks

Events in October: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Howl-O-Scream, Halloween Horror Nights, Sea World Spooktacular, Brick or Treat Legoland, Halloween Zoo Bashes, Fantasy Fest Key West, Pensacola Interstate Fair, Ghost Tours, Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes

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Florida in November

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November weather in Florida is usually cool and dry. Hurricane season is over by the end of the month, but that doesn’t mean chances are eradicated completely. November temperatures may not be cold, but they’ll usually be comfortable with less humidity, making it easier to be outdoors for longer periods of time. The average a high is 77°F (25°C) and low is 62°F (16.6°C).

November crowds in Florida are beginning to grow again with the increasing number of snowbirds coming back to the state for the Winter. This is one of the last times you can get to the beach without it being overly crowded with winter guests. The Southern beaches, especially those on the Atlantic side, can still be very warm and more susceptible to bad storms, but these are infrequent.

Best Beaches in November: Gold Coast, the Florida Keys, Treasure Coast

Best Things to Do in November: Melbourne, Venice, Weeki Wachee, Big Cypress National Park, Swimming in Crystal River, Hiking National & State Parks, Golfing

Events in November: Ice! at the Gaylord Orlando, Nights of Lights St. Augustine, Merry and Bright Orlando, Thanksgiving Day

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Florida in December

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December weather in Florida will be cooler, but usually never truly cold. The humidity is typically waning at this point, with very low chance of showers and almost never a chance of snow. The wind will pick up on occasion, but for the most part expect cool and dry days and nights.

It’s best to pack a variety of layers as the mornings will start cold around 43°F (6.1°C) and get warm throughout the day around 63°F (17.7°C), then turn back to cold in the evenings. Except for South Florida, which remains an even 76°F (24.4°C) on average.

December crowds in Florida will vary depending on which region you visit this month. However, December tends to be a bit busier across the board since the holidays are underway. Most parts of Florida will experience the hype of the season, especially in medium to large cities. It should also come as no surprise that Florida travel rates will be a little pricier this time of year, though you can still find cheaper options available.

Best Beaches in December: Gold Coast, the Florida Keys, Treasure Coast

Best Things to Do in December: St. Augustine, Tampa Bay, Celebration, Ocala, Hiking National & State Parks, Golfing, Holiday Events, New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Events in December: Santa’s Enchanted Forest Miami, Pensacola Winterfest, Ice! at the Gaylord Orlando, Key West Holiday Fest, Sandi Land West Palm, Nights of Lights St. Augustine, Merry and Bright Orlando, New Year’s Eve

Final Recommendation

There are many great things to do in Florida at every season throughout the year. It’s one of the best states to visit year-round for it’s warm climate and it’s vast number of things to occupy your time all over the state, so it’s very difficult to objectively rank one season ahead of the others.

If you plan to only go to the beach or even explore the National and State Parks, you may want to consider coming in the Spring or Fall for great weather and water temperatures. If you want to visit Walt Disney World, you’d best come early Fall or late Winter for the best prices. If saving money is your goal, you can’t beat the great rates in the cold month of January or the hot month of September for a Florida vacation.

Our personal favorite things to do in our home state of Florida are going to the beach and heading to the theme parks. With that in mind, we suggest coming for a beach trip in May when the weather is warm and less rainy with fewer people crowding the beach at this time. For a week-long trip to Walt Disney World, we suggest coming in late September for lower crowds and better experiences in the parks.

Ultimately, you as the visitor determine what the best time of year is for going to Florida. The Sunshine State has so many different opportunities available all throughout the year, giving you a huge range of choices for your own vacation.

Whether you’re coming to experience the hot, lively beaches of Miami, hitting up the amusement parks in Central Florida, taking an historical trip through St. Augustine or exploring the Everglades, each trip has something special to offer.

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These are the best times to visit Florida

Andrea M. Rotondo

Florida: It may be a quirky place (just Google "Florida man" and you'll see what we mean) but it's also one of the most popular vacation destinations in America. Why? There are so many reasons. First of all, the state is beautiful with incredible coastlines and beaches , rivers and springs, maritime forests and Everglades National Park. If you want to get away from it all, Florida can help.

But the state is also home to some incredibly vibrant cities, such as Miami , Orlando , Tampa , St. Petersburg and Naples. In those hot spots, you can find museums and cultural events, fine dining, ethnic cuisine and luxury hotels. And finally, we can't forget that Central Florida is home to a handful of world-class theme parks, from Walt Disney World to Universal Orlando to Legoland .

Whether you're planning a romantic weekend away, a family vacation or a girls' or guys' getaway, Florida is a terrific destination. If you're making the trip, here are the best times to visit.

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The best weather in Florida

Florida is known as the Sunshine State so you may assume there is no bad time to visit. And that's largely true as long as you're ready for heat and humidity in the summertime and sometimes chilly temperatures in the winter in points north.

When putting the weather into context, it's important to remember how big Florida is. The state is twice as large as the country of Ireland . It's long too: 540 miles from Amelia Island, the northernmost major city in Northeast Florida, to Key West. That's about an 8 1/2-hour drive. So the weather across the state, especially north to south, can vary quite a bit — especially during the winter.

Related: Florida's top 10 vacation regions for different types of travelers

Weather also varies depending on which coast you're visiting — or if you're traveling inland to Central Florida. The Atlantic Ocean hugs the east coast of the state while the beautiful Gulf of Mexico laps the west coast. Coastal regions tend to be a bit cooler and a bit less humid in the summertime than inland regions.

Average high/low temperatures in top Florida destinations

While Americans tend to associate South Florida and the Gulf of Mexico with hurricanes, these storms have traveled across nearly all of Florida in recent years, hitting the Panhandle , Central Florida and even as far north as Jacksonville. Hurricane season spans from June through November. Hurricane Michael made landfall at Mexico Beach, 25 miles southwest of Panama City on the Panhandle, on Oct. 18, 2018. In 2017, Hurricane Irma made landfall at Cudjoe Key in the Keys on Sept. 10.

It can get downright chilly at night in North Florida so if you're traveling in January, for instance, and want to be assured mild temperatures, you're better off picking a destination farther south.

Floridians will tell you that the best months to visit are November to May, when temperatures are comfortable, humidity is low and the chance of thunderstorms is much less than the summer months. Just remember that January to March can have chilly days in North Florida so pick your destination accordingly when visiting in the winter.

The best times to visit a Florida beach

Florida has some of the world's most beautiful beaches and you can have a good time visiting no matter the season. Just remember that Florida is notorious for its afternoon thunderstorms that can pop up nearly daily when temperatures soar from June through September.

The state is also the lightning capital of the United States. Lightning storms can be fierce and should be taken seriously. Smartphone weather apps will alert you when there's been lightning in your area and you should heed the warning and take cover. Get off the beach (or golf course or other open area) for 30 or so minutes and you can return when the danger has passed.

One other thing we have to mention: sand flies, aka biting midges. Called no-see-ums by locals, these little buggers can overtake a beach, or other outdoor area, during hot periods. These bugs are really small and hard to see. The problem is worse at dusk and when the air is still. The bites can be more painful than those from mosquitos. You can use repelling lotions, such as Avon Skin So Soft, or repelling sprays, like the No No-See-Um Natural Insect Repellent.

They can even get through screens so if you're getting bitten inside a pool enclosure, that's why. (Buy a can of flying insect bug spray or a mosquito fogger and use it an hour or so before you plan to use the pool.)

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The best times to visit a Florida theme park

Choosing when to visit one of Central Florida's major theme parks, such as Walt Disney World , Universal Studios, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter or Legoland , is an art in itself. People consider three factors: weather, historical crowd levels and their schedules.

If you're just looking at the weather, TPG recommends visiting anytime from late October through the end of March. While hurricane season does run through November, it is rare for storms to race through Orlando — though it has happened seven times throughout its lifetime (most recently for Hurricane Irma in 2017). And while you could experience a cold snap when visiting in the winter months, it's rare. (Here's what to do at Disney when it's cold .)

Related: What to do when it rains at Disney World

When it comes to low crowd levels, the weeks after Thanksgiving and before the December holidays are nearly perfect. You can often walk on to rides with no or minimal lines, get reservations for the top restaurants at the times you wish to dine and just enjoy a crowd-free day at the parks. And since Disney prices its tickets dynamically, visiting during a less crowded time of year will also be cheaper.

Related: How to use points to buy Disney tickets

Of course, you often can't control when you visit. If your kids are in school, or you're an educator, you're probably locked in to visiting during holidays, vacation periods and summer break.

Related: These are the best times to visit Disney World

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The best times to see wildlife

Because of Florida's large footprint, it's tough to say exactly when the "best" time to see wildlife is. It will vary a bit depending on where in the state you're visiting. Generally speaking, here are good times to visit to see the following animals:

Birds: January through early April — especially in South Florida — is a good time to see shorebirds, waterfowl, wading birds, passerines and raptors. October through December are also terrific birding months, with an abundance of shorebirds, colonial birds, white pelicans and other migratory birds arriving in greater numbers. Florida has many wildlife preserves and those are usually the best spots to go birding.

Related: Best state parks in Florida

Alligators: It's not tough to spot an alligator in Florida. They are everywhere, including lakes and retaining ponds, so never swim in those bodies of water and don't even get too close to the edge. In the springtime, you'll see plenty of alligators, including babies, during mating season. Just be very careful when approaching alligators. You may not see the babies but if they are there, mama gator will fiercely protect them.

Manatees: It's possible to see manatees, or sea cows, any time of the year. But it's often easiest to track them down March through September. In the colder months, manatees look for warm water and often swim up rivers like the Suwannee River and Crystal River or enter springs like Wakulla Springs, Weeki Wachee Springs or Homosassa Springs.

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Dolphins: Dolphins are commonly found on both the east and west coasts of the state. They are most active at sunrise, from around 10 a.m. to noon and then again from 2 p.m. to sunset. If you're staying on the coast, you can easily spot dolphins right from the beach or take a dolphin watching cruise.

Reptiles and amphibians: Be aware that Florida has its fair share of snakes, frogs and geckos. While there are 50 species of snakes in the state, only six of them are dangerous to people: the Southern copperhead (highland mocassin), cottonmouth (water mocassin), Eastern diamondback rattlesnake, timber rattlesnake, dusky pigmy rattlesnake and Eastern coral snake. If you plan to go hiking or walk through remote areas, be sure you have an understanding of which snakes are dangerous and which are not. The University of Florida is a good resource.

The best times to go on a cruise from Florida

The state is known for its many cruise ports, including the Port of Miami , Port Canaveral , Port Everglades and Port Tampa Bay. From these ports, you can visit the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico, Panama Canal and even book transatlantic voyages to Europe. If you're flying into one of these ports, you may want to avoid hurricane season between June and November or purchase a trip insurance policy with a cancel-for-any-reason clause . If you're driving to the port, you can always book at the last minute (a week or so ahead of embarkation) so you can check the long-term weather forecast. Just know that booking last-minute cruises often means you don't have your first choice of cabin locations and dining times (if you select a set dinner time over the more flexible "anytime" dining arrangements).

Related: The best Caribbean cruise for every type of traveler

When to visit to avoid crowds

Florida is one of the most popular vacation destinations in America. That means certain destinations, especially cities like Orlando , Miami , Tampa and Naples, can get crowded during peak season. For most of Florida, peak season is roughly Thanksgiving through mid-April and then again during the summer months for places like Amelia Island, Daytona Beach and the theme parks of Central Florida.

Visiting at shoulder season, right before and directly after peak season, can provide a great value and fewer crowds. And visiting when school is in session means you're not competing with all the families that normally descend on the state during school vacation breaks.

Related: Our favorite Florida hotels for every type of traveler

The cheapest times to visit

The cheapest months to fly to Florida are September, May (except for Memorial Day weekend) and early June before schools let out.

You can find terrific values on hotels and activities in the fall (Sept. 1 to right before Thanksgiving) and spring (from mid-March through mid-June, except for Easter and spring break weeks).

Related: What to do on Florida's Space Coast when you need a break from the theme parks

Some of the less expensive areas to visit include Clearwater Beach , Jensen Beach (Port St. Lucie), New Smyrna Beach (south of Daytona Beach), Panama City Beach (on the Panhandle) and Marathon in the Florida Keys.

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We spent the first two weeks of October 2016 in Destin/Niceville and the surrounding area (on the Gulf Coast). The weather was fantastic, sunny throughout, at least 30 degrees during the day and still pleasantly warm even in the evening hours, so that one could sit outside without a jacket. Only one day we felt the effects of the hurricane that raged on the east coast (very cloudy and windy).

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Last week of October/First two weeks of November 2014: Sunny weather and 30 degrees in Miami and on the Keys. Above Orlando and on the Gulf Coast also bathing weather and very warm temperatures from 10 am (26-29 degrees). In the evening, however, it was cool and one needed a jacket. It hasn’t even rained in three weeks. One day it was very fresh on the Gulf Coast to Pensacola (approx. 17 degrees). A change was noticeable from October to November. The weather remained nice and pleasantly warm during the day, but early and in the evening it was noticeably cooler.

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i was from mid may to mid june in florida.the further was super good, temperatures between 28 and 32 degrees and super pleasant climate

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In the mornings top, from 14/15h thunderstorms more often, but they often quickly went away again. Hot! Review for Cape Coral

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We have been there 3 times in May and 1 time in September. In May was clearly the better weather. Who it ever rained then only briefly and that dried also immediately again. We didn’t have a rainy day in 2014. In September 2015 it had rained continuously for 7 days and that was, if it was nevertheless warm, less beautiful. That’s why May is clearly our favorite month.

The weather was mostly good in Nov – warm, but not humid. We had 3 weeks of sunshine at 28-30 degrees, but also 3 weeks 20-25 degrees with sun and rain.

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From 21 days we had 1 day of rain. The days always had 22-25 degrees with much sun and few clouds, only at night it was often really cold with 8-17 degrees.

Temperatures 1 Climate1 Very pleasant, always sunshine, occasionally a little shower, usually towards early evening

Florida – the Sunshine State! That says it all. We had a lot of sun, except for 2 days. Unfortunately it was sometimes a bit too cold to take the shorts out of the suitcases. The further the tour led us north, the “cooler” it became. But even at 18 degrees and sunshine it is one of the most beautiful holiday destinations!

Not quite so hot. sometimes a little cool down by short showers. otherwise top weather.

We had to drive for years, bound by the school holidays, in the summer months. It was too hot and too humid for me. Now we go in the months of June and November. It is pleasant and just right for us. But it’s already “fresh” in the evening hours in November.

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Best Time to Visit Florida by the Seasons: a local’s guide (2024)

Palm trees. Ocean breezes. Sand in places you didn’t even know existed.

Figuring out the best time to visit Florida isn’t just a case of “it depends” (as so many other articles will tell you), because there really are objective answers to the best time to go to Florida.

The only thing it depends on is what you prioritize, and in this jam-packed guide on Florida by the months, we’re going to break down all of the pros and cons to visiting Florida at every time of year so you can figure out what works for your budget, your weather preferences, and your touring style.

If you just want one easy answer though…

The best time to visit Florida is from early January to mid-February, when the weather is usually beautiful, the crowds are low, and taking advantage of the great outdoors is at an all-time high.

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What to Bring to Florida

If you’re not used to the Florida heat, here are just a few suggestions on what to make sure you have with you, almost year-round no matter which of the Florida places you’re going to.

  • Reusable water bottle with filter – Orlando tap water is pretty gross (and I say this as a local who should know). You’ll want to stay hydrated and not keep buying bottled water, so use a reusable water bottle with a filter like this
  • Lightweight walking shoes – you want breathable walking shoes like these to keep your feet cool while still protected. Flip flops are great for pool days, but not for walking around theme parks
  • Cooling towels – I love these reusable cooling towels that are easy to carry along with you and fantastic to put around your neck when the heat gets unbearable
  • Shade screen for your car or rental car – there’s nothing worse than the interior of your car baking in the sun for hours while you’re having fun. Use a shade screen like this to make sure you don’t scorch your hands on the steering wheel (yes, that’s a thing)

Best Season to Visit Florida

For many, winter is the best season to visit Florida as many people are escaping from colder climates and Florida is known for its great weather, but we’ll break down each season below.

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Spring in Florida

Florida is a popular Spring Break destination, and for good reason.

Not only is the weather typically gorgeous (not too hot and not too cold), but Florida is jam-packed with events at this time of year like the Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot as well as plenty of farmer’s markets.

Early Spring is typically better for both weather and crowds, as the further you get into spring, the more you deal with rainy season and kids getting out of school (ie, a lot more Florida visitors!)

Summer in Florida

While many people do visit Florida in the summer because of the kids being out of school, this season definitely has its ups and downs.

The pros are that it will be so hot that the fact that Florida is all about jumping in the pool, ocean, or water park will make a lot more sense (and be a lot more fun), and summer is actually low season in some places so you can get some good deals.

Summer is Florida’s rainy season, however, so you should expect daily thunderstorms, and the humidity can be unbearable for many.

Fall in Florida

Floridians breath a sigh of relief in the Fall, when the temperatures start to cool down and the rain clouds start to part a little.

Fall can be a busy time to visit Florida due to Fall Break, people wanting to escape the incoming cold, etc, but September in particularly when most kids have only been back in school for a few weeks can be a quiet month.

Events such as Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in Orlando are great for families, and all of Florida does its best to embrace the Fall spirit with pumpkin patches, even though the weather might not feel as autumnal as other places in the US.

Also, if you’ve come expecting leaves to change color, you’re in the wrong state unless you’re in the panhandle (and even then, it’s minimal!)

Winter in Florida absolutely booms with people from all over, including the infamous “snow birds” who are people who live in Florida in the winter and then live in their home state (usually up North) during the rest of the year.

For Christmas, Florida has a ton going on from ICE! at the Gaylord Palms to Santa runs to Disney’s Christmas celebrations.

The weather is usually warm, but can get down to freezing temperatures (though usually only for less than a week at a time).

