12 days in Key West, Orlando & Fort Lauderdale Itinerary

12 days in Key West, Orlando & Fort Lauderdale Itinerary

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12 days in Key West, Orlando & Fort Lauderdale Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly:  2​h 45​min
1
Key West
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Orlando
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Fort Lauderdale
— 7 nights
End: Fort Lauderdale

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, then admire the majestic nature at Fort Zachary Taylor, and finally stop by De La Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, look for gifts at Diamonds International, then stop by Peppers Of Key West, and finally look for gifts at Kermit's Key West Key Lime Shoppe.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Key West tour planner.

Fort Lauderdale to Key West is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. In September in Key West, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Orlando.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
Fort Zachary Taylor ©
Fort Zachary Taylor

2
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.
On the 11th (Mon), find something for the whole family at Walt Disney World Resort. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: discover the magic at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Orlando tour planner.

You can fly from Key West to Orlando in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Key West in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 27°C in Orlando. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Fort Lauderdale.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Wildlife Parks
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Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Disney's Animal Kingdom ©
Disney's Animal Kingdom

7
nights
Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale ©
Known as the "Venice of America" because of its extensive network of navigable waterways, Fort Lauderdale welcomes over 10 million annual visitors, most of them attracted by the city's popular beaches and marinas.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at South Beach and Peanut Island Park. Visiting Shark Valley and Hollywood Beach will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Fort Lauderdale: Miami Beach (Lincoln Road, Espanola Way, & more), Miami (Dolphin Mall, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, & more) and Haulover Beach Park (in Bal Harbour). And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Aventura Mall, buy something for everyone on your list at Sawgrass Mills, get engrossed in the history at Historic Stranahan House Museum, and identify plant and animal life at Anhinga Trail.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Fort Lauderdale itinerary planner.

You can fly from Orlando to Fort Lauderdale in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. September in Fort Lauderdale sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Fort Lauderdale

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Miami, Everglades National Park, Sawgrass Mills, Venetian Pool
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Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road
Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
South Beach ©
South Beach

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