21 days in Florida, Princeton & Lower Township Itinerary

21 days in Florida, Princeton & Lower Township Itinerary

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21 days in Florida, Princeton & Lower Township Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Quebec
Drive:  21​h 45​min
1
Crystal River
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Orlando
— 3 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​min
3
Key West
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Marathon, Florida Keys
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Key Largo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Miami
— 3 nights
+4
Fly + Foot + Train + Foot + Train:  7​h 30​min
7
Princeton
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Lower Township
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h
End: Montreal, Quebec

1
night
Crystal River

The jewel of Florida's Nature Coast, Crystal River spreads around spring-fed Kings Bay, known for maintaining a constant 22 C (72 F) temperature all year long.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Three Sisters Springs, then view the masterpieces at Franklin Anderson Gallery, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Crystal River trip builder site .

Montreal, Canada to Crystal River is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Montreal in December, with highs in Crystal River at 27°C and lows at 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Orlando.

Things to do in Crystal River

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Three Sisters Springs ©
Three Sisters Springs
Franklin Anderson Gallery ©
Franklin Anderson Gallery

3
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.
Pack the 26th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Orlando Resort. Next up on the itinerary: find something for the whole family at Discovery Cove, make an unforgettable trip to Happily Ever After Fireworks, explore the world behind art at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, and get your game on at The Escape Game Orlando.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Orlando trip builder .

Getting from Crystal River to Orlando by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Crystal River in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Orlando, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
Highlights from your plan
Discovery Cove ©
Discovery Cove
Happily Ever After Fireworks ©
Happily Ever After Fireworks

3
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Truman Little White House. Escape the urban bustle at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory and Parasailing & Paragliding. And it doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, examine the collection at Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Fort Zachary Taylor, and sample the fine beverages at Papa's Pilar Rum Distillery.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Key West trip planner.

Getting from Orlando to Key West by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Orlando in December, Key West is a bit warmer at night with lows of 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Marathon, Florida Keys

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia Honda State Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at The Turtle Hospital, then identify plant and animal life at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, and finally view the masterpieces at Shady Palm Art Gallery & Photography. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Dolphin Research Center, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Marathon day trip site .

Traveling by bus from Key West to Marathon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Marathon are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Key Largo.

Things to do in Marathon

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Bahia Honda State Park
Highlights from your plan
Crane Point Museum & Nature Center ©
Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
The Turtle Hospital ©
The Turtle Hospital

2
nights
Key Largo

The northernmost island of the Florida Keys, Key Largo provides stunning scenery, a number of watersports opportunities, and plenty of areas to relax on vacation.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Old Road Gallery, then identify plant and animal life at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, and then cast your line with a fishing tour. Keep things going the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then look for all kinds of wild species at Anhinga Trail, and finally stop by Robert Is Here.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Key Largo day trip planner .

Drive from Marathon to Key Largo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Marathon in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Key Largo, with lows around 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Miami.

Things to do in Key Largo

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Islamorada, Anhinga Trail, Robert Is Here
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Miami

Miami ©
Florida’s mecca of fun in the sun, the lively tropical metropolis of Miami is one of the world’s top vacation spots.
Get outdoors at Shark Valley Visitor Center and South Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and Burger Beast Museum. Step out of Miami with an excursion to Fort Lauderdale Beach in Fort Lauderdale--about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Lock & Load Museum, have fun and explore at Miami Children's Museum, and make a trip to Wynwood Walls.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Miami online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Key Largo to Miami takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Miami are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Princeton.

Things to do in Miami

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

South Beach, Fort Lauderdale Beach, Shark Valley Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Shark Valley Visitor Center ©
Shark Valley Visitor Center
South Beach ©
South Beach
Fort Lauderdale Beach ©
Fort Lauderdale Beach

1
night
Princeton

Princeton ©
Best known as the home of Princeton University, the town of Princeton centers around the Ivy League school and its stone, vine-covered buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in the waterfront at Point Pleasant Beach, then examine the collection at Silverball Pinball Museum, and then grab your bike and head to Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): browse the collection at Princeton Public Library, then gain insight at Princeton University, then explore the world behind art at Princeton University Art Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Princeton University Chapel.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Princeton trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Miami to Princeton takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Miami in January, expect Princeton to be cooler, temps between 4°C and -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lower Township.

Things to do in Princeton

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Silverball Pinball Museum, Point Pleasant Beach
Highlights from your plan
Princeton University Art Museum ©
Princeton University Art Museum
Silverball Pinball Museum ©
Silverball Pinball Museum

3
nights
Lower Township

Lower Township ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): visit a coastal fixture at Cape May Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Sunset Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cape May Bird Observatory, and finally examine the collection at Cape May Fire Department Museum. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then identify plant and animal life at South Cape May Meadows, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Cape May Brewing Company.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lower Township trip itinerary site .

Getting from Princeton to Lower Township by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Lower Township can reach 5°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lower Township

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Cape May, Cape May Bird Observatory
Highlights from your plan
Sunset Beach ©
Sunset Beach
Cape May Bird Observatory ©
Cape May Bird Observatory
South Cape May Meadows ©
South Cape May Meadows

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