7 days in Fort Lauderdale & Florida Keys Itinerary

7 days in Fort Lauderdale & Florida Keys Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Florida attractions planner

Make it your trip
Drive to Newark Liberty International Airport, Fly to Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport
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Fort Lauderdale
— 2 nights
Drive
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Islamorada
— 1 night
Drive
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Marathon
— 1 night
Drive
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Key West
— 2 nights
Fly to Newark Liberty International Airport, Drive to Wilkes-Barre

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Fort Lauderdale

— 2 nights

Venice of America

Known as the "Venice of America" because of its extensive network of navigable waterways, Fort Lauderdale welcomes over 10 million annual visitors, most of them attracted by the city's popular beaches and marinas.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church, wander the streets of Lincoln Road, then kick back and relax at South Beach, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Art Deco Historic District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and then stroll through Fort Lauderdale Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Fort Lauderdale trip planner.

Wilkes-Barre to Fort Lauderdale is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Wilkes-Barre in April: high temperatures in Fort Lauderdale hover around 84°F and lows are around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Islamorada.

Things to do in Fort Lauderdale

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Islamorada

— 1 night

The Village of Islands

Islamorada, long recognized as one of the world's top spots for sport fishing, encompasses six islands in the Florida Keys.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): observe the fascinating underwater world at Island Dolphin Care, look for all kinds of wild species at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, kick back and relax at Anne's Beach, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and finally indulge your thirst for a good beer at Islamorada Brewery & Distillery.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Islamorada online journey builder.

Traveling by car from Fort Lauderdale to Islamorada takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a shuttle. In April, daytime highs in Islamorada are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can go by car to Marathon.

Things to do in Islamorada

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Marathon

— 1 night

Heart of the Florida Keys

A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
On the 8th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, stroll through Sombrero Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bahia Honda State Park.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Marathon trip maker site.

Drive from Islamorada to Marathon in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Marathon, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Key West

— 2 nights

Conch Republic

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Zachary Taylor, then contemplate the long history of Truman Little White House, and then stroll the grounds of Key West Cemetery.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Key West tour planner.

You can drive from Marathon to Key West in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Key West are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Key West

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Florida Keys travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Landmarks · Wildlife Areas
An archipelago of about 1,700 islands extending in a gentle arc south and southwest of Florida's mainland, the Florida Keys divide the Atlantic from the Gulf of Mexico. Many visitors on vacation come to scuba dive in the coral reefs, fossilized and exposed as sea levels declined over thousands of years. In addition to being one of the world's top diving and fishing spots, the Keys feature hundreds of shops, restaurants, bars, and various tourist attractions, most of them crowded all year long with visitors on vacation. To soak up the Keys' atmosphere and discover writer Ernest Hemingway's former haunts, drive from one island to the other all the way to Key West, located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba.