12 days in Florida Itinerary

12 days in Florida Itinerary

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12 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  6​h
1
Orlando
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
West Palm Beach
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Miami
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Key West
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Marathon
— 2 nights
+2
bus + Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
Orlando

Orlando ©
For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
On the 25th (Fri), find something for the whole family at Universal Orlando Resort and then make a splash at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park. On your second day here, get in on the family fun at Discovery Cove and then get your game on at Hard Knocks.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Orlando holiday builder .

New York City to Orlando is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City in December, things will get warmer in Orlando: highs are around 77°F and lows about 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can go by car to West Palm Beach.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors
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Universal Orlando Resort ©
Universal Orlando Resort
Discovery Cove ©
Discovery Cove
Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park ©

2
nights
West Palm Beach

West Palm Beach ©
With a warm climate and sandy stretches, it's no surprise that West Palm Beach is a popular vacation spot.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Loggerhead Marinelife Center, cast your line with Reel Candy Sportfishing, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get in on the family fun at Putt'n Around, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society, and then discover the deep blue sea with Visit Palm Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the West Palm Beach sightseeing planner .

Getting from Orlando to West Palm Beach by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in West Palm Beach when traveling from Orlando in December, with lows around 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Miami.

Things to do in West Palm Beach

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Putt'n Around, John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Reel Candy Sportfishing
Highlights from your plan
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park ©
Loggerhead Marinelife Center ©
Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society ©

3
nights
Miami

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Bring the kids along to South Beach and Collins Avenue. Step out of Miami to go to Fort Lauderdale and see Sawgrass Recreation Park, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Lincoln Road, have fun and explore at Miami Children's Museum, meet the residents at Jungle Island, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Miami Seaquarium.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Miami online trip maker .

Drive from West Palm Beach to Miami in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Miami can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Miami

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Sawgrass Recreation Park
Highlights from your plan
Miami Seaquarium ©
Miami Seaquarium
South Beach ©
South Beach
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens ©
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

2
nights
Key West

Key West ©
Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): fly like a bird with Fury Water Adventures Key West, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Key West Aquarium, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, and finally identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Zachary Taylor, take a leisurely stroll along Mallory Square, then contemplate the long history of Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum, and finally get a new perspective on things with Sebago Key West.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Key West online day trip planner .

You can fly from Miami to Key West in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. December in Key West sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 71°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Sebago Key West ©
Sebago Key West
Fury Water Adventures Key West ©
Fury Water Adventures Key West

2
nights
Marathon

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): kick back and relax at Sombrero Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia Honda State Park, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Dolphin Research Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at National Key Deer Refuge, then snap pictures at Seven Mile Bridge, then see the interesting displays at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, and finally add some fun to your beach time Captain Hook's.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Marathon trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Key West to Marathon by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Big Pine Key
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin Research Center ©
Dolphin Research Center
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
National Key Deer Refuge ©
National Key Deer Refuge

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