You could easily be bundled up in jeans and a thick coat or you could be wearing your shorts and bathing suit.

The plus side, though, is that winter is Florida’s dry and sunny season, so even if it’s slightly nippy outside, you’re usually guaranteed some great weather days where you can really feel like you can get outdoors and explore without sweating from every pore.

Best Month to Visit Florida

If you want the quick answer, February is the best month to visit Florida.

Read on to see why.

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Florida in January

While January is the coldest month in Florida, the definition of “cold” is closer to daytime lows of about 62 to 68F, which feels practically balmy for most other US locations.

It’s also the dry season, and Florida at New Year’s is a lot of fun, especially in Miami and Orlando.

Crowds are high at the start of the month in Florida in the winter when everyone is still on winter break, and then get lower for the mid to late month.

Florida in February

While still possible to have freezing days in February, it’s much less common with average highs of 65 to 75 F depending on what part of the state you’re in.

Crowds are manageable and relatively low, and there is so much to do outdoors without worrying about the heat exhaustion.

This is still the dry season, and due to the lower crowds, you can get some good deals in February.

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Florida in March

March is another beautiful month in Florida, and the water in the ocean and pools starts to become overall warm enough for visitors to feel like swimming (though you won’t catch a Floridian swimming anytime except the summer as it still feels cool to them!)

Temperatures have highs in the high 70s and low 80s, and you don’t have to worry about hurricanes.

Because of the good weather conditions, March does seem tourism start to pick up and won’t usually be a time for deals.

Florida in April

April continues the good weather trend in Florida, with highs in the low 80s across the state.

Many Easter and Spring breaks happen around this time, making it a busy time to be in Florida (especially if you’re looking for the best time to visit Orlando).

While it’s not the wet season yet, you may see more clouds in April and experience more rain than if you visited in the winter or very early Spring.

Florida in May

May is when the Florida weather really starts to take a turn for the hot (but not scorching yet, that’s coming).

Crowds are higher as many kids are starting to get out of school, and this is the transition month from the dry to the wet season so those afternoon thunderstorms will start to come into play.

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Florida in June

By June, Florida is in full blown “hot as the sun” mode, with average temperatures in the 90s.

Of course, this makes it a great time for hitting the beach, but it’s at this point that you have a 100% chance of needing to find ways to deal with and navigate the heat as there’s no chance it won’t be there.

While summer temperatures can be uncomfortable, many people do flock to Florida in June as school is out and it does have some stunning beaches.

Florida in July

July is the hottest month of the entire year and has plenty of rainy days with severe thunderstorms in the afternoon.

For that reason, it tends to be the worst month to visit Florida, as the storms can easily impact your beach days and the heat is so sweltering you won’t want to do much outside.

People think July is more crowded than it is, but some people do like to stay away during a Florida summer so occasionally you can get good deals later in the month.

Fourth of July, however, is always busy and crowded with people braving the beaches and theme parks anyway.

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Florida in August

August is more of the same summer weather in Florida with high humidity, but now it is also hurricane season.

You can typically find some good deals in later August once kids have gone back to school, but the heat and the threat of your vacation being cancelled by a hurricane does tend to make some people think twice about a trip to Florida in August.

Florida in September

September in Florida can be a low time for crowds, as well as the temperatures dropping back down to the highs of 80s instead of the 90s.

This is hurricane season in full swing, however, so visiting in September means you’ll need to be up to date on the current storm situation.

You won’t see fall foliage, but you will get a break from the scorching temperatures (though it will still be very hot), and it’s still perfect swimming weather which makes this a good month to visit.

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Florida in October

Like March and April, October is one of tose months in Florida that can have absolutely glorious weather, as long as a hurricane doens’t come along.

Floridians like to start getting outdoors more when it’s not so hot, and it’s very popular to hold festivals and events in the fall because of this.

October is still the wet season, but it starts to dip off at the end of the month.

It also usually coincides with fall breaks, which means October can be a busy month.

Florida in November

November is a great month to visit Florida for usually good weather, lower crowds, and the start to the dry season.

The highs will start to be in the 70s, with an almost 0 percent chance of cold fronts yet, which means November is another pleasant vacation month in Florida.

Florida in December is anything but quiet, but for good reason.

Hurricane season has ended, the temperatures are some of the best all year (low 70s) and there is so much to do with the holidays coming up).

Disney and other theme parks really fill up the closer you get to the holidays, though you can usually snag some good deals for early in December.

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When to Visit Florida for the Best Weather

While winter is overall a great time to visit, if you’re purely concerned about the weather, Spring is the best time to visit Florida.

Especially in March and April, when the highs are about 80F and lows are in the low 60s, the temperature is perfect for not needing tons of layers and still warm enough to swim for many.

You won’t be visiting during Hurricane season, so can cross that worry off your list, and you won’t get any freezing cold days like you might in other parts of the country.

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Cheapest Time to Visit Florida

The cheapest time to visit Florida is usually January and February before Spring Break, as well as September.

Often, you can find better deals than you would expect during the summer months because Florida does tend to attract a winter crowd, but that’s not to say that you would find rock bottom deals in the summer.

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Least Crowded Time to Go to Florida

January after New Year’s and September tend to be the least crowded times to go to Florida.

Florida is a huge family-friendly destination, and so this correlates to when schools have just gone back in session.

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When is the best time to vacation in florida your guide to each season.

As locals, we want to let you in on a little secret. Based on average weather, crowds, and rates, the best times to visit Florida are March-April or September-October. We’ll break down the best time to plan your Florida vacation by season, with details on Florida’s eight regions, weather, crowds, activities, and rates. Florida is a beach vacationer’s dream with 1,350 miles of coastline, a sub-tropical climate, and enough annual sunshine to receive the nickname “Sunshine State,” it’s no surprise that Florida is the second highest most visited state in the US. Spring The spring season in Florida begins in March and runs through May. This is considered one of the best seasons to visit with pleasant (some might say perfect!) weather and fewer crowds than summer months. Weather: Temperatures range from high in the mid-70s in PCB to mid-80s in Tampa. March and April tend to be dryer months, with rainfalls increasing in May. Crowds: The typical spring crowds include families with young children and people trying to squeeze the most sun into their spring break. Rates: Because spring isn’t considered our peak season, rates are usually lower, but can increase during popular spring break weeks including early to mid-March. Events: Spring events include craft beer and wine-enthusiasts UNwineD, and music events, like PCB’s SandJam.

Summer From May to early September, the summer season brings heat and sunshine! However, if you’re looking for lower rates and fewer crowds, this won’t be your ideal season to visit. Weather: Temperatures range from highs in the 80s in PCB to 90s in Orlando. Moisture and chances of stormy weather begin to increase around June. Crowds: The warmest temperatures of the year combined with summer vacations contribute to the highest number of visitors during the summer months. Rates: In the height of the tourism season, expect rates to be at their highest during the summer months. Events: From boat cruises to major festivals like PCB’s Gulf Coast Jam , summer in Florida is filled with activities and events. Fall As hot summer temperatures turn cooler and the tourism season slows down, mid-September to November can be one of the best seasons to book your Florida vacation. With the reward of fewer crowds and lower rates, there can be risks involved with potential hurricanes or tropical storms. Weather: Temperatures range from highs in the mid-70s in PCB to high 80s in Miami. Although hurricane season officially starts in June, most hurricane activity occurs from August through October. Crowds: Once the school year starts, tourism begins to slow down, providing visitors some extra space and shorter lines. Avoid holiday weekends for a more exclusive experience. Rates: Visitors can usually find last-minute deals around holiday weekends like Labor Day. The best fall rates will be after Labor Day. Events: Fall festivities include family fun at Williston’s Peanut Festival and Oktoberfest celebrations in PCB. Winter It’s estimated that in the winter months, December to February, Florida’s population increases by almost one million “Snowbirds” or seasonal visitors who flock to our state, which on average is the warmest place to visit in the US, during the winter season. Weather: Temperatures range from highs in the mid-60s in PCB to mid-70s in Fort Myers. With almost no chance of snow, don’t plan on a white Christmas. Crowds: Even with the increase in seasonal visitors, with fewer tourists, Florida’s winter season offers visitors the most secluded experience of the whole year. Rates: This season offers the most flexibility with rates, including many resorts offering extended stay discounts that include group activities. Events: Visit Panama City Beach hosts its annual New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop event at Pier Park and authentic Mardi Gras celebrations in PCB .

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The best time to visit Orlando is typically between February and May, when you’ll find fewer crowds, more affordable accommodations, and absolutely perfect weather (especially if you live in a colder climate!).

Orlando is a major tourist destination—thanks to its multiple theme parks and attractions—but traveling during the city’s “off season” can help you save a few bucks on travel expenses and entertainment. If you’re traveling at this time of the year, however, you may see higher pricing during Easter and spring breaks, so try to book ahead.

Ready to start planning? Read on for more information about Orlando’s weather and its busiest season, as well as a month-by-month guide on the best times to visit Orlando.

The Weather in Orlando

It’s true that the Sunshine State has an abundance of sunshine—and in land-locked Orlando, it can be extremely humid, too. Temperatures in the summer can climb well into the 90s, but the humidity can make it feel like it’s in the 100s—and you can expect a rain storm every day. Florida has a subtropical climate, after all! This makes it great for swimming at the beach or the natural springs .

During the winter and spring, however, the weather is much more moderate. Daytime temperatures hover between the 50s and 70s, and can dip into the 40s at night—so be sure to pack a light jacket or sweater. Winter and spring are also Florida’s driest seasons, averaging only four rainy days per month.  

Unbearably hot, summer weather continues until about mid-September, but Florida’s falls can be pleasant, too. The downside to fall travel? Hurricane season runs from June through October. Although hurricanes don’t often affect Orlando—and the chances of a hurricane hitting Florida during your trip are slim—it’s definitely something to keep in mind as you craft your itinerary. 

Peak Season in Orlando

Because Orlando has so many theme parks and kid-friendly attractions, crowds typically peak whenever there’s a school holiday—think summer vacation, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and spring break—and during the holidays, when families head to Florida to visit grandparents. During these times, you’ll find airfare and accommodations are significantly more expensive, and crowds around Orlando’s tourist spots are bigger.

Tourist Attraction Availability in Orlando

Orlando’s temperate climate helps many tourist attractions stay open all year long, but depending on the time of year, there may be some exceptions. Disney World , for example, has slightly shorter hours during the fall and winter months, and many of Orlando’s waterparks are closed during the winter season.

January can be a busy time in Orlando, as many schools are still on winter break. While super high, holiday pricing for airfare and accommodations tend to drop in January, crowds can linger. Outside of Orlando’s tourist destinations, you’ll find a lot to do—with far fewer crowds—so be sure to check out downtown Orlando, Mills 50, and nearby Winter Park. 

Events to check out:

  • Epcot International Festival of the Arts: Celebrating all things art—and eating—this festival brings must-see exhibits, professional workshops, live concerts and performances, and some of the world’s most delicious foods to Epcot’s grounds. 
  • The Orlando Magic at the Amway Center: Even if basketball isn’t your thing, you’ll want to check out a Magic game at Orlando’s Amway Center. The stadium features locally-made eats from O-Town favorites like Black Bean Deli and Gringos Locos Tacos, as well as a stunning rooftop bar with 360-degree views of downtown Orlando.

Aside from President’s Day Weekend, February is generally slower than January. The weather remains clear, comfortable, and dry, so take advantage by hitting the great outdoors. Try your hand at paddle boarding or kayaking on one of Orlando’s numerous lakes, or head to Blue Spring State Park to see the manatees migrate for the spring.

  • Universal Orlando Mardi Gras: Universal brings the Big Easy to the Sunshine State with authentic Mardi Gras entertainment, eats, and daily parades.
  • Disney Princess Half Marathon: runDisney races bring thousands and thousands of runners to Orlando, and this half marathon is no exception. The best part? Many runners dress up as their favorite princesses and princes!   

Spring break, Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival, and Daytona Bike Week may bring crowds to Orlando in March, so check out some of the city’s other offerings, like museums, breweries, and gorgeous public parks. If you’re heading to the theme parks, be sure to arrive early—before the park reaches capacity.

  • Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival : OK, it may be crowded, but the absolutely amazing floral and garden arrangements are well worth it. Think: Your favorite Disney characters crafted out of beautiful florals and greenery.
  • APGD Eat Local, Sip Local Stroll: Head to the Audubon Park Garden District for a night of local beers and spirits, and inventive eats made with Florida-grown ingredients.

Spring breakers abound! You can expect some serious theme park crowds around spring break and Easter, but otherwise, Orlando isn’t super busy. If you want to skip the theme parks, check out the area’s lakes and nearby beaches for a little fun in the sun. By April, the temperature—and water—tend to be warm enough for recreation.

  • Florida Film Festival : Hosted by the beautiful Enzian theater, this 10-day film festival screens nearly 200 films and hosts over 20,000 guests. Plus, the Enzian offers delicious, hand-crafted cocktails and locally-inspired eats, so you can nom while you watch Oscar noms.  

May kicks off Florida’s rainy season, so you can expect higher temperatures and regular afternoon rainstorms. Most schools are still in session, so airfare and accommodations will be on the cheaper side, and crowds will be minimal. Take advantage by heading to the theme parks early, then checking out the city of Orlando at night.    

  • Cinco de Mayo in downtown Orlando: Head to Church Street—the city of Orlando’s very first strip of bars and restaurants—for endless margaritas, guacamole, and dancing.

The first month of summer brings brutal heat and massive crowds to Orlando. Be sure to wear sunscreen and a hat—the Florida sun is much stronger than you may think—and be prepared to wait in longer lines at theme parks. If you’re not visiting the area’s attractions, stick to air conditioned destinations, like museums, movie theaters, and bars and restaurants.

  • Bite30 : Orlando’s 30-Day Restaurant Week: Eat your way through the city—and stay cool in the air conditioning!—during this month-long celebration of Orlando’s best restaurants. Participating eateries will showcase their food with $30 prix fixe dinner menus.

Every child in America is on summer break in July, so it’s no surprise that it’s also the peak month for Orlando’s theme parks and attractions. Expect extremely long waits for rides and attractions; unbearably hot and humid weather; and heavy traffic on Orlando’s major roads. Apply (and reapply!) sunscreen and drink lots of water to help beat the strong summer sun.

  • Fireworks at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney Springs: Looking for a spectacular fireworks display for the Fourth of July? Look no further than the House of Mouse.
  • Lake Nona Great American Block Party: This free event offers entertainment, activities, and eats for the entire family. We should also mention there’s free apple pie a la mode after the block party’s annual pie baking contest. 

August is the hottest month of the year in Orlando, so try to stay inside when the sun is strongest—between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. If theme parks are on your August itinerary, be sure to visit some of Orlando’s water parks, like Typhoon Lagoon, to cool off. Alternately, you can head to Winter Park, Florida, and hop on the Winter Park Boat Tour. You’ll catch a nice breeze from the boat’s deck, and get a glimpse at some of Winter Park’s most gorgeous waterfront abodes.

  • Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival: Sample drinks and delicacies from around the globe at this months-long festival.

School is back in session, so September is one of the best times to visit Orlando’s theme parks. Plus, hotel rates hit their lowest price points of the year. The one downside? The heat and humidity can be almost unbearable. Like we said: Drink lots of water and don’t forget your sunscreen.

October’s cooler temperatures are a much, much welcomed reprieve from the summer heat. Many theme parks have fun events for Halloween, like Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios (definitely not for kids) and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (perfect for kids), so you can expect some crowds. In the city of Orlando, you’ll find amazing Halloween parties and a city-wide pride celebration. 

  • Orlando Pride Festival: October is Orlando’s pride month, so there are tons of events happening around the city—from a drag 5k road race, to a LGBTQ film festival, to massive parties downtown.

Between snow birds settling in for the winter and family members visiting for the holidays, November can be a busy time in Orlando. If you can manage the crowds, however, you’ll be rewarded with some gorgeous weather.

Both the city of Orlando and the theme parks get totally decked out for the holidays during December. It’s kind of like a winter wonderland, except the temperatures hover around the low-70s during the day and the 50s at night. The best of both worlds, right? Unsurprisingly, holiday and winter breaks bring major crowds to the theme parks and attractions, so expect long lines and heavy traffic in the areas surrounding the parks.

  • Epcot’s Candlelight Processional: If you can brave the crowds, don’t miss Epcot’s gorgeous retelling of the Christmas story, during which the narrator is accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir.  

Between February and May, you'll find fewer crowds, cheaper accommodation, and warm weather that's not too hot.

Orlando is at its rainiest in the summer between June and September, with the most rain typically falling around June and July specifically.

Hurricane season in Florida runs between June and October, but storms rarely do damage in landlocked Orlando.

Weather Spark. "Average weather in Orlando, Florida, United States, Year Round." Retrieved February 5th, 2021.

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When is the Best Time of the Year to Visit Florida?

posted by James Brockbank on August 12, 2021 // last updated on August 12, 2021

Did you know that the number one industry in Florida is tourism?

From its breathtaking beaches to its thrilling theme parks and water parks , there’s so much to do from the Panhandle all the way down to Key West. A significant part of the reason is the climate.

Even though it often feels tropical, Florida is not immune to changes in weather depending on the season. The Sunshine State certainly experiences variation in temperatures and other climate conditions depending on the time of year.

Let’s take a look at average weather patterns each month out of the year. We’ll also try to highlight differences in the distinct parts of the state so that you can choose the perfect month for your next getaway.

What’s the Weather Like in Florida in January?

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January is typically the coolest month of the whole year in Florida. Average low temperatures fall to the high 40s and low 50s, particularly in the Panhandle and other more northern parts of the state. That being said, it often gets up into the mid-70s throughout the day in Miami, the Keys, and the other more southern locales.

Rainfall is relatively low in January, especially compared to other months. Florida is always humid, but less so during cooler weather.

Because of these more mild temperatures and low rainfall, January is a great time to visit Florida’s theme parks, especially if you don’t like being outside in the heat and humidity. Major resorts also tend to heat their pools, so you still have the opportunity to enjoy some aquatic adventures.

Things start to pick up in February in Florida, temperatures and otherwise. Early morning and evening temperatures can be quite cool further north, but the days get longer. In addition, there is still very low rainfall throughout the state. 

Lots of northeastern families make a southern sojourn to the Sunshine State over school winter breaks in February. Average temperatures are slightly higher than in January. Most parts of the state reach 70 degrees during the day, with lows in the high 40s and low 50s. Ample sunshine and low humidity make it very comfortable on the beaches.

March is a hectic month in Florida, as spring breakers from around the country descend on its beaches and other attractions. Lucky for them, they’re likely to enjoy warmer temperatures and little rain.

Average temperatures climb to highs in the high 70s and 80s, while lows are also warmer, high 50s and low 60s. While March sees more rain than January or February throughout the state, the average rainfall is still under four inches in central and southern Florida.

The higher temperatures and low rain, in addition to spring break schedules throughout the country, mean that March is going to be much busier for tourists. Walt Disney World begins its slate of annual festivals with the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival as well, so be sure to plan accordingly.

From March, the weather trends carry into April, with temperatures continuing to climb into the 80s most days in most parts of the state. Rainfall is still low, even slightly lower than in March in most parts of the state, especially the Panhandle. 

While temperatures climb, tourism tails off as the month goes on. By the middle of the month, spring break is over, and Easter has passed (in most years). In addition, many “snowbirds” return north to their spring and summer homes. Fewer people means more space on the beaches, in restaurants, and at the theme parks and other attractions.

As May progresses, it begins to feel more and more like summer in Florida. Average high temperatures range in the mid-high 80s, but high temperatures rarely exceed 95 degrees. In addition, it can be quite humid, with humidity over 80%. 

Overnight and early morning temperatures tend to be in the 60s. Rainfall also increases in the south and slightly decreases in north Florida. Crowds also tend to be lower since many parents hesitate to take their kids out of school at the end of the year. 

The summer season officially kicks off over Memorial Day weekend, the last weekend in May, and crowds at nearly all the state’s popular attractions grow.

Once June hits, summer in Florida is in full swing, and it really starts to feel like it. Humidity can reach over 90%, especially in central Florida. Most days, temperatures reach the high 80s or low 90s, meaning that visitors must give special care to proper hydration and sun protection.

June is also Florida’s wettest month overall, particularly in central and southern Florida. However, this is a good thing. Most of the heavy rains fall during big afternoon storms, which quickly give way to sunny skies. What’s more, those storms tend to cool things off, so if you’re at a theme park, don’t leave! Seek shelter for a little while and wait it out.

Also worth noting is that hurricane season kicks off in June, though they’re rarer this early on.

June is a beautiful season to visit Florida, with the summer solstice at the end of the month, especially its beaches. Just be prepared for crowds.

We can sum up the weather in July in one word: hot! July is the hottest month of the year in Florida, with temperatures usually reaching into the low 90s. What’s more, the humidity soars to around 90% in most parts of the state.

Like June, though, afternoon storms often cool things off for the evening. Many beach visitors like to hit the waves early, beat the storms back to their accommodations, and then venture out for dinner or nightlife. Tourism is high in July, so make all reservations well in advance to get better prices and availability.

August is slightly cooler than July, and with humidity still in the 90% range, the drop is barely perceptible. Rainfall also increases throughout the month. Sometimes, it’s from those afternoon storms, but August is also the start of peak hurricane season. If you’re planning an August Florida vacation, you may want to purchase insurance, just in case.

There is also a rather stark difference between the beginning and end of the month. While temperatures and other weather conditions remain hot and sticky, crowds fall steadily as more and more kids (including the locals) head back to their classrooms.

August, September, and October compose the peak hurricane season in Florida, but if you get lucky and avoid them, September can be quite a lovely time of year to visit. Temperatures fall precipitously throughout the month, back into the 80s most days for highs by the end of the month.

You can expect those afternoon thunderstorms to keep rolling on most days, especially in the earlier weeks. However, crowds are much smaller since summer officially ends on Labor Day, and everyone is back in school.

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The trends that began in September continue into October, and as the month marches on, hurricanes become less and less likely. Average high temperatures are in the mid-high 70s, with lows in the 60s, particularly in the early morning and late evening hours.

The humidity still tends to be high in October, around 85%-90% at its peak most days. However, the cooler temperatures mean that it doesn’t feel as oppressive. The rain also starts to decline in October as long as you avoid a hurricane.

November feels markedly different from the past several months. Temperatures continue to fall, with highs in the 70s-80s and lows in the 60s, which also helps relieve the intensity of the humidity. Rain also falls off precipitously, with an average rainfall of around 2 inches per month.

Still, the Sunshine State lives up to its name, with clear skies and ample rays. Crowds increase steadily throughout the month until Thanksgiving, when the Christmas season officially begins, especially at the theme parks. Early November is a favorite time of year for many adults-only families and visitors.

While January is Florida’s coolest month, December isn’t far behind. Temperatures continue to fall, with highs in the 70s most days and lows in the 50s and 60s. Humidity also falls to peak percentages in the 80s most days. 

Rain becomes quite rare; in most parts of the state, it is under three inches of monthly precipitation. The chance of hurricanes is also very slim.

If you don’t like the heat, December is a great time to visit. Crowds typically slow down after Thanksgiving but will rise steadily as Christmas approaches. The week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve tends to be one of the busiest.

The rainy season in Florida begins in mid-May and continues through October. The average rainfall throughout the state is around five or more inches during these months, compared to less than three during the rest of the year.

The average number of rainy days also increases. While the fall and winter months see about seven days of rain, the summer sees 14 or more each month in most of the state.

That being said, don’t write off a visit during these months. Much of that rain falls during passing afternoon storms, giving way to sunny skies and cooler temperatures in the late afternoon and evening. 

Hurricane season officially begins on June 1 and extends through October, though the peak months are August, September, and October (especially early October). Hurricanes have become more frequent in the later months of the season over the past decade or so.

Keep in mind that a hurricane doesn’t need to make landfall in Florida to impact its weather. The effects of a hurricane hundreds of miles away in the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, or the Atlantic Ocean can be felt throughout the state, usually bringing heavy rain and wind.

If you’re traveling during hurricane season, it isn’t a bad idea to purchase insurance for your trip, just in case. 

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The short answer is no, of course not! Florida is beautiful throughout the entire year; there’s never a wrong time to visit.

The longer answer is that it depends on what you want out of your experience and your personal preferences. If heat and humidity drag you down, then summer may not be the best time for you. But if you’re looking to spend all day on the beach, then the hotter, the better.

The bottom line is that you can’t control the weather. Make an informed decision about what time of the year is most likely to be enjoyable to you, and be prepared for deviations from the norm. Be sure to plan indoor and outdoor activities, just in case.

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The Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is one of the busiest tourist destinations on the planet, so there is no real off-season, but there are “quieter” periods. In fact, during each month, attendance levels can vary dramatically for many reasons.

Generally speaking, crowds are lowest from mid-January (once you get past the New Year’s crowd) until mid-February, until winter breakers descend after President’s Day. Once the kids go back to school in September, crowds tend to stay moderate through Thanksgiving. However, weekends are still busy, and the Epcot Food and Wine Festival also draws crowds.

If you want to minimize crowds, try to avoid holidays and school breaks. Even long weekends over minor holidays like Martin Luther King Day are busier since many Florida residents and other locals make the drive.

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Best Time to Visit Florida

Unlocking the sunshine state: discover the best time to visit florida.

Welcome to the land of sun-kissed beaches, vibrant nightlife, and thrilling theme parks – Florida. The ‘Sunshine State’, as it is affectionately known, promises a unique blend of natural beauty, thrilling adventures, and rich cultural heritage. Enveloped by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other, Florida boasts of a diverse ecosystem, making it a paradise for nature lovers. Its vibrant cities like Miami and Orlando offer a dynamic blend of entertainment, shopping, and gastronomic delights, making it a dream destination for travelers of all kinds. Let’s discover the ideal time for you to visit Florida.

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Overview of Florida’s Unique Attractions

Florida’s attractions are as diverse as they are captivating. Starting with the world-renowned theme parks in Orlando – Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, which offer an unmatched experience to both kids and adults alike. Then, there’s the Everglades National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, that is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. The coral reefs of the Florida Keys offer an exhilarating experience for diving and snorkeling aficionados. Not to forget, the vibrant nightlife of Miami’s South Beach and the historical charm of St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest city. Each attraction in Florida offers a unique experience, ensuring an unforgettable journey for its visitors.

Castle at Disney World in Florida

Why Timing is Crucial for Your Florida Adventure

While Florida is a year-round destination, timing your visit can significantly enhance your experience. So when is the best time to visit Florida? The state experiences a tropical climate, with hot, humid summers and mild winters. The hurricane season, generally from June to November, can affect travel plans, particularly coastal activities. On the other hand, the winter months (December to February) are ideal for exploring outdoor attractions, wildlife spotting in the Everglades, or just lounging on the beautiful beaches. Likewise, the theme parks are least crowded during late winter and early spring, making it the perfect time for a hassle-free adventure. Hence, a well-timed visit, considering the climate, crowd, and specific interests, is key to experiencing the best of the Sunshine State.

Winter Escapades: December to February

As the calendar flips to December, many people start planning their winter escapades. It’s the time of year when the chilling cold turns the landscapes into a white canvas, and snowflakes decorate the surroundings. But, if you’re not a fan of the cold, there’s always an escape to warmer climates. From December to February, an ideal destination to consider is sunny Florida. With its temperate weather and plethora of attractions, it promises a winter unlike any other.

Florida’s Winter Climate: An Overview

While the rest of the country hibernates under layers of wool and heated blankets, Florida residents and visitors enjoy a different winter narrative. The Sunshine State’s winter climate is more akin to a mild summer for most. Temperatures range from the mid-60s to the low-70s, providing a much-needed respite from the harsh weather experienced elsewhere. The occasional rainfall only adds to the beauty of the state, making it a haven for those seeking the warmth of the sun in the cold season.

Winter in Florida: Perfect for Outdoor Activities

The favorable weather conditions in Florida during winter make it an excellent time for outdoor activities. Be it a lazy day at the beach, a thrilling airboat ride in the Everglades, a magical encounter at Disney World, or a quiet stroll in one of its many state parks, there’s something for everyone. The state’s rich biodiversity also comes alive, offering bird watchers and nature enthusiasts a chance to witness species not seen elsewhere. Golfers also flock to Florida’s world-class courses, taking advantage of the perfect playing conditions.

Three adirondack chairs at Hollywood Beach Florida

Festivals and Events: Winter Highlights in Florida

Beyond the natural beauty and outdoor activities, Florida’s winter season is also marked by numerous festivals and events. These range from vibrant holiday parades and light shows to music festivals and art fairs. One of the highlights is the annual Night of Lights in St. Augustine , where the historic district is illuminated with over three million lights, creating a magical ambience. Miami, known for its lively culture, hosts the Art Basel, attracting artists and art lovers from across the globe. In the midst of these festivities, Florida’s winter offers a unique blend of warmth, adventure, and cultural experiences.

Spring Splendors: March to May

The period from March to May in the Sunshine State is a symphony of color, warmth, and life. This transition from the chill of winter to the blossoming warmth of spring is marked by a vibrant array of flora and fauna, making it an extraordinary time to explore and experience the rich diversity of Florida’s natural wonders.

Springtime Climate in Florida

As the spring season sets in, Florida’s climate transforms into a welcoming warmth, bidding goodbye to the cooler winter months. Average temperatures range from the mid-60s to the low 80s, creating the perfect backdrop for outdoor activities. Light showers grace the state occasionally, amplifying the freshness of the season, while the humidity remains relatively low. This weather pattern is not just comfortable for human inhabitants but also stimulates the growth and activities of the state’s diverse wildlife.

Spring: Ideal for Beach Trips and Wildlife Viewing

The balmy spring weather makes it an excellent time for beach trips. The ocean waters, though still recovering from winter’s chill, gradually warm up, inviting swimmers, surfers, and sunbathers to Florida’s miles of sandy beaches. Sea turtles begin their nesting season, providing a unique spectacle for wildlife enthusiasts. Florida’s wetlands and preserves also come alive, with migratory birds flocking back, alligators becoming more active, and wildflowers blooming in full glory, offering ample opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography.

Celebrations: Florida’s Spring Festivals and Events

Spring in Florida is also a time for celebration. The state hosts numerous festivals and events that draw locals and tourists alike. From the Strawberry Festival in Plant City , celebrating the state’s bountiful strawberry harvest, to the Miami Music Week , showcasing a range of musical genres, there’s something for everyone. Springtime also sees the renowned Florida Film Festival, where movie buffs can indulge in a feast of indie and international cinema. These festivities, combined with the season’s natural splendor, make spring in Florida a truly unforgettable experience.

Summer Adventures: June to August

For those seeking a unique blend of sun, sand, and non-stop fun, the period from June to August offers an array of summer adventures in the Sunshine State, Florida. This time of year is characterized by warm weather, a plethora of recreational activities, and a host of special events and festivals that attract visitors from across the globe.

Summer Weather in Florida

Florida’s weather during the summer months is nothing short of tropical. Temperatures range from the mid-80s to the low 90s (°F), providing the perfect atmosphere for outdoor activities. While the state is known for its afternoon thunderstorms, these are typically brief and followed by clear, sunny skies. The high humidity levels amplify the heat, making the coastal breezes particularly refreshing. Whether you’re basking on the sandy beaches or exploring the state’s various natural parks, the climate adds an element of bliss to every adventure.

Summer Activities: Water Sports and Theme Parks

Florida’s extensive coastline and numerous water bodies serve as a paradise for water sports enthusiasts. Activities like surfing, paddleboarding, and jet-skiing are popular during these months. The state’s clear turquoise waters provide excellent conditions for diving and snorkeling too. Additionally, Florida is home to some of the world’s most famous theme parks. Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, and SeaWorld offer thrilling rides and attractions that cater to all age groups. These parks, while bustling throughout the year, take on a special charm during the summer with extended hours and special events.

Summer Special: Florida’s Major Events and Festivals

Summer in Florida is marked by a range of events and festivals that celebrate the state’s diverse culture and vibrant life. The Miami Swim Week showcases the latest in swimwear fashion while the Hemingway Days Festival in Key West pays tribute to the famous writer with literary readings, a look-alike contest, and a marlin tournament. Music lovers flock to the Florida Music Festival, which features performances by aspiring artists and well-established acts alike. From food festivals that celebrate Florida’s unique culinary scene to art shows displaying local talent, the state’s summer events provide countless opportunities for adventure.

Autumn Attractions: September to November

As the summer heat recedes, the allure of Florida’s autumn season beckons visitors. This period, extending from September to November, offers an array of attractions, from vibrant fall foliage to culture-rich festivals. The cooler weather, coupled with lesser crowds, presents the perfect opportunity to explore the diverse landscapes and distinct experiences that the Sunshine State has to offer. Whether it’s immersing oneself in the harvest festivities or venturing into the wild, Florida’s autumn season is an enticing prospect for both the adventurous and the leisurely.

Autumn Climate in Florida

The climate during the autumn months in Florida is a pleasant blend of summer warmth and winter coolness. The temperatures typically range between 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, making the weather perfect for outdoor activities. The humidity levels drop significantly during this season, resulting in clear, blue skies that offer breathtaking views of the landscape. However, it’s also the peak hurricane season, so it’s advisable to stay informed about the weather conditions. Despite this, the climate during these months is generally conducive to exploration and adventure.

Autumn Experiences: Harvest Festivals and Halloween Events

Florida’s autumn season is marked by numerous harvest festivals and Halloween events that reflect the state’s rich cultural heritage. These festivals range from the traditional Pumpkin Festivals, where you can pick your own pumpkins and partake in hayrides, to the more unique Scarecrow Festivals that showcase creative and quirky scarecrow designs. Halloween is also a major highlight of the season, with events like haunted house tours and costume parties taking place across the state. These events provide a fascinating glimpse into Florida’s community spirit and local traditions.

Outdoor Adventures: Hiking and Wildlife Spotting in Autumn

Autumn is an ideal time for outdoor adventures in Florida, given the mild weather and the colorful scenery. Hiking trails become more accessible and less crowded during this season, allowing for a more serene exploration of the state’s natural beauty. The state parks, with their diverse ecosystems, offer excellent opportunities for wildlife spotting. From observing migratory birds in their natural habitat to catching sight of the elusive Florida panther, the autumn season presents a wealth of opportunities for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers.

Conclusion: Crafting Your Perfect Florida Itinerary

The beauty of designing the perfect Florida itinerary lies in the state’s remarkable diversity. From the enchanting allure of its sun-kissed beaches to the thrilling escapades in its world-renowned theme parks, there is truly something for everyone. You can immerse yourself in the vibrant nightlife of Miami, delve into the rich history of St. Augustine, or bask in the laid-back charm of the Florida Keys. The possibilities are endless, and the experiences unforgettable.

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19 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Florida

Written by Lana Law Updated Mar 20, 2024

Beaches, amusement parks, national parks, and an array of unique tourist attractions make Florida one of the most visited states in America. Families flock to Orlando to thrill the kids with visits to the theme parks, while sunseekers head to the coastal cities like Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and a string of cities along the southern Gulf Coast.

In summer, visitors from around Florida and surrounding states often escape the heat and head to the cooling breezes and brilliant white-sand beaches of the Florida Panhandle.

If you're looking for a taste of island life there is nothing quite like the Florida Keys , where life runs at a slower pace. Places like Key West and its cast of characters, seem a world away from the mainland.

Spread across the state are a long list of must-see sights and things to do, from the Kennedy Space Center right through to the Dayton 500. This is a state that lends itself to return visits, and you can plan your next trip with our list of the top tourist attractions in Florida.

1. Walt Disney World

2. kennedy space center, 3. universal studios, 4. miami beach and the art deco historic district, 5. everglades national park, 6. daytona 500 international speedway, 7. seaworld orlando, 8. busch gardens tampa, 9. manatee viewing, 10. dry tortugas national park, 11. duval street in key west, 12. st. augustine's historic district and the castillo de san marcos national monument, 13. edison and ford winter estates, 14. the ringling, 15. salvador dalí museum in st. petersburg, 16. beaches of naples, 17. the great florida birding and wildlife trail, 18. pensacola beach and the gulf island national seashore, 19. weeki wachee spring and live mermaids show, best time to visit florida.

Walt Disney World

For the ultimate amusement park experience, there's no place quite like Disney World in Orlando. The magic of Disney has not worn off over the decades as millions of visitors come here each year to enjoy the Magic Kingdom and the many other attractions of this mega amusement park.

The number of things to do and see here has grown over the years and now includes an extensive list that reaches far beyond the traditional theme parks. If you're looking for more ideas, consider checking out the water parks of Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon, the exotic animals of Animal Kingdom Park, or Disney Hollywood Studios.

You'll also find exceptional dining experiences, shopping areas, and shows, some of which are target to adults only.

Official site: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/

Kennedy Space Center

The Kennedy Space Center is one of Florida's most exciting, fascinating, and educational attractions. Located on Florida's Space Coast, this huge complex is where space exploration has made history. Today, you can see rockets and the Space Shuttle Atlantis, meet an astronaut, and learn about missions to space.

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is divided into mission zones, each of which features interesting displays and interactive exhibits focused on specific themes. Displays are designed with all ages in mind, making this an engaging experience for adults or families.

The Behind the Gates Kennedy Space Center Bus Tour takes you to restricted areas for a look at historic launch sites and other facilities with limited access to the public. This is included with your daily admission. Each area takes time to see, and you should expect to spend a full day at the Kennedy Space Center.

Many people visit the Space Center on day trips from Orlando , which is about an hour away if you don't hit traffic, but if you want to stay closer to get an early start at the Space Center, you can find quality chain hotels in Titusville.

Official site: https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/

Universal Studios

Universal Studios in Orlando is a fantastic experience, and for many visitors, it often tops a visit to Walt Disney World. This huge amusement park offers all kinds of fantastic rides and recreated sets based on popular movies and shows. It's one of the best places to visit for families traveling with older children or teenagers.

Unbelievable 3D- and 4D-simulator rides; thrill rides; and wet and wild rides at the newest theme park, Universal's Volcano Bay , are some of the highlights. You can also find tamer rides for younger children to enjoy.

One of the most popular and impressive attractions is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter , where you can board the Hogwarts Express, wander through Hogsmeade Village, or, of course, hop on the Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts ride.

Official site: https://www.universalorlando.com/

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Art Deco buildings in Miami Beach

Although time spent lounging on the beach on a hot day is a must, Miami Beach is about much more than just the glorious, wide stretch of golden sand that lines the Atlantic. One of the things that makes Miami Beach so unique among Florida's beach destinations is the Art Deco Historic District. Beautifully restored buildings, mainly from the 1930s and early 1940s, reflect the city's vibrant history and create an ambience like you won't find in other cities.

Today, many of these buildings are high-end hotels, condominiums, and restaurants. Along Ocean Drive , the legendary oceanfront street overlooking South Beach, you'll find several outstanding Art Deco buildings, including the Hotel Breakwater South Beach, The Carlyle, and the Park Central Hotel (now part of the new Celino Hotel complex).

Collins Avenue is another street in the area worth strolling along, with more classic buildings. The Delano South Beach and the National Hotel Miami Beach, an adults only resort, are both standout Art Deco properties along Collins Avenue.

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Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park protects 1.5 million acres of marsh and swamp, an important and fragile ecosystem that supports alligators, American crocodiles, Florida panthers, deer, turtles, egrets, manatees, river otters, and many other species. It is one of the largest parks in the country and offers a unique opportunity to see some of these creatures in the wild.

The entire area is a wide, shallow river that flows from Lake Okeechobee to the Bay of Florida. The bottom of this river is porous limestone over the top of a bedrock base called the Tamiami Formation. It catches rainfall and acts as southern Florida's main water reservoir.

Airboat rides are the best way to see the Everglades and catch a glimpse of alligators and other wildlife. Half-day tours from Miami will take you from your hotel to the Everglades.

Official site: http://www.nps.gov/ever/index.htm

Daytona 500 International Speedway

The Daytona 500 race is one of the most famous and most important in the NASCAR Cup Series, kicking off the racing season each February. It is held in Daytona Beach at the Daytona International Speedway, and it attracts huge crowds every year.

The Speedway was built in 1959 to move auto racing off the beach. Previously, races and land-speed competitions were held on the hard-packed sand of Daytona Beach. If you can't make the race itself, you can still take a tour to explore the Speedway.

Official site: http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

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SeaWorld Orlando

Much like Walt Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando is a mega amusement park that has long been an important part of family vacations to Florida. The complex features its classic dolphin and whale shows, as well as acts featuring a cast of unexpected characters, from cats and ducks to otters and sea lions.

Other highlights include the Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin display and a host of other aquarium exhibits offering opportunities to see all kinds of marine life. Thrill rides, like the high-speed Mako roller coaster, which reaches speeds of up to 73 miles per hour, and the Journey to Atlantis water coaster ride are also a big part of the SeaWorld experience.

Meerkat at Busch Gardens Tampa

Busch Gardens is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Tampa area. This African theme park is home to all kinds of exotic animals and proudly claims to be one of the largest zoos in North America.

You can see lions, tigers, elephants, giraffes, gorillas, and much more. Safari style tours in open-air vehicles offer an opportunity to see some animals, like giraffes, zebras, rhinos, and ostrich roaming freely.

Other tours take you behind the scenes and offer a chance for close-up encounters with penguins, or a closer look at tigers and elephants. Live animal shows, featuring an unusual combination of characters, are another popular family activity.

Beyond the animal encounters, Busch Gardens also features all kinds of thrill rides, both wet and dry. While the wild and fast roller coasters get most of the attention, you can find rides for smaller children.

Official site: https://buschgardens.com/

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Manatees in a spring in Florida

These gentle, slow-moving giant sea creatures were once supposedly mistaken for mermaids by Christopher Columbus on his famous voyage to the Americas. When you see them up close in person, you may wonder if old Christopher had been at sea for just a bit too long.

Manatee viewing is a great family outing between November and mid-April, and fortunately Florida has several good spots to see these creatures. One of the most popular (and free) places to see manatees is at the Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center at the Big Bend Power Station in Apollo Beach . As the waters in the surrounding bays cool with the winter weather, the manatees come into the lagoon by the plant to luxuriate in the warm water used to cool the power plant.

Another great spot for those with a bit more of a taste for adventure is Crystal River . Here, you can actually get in the water and swim with the manatees as they enjoy the warm-water springs.

Over on the West Coast in Riviera Beach, another good spot is the Manatee Lagoon and FPL Eco-Discovery Center . The viewing platforms are an ideal spot to see the manatees enjoying the warm waters below. In addition, it's a great place to educate the kids on not only manatees, but the wider Florida ecosystem.

Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park is home to the impressive Fort Jefferson , built by the US Government in the 1800s. Although this is the key attraction of the park, the beautiful reef islands, seven in total, that make up the Dry Tortugas are themselves worth the trip. You can tour the fort and spend the rest of the day enjoying the soft-sand beaches and snorkeling in the clear, shallow waters.

Located 70 miles west of Key West, these islands are not accessible by car. Catamaran boat trips from Key West bring visitors here for a full day, some of which includes a tour of the fort, time for beaching and snorkeling, and breakfast and lunch.

You can also camp here and, once the tourists have left for the day, you can have your own desert island experience. Access is via private boat or the public ferry that carries a maximum of 10 campers.

Official site: http://www.nps.gov/drto/index.htm

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Duval Street in Key West

Most people touring the Keys make Key West their main destination due to its location at the end of the chain of islands. And fortunately, a leisurely stroll along Duval Street in Key West is one of the highlights of the Florida Keys. Shops and restaurants with outdoor patios, many in beautifully restored old buildings, line the street. There is always a lively vibe, regardless of the time of year, but even more so on days when cruise ships come to port.

Key West has a distinctly Caribbean flare, making it unique from other destinations around the state. In addition to Duval Street, there are lovely residential areas for walking and a number of interesting attractions, including the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and the Southernmost Point in the continental USA .

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Castillo de San Marcos

Known for being one of the oldest settlements in Florida, although Pensacola would beg to differ, St. Augustine's historical sites and charming old architecture definitely make it worth a visit. At the top of the list of things to see is the late 19th-century Flagler College , one of the most photographed buildings in the city. It was originally built as a hotel by railroad magnate Henry Flagler.

Also not to be missed is the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument , famous for being the "oldest masonry fort in North America," according to the National Parks Service. Built in the 17th century, it is remarkably well preserved and an impressive sight, even for those with little interest in history. The view over the coast is also quite spectacular.

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Laboratory in Edison and Ford Winter Estates

These adjacent, oceanfront mansions in Fort Myers offer a glimpse into the lives and livelihoods of inventor, Thomas Edison, and the founder of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford. You can tour the homes and outbuildings, see where Edison conducted experiments, wander through the palm-lined grounds, and learn about Edison's famous botanical experiments. Once you reach the seashore, you'll quickly understand why these two men chose to spend winters here instead of up north.

The Edison Botanical Research Lab , one of the most impressive portions of the tour, is a designated National Historic Chemical Landmark.

Address: 2350 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, Florida

Official site: http://www.edisonfordwinterestates.org

Ca' d'Zan Mansion

This outstanding, Venetian-inspired property, built mainly in the mid-1920s, consists of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the Circus Museum, the Ca' d'Zan, and gardens.

The Circus Museum celebrates the history of this unique form of performance. It displays all kinds of circus costumes, props, posters, and other memorabilia, and features exhibits on the history of the famous Ringling Bros. One of the highlights is a massive scale model of the circus as it approaches, sets up, and leaves a location.

The Ca' d'Zan was the residence of John and Mable Ringling. Their inspiration for this waterfront Venetian-style mansion came from their travels in Europe and the great palaces of Venice. The 36,000-square-foot home was completed in 1926 and is an architectural masterpiece in southern Florida.

A visit to the art museum, housed in a stunning pink palace, is almost jarring after you view all the relatively low-brow circus memorabilia. It showcases the Ringling's extensive art collection, which includes classic pieces by Velazquez, El Greco, Van Dyke, Veronese, and Rubens. It may seem to the casual visitor like John and Mabel Ringling were trying to overcompensate for their humble beginnings by collecting and showcasing these pieces.

Address: 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, Florida

Official site: https://www.ringling.org/history-ca-dzan

Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg

The Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg is located on the city's impressive waterfront and housed in a unique modern building designed to match the creativity of the artist himself. Curving glass appears to envelope the otherwise box-like structure, giving the building a very striking appearance.

Inside, the museum showcases pieces from throughout Dalí's career, providing a complete overview of his development as an artist. Even those with little knowledge of his mind-bending art will find this museum interesting and thought provoking.

Address: One Dalí Blvd, St. Petersburg, Florida

Official site: https://thedali.org/

  • Read More: Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in St. Petersburg

Beach near the Naples Pier

The beaches on Florida's Gulf Coast are some of the best in the entire United States. Unlike their counterparts on the Atlantic Ocean, the water here is warm, generally calm, and often shallow. Beach resorts along this section make popular holiday destinations.

Of all the beach areas up and down this coast, some of the finest are located in Naples. Powdery sand, crystal-clear waters, and lots of room to set up your umbrella and chair are what you can expect. One of the liveliest areas is right near the historic Naples Pier, where you'll find volleyball courts and the greatest concentration of sunseekers.

Naples' beaches have a laid-back atmosphere and are rarely crowded outside of holidays. You can access the main stretches of beach from town, or for a more natural experience, visit one of the state or local parks up and down the coast. Just back from the beach area is the delightful city of Naples , with exceptional dining and high-end shopping.

Great blue heron photographed on the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail

Florida's unique ecosystems, with the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, The Everglades, and the swamps and bayous of its northern portion, attract a wide assortment of birds. One of the best ways to check off species on your bird "to see" list is to follow the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail.

Starting in Pensacola, and winding its way all across the state, the trail lists 510 birding hot spots, divided into four regions: East, Panhandle, South, and West. Many of the sites are located in state, county, local, or national parks and are always identified with a distinctive brown sign with a bird flying through a stylized O.

Official site: https://floridabirdingtrail.com/

Pensacola Beach

One of Florida's hidden gems, Pensacola Beach and the Gulf Island National Seashore are home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the state. Blindingly white soft, squeaky sand is lapped by the green-blue crystalline waters of the Gulf of Mexico. You may bring a bestseller to read under your umbrella, but chances are you'll just end up gazing out at the amazing view.

Unlike beaches along Florida's East Coast, the beaches here are protected in many areas by the Gulf Island National Seashore Park. As a result, they have limited development, allowing for you to experience the seashore in its natural environment.

That isn't to say they are all natural. Pensacola Beach is one of the Panhandle's top beach destinations for its fun vibe, great restaurants, and affordable accommodations. While you are visiting, if you hear a roar in the sky, it's the Navy's Blue Angels aerial acrobatic team performing death-defying maneuvers.

Read More: Top-Rated Tourist Attractions & Things to Do in Pensacola

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

Florida wouldn't be Florida without its weird and wonderful assortment of tourist attractions. Ask yourself, where else in the world can you go and see a live mermaid swimming in a freshwater spring?

Although it may seem a bit over the top, the show is actually quite entertaining and well worth a visit. Mermaids have been performing here for over 60 years, and a trip to Weeki Wachee is almost a rite of passage for many tourists. Grab one of the 400 seats in the underwater theater, and settle in for a show unlike anything you've ever seen.

The mermaid show is actually located in Weeki Wachee Springs State Park . Other things to do include slipping and sliding on the waterslides at Buccaneer Bay, or taking a river boat tour.

Official site: https://www.floridastateparks.org/WeekiWachee

Wondering when it's best to go south? Depending on where you're headed (i.e. the Florida Panhandle and northern, cooler part of the state or the sunny Florida Keys) and what you're hoping to do during your vacation (i.e. soak up warm rays or ride roller coasters), the best time to visit Florida is twofold: between February and May and October and December .

Miami Beach at sunset

If you've ever been unlucky enough to be in Florida when it snowed (yes, that's actually happened), you'll understand why it's important to get your vacation timing right. Let's face it, most of us head to the Sunshine State for, well, sunshine. And we're not looking for that cold bright sun that sometimes peaks from a winter cloud. We're talking about luxuriously hot rays that warm our bodies from the outside in. With that in mind, the best month to visit Florida is any month between February and May. At this time, you'll avoid the coldest months of the year (November through January), as well as those which are so stifling you'll wish for a blizzard (namely July and August). Oh, you'll also miss out on hurricane season, which runs from June to November (peaking between mid-August and mid-October). Here's a rundown of why you should visit during these months:

February: This early month sees highs that average around 75 degrees Fahrenheit in Miami and its lows dip to about 61. These temperatures will, of course, get warmer the farther south you go and colder for those heading north. The sun will shine on average for eight hours a day, and the sea temperature will be a refreshing 75 degrees. Rain only falls about six days of the month, so it's pretty dry and mild in February.

March : The highs are higher during this popular travel month, hitting about 77 degrees with lows of 64. Again, you won't see much rain, but you'll get an extra hour of sunshine over that found in February. Tourist numbers are on the up and up during this Spring Break month, which means you'll see more crowds. The popularity of March vacations in Florida also means you should be prepared for higher prices on everything from flights to hotel rooms to restaurants to attractions, especially if you're visiting during a school break.

April : This beautiful month offers warm temps (a high of 82) and even less rain (about 5 days) than its two predecessors. It's a busy travel month due to Easter, but once that's over, you'll see the crowds and inflated prices dissipate.

In terms of tourists, you won't have to fend them off since this is a shoulder month (a.k.a. that time between peak and off-peak seasons). In the case of Florida, the shoulder seasons can be found between April and May and September through November .

May : If you're looking for warmth, soak it up with the average highs of 87 degrees during this low-key month. You can enjoy low prices, lots of hotels to choose from, and much shorter lines at attractions, not to mention plenty of unimpeded space to stretch out on the silky soft beaches.

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Best Time to Visit Florida: Weather, Beaches, Crowds

If you’re searching for the best time to visit Florida , look no further. Florida is a great destination all year round, and there is no wrong time to visit, but certain times of year are better than others. This article will discuss some of the best times to visit Florida and why they are ideal for your next vacation.

Considering the average weather, rate, and crowd, the best time to visit Florida are March-April (spring) or September-November (fall).  

Florida is the only state that experiences a subtropical climate throughout the year.  

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This guide describes what to expect each month in Florida, the perfect time to visit, and several activities to enjoy during your stay. 

Tourists will visit Florida for a different experience, so we’ve discussed the best time for each circumstance.  

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Best Time to Visit Florida

Best Time for a Beach Vacation in Florida:  April, May, and November (favorable weather, less crowd)

Best Time to Visit Theme Parks in Florida:  January, February, September, and October (lower costs and crowd)

Best Time to Visit National Parks in Florida:  Fall and Spring

Best Time for Golfing in Florida: Perfect year-round, but winter months have great weather

Best Time for Fishing in Florida:  Summer months, including June, July, August, and September

Best Time for Camping in Florida:  January, February, March, April, and May

Best Time for Lower Crowds in Florida:  July, August, and September

Best Time for Lower Prices in Florida:  January and September

We’ll dive deeper into each of the times of the year later in this post. This information will guide you to know what particular time suits your favorite activity and reasons for visiting. 

When is Hurricane Season in Florida?

The hurricane season in Florida starts from June to November every year and peaks in Mid August and mid-October . 

It’s difficult to predict the number of hurricanes that will occur in a year; however, if you travel to Florida during certain months, the chances of a hurricane affecting your vacation are low. 

