12 days in Central Florida Itinerary

12 days in Central Florida Itinerary

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Orlando
— 4 nights
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Lake Wales
— 3 nights
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Ocala
— 4 nights
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Orlando

— 4 nights

Theme Park Capital of the World

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.
Get some cultural insight at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art and St James Roman Catholic Cathedral. Head to The Mall at Millenia and Winter Garden Farmers Marketfor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Orlando: Sunset Park (in Mount Dora) and Howey in the Hills (The Howey Mansion & Mission Inn Golf Resort). Have a day of magic on the 27th (Wed) at Walt Disney World Resort. The adventure continues: browse the different shops at Disney Springs, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, find something for the whole family at Discovery Cove, and get a sense of history and politics at City Hall.

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Atlanta to Orlando is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. In January, Orlando is a bit warmer than Atlanta - with highs of 71°F and lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Lake Wales.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Lake Wales

— 3 nights
Thick with lush greenery, Lake Wales embodies "old" Florida.
Take a break from the city and head to KICCO Wildlife Management Area and Highlands Hammock State Park. Shop till you drop at Murals of Lake Placid and Solomon's Castle. Venture out of the city with trips to Archbold Biological Station (in Venus) and Maxwell Groves Country Store (in Avon Park). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Lake Kissimmee State Park and stroll around Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park.

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You can drive from Orlando to Lake Wales in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Lake Wales can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can go by car to Ocala.

Things to do in Lake Wales

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Ocala

— 4 nights
Ocala is a city located in Northern Florida. Do some cultural sightseeing at Dade Battlefield Historic State Park and Florida National Cemetery. Head to Lake Sumter Landing and Ancient Olivefor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Eisenhower Regional Recreation Center (in The Villages) and Carney Island Recreation & Conservation Area (in Ocklawaha). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Sholom Park, browse the fresh offerings at Earth Fare, play a few rounds at Ocala National Golf Club, and get a taste of life in the country at Farm Tours of Ocala.

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Traveling by car from Lake Wales to Ocala takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ocala

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Trails

Side Trips

Central Florida travel guide

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Disney Parks & Activities · Theme Parks · Water Parks
Central Florida attracts visitors with its subtropical climate, sandy beaches, theme parks, golf courses, and world-famous stock-car races. This part of the state is also home to numerous natural springs, many of which run through protected state parks and provide ideal natural locations for picnicking and spotting indigenous manatees and alligators. Central Florida boasts two coastlines, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that seafood is extremely popular in these parts. Tasting the local cuisine of fresh clams, lobster, mahi mahi, grouper, and yellowfin tuna is definitely one of the things to do. In addition to being a vacation hub, the central parts of Florida also house some of the country's top medical research and high-tech manufacturing facilities.