12 days in Florida Itinerary

12 days in Florida Itinerary

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12 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Orlando
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
St. Augustine
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + shuttle:  5​h 30​min
3
Islamorada
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Marathon
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Key West
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

3
nights
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Walt Disney World Resort and Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Stetson Mansion and Avatar Flight of Passage. Explore Orlando's surroundings by going to Fishing Charters & Tours (in Port Canaveral) and Circle B Bar Reserve (in Lakeland). There's more to do: find something for the whole family at Universal Orlando Resort and don't miss a visit to Tree of Life.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Orlando journey planner.

Philadelphia to Orlando is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Philadelphia in December, with highs in Orlando at 77°F and lows at 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Circle B Bar Reserve, Fishing Charters & Tours, Stetson Mansion
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Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Fishing Charters & Tours
Stetson Mansion ©
Stetson Mansion

1
night
St. Augustine

St. Augustine ©
SAINT AUGUSTINE | PONTE VEDRA on Florida's Historic Coast The Nation's oldest city (est. On the 25th (Wed), stroll through Crescent Beach Public Beach, see the interesting displays at St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine, and then kick back and relax at Vilano Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read St. Augustine online itinerary planner .

Getting from Orlando to St. Augustine by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Orlando in December, plan for little chillier days in St. Augustine, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Islamorada.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Crescent Beach Public Beach
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Vilano Beach ©
Vilano Beach

2
nights
Islamorada

Islamorada, long recognized as one of the world's top spots for sport fishing, encompasses six islands in the Florida Keys.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): cast your line with a fishing tour, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Florida Keys Visitor Center, and then identify plant and animal life at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park, identify plant and animal life at Alligator Reef Light House, and then head outdoors with Takedown Charters.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Islamorada road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of car, flight, and shuttle from St. Augustine to Islamorada takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. In December, Islamorada is a bit warmer than St. Augustine - with highs of 80°F and lows of 71°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Marathon.

Things to do in Islamorada

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Key Largo
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Alligator Reef Light House ©
Alligator Reef Light House

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.
On the 28th (Sat), get interesting insight from Tours, stroll through Bahia Honda State Park, and then shop like a local with Shady Palm Art Gallery & Photography. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cast your line with a fishing tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Sunset Park Beach, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Pablo Catholic Church.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Marathon trip planner .

Getting from Islamorada to Marathon by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Key Colony Beach, Bahia Honda State Park
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Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
Sunset Park Beach ©
Sunset Park Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours

3
nights
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.
Attractions like Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory and Fort Zachary Taylor make great kid-friendly stops. Get in touch with nature at Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Kayaking & Canoeing. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary Star of the Sea, get engrossed in the history at U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Smathers Beach, and see the vivid underwater world at Vandenberg Wreck.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Key West journey builder .

Traveling by bus from Marathon to Key West takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Key West can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Kayaking & Canoeing

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