But if you plan to travel to Florida in August, September, and October, obtain travel insurance for your flight at a little extra cost. With travel insurance, you’ll get a full refund or your flight rescheduled if a weather emergency disrupts your travel plan. 

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Florida in Spring

The springtime weather in Florida is characterized by sunshine , low humidity , little rainfall , and an occasional ocean breeze . The spring weather allows you to enjoy the outdoor experience without fearing hot or humid weather. 

The combination of warm days and cool nights makes spring one of the best times to visit Florida. It’s a great time to explore some of the sunshine state’s most Picturesque landscapes, either by kayak, bike or even in a camp tent.  

Florida in March

Many activities can be enjoyed in Florida in March, including a fun visit to the Gold and Space coasts. 

Weather in Florida in March

Winds with a bit of fogginess in the morning characterize March. Spring in Florida usually has a drastic daily temperature change, so pack light layers to wear or strip off anytime. 

Florida experiences fabulous weather in March and warmer days with an average water temperature of 60°F (15°C) lows and 75°F (24°C) highs.

Average high and low temperatures in different areas of Florida in March:

  • Miami (South Florida): Hi 77°F (25°C) – Lo 66°F (19°C)
  • Tampa (Gulf Coast): Hi 76°F (24°C) – Lo 58°F (15°C)
  • Orlando (Central Florida): Hi 79°F (26°C) – Lo 57°F (14°C)
  • Jacksonville (North Florida): Hi 75°F (24°C) – Lo 54°F (12°C)
  • Pensacola (North Florida): Hi 71°F (22°C) – Lo 54°F (12°C)

Weather in Florida in March

Water Temperature in Florida in March

The average water temperature in North Florida in March is 63°F (17°C) , with 73°F (23°C) average in South Florida.

Average water temperatures in Florida in March in different areas :

  • Miami (South Florida): 75°F (24°C)
  • Tampa (Gulf Coast): 68°F (20°C)
  • Daytona Beach (Central Florida): 70°F (21°C)
  • Jacksonville, Panhandle (North Florida): 62°F (16°C)
  • Pensacola (North Florida): 64°F (18°C)

Water Temperature in Florida in March

Best Beaches in Florida in March

Some of the best beaches in March are the Emerald Coast, Space Coast, and Gold Coast. 

Crowds in Florida in March

Florida is one of the top spring break destinations for vacation. The warm weather and amazing beaches keep most big cities and small towns pretty busy. Crowds in Florida in March are at a bit uptick because it’s the time most people schedule their spring break vacation. 

Florida in April

April is the last month of Florida’s dry season; rains usually start in late May through summer. In April, the sunshine state hosts exciting events such as the Pioneer Days festival and the Florida Keys Island Festival. 

Weather in Florida in April

Florida weather in April is characterized by warm days, less wind and fog, along with breezy and sunshine afternoons. 

The average water temperature in most parts of Florida in April is usually 66°F to 77°F (19°C- 25°C) with a relatively high humidity level and peaks in April at 70% . 

Average high and low temperatures in different areas of Florida in April:

  • Tampa (Gulf Coast): Hi 76°F (25°C) – Lo 58°F (15°C)
  • Jacksonville (North Florida): Hi 68°F (24°C) – Lo 54°F (12°C)

Weather in Florida in April

Water Temperature in Florida in April

Average water temperatures in Florida in April in different areas :

  • Miami (South Florida): 78°F (26°C)
  • Tampa (Gulf Coast): 73°F (23°C)
  • Daytona Beach (Central Florida): 72°F (22°C)
  • Jacksonville (North Florida): 68°F (20°C)
  • Pensacola (North Florida): 72°F (22°C)

Water Temperature in Florida in April

Best Beaches in Florida in April

Gold Coast and Florida keys are some of the best beaches you can visit in Florida in April . 

Crowds in Florida in April

April is the best time to take advantage of lower hotel rates and enjoy the beaches and oceans before the summer month’s unbearable heat. 

Crowds in April reduce after the end of March’s spring break. There are still snowbirds in April, which means cities where they dominate will be pretty busy. 

Florida in May

May weather in Florida is warmer than at the beginning of the year, and the temperature continues to rise throughout the month. May has the best weather out of the spring months, with less fog and more sunlight. 

May falls under the start of Florida’s wet season so expect rainfall during this month. The average temperature in Florida in May is between 65°F to 85°F. 

There’s an average crowd in Florida in May. This is the time of the year when snowbirds head back North due to temperature increases. It’s a great time to utilize the lower hotel rates and explore the sunshine state’s beaches, ocean, and inland areas. Beaches are relatively busy but less than in spring.  

Florida is May is the best time to enjoy beautiful events like the Orlando International Fringe Festival , Suwannee River Jam , and Jacksonville Jazz Festival . 

Weather in Florida in May

Florida weather in May is usually warmer than the first few months of the year, and the temperature increases during the month. May offers the most favorable springtime weather with more sunshine and less fog throughout the day. 

May is the beginning of Florida’s wet season, so there’s a higher chance of random rainfall. Most cities in Florida will expect an average temperature of 65°F- 85°F (18.3°C – 30°C). 

Average high and low temperatures in different areas of Florida in May:

  • Miami (South Florida): Hi 82°F ( 28°C ) – Lo 73°F ( 23°C )
  • Tampa (Gulf Coast): Hi 87°F ( 30°C ) – Lo 70°F ( 21°C )
  • Orlando (Central Florida): Hi 88°F ( 31°C ) – Lo 68°F ( 20°C )
  • Jacksonville (North Florida): Hi 86°F ( 30°C ) – Lo 66°F ( 19°C )
  • Pensacola (North Florida): Hi 84°F ( 29°C ) – Lo 66°F ( 19°C )

Weather in Florida in May

Water Temperature in Florida in May

Average water temperatures in Florida in May in different areas :

  • Miami (South Florida): 80°F (27°C)
  • Tampa (Gulf Coast): 78°F (26°C)
  • Daytona Beach (Central Florida): 76°F (25°C)
  • Jacksonville (North Florida): 74°F (24°C)
  • Pensacola (North Florida): 78°F (26°C)

Water Temperature in Florida in May

Best Beaches in Florida in May

Florida keys , Gold coast , and Treasure coast are some of the most recommended beaches in Florida during this month. 

Crowds in Florida in May

Florida has a moderate crowd in May. This is the time snowbird heads North as the temperature increases. This is also an exciting time to utilize the lower hotel rates. The beaches will be moderately busy but lesser than during spring break.

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Florida in Summer

Summer is an exciting season for a family vacation as it offers something for everyone. For instance, you can drive to the theme park, go sightseeing in the city, and spend relaxing moments at the fantastic beaches when the sun is low. 

But summer has a few downsides: heavy rain , thunderstorms , occasional extreme humidity , and overcrowded theme parks . 

The average temperature in the summer ranges from 86°F to 91°F (30°C – 33°C) across Florida. 

 Summer in Florida falls within the wet season and lasts from May to October. The season is dominated by several days of rainfall. The average amount of rain in Florida during summer is 4.5-6 inches. 

There’s a higher chance of rainfall every day, even at noon. 

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Rainfall is expected at noon and usually lasts about 2 hours before it dries in the evening. Furthermore, thunderstorms can occur during the day and even at night. 

Florida in June

June weather in Florida is agreeably the hottest and most humid of the spring months. Since June falls under the wet season, expect occasional rainfall and thunderstorms, especially in the afternoon, for about an hour or more before it tapers off at night. However, some days, thunderstorms may last for the whole day. 

While the weather can be affected by rain, there’s still always time for the sun to shine brightly. The sun will dominate most of the day so bring along lots of sunblocks and protection to prevent heat rashes and sunburn due to sun exposure. Make sure you stay hydrated too. 

Most cities will have an average temperature between 70°F to 90°F. 

Many tourists prefer to visit Florida when the weather is still average at the start of summer. Crowds in Florida are busy in June. There are many amazing white sandy beaches around public beaches like cocoa, clearwater, and Miami, which maintains its large population.  

Weather in Florida in June

Wet season with occasional rainfall and thunderstorms.  

Average high and low temperatures in different areas of Florida in June:

  • Miami (South Florida): Hi 86°F ( 30°C ) – Lo 77°F ( 25°C )
  • Tampa (Gulf Coast): Hi 88°F ( 31°C ) – Lo 75°F ( 21°C )
  • Orlando (Central Florida): Hi 92°F ( 33°C ) – Lo 73°F ( 23°C )
  • Jacksonville (North Florida): Hi 90°F ( 32°C ) – Lo 73°F ( 23°C )
  • Pensacola (North Florida): Hi 90°F ( 32°C ) – Lo 73°F ( 23°C )

Weather in Florida in June

Water Temperature in Florida in June  

The water temperature in Florida in June is 80°F (26°C). 

Average water temperatures in Florida in June in different areas :

  • Miami (South Florida): 84°F (29°C)
  • Tampa (Gulf Coast): 82°F (28°C)
  • Daytona Beach (Central Florida): 80°F (27°C)
  • Jacksonville (North Florida): 80°F (27°C)
  • Pensacola (North Florida): 84°F (29°C)

Water Temperature in Florida in June  

Best beaches in Florida in June 

Cocoa , Clearwater , and Miami beaches . 

Crowds in Florida in June 

June in Florida is a busy month, especially in Orlando, Jacksonville, Miami, and other popular cities. Visitors troops in early June because the weather is more pleasant (low humidity and heat). 

June is the right time to enjoy inland Florida because of the beach’s population. Florida’s nature venues and state parks also have a lot to offer in June. 

Florida in July

July is the hottest month in Florida and the warmest ocean temperature in some of its cities. 

In July, the far North you go, the warmer the water temperature and the more intense the sun. However, the south should expect more cloudy days with a heavy downpour. 

Weather in Florida in July

July falls in the rainy season and may experience high thunderstorms and humidity.  

Average high and low temperatures in different areas of Florida in July:

  • Miami (South Florida): Hi 88°F ( 31°C ) – Lo 79°F ( 26°C )
  • Orlando (Central Florida): Hi 92°F ( 33°C ) – Lo 75°F ( 24°C )
  • Jacksonville (North Florida): Hi 92°F ( 33°C ) – Lo 75°F ( 24°C )
  • Pensacola (North Florida): Hi 92°F ( 33°C ) – Lo 75°F ( 24°C )

Weather in Florida in July

Water Temperature in Florida in July

The water temperature in Florida during summer in July is 80°F (26°C). 

Average water temperatures in Florida in July in different areas :

  • Miami (South Florida): 86°F (30°C)
  • Tampa (Gulf Coast): 85°F (29°C)
  • Daytona Beach (Central Florida): 82°F (28°C)
  • Jacksonville (North Florida): 82°F (28°C)
  • Pensacola (North Florida): 85°F (29°C)

Water Temperature in Florida in July

Best beaches in Florida in July

Cocoa, Miami, and Clearwater.  

Crowds in July 

In July, crowds will start reducing in some Florida areas because tourists are moving to inland destinations. 

The crowds will still be considerably larger in Florida than in most places. But not just like they were in the past months. Water parks and theme parks will experience larger crowds. 

July is the perfect time to visit Florida’s water parks and explore the Typhoon or Aquatica lagoon with humid temperatures. 

Florida in August 

Florida in August is the perfect month for tanners, outdoor lovers, and beach goers because it is the time of the year with the fullest sun. 

The Rainy season is still effective in August. Make sure you have a backup plan for rainy days. 

Weather in Florida in August

August is characterized by hot and humid conditions but with higher chances of hurricanes and thunderstorms.

Average high and low temperatures in different areas of Florida in August:

  • Pensacola (North Florida): Hi 90°F ( 32°C ) – Lo 75°F ( 24°C )

Weather in Florida in August

Water Temperature Florida in August

The water temperature in Florida during summer in July is 86°F (30°C) . 

Average water temperatures in Florida in August in different areas :

  • Tampa (Gulf Coast): 86°F (30°C)
  • Daytona Beach (Central Florida): 84°F (29°C)
  • Pensacola (North Florida): 86°F (30°C)

Water Temperature Florida in August

Best beaches in Florida in August

First coast, Emerald coast, and Sun coast. 

Crowds in Florida in August

There is generally a low turnout of tourist crowds in August, and the numbers continue to reduce by month. January is the busiest month in Florida because it hosts tourists in the last weeks of their vacation. 

Best Time to Visit Florida: Florida in Fall

Florida in Fall

In Florida, temperatures are more moderate in fall than in summer. However, hurricanes peak in early fall along with tropical storms, thunderstorms, and possibly hurricanes. 

Florida in September

Florida is popularly called the lightning capital of the world, and even though this is not a threat to visitors’ safety, boaters should take precautions. If it is not raining, sunshine will be intense. So visitors should come along with sun protection against sunburn and water against dehydration. 

Weather in Florida in September 

September weather in Florida is hot and muggy, and highly affected by hurricane warnings and watches.

Average high and low temperatures in different areas of Florida in September:

  • Orlando (Central Florida): Hi 90°F ( 32°C ) – Lo 73°F ( 23°C )
  • Jacksonville (North Florida): Hi 88°F ( 31°C ) – Lo 73°F ( 23°C )
  • Pensacola (North Florida): Hi 88°F ( 31°C ) – Lo 71°F ( 22°C )

Weather in Florida in September 

Water Temperature Florida in September 

September temperature in Florida averages 85°F (29.4°C) with 75% humidity.

Average water temperatures in Florida in September in different areas :

  • Pensacola (North Florida): 82°F (28°C)

Water Temperature Florida in September

Best beaches in Florida in September

 Some of the best beaches in September include Miami beach, Flavor palm beach, etc.

Crowd in Florida in September 

September crowds in Florida are pretty low because kids are in school. Plus, most tourists avoid hurricane seasons. 

Florida in October 

Florida weather in October is cooler and drier than in the previous months. It’s closer to the end of hurricane season with fewer watches and warnings. There’s a decline in daily thunderstorms and rain showers. October offers cooler temperatures with occasional hot days. Some significant events scheduled for this month are Halloween Zoo Bashes, Ghost tours, Brick or Treat Legoland, etc. 

Weather in Florida in October 

Rain declines in Florida in October , and humidity levels reduce with a calm and breezy evening.

The average temperature is about 80°F (26.7°C) high and 67.5°F (19.7°C), especially at night.  

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Average high and low temperatures in different areas of Florida in October:

  • Miami (South Florida): Hi 82°F ( 28°C ) – Lo 75°F ( 24°C )
  • Tampa (Gulf Coast): Hi 84°F ( 29°C ) – Lo 68°F ( 20°C )
  • Orlando (Central Florida): Hi 84°F ( 29°C ) – Lo 68°F ( 20°C )
  • Jacksonville (North Florida): Hi 82°F ( 28°C ) – Lo 64°F ( 18°C )
  • Pensacola (North Florida): Hi 81°F ( 27°C ) – Lo 62°F ( 17°C )

 Water Temperature in October  

Average water temperatures in Florida in October in different areas :

  • Tampa (Gulf Coast): 81°F (27°C)
  • Jacksonville (North Florida): 78°F (26°C)

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Best beaches in Florida in October 

Cultural coast, Sun Coast, Emerald Coast

Crowds in Florida in October

October crowds in Florida are on the low side. Many tourists prefer to stay back due to the unpredictable nature of the hurricane season. 

Florida in November

November is the end of the hurricane season for the year. But keep in mind that hurricanes may occur occasionally. November temperature in Florida is less cold with low humidity, making it a suitable month for outdoor activities. 

 The beaches in southern Florida can be overly warm and prone to heavy storms, but such occurrences are occasional. Some of the best events in November are Merry and Bright Orlando, Nights of Lights St. Augustine, Thanksgiving day, etc. 

Weather in Florida in November

November weather in Florida is dry and cool with less cold and low humidity. 

The average temperature is about 77°F (25°C) high and 62°F (16°C) low.

Weather in Florida in November

Average high and low temperatures in different areas of Florida in November:

  • Miami (South Florida): Hi 79°F ( 26°C ) – Lo 70°F ( 21°C )
  • Tampa (Gulf Coast): Hi 78°F ( 31°C ) – Lo 60°F ( 16°C )
  • Orlando (Central Florida): Hi 79°F ( 26°C ) – Lo 59°F ( 15°C )
  • Jacksonville (North Florida): Hi 73°F ( 23°C ) – Lo 55°F ( 13°C )
  • Pensacola (North Florida): Hi 71°F ( 22°C ) – Lo 52°F ( 11°C )

Water Temperature in November 

Average water temperatures in Florida in November in different areas :

  • Miami (South Florida): 76°F (24°C)
  • Tampa (Gulf Coast): 75°F (24°C)
  • Daytona Beach (Central Florida): 75°F (24°C)
  • Jacksonville (North Florida): 70°F (22°C)
  • Pensacola (North Florida): 71°F (22°C)

Water Temperature in Florida in November 

Sun coast, first coast, emerald coast

Crowds in Florida in November  

November crowds in Florida are increasing with the return of snowbirds for winter.

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Florida in Winter 

Winter in Florida allows you to spend most days outdoors without fearing hot temperatures or high humidity. It’s the best season for physical outdoor activities. 

Many tourists visit Florida in winter to escape the harsh cold of their states, especially those in the North. 

The average high temperature of Florida during winter is 75°F (24°) in Orlando and Miami, and the lowest is 62°F(17°C) . 

Florida in December 

December weather in Florida is usually cool and less cold. This is the month when the humidity starts waning, with a little shower and no snow. There may be occasional winds but expect dry and cool days for the most part. Most Florida regions experience the season hype, especially in popular cities. Some of the events in December are Nights of Lights St. Augustine , Santa’s Enchanted Forest Miami , New Year’s eve , Merry and bright Orlando , etc. It’s not surprising that travel rates will be pretty high in December (there are still cheaper alternatives, though). 

Weather in Florida in December

Florida in December is cool, less cold with occasional winds.

The average temperature is 50°F (11°C) in the morning and warm during the day at 68°F (20°C) and returns to cold at nighttime. The case may differ in places like South Florida, with an average temperature of 75°F (24°C). 

