30 days in Florida Itinerary

30 days in Florida Itinerary

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Ocala
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Crystal River
— 4 nights
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Gainesville
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Jacksonville
— 3 nights
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St. Augustine
— 5 nights
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Daytona Beach
— 3 nights
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Cocoa Beach
— 3 nights
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Melbourne
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Ocala

— 1 night
Ocala is a city located in Northern Florida. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sholom Park, then get outside with Canyons Zip Line & Canopy Tours, then get outside with Silver Springs State Park, and finally admire the masterpieces at Appleton Museum of Art. On the next day, trot along with Cactus Jack's Trail Rides, get a taste of life in the country at Gypsy Gold Horse Farm, see the interesting displays at Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, then examine the collection at Eisenhower Regional Recreation Center, and finally look for gifts at Peterbrooke Chocolatier.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ocala tour itinerary planner.

Orlando to Ocala is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Orlando in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Ocala, with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Crystal River.

Things to do in Ocala

Outdoors · Tours · Museums · Adventure

Side Trips

Crystal River

— 4 nights

The Gem of the Nature Coast

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Three Sisters Springs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Crystal River: Wildlife Survival Sanctuary (in Spring Hill), Tampa Bay Sporting Clays and Archery (in Land O Lakes) and Withlacoochee State Trail (in Inverness). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Crystal River, view the masterpieces at Franklin Anderson Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alpaca Magic USA, and immerse yourself in nature at Rainbow Springs State Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Crystal River trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ocala to Crystal River takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November in Crystal River, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 54°F at night. You will leave for Gainesville on the 6th (Fri).

Things to do in Crystal River

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Gainesville

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): walk around Depot Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, then stroll through Butterfly Rainforest, then get a new perspective on nature at Florida Museum of Natural History, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at University of Florida Bat House.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Gainesville road trip planner.

Drive from Crystal River to Gainesville in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in November, and nighttime lows around 52°F. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Jacksonville.

Things to do in Gainesville

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature

Jacksonville

— 3 nights

The River City

The sprawling city of Jacksonville is not only Florida's most populous city, but also the largest city by land area in the continental United States.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary and Driftwood Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Jekyll Island (Georgia Sea Turtle Center & Jekyll Island Trail System), Fernandina Beach (Fort Clinch State Park & Egan's Creek Park) and Jacksonville Beach (in Jacksonville Beach). There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, take in nature's colorful creations at Jacksonville Arboreteum & Gardens, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, and admire the masterpieces at The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Jacksonville day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Gainesville to Jacksonville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to St. Augustine.

Things to do in Jacksonville

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

St. Augustine

— 5 nights
St. Bring the kids along to St. Augustine Wild Reserve and St. George Street. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour, examine the collection at St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum, and gain insight at Flagler College.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our St. Augustine road trip planning app.

You can drive from Jacksonville to St. Augustine in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in St. Augustine when traveling from Jacksonville in November, with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Daytona Beach.

Things to do in St. Augustine

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trip

Daytona Beach

— 3 nights

The World's Most Famous Beach

The iconic seaside destination of Daytona Beach once supported sugar mill plantations, but now entertains up to 8 million visitors a year.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Stetson Mansion and The Fishing Guy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Daytona Beach: DeLand (Stetson University & Well-Watered Garden Massage & Wellness). Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, stop by Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory, enjoy the sand and surf at Beach at Daytona Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ormond Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Daytona Beach itinerary builder tool.

Getting from St. Augustine to Daytona Beach by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Daytona Beach can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cocoa Beach.

Things to do in Daytona Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cocoa Beach

— 3 nights
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.
Bring the kids along to NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and Cocoa Beach Aerial Adventures. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cocoa Beach: American Space Museum & Space Walk of Fame (in Titusville) and Merritt Island (Space Shuttle Atlantis & Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Cocoa Beach, soothe aching muscles at Yoga Surf School, look for gifts at Ron Jon Surf Shop, and cast your line with a fishing tour.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Cocoa Beach driving holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Daytona Beach to Cocoa Beach takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Daytona Beach in November, plan for a bit warmer nights in Cocoa Beach, with lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to drive to Melbourne.

Things to do in Cocoa Beach

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Melbourne

— 9 nights
Melbourne is a city in Brevard County, Florida, United States. Attractions like West Palm Beach Food Tours and Navy Seal Museum make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Melbourne's surroundings by going to Busch Wildlife Sanctuary (in Jupiter), West Palm Beach (The Square, Clematis Street, &more) and St. Lucie County Aquarium - Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit (in Fort Pierce). Next up on the itinerary: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Brevard Zoo, test your problem-solving skills at Escape Room Entertainment, kick back and relax at Hangar's Beach, and don't miss a visit to Riverwalk.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Melbourne trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Cocoa Beach to Melbourne in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Melbourne are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Melbourne

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Florida travel guide

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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.