17 days in New York City, Key West & Fort Lauderdale Itinerary

17 days in New York City, Key West & Fort Lauderdale Itinerary

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17 days in New York City, Key West & Fort Lauderdale Itinerary

Start: Stockholm
Fly:  11​h 45​min
1
New York City
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Key West
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
3
Fort Lauderdale
— 7 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Stockholm

5
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Central Park and Fire Island National Seashore. Do your shopping at Fifth Avenue and Chelsea Market. Change things up with these side-trips from New York City: Bayard Cutting Arboretum (in Great River) and Bushkill Falls (in Bushkill). There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History, explore the world behind art at Frick Collection, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City trip itinerary website .

Stockholm, Sweden to New York City is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Traveling from Stockholm in December, expect New York City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 11°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Bushkill Falls, Fire Island National Seashore
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9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
American Museum of Natural History ©
Frick Collection ©
Frick Collection

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum and Audubon House & Tropical Gardens. Family-friendly places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Mel Fisher Maritime Museum will thrill your kids. There's lots more to do: stop by Peppers Of Key West, learn about all things military at U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum, stroll the grounds of Key West Cemetery, and engage your brain at Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Key West trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from New York City to Key West by combination of bus and flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from New York City in December, with highs in Key West at 30°C and lows at 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fort Lauderdale.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center ©
Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Lincoln Road and Art Deco Historic District. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Fort Lauderdale Beach and South Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Fort Lauderdale side-trips: Bayside Marketplace (in Miami), Shark Valley (in Everglades National Park) and Bal Harbour Shops (in Bal Harbour). Spend the 2nd (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, see the interesting displays at Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Loggerhead Marinelife Center, and kick back and relax at Las Olas Beach.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Fort Lauderdale visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Key West to Fort Lauderdale takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Key West in December since evenings lows in Fort Lauderdale dip to 20°C. You will leave for home on the 6th (Sun).

Things to do in Fort Lauderdale

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Miami Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling, John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, Bayside Marketplace
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Las Olas Beach ©
Las Olas Beach
Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
Fort Lauderdale Beach ©
Fort Lauderdale Beach

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