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Average high and low temperatures in different areas of Florida in December :

  • Miami (South Florida): Hi 75°F ( 24°C ) – Lo 66°F ( 19°C )
  • Tampa (Gulf Coast): Hi 72°F ( 22°C ) – Lo 54°F ( 12°C )
  • Orlando (Central Florida): Hi 75°F ( 24°C ) – Lo 55°F ( 13°C )
  • Jacksonville (North Florida): Hi 68°F ( 20°C ) – Lo 48°F ( 9°C )
  • Pensacola (North Florida): Hi 64°F ( 18°C ) – Lo 47°F ( 8°C )

Water Temperature in December 

The average water temperature in South Florida in December is 73°F (23°C) which may differ in North Florida with an average temperature of 66°F (19°C). 

Average water temperatures in Florida in December in different areas :

  • Miami (South Florida): 73°F (23°C)
  • Tampa (Gulf Coast): 70°F (21°C)
  • Jacksonville (North Florida): 65°F (18°C)
  • Pensacola (North Florida): 66°F (19°C)

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Best beaches in Florida in December 

Treasure coast, Gold Coast, the Florida Keys

Crowds in Florida in December

December crowds in Florida vary and depend on where you visit. But keep in mind that December is busier throughout Florida during the holidays. 

Florida in January 

January is usually the coldest month in Florida. There’s hardly any snow, and rain only falls occasionally. Come along with different layers as most mornings are cold and then warm in the afternoon. There’s also a cheaper travel and accommodation rate in January. The scheduled events in January are the South Florida Fair , Homestead Championship Rodeo , Gasparilla Pirate Festival , Mecum Auto Auction , etc. 

Weather in Florida in January 

The coldest month of the year with little to no rain or snow.

The average daily high in the Northern Florida region is around 65°F (18.3°C), and the average daily low is 45°F (7°C). The average temperature in southern Florida is around 72°F (22°C).

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Average high and low temperatures in different areas of Florida in January:

  • Miami (South Florida): Hi 73°F ( 23°C ) – Lo 63°F ( 17°C )
  • Tampa (Gulf Coast): Hi 70°F ( 21°C ) – Lo 52°F ( 11°C )
  • Orlando (Central Florida): Hi 72°F ( 22°C ) – Lo 52°F ( 11 °C )
  • Jacksonville (North Florida): Hi 66°F ( 19°C ) – Lo 46°F ( 8°C )
  • Pensacola (North Florida): Hi 62°F ( 17°C ) – Lo 45°F ( 7°C )

Water Temperature in January 

The average water temperature in South Florida is 71°F (22°C) and in North Florida is around 62°F (17°C).

Average water temperatures in Florida in December in different areas:

  • Miami (South Florida): 71°F (22°C)
  • Tampa (Gulf Coast): 65°F (18°C)
  • Daytona Beach (Central Florida): 66°F (19°C)
  • Jacksonville (North Florida): 61°F (16°C)
  • Pensacola (North Florida): 62°F (17°C)

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Best beaches in Florida in January

Crowds in florida in january.

January crowds in Florida are the lowest because most visitors will return to towns with snowbirds. 

Florida in February 

February weather in Florida varies every year, but it’s generally cool. During this time of the year, cold air and humidity collide to create a fog that lasts until 10 am. 

Florida will experience a meager turnout of tourists because most families don’t travel in February, but the presence of snowbirds will keep the state lively. Some of the February events are the Florida State Fair , Valentine’s Day , Florida Strawberry Festival , etc. 

Weather in Florida in February

It varies but is generally cool with morning fogs.

Northern Florida has an average high of 68°F (20°C) and average lows of 45°F ( 7.3°C). Southern Florida has an average high of 74°F (23.3).

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Average high and low temperatures in different areas of Florida in February :

  • Miami (South Florida): Hi 75°F ( 24°C ) – Lo 64°F ( 18°C )
  • Tampa (Gulf Coast): Hi 73°F ( 23°C ) – Lo 54°F ( 12°C )
  • Orlando (Central Florida): Hi 75°F ( 24°C ) – Lo 54°F ( 12 °C )
  • Pensacola (North Florida): Hi 66°F ( 19°C ) – Lo 47°F ( 8°C )

Water Temperature in February 

Average water temperatures in Florida in February in different areas :

  • Daytona Beach (Central Florida): 67°F (20°C)
  • Pensacola (North Florida): 60°F (16°C)

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Best beaches in Florida in February

Treasure coast, Gold coast, Florida key 

Crowds in Florida in February 

February crowds in Florida vary depending on where you’re visiting. But, generally, February is a slower vacation month.

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Best Time to Visit the Florida Keys

The best time to visit the Florida Keys is between late November and late April – outside the hurricane season. Hurricane season runs from June through November, so it’s prudent to avoid this time if possible. 

In Key West, the high season for tourism runs from December to March, with prices for accommodations increasing during those months. 

If you’re looking for lower hotel rates and fewer crowds, other times of the year may be better suited for your trip. 

Best Time to Visit Florida’s Theme Parks

Generally, the best time to visit Florida’s theme parks, especially Disney World, is when the kids head back to school – usually during the fall and spring months. This is because there are fewer crowds and lower prices compared to peak season, which runs from June through August. The weather is also more comfortable with lower temperatures and humidity during these months.

Best Time to Visit Florida for Fewer Crowds

The best time to visit Florida for fewer crowds is spring and fall. The summer months and spring break are the most crowded times in Florida. South Florida and Orlando are particularly popular destinations during this time. 

If you want to visit Orlando for its theme parks, try to avoid the busiest times, like spring break and summer vacation, or you will be overwhelmed by the crowds. 

For a quieter experience, consider visiting during the dry season from October to April. 

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Best Month to Visit Florida

The best month to visit Florida is April. During this time, the weather is mild, and it is the end of the dry season. There are also fewer tourists due to spring break being over. 

Sunshine state has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and visiting Florida in April will allow you to experience them by avoiding high humidity, excessive heat, and the risks of hurricanes.

Best Time of Year to Go to Florida

The best time of year to visit Florida is the winter. During this time, you will experience the best of Florida’s sunshine and warm weather without scorching heat, excessive humidity, and bugs.

This part of the world enjoys abundant sunshine and warm temperatures even during the winter months, making it an ideal time of year to visit. Plus, with lower hotel prices and fewer crowds during this time of year, it’s a great way to experience the best Florida offers without breaking the bank.

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Cheapest Time to Visit Florida

For the cheapest time to visit Florida, the best time is usually in the “shoulder season” months between peak summer and winter. 

The travel season begins to slow from mid-September when kids are back in school. Fewer crowds gather at popular destinations like Key West, making it an excellent time for budget travelers to explore the Sunshine State.

While you’ll undoubtedly find sunny days and warm temperatures year-round in Florida, this period offers a great combination of sunshine and low costs. 

Best Time of Year to Visit Central Florida

The best time of year to visit Central Florida is definitely during its spring and fall seasons. The climate is mild and comfortable during these months, with temperatures usually ranging from 68°F to 84°F. 

From March through May, you can experience the beautiful spring blooms of wildflowers and citrus trees, making it a great time to explore nature. 

The fall season offers cooler evenings perfect for outdoor activities like camping or biking around Orlando’s attractions. This is also an ideal time for bird watching, as migratory birds come through the area searching for food and shelter. 

No matter what time of year you choose to visit Central Florida, there will always be something to do!

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Best Time of Year to Visit Southern Florida

The best time of year to visit Southern Florida is from October to May. During this time, temperatures are mild, and the weather is sunny, perfect for exploring the beauty of South Florida’s beaches. 

The summer can be pretty hot and humid, making outdoor activities uncomfortable. This is why many people prefer to visit in the winter or spring when temperatures are more pleasant. 

During these months, plenty of exciting events, such as festivals, concerts, and sporting events, make it even more enjoyable. 

Best Time of Year to Visit Northern Florida

Visiting Northern Florida is a great way to experience the beauty of the Sunshine State, and the best time of year to visit depends on what you’re looking for. 

During the winter, temperatures are cooler, and there are fewer tourists, making it an ideal time for those who want to explore the area peacefully. 

The summer months offer more comfortable temperatures and longer days, but they also bring peak season crowds and increased prices. 

If you’re looking for a balance between these two extremes, consider visiting during spring or fall when temperatures are mild, but crowds are still manageable. 

Ultimately, the best time of year to visit Northern Florida depends on your preferences, so plan accordingly!

Worst Time of Year to Visit Florida

The worst time of year to visit Florida is during its peak season (June – August). During this time, the state experiences a high amount of tourists along with hot and humid weather conditions. 

Additionally, hurricanes are frequent in Florida during this time of year, making it an even worse time to travel. Since Disney World is located in Florida, it also experiences an influx of visitors during peak season, leading to overcrowded parks and long lines. 

It’s best to avoid planning a Florida vacation during the summer months as there are many other times throughout the year that would be a better time to visit the Sunshine State.

Best Time to Florida | Final thoughts

Travelers from across the world visit the sunshine state to experience the wonders of the amusement parks, Everglades, Florida keys, and miles of sandy beaches.

The best time to travel to Florida is fall (October, November) or spring (April, May). Both seasons offer the most favorable weather with less rainfall and warm temperature.

There are also a lot of things to do indoors and outdoors. So tourists looking for where to escape the extreme winter cold or summer heat will love Florida.

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Headed to Florida? Here are 11 things you should know

Jesse Scott

Apr 4, 2024 • 6 min read

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Despite all you’ve read about recent political controversies, LBGTIQ+ communities thrive in many Florida cities YES Market Media / Shutterstock

The Sunshine State indeed has all you’ve read about:  luminous golden beaches , the action of  Walt Disney World , alligators sunbathing by the road in the Everglades , roadside orange groves...and much more, too. 

With so many  possible experiences  in Florida , it’s easy to plan a multifaceted journey – one you can’t get in any other US state. I’ve called Fort Lauderdale home for eight years and have taken countless  road trips to Florida from Virginia to visit family – which means I’ve witnessed firsthand how a Florida journey can go sour. Think families covered in sunburns, a lack of consideration for the quick-changing weather (thunderstorms and even hurricanes happen here) and a misunderstanding of just how diverse this state truly is.

So to help you plan your time here, I’ve put together a few tips – the top things to know about health, safety and local etiquette in Florida.

Kayakers paddle down a river

1. Consider a spring or fall adventure to avoid the crowds and heat

November to March is considered peak “snowbird season,” when northerners flee frigid temperatures and decamp to their Florida homes for the winter. Count on hotels, restaurants and attractions statewide being busiest during this time frame, and try to book any experience ahead of time whenever you can. On the contrary, the summer months (June through August) are among the hottest, with temperatures peaking in the mid-to-upper 90°Fs. To avoid the crowds and heat, consider a trip in spring (April–May) or fall (September–October).

Here’s when the Sunshine State  gets the most sunshine  (and other great times to visit)

2. Plan on spending at least a week in Florida

One of the biggest mistakes on any Florida visit? Only experiencing one tiny part of it, most often either Orlando ’s theme parks or a single beach. To broaden your Florida horizons, rent a car or take the Brightline – a high-speed train that opened new routes in September 2023 between Orlando and Miami – and see more. In between and well beyond, there are historic towns worthy of pit stops or multiday stays, from America’s oldest city ( St Augustine ) to craft-brewery-packed  Tampa .

Visitors take a glass-bottom boat tour at Silver Springs State Park, Silver Springs, Florida, USA

3. Add a state park to your itinerary of national park visits

Florida has three national parks :  Biscayne , Dry Tortugas and Everglades . All in the southern part of the state and heavily water-focused, they are each buzzworthy – and often packed. Yet overlooked and for a bit of a quieter venture, Florida’s state parks have equally dazzling attractions. Think snorkeling with starfish in the Florida Keys at Bahia Honda State Park , navigating caves at Florida Caverns State Park outside of Tallahassee, looking at marine life through a glass-bottomed boat at Silver Springs State Park near Ocala, and much more.

Save our ultimate guide to Florida's national parks

4. Stay safe during the Atlantic hurricane season

The Atlantic hurricane season runs June 1 through November 30. Surrounded by warm ocean waters that open all the way to Africa as well as the Gulf of Mexico, Florida seems to be a prime target for nasty storm systems each year. Keep an eye on the National Hurricane Center ’s latest forecasts before and during your trip to see what may be coming your way.

5. If you rent a car, prepare for driver- and traffic-induced mayhem (especially in South Florida)

South Florida – comprising Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach – is one of the most densely populated stretches of land in the continental US. And there simply aren’t many north–south options for getting from city to city, with Interstate 95, Florida’s turnpike and (if you’re not in a rush) US Rte 1 as options. Whether because of an overdose of sun or just the sheer number of people on the road, tempers can flare notoriously, with motorcycles weaving through traffic, heavy horn usage and road rage being norms. Stay vigilant and avoid engaging with an angry driver.

Check out our full transportation guide to Florida

A woman in a bright, feathered costume at the Stonewall Pride Parade, Wilton Manors, Florida, USA

6. Book a trip to one of the Sunshine State’s LGBTIQ-friendly destinations

In recent years, Florida has been no stranger to controversial legislation and political debates about race, parents’ role in education and LGBTIQ+ rights and other hot-button topics. Yet despite the headlines, the Sunshine State is home to some of the strongest and most inclusive communities you’ll find anywhere in the world. Among them is Wilton Manors , “Florida’s gayborhood,” which is packed with welcoming bars, LGBTIQ-inspired art, galleries and more. Key West , Miami Beach , Gulfport , Orlando and Sarasota are long-standing LGBTIQ+ destinations as well.

7. Embrace the cafecito

Regardless of how you like your coffee – con leche , as a cappuccino or black – you have to try Florida’s cultural must, the  cafecito , particularly in the southern part of the state. A tradition from Cuba, just 90 miles away, the cafecito  is a beloved staple for Florida’s Cuban Americans – and today, well beyond that community. Often served in a plastic cup the size of a super-sized thimble, it’s an instant kick, with dark roast espresso and pure sugar. It’s sweet and ultra-caffeinated – and the typical choice rather than a regular coffee. Your  cafecito should be enjoyed in its purest form, too, to avoid getting a weird look.

These are the best spots to sip cafecito in Miami

Two people under a rainbow beach umbrella, Miami, Florida, USA

8. Pack sun-protective gear to avoid the burn

It is the Sunshine State, after all. Carefully soaking in a few rays is expected – but a sunburn always ruins the fun. Wherever you head in Florida, ensure you pack sunscreen, sunglasses, a sun hat and sun-protective attire. Additionally, an umbrella or rain jacket can’t hurt, as the entire state is prone to quick-moving thunderstorms.

9. Yes, you can drink alcohol legally on select Florida beaches

Contrary to the raucous spring break stories you’ve heard through the years, the bulk of Florida beaches prohibit alcohol. If you’re unsure, check out the government website of the city you are staying in for applicable laws. Yet there are popular spots that do allow alcohol (typically in cans, not bottles), including  Perdido Key on the Florida Panhandle, Panama City Beach , Madeira Beach in the St Petersburg area, and Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota.

A boy on a sea-fishing trip on the deck of a boat in the waters off Florida, USA

10. Hire a captain for a stress-free boating adventure

Whether you want to navigate the St John’s River in Jacksonville , fish for flounder off the coast of New Smyrna Beach near Daytona Beach  or enjoy some other boating pursuit, hire a captain. A licensed captain will know to respect pertinent no-wake zones (or speed limits) on Florida rivers and canals. What’s more, a captained boat will be properly equipped with navigation lights, floatation devices and fire extinguishers, and you can be confident that right-of-way passing norms are followed. This is a very wise choice if you have zero boating experience and/or want to consume booze on board.

A lifeguard station on the beach in Miami Beach, Florida, USA

11. Know what the flags at the lifeguard stands mean

There are five colored flags you may see flying at a lifeguard stand on Florida beaches. Similar to a stoplight, green means calm conditions, yellow means that the currents and surf are moderate, and red means high surf and strong currents. If you see an additional red flag with a no-swimming emblem, the water is closed to the public. The final color – purple – signifies stinging marine life (eg jellyfish) have been spotted nearby, so be extra cautious.

Planning a trip to Florida? Here’s more of our expert advice:

These places  should be on your itinerary From beaches to theme parks, don’t miss Florida's  top experiences Check out these  budget-friendly tips  before you book These road trips will take you to all the highlights in Florida

This article was first published Oct 20, 2023 and updated Apr 4, 2024.

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8 Things To Know Before Your First Florida Vacation, According To A Native Floridian

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Robbie Caponetto

A trip to Florida is always a good idea, no matter where you’re headed. From the Southern charm of the Panhandle to the international flavor of South Florida and every place in between, this state offers so much more than theme parks and sandy shores (although both are reasons to visit). I was born and raised in Florida and have traveled a good deal around the state. These tips apply to any destination and will hopefully help you break outside of the usual tourist attractions and have the sun-filled vacation of your dreams.

1. Know The Seasons

High season.

High season is typically December to April, when the weather is sunny and relatively cool. After April (the off-season) the weather becomes increasingly hot until around November, when things start to cool back down again. No matter where you are in the state, there is an influx of visitors and snowbirds during the high season, so hotel rates go up, restaurant reservations are harder to snag, and the roads, stores, and beaches are more crowded—especially during spring break.

Hurricane Season

Hurricane season is technically June through November, but it's a little more unpredictable due to climate change—another reason why these months are considered the off-season. You can still have an excellent time in Florida during this window, but you should be aware of the weather forecast before you travel. You can check the National Hurricane Center to see if any storms are forming in the Gulf or Atlantic and keep an eye on their predicted paths. If you are renting a house during hurricane season, check to see if there is a cancellation policy regarding hurricanes or severe weather. 

Mango Season

Yes, mango season. One upside to traveling in the off-season is that Florida’s best fruit is ripe for the picking from May to October. If you’ve never had a fresh-from-the-tree mango that's bursting with sweet and tangy juice, you’re missing out on one of life’s greatest culinary experiences.

