31 days in Florida Itinerary

31 days in Florida Itinerary

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

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ocala trip itinerary maker site.

Orlando to Ocala is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Orlando in October, expect little chillier with lows of 62°F in Ocala. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Lakeland.

Things to do in Ocala

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours

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Lakeland

— 7 nights
Family-friendly places like Legoland Florida Resort and Circle B Bar Reserve will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Lakeland side-trips: Giraffe Ranch (in Dade City) and Captain Fred's Airboat Nature Tours (in Lake Hamilton).

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lakeland route planner.

Traveling by car from Ocala to Lakeland takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 65°F. On the 13th (Tue), you'll travel 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.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Three Sisters Springs will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Crystal River: Spring Hill (Wildlife Survival Sanctuary & Weeki Wachee Springs State Park) and Cedar Key (Down Home Adventures & Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge). The adventure continues: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the activities along Crystal River, whizz through the canopy at Faith Haven CRC’s Florida Tree Top Adventure, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Crystal River day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Lakeland to Crystal River takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Crystal River are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Gainesville.

Things to do in Crystal River

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Gainesville

— 5 nights
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Butterfly Rainforest and Atlantic Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Gainesville side-trips: Jacksonville (Museum of Southern History, Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, &more), Green Cove Springs (in Green Cove Springs) and St. Augustine Wild Reserve (in St. Augustine).

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Gainesville travel route planning tool.

Getting from Crystal River to Gainesville by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In October in Gainesville, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Daytona Beach.

Things to do in Gainesville

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Wildlife

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.
Visit Beach at Daytona Beach and Jacksonville Beach for some beach relaxation. Kids will enjoy St. Augustine Beach and NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Daytona Beach: Lakeside Park (in Saint Augustine Beach), Harry and Hariette Moore Memorial Park (in Mims) and St. Augustine (High Tide Gallery Art & Gifts, St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, &more). There's still lots to do: cast your line with The Fishing Guy, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playalinda Beach, join the crowd at Daytona International Speedway, and brush up on your military savvy at Veterans Museum & Education Center.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Daytona Beach road trip planning website.

Getting from Gainesville to Daytona Beach by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Gainesville in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Daytona Beach, with lows around 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Daytona Beach

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

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.