8 days in Florida Itinerary

8 days in Florida Itinerary

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8 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Key West
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Marathon
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Key Largo
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Orlando
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia

1
night
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.
On the 14th (Tue), glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. On your second day here, examine the collection at Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum, examine the collection at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, and finally make a trip to Duval Street.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Key West tour itinerary planner .

Philadelphia to Key West is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. While traveling from Philadelphia, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Key West, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 77°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Museums Tours Outdoors
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The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
Parasailing & Paragliding

1
night
Marathon

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 16th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, then identify plant and animal life at Pigeon Key Foundation, and then stroll through Bahia Honda State Park.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Marathon day trip planner .

You can take a bus from Key West to Marathon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in May, and nighttime lows around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Key Largo.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Bahia Honda State Park
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Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
Crane Point Museum & Nature Center ©
Crane Point Museum & Nature Center
Pigeon Key Foundation ©
Pigeon Key Foundation

1
night
Key Largo

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Island Dolphin Care, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Key Largo online journey builder .

Traveling by car from Marathon to Key Largo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Marathon in May since evenings lows in Key Largo dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Orlando.

Things to do in Key Largo

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Island Dolphin Care ©
Island Dolphin Care
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Walt Disney World Resort and SeaWorld Orlando. Pack the 18th (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Universal Orlando Resort. Pack the 20th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Universal's Islands of Adventure. There's still lots to do: add some entertainment to your itinerary with Happily Ever After Fireworks and look for gifts at MacroBaby.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Orlando road trip planning website .

You can drive from Key Largo to Orlando in 5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Shopping Nightlife
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Universal Orlando Resort ©
Universal Orlando Resort
Walt Disney World Resort ©
Walt Disney World Resort
Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure

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