19 days in Florida Itinerary

19 days in Florida Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Florida visit planner

Make it your trip
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Winter Haven
— 2 nights
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Sarasota
— 2 nights
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Fort Myers
— 5 nights
Taxi to Fort Myers Beach, FL, Ferry to Key West
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Key West
— 2 nights
Ferry to Marco Island, FL, Taxi to Naples
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Naples
— 1 night
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Melbourne
— 4 nights
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Sanford
— 2 nights
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Winter Haven

— 2 nights

Chain of Lakes City

Winter Haven boasts over 50 lakes within its borders, most notably Florida's famed Chain of Lakes.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Safari Wilderness. Keep things going the next day: make a splash at Legoland Florida Resort.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Winter Haven road trip website.

Ocala to Winter Haven is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and train. July in Winter Haven sees daily highs of 92°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Sarasota.

Things to do in Winter Haven

Wildlife · Theme Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Sarasota

— 2 nights
Sarasota is a city in Sarasota County on the southwestern coast of the U.S. state of Florida. On the 3rd (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Siesta Beach and then kick back and relax at Lido Beach. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: observe the fascinating underwater world at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sarasota travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Winter Haven to Sarasota takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Sarasota can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Fort Myers.

Things to do in Sarasota

Parks · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Fort Myers

— 5 nights
Change things up with these side-trips from Fort Myers: Bowman's Beach (in Sanibel Island), Fort Myers Beach (in Fort Myers Beach) and Captiva Beach (in Captiva Island). Spend the 6th (Tue) spotting exotic species with Everglades Day Safari.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Fort Myers trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Sarasota to Fort Myers in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. July in Fort Myers sees daily highs of 91°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Fort Myers

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Key West

— 2 nights

Conch Republic

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 10th (Sat): make a trip to Duval Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Zachary Taylor, then make a trip to Southernmost Point, and then walk around Mallory Square.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Key West vacation maker tool.

You can do a combination of taxi and ferry from Fort Myers to Key West in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Fort Myers in July, Key West is a bit warmer at night with lows of 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Naples.

Things to do in Key West

Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites · Nature

Naples

— 1 night
On the 12th (Mon), take in the waterfront at Naples Pier and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Naples online road trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and taxi from Key West to Naples in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Key West in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Naples, with lows around 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Melbourne.

Things to do in Naples

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Melbourne

— 4 nights
Melbourne is a city in Brevard County, Florida, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Melbourne: Cocoa Beach (Cocoa Beach & Cocoa Beach Pier). There's lots more to do: get to know the resident critters at Brevard Zoo, kick back and relax at Bicentennial Beach Park, and walk around Paradise Beach & Park.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Melbourne road trip planning tool.

Drive from Naples to Melbourne in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. In July, daytime highs in Melbourne are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sanford.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Sanford

— 2 nights
Sanford is a city in the central region of the U.S. state of Florida and is the county seat of Seminole County. Sanford is known for zoos & aquariums, shopping, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get the lay of the land with Sanford Food Tours, take a stroll through Historic Downtown Sanford, get to know the resident critters at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, and take in the waterfront at Sanford RiverWalk.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sanford trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Melbourne to Sanford takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and train. In July, daytime highs in Sanford are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. You'll set off for home on the 19th (Mon).

Things to do in Sanford

Tours · Breweries & Distilleries · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Florida travel guide

4.4
Disney Parks & Activities · Beaches · Theme Parks
The Sunshine State
The “Sunshine State,” Florida became a favorite winter destination for the affluent crowd over a century ago. Today, the state attracts visitors from around the world with its golden beaches and modern theme parks. You can spend your entire vacation enjoying the state's highly developed seaside areas, but remember that some of Florida's best-kept secrets are in secluded locations. Visit the big cities and their comfortable resorts offering top-notch dining and nightlife, but leave some time to see the peninsula's swampy landscape, filled with wild creatures and native plants. Farther away from the tourist-packed urban areas, the untamed wetlands of Florida offer a selection of things to do, such as kayaking, boat rides, and numerous other outdoor activities.