16 days in Florida Itinerary

16 days in Florida Itinerary

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16 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
1
Sarasota
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Clearwater
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Tampa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Kissimmee
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
5
Orlando
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Cocoa Beach
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  28​h
End: Sydney

1
night
Sarasota

Sarasota ©
Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Ca d'Zan, enjoy the sand and surf at Siesta Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Myakka River State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at The Ringling and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sarasota trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Sarasota is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 15 hours traveling from Sydney to Sarasota due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in September: high temperatures in Sarasota hover around 37°C and lows are around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Clearwater.

Things to do in Sarasota

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Siesta Beach
Highlights from your plan
Myakka River State Park ©
Myakka River State Park
Siesta Beach ©
Siesta Beach
The Ringling ©
The Ringling

2
nights
Clearwater

Clearwater ©
Holding the record for most consecutive days of sunshine in a single year, Clearwater offers long sandy beaches and proximity to other major cities in the Tampa Bay area.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): stroll around Sand Key Park, then glide through the air with Gators Parasail, and then admire the natural beauty at Florida Botanical Gardens. Keep things going the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Armed Forces History Museum, then contemplate the long history of Pinellas County Heritage Village, and then identify plant and animal life at Seaside Seabird Sanctuary.

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Drive from Sarasota to Clearwater in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tampa.

Things to do in Clearwater

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Largo, Seaside Seabird Sanctuary, Gators Parasail
Highlights from your plan
Florida Botanical Gardens ©
Florida Botanical Gardens
Gators Parasail ©
Gators Parasail
Sand Key Park ©
Sand Key Park

2
nights
Tampa

Tampa ©
Tampa ranks among the country's most livable cities, attracting newcomers with its growing economy and status as a major port on the Gulf of Mexico.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take in the views from Sunshine Skyway Bridge, then get to know the resident critters at ZooTampa at Lowry Park, and then get to know the resident critters at Big Cat Rescue. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at The Dali Museum and then admire the majestic nature at Fort De Soto Park.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tampa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Clearwater to Tampa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Tampa, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kissimmee.

Things to do in Tampa

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trips

Fort De Soto Park, The Dali Museum
Highlights from your plan
Big Cat Rescue ©
Big Cat Rescue
The Dali Museum ©
The Dali Museum
Sunshine Skyway Bridge ©
Sunshine Skyway Bridge

2
nights
Kissimmee

Kissimmee ©
A popular vacation destination in the central part of Florida, Kissimmee's major claim to fame remains its sunny weather and proximity to a large Disney entertainment complex.
Go for a jaunt from Kissimmee to Orlando to see Disney Springs about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Fun Spot America, putt your heart out at Congo River Golf, and get your game on at Disney's Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kissimmee attractions tool.

Drive from Tampa to Kissimmee in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Orlando.

Things to do in Kissimmee

Fun & Games Theme Parks Golf

Side Trip

Disney Springs
Highlights from your plan
Disney Springs ©
Disney Springs
Fun Spot America ©
Fun Spot America

4
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.
Orlando is known for theme parks, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Universal Orlando Resort, explore the world behind art at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, join in the after-dark buzz at Gatorland, and revel in the low prices at Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Orlando trip planner.

Orlando is very close to Kissimmee. In September, daytime highs in Orlando are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Cocoa Beach.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
Highlights from your plan
Universal Orlando Resort ©
Universal Orlando Resort
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure
SeaWorld ©
SeaWorld

2
nights
Cocoa Beach

Cocoa Beach ©
Situated in one of Florida's busiest vacation areas, Cocoa Beach burst onto the world scene in the 1960s, when it became a popular setting for parades honoring the nation's "Apollo" astronauts.
On the 19th (Sat), stop by Ron Jon Surf Shop. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look and learn at NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and then stroll around Lori Wilson Park.

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Getting from Orlando to Cocoa Beach by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cocoa Beach

Parks Shopping Childrens Museums

Side Trip

NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Highlights from your plan
Lori Wilson Park ©
Lori Wilson Park
Ron Jon Surf Shop ©
Ron Jon Surf Shop

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