31 days in Florida Itinerary

31 days in Florida Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Florida travel planner

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Ocala
— 5 nights
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Lakeland
— 5 nights
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Crystal River
— 5 nights
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Gainesville
— 7 nights
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Daytona Beach
— 8 nights
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Ocala

— 5 nights
Ocala is a city located in Northern Florida. Attractions like Canyons Zip Line & Canopy Tours and Silver Springs Kayaking LLC make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from Ocala to Mount Dora to see Lake Dora about 1h 5 min away.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ocala trip planning site.

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 October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Ocala, with lows of 62°F. On the 6th (Tue), you'll travel to Lakeland.

Things to do in Ocala

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Lakeland

— 5 nights
Kids will enjoy Legoland Florida Resort and Circle B Bar Reserve. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lakeland: Off-Road Tours (in Clermont), Lake Wales (Struthers' Honey & Bok Tower Gardens) and Captain Fred's Airboat Nature Tours (in Lake Hamilton).

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lakeland trip itinerary builder website.

Drive from Ocala to Lakeland in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Lakeland can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Crystal River.

Things to do in Lakeland

Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Crystal River

— 5 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Crystal River. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Crystal River: Southern Skies Ranch (in Weeki Wachee), Brooksville (JG Ranch & Withlacoochee State Forest) and Spring Hill (Nature Coast Botanical Gardens & Nursery & Weeki Wachee Springs State Park). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Three Sisters Springs, steep yourself in history at Crystal River Archaeological State Park, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and see the interesting displays at Coastal Heritage Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Crystal River online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Lakeland to Crystal River takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Crystal River are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Gainesville.

Things to do in Crystal River

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Gainesville

— 7 nights
Family-friendly places like Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation and Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo will thrill your kids. Explore Gainesville's surroundings by going to Retirement Home For Horses at Mill Creek Farm (in Alachua), Green Cove Springs (in Green Cove Springs) and Dudley Farm Historic State Park (in Newberry).

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Gainesville trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Crystal River to Gainesville in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Gainesville are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll travel to Daytona Beach.

Things to do in Gainesville

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Daytona Beach

— 8 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 NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and Beach at Daytona Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Daytona Beach side-trips: St. Augustine (St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, Flagler College, &more), Titusville (Chain of Lakes Park & Parrish Park) and Merritt Island (Space Shuttle Atlantis & Jump Right In Flyboarding). The adventure continues: take a tour by water with The Fishing Guy, brush up on your military savvy at Veterans Museum & Education Center, explore the world behind art at Cici & Hyatt Brown Museum of Art, and take a leisurely stroll along Cocoa Beach Pier.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Daytona Beach trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Gainesville to Daytona Beach in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Gainesville in October since evenings lows in Daytona Beach dip to 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Daytona Beach

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.