20 days in North Central Florida Itinerary

20 days in North Central Florida Itinerary

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20 days in North Central Florida Itinerary

Start: Orlando, Florida
Drive:  2 h 45 min
1
Cedar Key
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Tallahassee
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Marianna
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Gainesville
— 8 nights
Drive:  2 h
End: Orlando, Florida

3
nights
Cedar Key

Cedar Key ©
Cedar Key is a city in Levy County, Florida, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Cedar Key side-trips: Fanning Springs State Park (in Fanning Springs), Chiefland (Dakotah Winery & Manatee Springs State Park) and Keaton Beach (in Perry). And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Down Home Adventures, cast your line with a fishing tour, take an in-depth tour of Cedar Key Museum State Park, and let little ones run wild at Cemetery Point Park.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Cedar Key trip itinerary planner.

Orlando to Cedar Key is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from Orlando in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Cedar Key, with lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Tallahassee.

Things to do in Cedar Key

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Chiefland, Keaton Beach, Fanning Springs State Park
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Manatee Springs State Park ©
Manatee Springs State Park
Fishing Charters & Tours
Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge ©

7
nights
Tallahassee

Tallahassee
Tallahassee is the capital of the U.S. Family-friendly places like Gulf Specimen Marine Lab & Aquarium and Mashes Sands Beach will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park (in Madison), Bristol (Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve & Torreya State Park) and Suwannee River State Park (in Live Oak). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, stroll around Cascades Park, have some family-friendly fun at Sky Zone Tallahassee, and enjoy the sea views from St. Marks Lighthouse.

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You can drive from Cedar Key to Tallahassee in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in March, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Marianna.

Things to do in Tallahassee

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Bristol, Panacea, Suwannee River State Park, Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park, Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
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Gulf Specimen Marine Lab & Aquarium ©
Mashes Sands Beach ©
Mashes Sands Beach

1
night
Marianna

Marianna ©
Marianna is a city in Jackson County, Florida, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Hinson Conservation and Recreation Area, then stroll around Blue Springs Recreational Park, and then Head underground at Florida Caverns State Park.

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Traveling by car from Tallahassee to Marianna takes 1.5 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in March, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Gainesville.

Things to do in Marianna

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Florida Caverns State Park ©
Florida Caverns State Park
Blue Springs Recreational Park ©
Blue Springs Recreational Park

8
nights
Gainesville

Gainesville ©
Gainesville is the county seat and largest city in Alachua County, Florida, United States, and the principal city of the Gainesville, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). Kids will enjoy Lubee Bat Conservancy and Retirement Home For Horses at Mill Creek Farm. Change things up with these side-trips from Gainesville: Ichetucknee Springs State Park (in Fort White), High Springs (Blue Springs Park, Ginnie Springs, &more) and Williston (Blue Grotto, Devil's Den, &more). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation, admire the natural beauty at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, immerse yourself in nature at Paynes Prairie, and take in the architecture and design of University of Florida.

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Traveling by car from Marianna to Gainesville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Marianna to Gainesville. In March in Gainesville, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Gainesville

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Williston, High Springs, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park, Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, Retirement Home For Horses at Mill Creek Farm
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Ichetucknee Springs State Park ©
Ichetucknee Springs State Park
Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo ©
Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo