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Best time of year to visit Florida

The best time to visit Florida hangs on what part of the state you would like to visit and what experiences you are after. June to August and November to March are considered to be a peak season. Soft spring weather is spiced up with spring breakers and will make your heart beat faster at the Miami Music Week slipping into Ultra Music Festival. Rainy summer draws family travellers and hurricanes, so you might want to avoid this period. Instead, you could choose snow-free winter with its big New Year's Eve celebrations in Miami and Gasparilla Pirate Festival in Tampa, yet rather crowded. Autumn will surprise you with affordable prices and shorter lines. What about witnessing the gold stingray migration in November? All in all, April–May and October–November see moderate crowds and nice weather, so you might choose these months for your Florida dream vacation.

22 THINGS TO DO IN FLORIDA (NOVEMBER 13 - NOVEMBER 22)

Rocket Launch at Kennedy Space Center

Rocket Launch at Kennedy Space Center

all year round • activity

See rocket's space launch from NASA launch headquarters

Golden Stingray Migration

Golden Stingray Migration

May | November • nature

Do you feel like sharing the company of 10,000 deadly, poisonous stingrays? Watching them from the distance might be a better idea

Chalk Festival in Venice

Chalk Festival in Venice

November 15–18, 2019 • event

One of the most important pavement art events in the world

Swimming with Manatees

Swimming with Manatees

November–April (all year round) • activity

Swim with the gentle giants in the warm waters of Crystal river

Beach Season

Beach Season

April–November (all year round) • activity

Florida enjoys a warm climate most of the year

Christmas at Disney World

Christmas at Disney World

mid-November–December • event

There is no better place to feel the spirit of Christmas in Florida

Loop Road Scenic Drive

Loop Road Scenic Drive

November–April • activity

Drive through dwarf cypress forest and spot lots of tropical fauna of Everglades

Stone Crab Season

Stone Crab Season

October 15–May 15 • food

Taste one of the most delicious seasonal foods of Miami—you can even catch some yourself

Ichetucknee Blue Hole

Ichetucknee Blue Hole

all year round • activity

A perfect scenic spot for swimming, snorkeling and diving

Sunrise & Sunset

Sunrise & Sunset

all year round • nature

Discover Florida's most stunning spots to watch the sun

Fruit Wine

Fruit Wine

late August–November • food

The unforgettable taste of tropical wines can't be compared with anything else

Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp

Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp

all year round • activity

Visit the town of mediums, healers, and ghost whisperers

White Pelicans

White Pelicans

October–March • nature

When these professional hunters head to Florida from the northern states, local fish should stay alert

Diving and Snorkeling

Diving and Snorkeling

all year round • activity

Shipwrecks, rich sea life and coral reefs are the biggest advantages of diving in Florida

Surfing

Surfing

early August–mid-April • activity

Not so popular with pro surfers, Florida could nevertheless be attractive for beginners

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

March–November • nature

Discover the best blooming fields of Florida

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

November–May • nature

Florida, with its numerous lakes and islands is a great place for a birder

Citrus Season

Citrus Season

October–June • food

Florida is famous for its beautiful citrus groves and delicious fruits

Ponce de Leon Hotel (Flagler College)

Ponce de Leon Hotel (Flagler College)

all year round • activity

A unique hotel, rich with history and ghosts

The Kampong

The Kampong

September–June • nature

The only tropical monsoon garden in a major US city

Overseas Highway

Overseas Highway

all year round • activity

Perhaps the most spectacular road trip in America

Dolphin Watching

Dolphin Watching

all year round (best in late May–August) • nature

Observe playful sea mammals all around Florida coast

48 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Florida Strawberry Festival

Florida Strawberry Festival

February 28–March 10, 2019 • event

Celebrate the strawberry harvest, with the local community of Eastern Hillsborough County

Miami Broward Carnival

Miami Broward Carnival

October 13, 2019 • event

Be involved in the amazing rhythm and real carnival spirit of the Miami Broward Carnival. Enjoy the beauty and glory of everything you'll see!

Lake Worth Street Painting Festival

Lake Worth Street Painting Festival

February 23–24, 2019 • event

Masterpieces of street art draw thousands of people to Lake Worth

Ultra Music Festival

Ultra Music Festival

March 29–31, 2019 • event

Should you feel the urge for a wild dance, head to the world's premier electronic music festival

Daytona Beach Bike Week

Daytona Beach Bike Week

March 08–17, 2019 • event

This historic motorcycle race has become a legend of its own

King Mango Strut

King Mango Strut

December 30, 2018 • event

The weirdest event you may ever see, but the one that will make you laugh and relax

Art Basel

Art Basel

December 05–08, 2019 (Miami Beach) | March 19–21, 2020 (Hong Kong) | June 18–21, 2020 (Basel) • event

Don't miss the chance to become a part of the art world for a week full of exciting events

Mullet Migration

Mullet Migration

late September–early October • nature

It might be amusing to watch migrating mullets jumping above the water's surface, however, they don't do it out of amusement, but to escape chasing predators

New Year's Eve at Bayfront Park, Miami

New Year's Eve at Bayfront Park, Miami

December 31–January 01 • event

If you visit Miami during the winter holidays, don't miss the biggest New Year's Eve celebration around

Gasparilla Pirate Fest

Gasparilla Pirate Fest

January 25–26, 2020 • event

One of the greatest festivals in Florida for the whole family

Art Deco Weekend

Art Deco Weekend

January 18–20, 2019 • event

Dive into the Art Deco era together with local enthusiasts during this three-day unique Miami-style soiree

Baby Alligators

Baby Alligators

September • nature

If you are a fan of these huge reptiles, there are plenty of places here to observe them in the wild

Miami Music Week

Miami Music Week

March 25–31, 2019 • event

Dance to the beats of a weeklong marathon of electronic dance music

Miami Marathon

Miami Marathon

January 27, 2019 • event

Test your body and participate in the marathon, or come support the runners

Holy Ship!

Holy Ship!

January 09–12, 2019 • event

Don't miss your chance to take part in the world's wildest cruise with some of the best parties on board

Florida Citrus Parade

Florida Citrus Parade

December 29, 2018 • event

A celebration of fruits and sports

Halloween Events

Halloween Events

mid-September–October • event

Halloween is one of the favourite holidays in Florida

Underwater Music Festival

Underwater Music Festival

July 06–07, 2019 • event

Submerge to the world's coolest subaqueous party at Florida's coral reef

Everglades Boating Adventure

Everglades Boating Adventure

December–April • nature

A unique ecosystem and the beauty of its wildlife open a totally new look on the life of South Florida

Flogging Molly's Salty Dog Cruise

Flogging Molly's Salty Dog Cruise

November 08–12, 2019 • event

Take a Caribbean cruise of your dreams with lots of music and fun aboard

Blacktip and Spinner Sharks

Blacktip and Spinner Sharks

mid-January–early March • nature

Tens of thousands of black shark fins just a few meters from the beach can scare the hell out of anyone

Jazz In The Gardens (JITG)

Jazz In The Gardens (JITG)

March 09–10, 2019 • event

A two-day music affair in Miami Gardens

4th of July at Florida Keys

4th of July at Florida Keys

July 04 • event

Dazzling displays over the water make the Independence Day celebration unforgettable

Miami Cruise Month

Miami Cruise Month

January • event

A great chance for a dream cruise. The best prices and some free special deals await you during Cruise month

Florida Renaissance Festival

Florida Renaissance Festival

February 09–March 24, 2019 • event

Dress up as your favorite knight or lady and travel back in time

Suwannee Hulaween

Suwannee Hulaween

October 24–28, 2019 • event

Not your typical Halloween festival

Winter Party Festival

Winter Party Festival

March 04–10, 2020 • event

A huge six-day festival celebrating the LGBTQ community at the hottest winter destination—Miami Beach

Venetian Pool, Coral Gables

Venetian Pool, Coral Gables

May–September • activity

This is the world's largest swimming pool which is emptied and refilled with fresh water every day

Florida Film Festival

Florida Film Festival

April 12–21, 2019 • event

Even though Florida is flooded with several film festivals, you definitely should witness the best one

Florida Seafood Festival

Florida Seafood Festival

November 02–03, 2018 • event

Immerse yourself in a total seafood paradise

The Daytona Turkey Run

The Daytona Turkey Run

March 22–24, 2019 • event

The Largest Car Show and Swap Meet in the United States

Naples St. Patrick's Day Parade

Naples St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 16, 2019 • event

A popular event celebrating Irish culture and heritage

Mamey Sapote Harvest

Mamey Sapote Harvest

May–July • food

Sweet and smooth. Don't forget to try this exotic fruit!

St Augustine Nights of Lights

St Augustine Nights of Lights

November 17 2018–February 03 2019 • event

The oldest city in the US illuminates historic buildings with millions of lights

Winter Equestrian Festival

Winter Equestrian Festival

January 09–March 31, 2019 • event

An upscale seasonal entertainment in Wellington, south-east Florida

Miami Swim Week

Miami Swim Week

July 2019 (TBA) • event

Hottest time for hottest swimwear brands

Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week

Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week

May 30–June 12, 2019 • event

The tastiest week from Naples to Marco Island

Florida State Fair

Florida State Fair

February 07–18, 2019 • event

Don't miss the first State Fair of the year in the USA, that gets all the latest and greatest

South Florida Fair

South Florida Fair

January 18–February 03, 2019 • event

Get ready for orgasmic rides and godlike food

Tortuga Music Festival

Tortuga Music Festival

April 12–14, 2019 • event

Get loose with some big rock music stars at a white sandy Fort Lauderdale beach

The Orlando Fringe

The Orlando Fringe

May 14–27, 2019 • event

One of the best cultural events in Florida

Suwannee Lights

Suwannee Lights

December 01–30, 2018 • event

A festive drive through a light display in Florida

Tampa Am

Tampa Am

November 07–10, 2019 • event

The biggest amateur skateboarding contest on the planet

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

January 09–13, 2019 • event

A race weekend with Mickey and friends in Orlando

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival

March 2020 (TBA) • event

Listen, laugh, dance, sing and meditate in the middle of Florida's wilderness

Grovetoberfest

Grovetoberfest

October 12, 2019 • event

Florida's largest beer festival in Coconut Grove

4th of July

4th of July

July 03–July 04 • event

The forecast is...lots of sunshine and fireworks!

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

December–March • nature

The population of endangered Northern right whales is recovering in Florida