2. There's Beautiful Water Beyond The Beaches

Other than Disney World, the beach is Florida’s biggest draw—and for good reason, there are beautiful ones up and down the east and west coasts. But it’s a mistake to overlook the state’s spectacular lakes , springs, and rivers. Throughout North and Central Florida, there are sparkling, crystal clear freshwater springs for swimming, kayaking, and diving—some, like Peacock Springs, even have underwater caves to explore. At Crystal River, you can swim with manatees. 

3. Don't Let The Rain Ruin Your Plans

If you’re looking at the seven-day forecast ahead of your trip and it is showing rain every day, don’t panic. It rains almost every day in Florida, and typically just for a little while. Floridians are used to passing afternoon storms and either bring an umbrella or plan their days around them.

4. Dine Locally

Columbia Restaurant

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when traveling is to only dine at chain restaurants, and that is definitely the case in Florida. The state is full of fantastic local ingredients and unique dishes you’ll only find here, from conch fritters in Key West, to authentic Cubanos in Tampa and Miami, to Mayport shrimp in Jacksonville. Some areas have thriving, diverse food scenes with award-winning restaurants, like Palm Beach County. Other places have a strong immigrant population that’s influenced the local fare, like Tarpon Springs’ Greek community . Support local businesses and you’ll have more memorable meals.

5. Order The Good Key Lime Pie

Key lime pie is not to be missed on your first or fifteenth trip to the Sunshine State– and some slices are better than others. But if you take away any piece of advice from this piece it should be this: real Key lime pie is more yellow than green.

6. Pack Properly

Sun exposure should be taken seriously when you’re in Florida, no matter the time of year. While you’ll probably remember to pack sunscreen, don’t forget a hat to protect your head and face. And if you’re traveling in the summer, you’ll also want a pair of flip flops for walking on the beach because the dry sand can get extremely hot.

7. Don't Be Surprised By Hidden Gems

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Some of my favorite places in Florida are botanical gardens, nature preserves, and state and national parks. Plant life in Florida is tropical, lush, and totally transporting at places like the orchid-filled Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (above) in Sarasota or the historic 50-acre Leu Gardens in Orlando. You’ll find ample opportunities for bird watching along the coasts, and even an underwater coral reef park in Key Largo.

8. Make Plans To Visit Museums

Florida may not be known for its museums, but we’ve got some great ones. Art fans will love the collections at The Dali Museum (above) in Tampa Bay, The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in Jacksonville, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, and the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach. Architecture heads will enjoy exploring the grounds of The Lightner Museum in St. Augustine and The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. And there’s the The Cape Canaveral Space Force Museum, the Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, and so many others.

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36 Things To Do In Florida In 2023: FL Bucket List

August 26, 2023 //  by  Florida Trippers

Looking for some of the best things to do in Florida? I’ve got you covered!

Florida is full of adventure and unique places. From theme parks to sunken gardens, our famous beaches , historical cities, and hole-in-the-wall surprises, this state is great for any tourist or resident to explore!

As a Florida local, I have explored so much of the state and know all the best and underrated areas to visit! From top museums to beautiful beaches, I love exploring my amazing state!

Here I have put together a list of the cool things to do in Florida. But be warned: they are spread across the state, so be prepared to travel a bit!

And don’t forget you don’t have to visit all these stops, I just love them so much that I wanted to make sure you had a Florida bucket list to help navigate this wild, Sunshine State.

Here are some ideas of what to do in Florida!

Girl stands on a platform in water underground at Devil's Den, one of the best things to do in Florida.

Below I have included some of the most fun things to do in Florida as well as some of the most unique things to do in Florida. Visit where and when you can, and keep in mind that these are in no particular traveling order! Just go and have fun exploring the Sunshine State!

Devil’s Den

This underground spring is one of the U.S.’s most prehistoric places, so of course, I had to add it to your Florida bucket list! In my experience, it is one of the best hidden gems in Florida!

The spring of Devil’s Den is 120 feet in diameter and averages 72 degrees year-round. With a depth of 54 feet, many people come here to snorkel, scuba dive, and even rent a cabin or park their RV for some overnight adventure!

Recreationally, there are huge cabanas, charcoal grills, pavilions, lawn games, and a heated swimming pool, so this spring is full of things you can enjoy!

I used to dive here with my sister and dad before he passed so it holds a special place in our family. It really is such a cool place to explore!

You cannot miss out on Devil’s Den because it is a must-see in Florida attraction!

Where To Stay Near Devil’s Den! Little Ridge Ranch: Check Rates on Booking.com

Underwater shot of a girl swimming straight up in a ray of light.

Ginnie Springs

Ginnie Springs is a private park near High Springs, Florida, and is located near the Santa Fe River. Known for its clear and cold water, this is one of the best things to do in Florida during a hot summer day!

Make sure to check out my master post on the best time to visit Florida including a breakdown by month, weather, events, and more!

There are accessible caverns with sand and limestone bottoms at this spring, and you can float your way around the springs on inner tubes, kayaks, paddle boards, and more.

If interested you can also scuba or snorkel in “Florida’s favorite freshwater dive” or camp by at the wooded acres for a full adventure!

Personally, this is my favorite spring in Florida if I had to pick just one! My favorite part is the Devil’s Ear and Devil’s Eye caves.

Ginnie Springs really is one of the popular Florida things to do!

Where To Stay Near Ginnie Springs! BlueGem Motel : Check Rates on Booking.com

A woman with long hair uses a stand up paddle board in Ginnie Springs, one of the best things to do in Florida.

Ringling Museum

One of the coolest things to do in Florida is the Ringling Museum in Sarasota .

This museum is HUGE as it has a variety of different exhibits to explore. If you plan to visit, don’t forget to check out my tips for visiting the Ringling Museum !

From the John and Marble Ringling Museum of Art, which displays antiques and modern works, to the Circus Museum at the Ringling, which is an interactive American circus museum, you can spend hours exploring here.

The Bayfront gardens are also gorgeous, and you can visit the Ca’ d’ Zan mansion on the property! This is to say that this museum is massive (66 acres to be exact!) so give yourself time to marvel at everything!

There is a reason that this tops my list of places in Florida that feel like Europe!

I love that the Ringling Museum feels like Europe. It is a place I always recommend to people visiting Florida.

Check in advance for discounted or free days!

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A woman standing in front of the Ringling museum in Sarasota wearing a blue dress.

Bok Tower Gardens

Florida is known for its nature and beautiful views on summer days, so it only makes sense to add gardens and sanctuaries to your Florida bucket list!

Bok Tower Gardens is a contemplative garden and bird sanctuary in Lake Wales, Florida. With 250 acres of vast plants, flowers, trees, and art, this place will leave you breathless.

It features a 205-foot tall Singing Tower with carillon bells, and you can also hike the Pine Ridge Trail or visit the Pinewood Estate if you’re feeling adventurous! Just check out the visitor center when you first stop here!

I first visited this site when I was really young and the memory stayed with me. It is so cool and unique!

This is one of the best things to do in Central Florida .

Where To Stay Near Bok Tower Gardens! Hampton Inn & Suites Lake Wales : Check Rates on Booking.com

The Bok Towers surrounded by trees in front of a pond.

Disney World

Would it really be a Florida bucket list without Disney? Walt Disney World is one of the most famous things about Florida, and I highly recommend checking out these theme parks!

I am an annual pass-holder and have been visiting the Disney parks my whole life!

The four parks– Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot– feature different rides and themes. With character meet and greets, fantastic food, shows, and rides around every corner, you’re bound to have fun here!

Disney is one of the best things to do in Florida with kids, but even adults can have a magical time! Can you really say you’ve been to Florida without the iconic photo in front of the Magic Kingdom castle ?

This really is a must-do in Florida activity for making family memories.

There is also the surrounding area of Disney you can check out, such as the resorts and Disney Springs! Either way, there is so much to do here. If you want more information about Disney, check out my site: Disney Trippers .

Where To Stay Near Disney World! Buena Vista Suites Orlando : Check Rates on Booking.com

Woman in a red dress stands in front of the castle in Magic Kingdom, one of the best things to do in Florida.

Universal Studios

Often seen as Disney’s “competitor” Universal Studios is another theme park in Orlando that is a cool place to visit in Florida, especially for those who love Marvel and Harry Potter!

Featuring thrill rides, Universal has three parks: Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is split between two parks and you can take the Hogwarts Express between the two!

Volcano Bay is one of the best water parks in Florida perfect for a summer day.

For movie lovers alike, this theme park is one of the best things to do in Florida, as there is so much history and love for classic films throughout each park. And you can enjoy Citywalk before or after your adventure inside the parks!

Where To Stay Near Universal Studios! Universal’s Endless Summer Resort: Check Rates on Booking.com

Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter section of Universal Studios with the dragon breathing fire.

Dome Houses in Florida

Close to Cape Romano Island (which is close to Marco Island ), the Dome Houses are one of the most unique things in Florida to visit!

The Cape Romano Dome Houses are only accessible via water, and their offshore location catches the attention of many. Six dome-shaped homes sit on stilts, surrounded by water.

These homes are abandoned. After being built in the 80s, the firm beach on which the domes were built eventually faded away, and now the domes are surrounded by water, making them the perfect setting for wildlife and tall tales. Make sure to check out the legends when you visit!

If you are looking for things to do in West Florida , make sure to add this to your list!

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The dome houses are abandoned and on stilts, surrounded by water.

Kennedy Space Center

The Kennedy Space Center is one of ten National Aeronautics and Space Administration field centers. Located on Merritt Island, this is one of the coolest things you can do in Florida! It is a great day trip from Orlando .

At the space center, you can meet an astronaut, see the Space Shuttle Atlantis, go through the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, and visit the rocket garden.

This center lets visitors get an up-close and hands-on view of humans in space. From exploring NASA’s space shuttle program to discovering more about upcoming space exploration, the Kennedy Space Center is educational and fun.

Growing up, I visited the Kennedy Space Center with my dad. It is such a unique experience!

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NASA sign in front of the Kennedy Space Center.

Saint Petersburg Sunken Gardens

Located in Saint Petersburg , the Sunken Gardens is one of the most unique things to do in Florida, as there aren’t many gardens like it (they are literally sunken! Below sea level!).

The Sunken Gardens are 4-aces of botanical gardens that have existed for more than a century. They are one of the oldest attractions in the U.S., let alone in Florida.

This paradise located in the city is a great living museum that has a vast amount of tropical plants, meandering paths, waterfalls, and more. The gardens also offer tours, special events, and horticultural programs if it interests you!

A romantic stroll here is one of the best things to do in Florida for couples . Take photos and admire the views together.

I love the Sunken Gardens and think it is the best place to visit in the Tampa area. I have brought many people here including my guy cousins who loved it!

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A woman in a dress walks a colorful path through the Sunken Gardens.

Clearwater Beach

Would you really have a Florida bucket list if you didn’t have a beach on it? Known for its stretch of soft, white sand, the calm waters of Clearwater draw tourists and residents year-round. It is one of the best cities in Florida !

With a winding beachfront lined with restaurants, cafes, and Pier 60 (which has nightly festivals that feature street performers and craft vendors), this place is always busy! This is also our favorite place to catch the sunset in Clearwater Beach!

From jet-skiing to parasailing and paddle boarding, many people love to spend hours on this beach and then retreat to the promenade for food, shopping, museums, and more.

This beach is one of the best free things to do in Florida.

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Clearwater Beach with a pier in the background.

Dry Tortugas National Park

It’s strange to think of national parks in Florida , but Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the most fun things to do in Florida!

Located along the Gulf of Mexico, east of Key West, the 7 islands of this park are surrounded by coral reefs ripe for exploration. Many beaches are popular, too!

Famously, Loggerhead Key has a lighthouse and is known for its sea turtles because Loggerhead Reef is nearby. And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can check out Windjammer Wreck, which is the remains of an 1875 ship! It’s perfect for scuba and snorkeling in Florida !

Visiting Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the best activities to do in Florida!

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A woman in red swim suit and sun hat stands in the tide in front of the fort on Dry Tortugas, one of the best things to do in Florida.

Castillo De San Marcos in Saint Augustine

Saint Augustine is arguably one of the most historical cities in Florida, so of course, I are adding it to your Florida bucket list!

The Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fort in the United States. Located on the western shore of Matanzas Bay, it is now a national monument!

With Spanish stones, this monument was built to protect and defend Spain’s claims in the New World. While visiting you can explore rooms that once housed soldiers and prisoners, tour the courtyard and gun deck, and watch weaponry demonstrations while learning about its history!

If you are interested in history, this is one of the best historical sites in Florida !

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Sunset over the Castillo De San Marco and water.

Daytona International Speedway

Daytona Beach is known for two things: the beach, and NASCAR! Of course, I had to add this to my list of things to do in Florida!

Daytona International Speedway is a racetrack that opened in 1959, where it has been home to the Daytona 500, which is arguably one of the most prestigious races in NASCAR history.

When you’re not witnessing a famous event, though, you can also participate in speedway tours and enter the world of racing!

A race here is one of the top things to see in Florida!

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Cars race on the track at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida.

Butterfly World

Located in Coconut Creek, Florida, Butterfly World is one of the most best things to do in Florida because it is the largest butterfly park in the world!

Opening in 1988, this facility houses 20,000 live butterflies across 3 acres. But the best part is that it doesn’t solely feature butterflies: there are also botanical gardens, a working butterfly farm, and a research facility featured here!

Recently the park has expanded to include aviaries for tropical birds and a lorikeet center! The owners here are adamant about supporting the conservation of butterflies!

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Close up of a butterfly on a pink flower.

Duval Street in Key West

Duval Street is a downtown street in Key West, Florida , that runs from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. This is one of the coolest things to do in Florida, as it is full of adventure and iconic stops!

With its vibrant, hole-in-the-wall bars, historical haunts, shops, and galleries there is not a dull moment on this street! Exploring here is one of the things to do in Florida at night.

You can embark on bar crawls here, run with the bulls, go on a ghost tour, visit Hemingway’s house (which features 6-toed cats!), and eat famous Key lime pie all while enjoying the sun and nearby Key West beaches !

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A woman in a floral dress sits on the steps of a colorful house on Duval Street in Key West.

Legoland is another theme park in Florida that you can add to your Florida bucket list! This theme park is known for being family-friendly, as it focuses on the construction of Lego toys.

Here at Legoland, everything is designed to be like a Lego! The rides look like blocks and pieces, and the park is filled with displays of the famous bricks.

This is one of the best things to do in Florida for adults and kids alike! Everyone will have great childhood fun.

Better yet? There is an awesome hotel you can stay at to really immerse yourself with the brand! Staying here feels like you have shrunk down and are now a little Lego too! Just don’t step on any!

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Entrance to Legoland Florida, an immersive and family friendly theme park.

Naples Botanical Garden

Of course, I am adding more botanical gardens to your best things to do in Florida itinerary! Florida has so many of them, and they’re beautiful– especially the Naples Botanical Garden!

Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre paradise and one of the best things to do in Naples .

Stepping in here, you can see plants from all around the world with beautiful horticultural design and attention to sustainability!

Today, the garden welcomes over 220,000 guests per year to experience the education centers, shops, halls, themed gardens, and flora that continue to grow.

The is one of the prettiest places to visit in Florida !

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A path under a flower arch at the Napels Botanical Garden.

The Dali Museum

The Dali Museum is one of the most unique things to do in Florida, and probably because Dali himself was so unique!

This museum houses the largest collection of Salvador Dali’s work outside of Europe. Set on a waterfront setting, the architecture and exhibits of this museum call people to St. Pete for this gorgeous experience.

Make sure to also check out the Avant garden for a sense of tranquility and do not miss out on the building itself– the cafe is also cute, and the gift shop has so many unique souvenirs!

This is a great activity in one of the best beach towns in Florida .

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The exterior of the Dali Museum with a surreal bench.

Wynwood Walls

The Wynwood Walls in Miami are some of the best things to do in Florida! This unique outdoor destination features HUGE street murals from artists across the globe.

The walls are now considered a museum as they feature some of the greatest artists that have worked in graffiti and street art. People come from all over to experience this art.

You can take official tours here or just navigate the murals by yourself! You can also stop by the Kitchen and Bar to support locals!

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The entrance to Wynwood Walls where there are great artistic murals in Miami.

Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park is a 1.5 mullion acre preserve that features wetlands on the southern tip of Florida ! This is one of the must-do Florida activities!

Made up of coastal mangroves, marshes, flat woods, and a variety of animal species, this is a fantastic thing to do in Florida, as you can drive through the Everglades or take a boat out to enjoy the natural beauty.

Don’t forget to book an Everglades airboat tour !

Lots of Florida hiking trails also help you navigate this beautiful park, and if you’re lucky, you can see some endangered Florida animals such as the Florida Panther and West Indian manatee!

It is one of the best places to see alligators in Florida .

This is a great place to stop on your Florida bucket list.

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Aerial view of Everglades National Park swamps.

Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens is a great addition to your Florida bucket list as it is a perfect combination of a zoo and theme park! This is one of the best things to do in Florida with kids!

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is an African-themed theme park that is over 335 acres and features a variety of animals such as hippos, elephants, otters, and more. You can even see some surgeries take place in the watch center of the animal hospital!

Aside from the animals, there are also shows and SO many thrill rides. Known for its high-speed coasters, you will love the adventure this park brings! It is easily one of the most fun places in Florida!

You will not want to pass up on one of the best things to do in Tampa !

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Close up of a roller coaster at Busch Gardens, one of the best things to do in Florida.

Southernmost Point of the Continental U.S.A.

I’ve already talked about some things to do in Florida in regard to Key West, but I am adding more to your Florida bucket list because there is so much to do here!

In particular, make sure to check out the Southernmost Point of the Continental United States. This is the lowest latitude in the North American States and is anchored by a concrete buoy.

Eighteen feet above sea level, this is a popular destination and tourist attraction off of Whitehead Street. It is one of the most visited and photographed attractions in Florida!

This is one of the top things to do in Key West !

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The southernmost point of the US is in Key West!

Anna Maria Island

I am adding another beach to your list of best things to do in Florida! Anna Maria Island is a barrier island located on the Gulf Coast offering many Florida vacation activities.

It is well known for its broad, family-friendly beaches , such as Manatee Beach Park, and its small city is like a resort, lined with shops, galleries, and restaurants on Anna Maria Island .

With a wooden pier and cute markets, lots of tourists love to explore the area that sells food, art, and jewelry in between their time on the sand and in the water!

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Anna Maria Island is known for its wonderful sands and broad beaches.

Venetian Pool

The Venetian Pool is another cool thing to do in Florida. It is a historical swimming pool located in Coral Gables and was completed in 1924!

Created across 4-acres, the pool has gone through several phases over the years, and has become a National Historical Place.

Occupying over 820,000 gallons of fresh water from artesian wells, this is the largest freshwater pool in the United States. It varies in depth (4 feet from 8 feet), features a waterfall, and has a kiddy pool, bridges, grottos, cafes, and sandy areas!

If you are looking for relaxing Florida vacation things to do, this is it!

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The Venetian Pool is the largest freshwater pool in America.

Manatee Springs

Manatee Springs State Park is one of the few Florida state parks that have a spring (Manatee Spring) flowing directly into the Suwannee River, one of the best Florida rivers .

This spring features boardwalks beneath cypress forests and in the cooler months, you can spot manatees in some of the clearest water in Florida .

One of the best activities in Florida is kayaking with manatees . Other birds, mammals, and fish are spotted year-round.

From camping to tubing in Florida to walking the 32-mile Nature Coast State Trail, this park is full of adventurous things to do and explore, so therefore it is one of the most fun things to do in Florida!

Overall, this is one of the best state parks in Florida ! If you want to see manatees in Florida , add this to your bucket list.

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Aerial view of Manatee Spring Park, a great place to see manatees in the cooler months.

Weeki Wachee: City of Live Mermaids

The 12,000-acre Weeki-Wachee preserve is one of the most unique things in Florida because they have mermaids! Yes, live mermaids! This is what to see in Florida!

The Weeki Wachee Springs Park is one of the most commonly visited areas in Florida, as the springs feature cool, clear waters, slides, diving platforms, areas to sit and eat, and more.

It is one of the best swimming holes in Florida !

Better yet, though, this city is known for its legend of mermaids: every day there is a live mermaid show, but if you’re not feeling the fictional wildlife, you can go down the springs and onto the river to kayak and see more wildlife.

This is one of the best springs near Tampa for a relaxing day trip from the city.

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View of the blue water of Weeki Wachee Springs, one of the best things to do in Florida.

Cassadaga is one of those things in Florida that is so strange but so wonderful. This small town in Voluisa County, Florida, is known for its psychics and mediums.

Known as the “Psychic Capital of the World,” many travel far and wide just to experience the vibe and spiritualness of this area. The streets and small homes are quaint but provide a specific energy.

Between its medium, psychics, healers, haunted hotels, and healing energy, this city is really a village that feels a world away from everything else.

I recommend stopping by for a tour and a reading!

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Street of old houses in Cassadaga, a spiritual town known for its healers and energy.

Miami Marine Stadium

Located in Virginia Key, Miami, the Miami Marine Stadium was once one of the best things to do in Florida. Even though it hasn’t been used in years, it is still a unique stop on your Florida bucket list!

Once used to host water sports and famous for its scenic views of Downtown Miami, this stadium is now abandoned. However, it is still worth a stop!

Today the entire concrete stadium still stands tall, slanting down toward the water with a folded plate roof, and every inch of it is covered in graffiti. There are claims for it to be haunted as a speed boat driver was killed on opening day, but you might just have to check it out for yourself when stopping to explore and take photos!

If you are looking for unique things to do in Miami , this is it!

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Aerial view of the Miami Marine Stadium, one of the best things to do in Florida.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Previously known as Villa Vizcaya, the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is the former villa and estate of James Deering and was built in 1916. This is one of the best activities in Florida for both history and architecture lovers.

This National Historic Landmark is an experience and therefore I am adding it to your things to do in Florida itinerary as it is a unique cultural gem and one of the best museums in Florida .

This Gilded Age estate on Biscayne Bay is surrounded by 10 acres of gardens, mangroves, and rocky lands. During your tours here you can do a food lab, discover what is in bloom near the Fountain Garden, and explore the estate’s stunning architecture.

Come walk the grounds here and enjoy one of the most romantic things to do in Florida.

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View of Vizcaya across a pond and surrounded by trees.

Florida’s Volkswagen Graveyard

One of the most unique things to do in Florida includes going to Florida’s Volkswagen graveyard. Although this isn’t an expected stop on any Florida bucket list, it is strange and fun!

Referred to as the “Disney World for Volkswagen enthusiasts,” this junkyard features vintage VWs and you can wander through a field of aging VWs, parts, and more.

With over 300,000 cars here, this graveyard is unique, cool for photo ops, and perfect for any car enthusiast!

The graveyard is found near Dade City.

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An old Volkswagen Beetle surrounded by decaying leaves in a forest.

Juniper Springs

Juniper Springs is another of the best springs in Florida and is perfect for a day of relaxation.

Found in the Ocala National Forest, this is the place to go for swimming, kayaking, and hiking. It is also a great place for wildlife viewing, including otters, American eels, and even albino gray squirrels.

The beautiful blue water is super clear making it ideal for snorkeling. With a year-round temperature of 72 degrees Fahrenheit, it is refreshing in the heat of a Florida summer.

You can also camp at this spring . The dense canopy provides plenty of shade, picnic tables, and restrooms. This is considered one of the best places for camping in Florida .

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A woman in a red dress and sun hat sits on a wooden fence overlooking the blue water of Juniper Springs in Florida.

Bahia Honda State Park

As one of the best state parks in the Florida Keys , Bahia Honda State Park is truly a slice of paradise!

There are three beaches in Bahia Honda , both with beautiful, clear water. This is one of the best places in Florida to scuba dive .

You can also have fun swimming, kayaking , playing in the best white sand of Florida , or relaxing in the shade of a swaying palm tree. Make sure to walk the trail up to the Old Bahia Honda Bridge too so you can find amazing views of the beaches and ocean.

If you chose to camp in the Keys , you will be rewarded with gorgeous stars overhead. Since this Florida Keys island is so remote, the sky is dark, making it one of the best places for stargazing in Florida . There are even stargazing programs led here so you can learn more about the night sky.

Make sure to check out some of my other favorite things to do in the Lower Keys in addition to Bahia Honda!

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High angle view looking down at the beach in Bahia Honda State Park in Florida.

Crab Island

You’ll find Crab Island off the shore of Destin on the panhandle. This huge sandbar is a great place to anchor your boat and enjoy some classic Florida vibes.

The calm water makes it perfect for swimming, and you can even order some food at one of the floating restaurants. Grab a drink and float on a raft as you soak up the sun.

You can also play water volleyball, jump on water trampolines, or play on water slides. Ley your inner child out! This is a family-friendly attraction too, so bring the kids!

To get here, you can charter a boat, ride the Crab Island Shuttle Boat, or kayak. This is easily one of the best things to do in Destin .

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Aerial view of boats dotting the sand bar called Crab Island, one of the best things to do in Florida.

Ocala National Forest

One of the best things to do in Ocala is visiting the national forest. At 383,000 acres, this is the largest sand pine scrub forest in the country.

There is so much to see and do in Ocala National Forest , making it one of the cool places to go in Florida for nature. You’ll enjoy springs, rivers, lakes, and amazing hiking trails.

This forest is also a great place to spot wildlife such as black bears, alligators, deer, and tortoises. Make sure to bring your camera for amazing nature shots!

After hiking or biking, cool off by swimming in one of the beautiful springs in Ocala .

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Wooden walkway going through a tropical forest.

Silver Springs State Park

Silver Springs State Park is on the edge of Ocala National Park so you can easily visit both of these fun places in Florida on the same day.

Found on the Silver River, this park has a history dating back to the 1870s. Like many tourists before you, come and enjoy the clear water and scenic nature.

One of the top things to do here is taking a glass-bottom boat tour. You will love the unobstructed view of aquatic life.

Other Silver Springs activities include kayaking, canoeing, hiking, camping, and spotting wild monkeys. Keep in mind, though, that swimming is not allowed.

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Looking down on  couple canoeing in Silver Springs State Park.

Looking for small towns to explore near Orlando? You will love all the fun things to do in Mount Dora .

Set on Lake Dora, this is a quaint town full of shops, restaurants, museums, and historic buildings. The town also hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year.

You will have a great time relaxing at the lake or enjoying views from the water as you kayak. Keep an eye out for bald eagles, turtles, and alligators. Fishing is also popular.

Whether you are golfing, shopping, or taking a seaplane tour, you will have a memorable time in Mount Dora!

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Woman in a dress stands in front of a restaurant in Mount Dora, FL.

What is the Most Visited Destination in Florida?

Orlando is one of the top vacation destinations not only in Florida but in the whole country! People from all over the world travel here to enjoy the best things to do in Orlando .

This Florida city is home to top theme parks such as Disney World, Universal Studios, and Legoland. These are some of the most fun things to do in Orlando with kids !

Even if theme parks are not your scene, there are great museums, world-class dining, rooftop bars, relaxing spas, sporting events, and more.

Because Orlando is centrally located, nature is not far away too. There are many nearby springs, rivers, and hikes.

Orlando is popular because of of all the Florida must-see attractions!

Aerial view of the Orlando skyline at dusk.

What is the Least Touristy Part of Florida?

The Sunshine State might be a tourist hot spot, but there are plenty of hidden gems in Florida where you can avoid the crowds.

Head away from the major cities and enjoy quiet time in some of the cute small towns in Florida .

North Florida is usually less touristy as well, but still with lots to do. Check out the best things to do in Gainesville or take a trip to the pretty Amelia Island .

Overall, Florida is a big state with many undeveloped areas where you can stay away from the main crowds.

Underwater photo of a Hawkbill sea turtle swimming in a reef.

And there you have it: a Florida bucket list that is full of stops that are perfect for any tourist or resident alike.

From unique places to highly anticipated beaches or theme parks and all the natural beauty in between, Florida is not a dull state.

You can spend forever exploring all Florida has to offer, but these 36 stops are where I recommend starting!

And if you’re worried about what to pack on these adventures, check out my Florida packing list , or even my Florida road trip itinerary to help with this bucket list!

Go on and explore the Sunshine State, I promise you won’t be disappointed with the best things to do in FL!

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Florida is a top road trip state . Here are 7 driving routes to fun attractions

Last year, 60% of the people who visited Florida drove instead of getting on a plane, according to Visit Florida.

And this year, AAA predicted busy travel seasons for the spring and summer in Florida.

Florida has plenty of road trip destinations , from the state’s 825 miles of sandy beach, to the theme parks and popular scuba and snorkeling destinations like freshwater springs and the Florida Keys.

So it isn’t surprising that Florida recently ranked high on WalletHub’s list of the best states for road tripping this summer.

Here’s where Florida ranks on WalletHub’s “Best States for Summer Road Trips in 2024” and some of the best road trip destinations in the state.

Where is the best place to road trip in the U.S.?

To find the best states in the U.S. for road trips, WalletHub compared each state based on more than 30 key metrics, like how many attractions and national parks are in each state, gas and car repair costs, vacation rentals per capita and quality of roads and bridges.

According to the study, Texas is the best state in the country for road-tripping this summer.

“Texas (leads) the country when it comes to the number of available attractions, especially things like zoos, botanical gardens and amusement parks,” the study says.

“Even in between activities, the act of being on the road in Texas can be very enjoyable, since the state has over 9,500 miles of scenic byways”

And while the Buc-ee’s convenience store and gas station chain wasn’t mentioned by name in the study, the gas station sensation that excites road trippers across the south was born in Texas. There are more than 35 locations throughout the state.

“Accommodations and food are very important during road trips as well, and the Lone Star State has those things covered,” the study said.

Florida took fifth place on WalletHub’s rankings list, behind Minnesota, New York and Louisiana.

Here’s WalletHub’s list of the top 10 best states in the U.S. for road tripping this summer:

  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania

Florida ranked high in individual categories, too, taking first place for having the most attractions out of all 50 states and sixth place for the most nightlife options per capita.

Where are the best places to road trip in Florida?

Here are seven “Unforgettable Road Trips to Take Before You Die” from travel and culture website Only in Your State:

  • North Florida - This road trip route stretches from Fort Clinch State Park, near Jacksonville on Florida’s northeast coast, to Florida Caverns State Park near Tallahassee. “This road trip showcases the best of North Florida, from the state's biggest waterfall to the nation's oldest city, and so much in between. It will take you almost 13 hours, but you should have no trouble finding incredible places to stay in cities like St. Augustine or Fernandina Beach -- or one of the many state parks on the trip.”
  • Central Florida - This road trip route is a 9- to 10-hour drive that will take you in a big circle around central Florida, from the gulf coast, to the east coast. “On this 9-hour trip, you'll see some of our favorite pieces of Old Florida, plus some of the must-visit attractions in Florida.”
  • Florida frights - This road trip route follows a theme and covers a huge portion of the state, with haunted stops as far north as St. Augustine and as far south as the Everglades. “Florida has its fair share of ghost stories and haunted places, and this is the ultimate trip for you ghost story fans out there. From a town of psychics to Florida's most haunted house, you'll find it all on this 15-hour drive.”
  • Florida’s small towns - This road trip route is a 10-hour tour of Florida’s most picturesque small towns. “We have a huge crush on Florida's charming small towns, and we can't think of anything better than to see as many of them as possible. This trip goes through some of our favorite towns, including Cedar Key, Mount Dora, and Tarpon Springs.”
  • Florida’s natural wonders - This road trip route is a 13-hour trip that stretches from Florida’s panhandle, running diagonally across the state, all the way down to Key Largo. “A lot of people think Florida is all beaches and theme parks, but this trip is full of all of Florida's jaw-dropping natural wonders. Get ready for a waterfall, springs, coral reef, and caves (yes, caves!). Of course, they can't all be nearby, so this trip will take about 13 hours of driving.”
  • Take a lighthouse tour through the state - This road trip route will take you from the panhandle, across the top of the state and all the way down the east coast, with stops at nine Florida lighthouses along the way. “Living in Florida, you're probably aware of our large collection of romantic, scenic lighthouses dotting the coast. See nine of the most picturesque examples in Florida, and even climb a few of them for some incredible views.”
  • Road trip on one tank of gas - This road trip route is great if you’re on a budget or don’t want to spend too much time in the car. It’s a little under five hours long, with stops at multiple freshwater springs and restaurants. “This trip has a couple of our favorite small towns, natural wonders, and mom-and-pop restaurants. Get ready for some of the best day trips in Florida on one map.”

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Local beach recognized on ’12 Best Beaches for Snorkeling in Florida’ list by Southern Living

P ANAMA CITY, Fla. ( WMBB ) – The Sunshine State is famous for its picturesque views, and turquoise waters, but life under the water’s surface is just as beautiful.

If you haven’t added snorkeling to your bucket list, now is the time especially if you’re in the Panhandle.

Southern Living has recognized Jetty Beach in St. Andrews State Park as one of the ’12 Best Beaches for Snorkeling in Florida.’ It has been ranked #7 on their list.

“Snorkel Northwest Florida’s St. Andrews State Park to see why the Panhandle is called the Emerald Coast,” according to Southern Living.

A rock jetty forms a lagoon protected from the Gulf of Mexico that’s easy to snorkel and flanked by a white sand beach. It’s a perfect way for beginners and families with children to escape the heat.

For the full list of the ’12 Best Beaches for Snorkeling’, click here

For the latest news, weather, sports, and streaming video, head to mypanhandle.com.

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Breeze Airways Adds New Routes to Las Vegas, Florida, and More — With 35% Off Flights for a Limited Time

The sale ends July 12.

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Low-cost airline Breeze Airways is adding a number of new routes as part of its latest expansion and having a big sale to celebrate it.

The airline will launch flights to both Portsmouth, NH, and Montrose/Telluride, CO, Breeze shared with Travel + Leisure . The flights will start in October and December.

Breeze will start flying from Portsmouth to Orlando on October 9 and then to Fort Myers on October 10. On December 21, the airline will launch seasonal winter flights from Montrose-Telluride to both Orange County-Santa Ana and Provo-Salt Lake City.

“Breeze is all about connecting cities without existing nonstop options,” Breeze Airways’ CEO David Neeleman said in a statement shared with T+L. “It’s exciting to add two more cities to our national network, and more nonstop routes to our Florida and west coast destinations, combined with an affordable, premium leisure experience.”

In addition, the airline will launch several new nonstop routes from cities it already serves, including Grand Junction, Las Vegas, Long Island/Islip, Stewart/Newburgh, and Vero Beach.

The new routes include: 

  • Between Grand Junction, CO, and Las Vegas starting January 9, 2025
  • Between Grand Junction, CO, and Hartford, CT, starting January 9, 2025  (A BreezeThru route)
  • Between Long Island-Islip, NY, and Vero Beach, FL, starting October 2
  • Between Stewart-Newburgh, NY, and Vero Beach, FL, starting November 21

To celebrate the new routes, Breeze is offering 35 percent off roundtrip base fares for flights from August 14 through February 4, 2025. To take advantage, travelers must book by 11:59 p.m. PT on July 12 using the promo code “TRIPLE” at checkout. Travel is excluded from November 20 through December 3 and from December 18 through January 5, 2025.

Breeze was first created in 2021 by former JetBlue founder and current Breeze CEO Neeleman and has expanded in the years since. The airline currently flies to 58 cities across 29 states and is even planning to add international destinations in the near future.

Breeze has committed to using an all-Airbus A220 fleet for its scheduled service by the end of 2024.

The airline is also giving away a whole year of free travel to a lucky winner and their guest for travelers who enter by July 21.

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