Best time to visit Florida

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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.

29 THINGS TO DO IN FLORIDA (MARCH 09 - MARCH 18)

Florida Strawberry Festival

Florida Strawberry Festival

March 4–14, 2021 • event

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

Naples St. Patrick's Day Parade

Naples St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 13, 2021 • event

A popular event celebrating Irish culture and heritage

Daytona Beach Bike Week

Daytona Beach Bike Week

March 5–14, 2021 • event

This historic motorcycle race has become a legend of its own

Rocket Launch at Kennedy Space Center

Rocket Launch at Kennedy Space Center

all year round • activity

See rocket's space launch from NASA headquarters

Swimming with Manatees

Swimming with Manatees

November–April (all year round) • activity

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

Winter Equestrian Festival

Winter Equestrian Festival

January 6–April 4, 2021 • event

An upscale seasonal entertainment in Wellington, south-east Florida

Ichetucknee Blue Hole

Ichetucknee Blue Hole

all year round • activity

A perfect scenic spot for swimming, snorkeling and diving

Jazz In The Gardens (JITG)

Jazz In The Gardens (JITG)

mid-March 2021 • event

A two-day music affair in Miami Gardens

Marco Island and Ten Thousand Islands

Marco Island and Ten Thousand Islands

all year round • nature

Explore the best shelling beaches in Florida

Stone Crab Season

Stone Crab Season

October 15–May 15 • food

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

Everglades Boating Adventure

Everglades Boating Adventure

December–April • nature

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

Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds

early March–late September • nature

Our wee friends flock to the Sunshine State as eagerly as tourists do

Fireflies at Blue Spring State Park

Fireflies at Blue Spring State Park

mid to late March • nature

The amazing mother nature's light show takes place every spring in Central Florida

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

November–May • nature

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

Loop Road Scenic Drive

Loop Road Scenic Drive

November–April • activity

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

White Pelicans

White Pelicans

October–March • nature

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

Sunrise & Sunset

Sunrise & Sunset

all year round • nature

Discover Florida's most stunning spots to watch the sun

Citrus Season

Citrus Season

October–June • food

Florida is famous for its beautiful citrus groves and delicious fruits

Overseas Highway

Overseas Highway

all year round • activity

Perhaps the most spectacular road trip in America

Kiteboarding and Windsurfing

Kiteboarding and Windsurfing

November–April • activity

One of top-five wind sports destinations in the United States

Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp

Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp

all year round • activity

Visit the town of mediums, healers, and ghost whisperers

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

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

December–March • nature

The population of endangered Northern right whales is recovering in Florida

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

The Kampong

The Kampong

September–June • nature

The only tropical monsoon garden in a major US city

Dolphin Watching

Dolphin Watching

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

Observe playful sea mammals all around Florida's coast

Ponce de Leon Hotel (Flagler College)

Ponce de Leon Hotel (Flagler College)

all year round • activity

A unique hotel, rich with history and ghosts

Surf

Surf

early August–mid-April • activity

No tan popular entre los surfistas profesionales, Florida sin embargo podría ser atractivo para los principiantes

76 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Miami Broward Carnival

Miami Broward Carnival

October 8–11, 2020 | Carnival Day: October 11, 2020 (virtual event)  • 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 20–21, 2021 • event

Masterpieces of street art draw thousands of people to Lake Worth

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

New Year's Eve at Bayfront Park

December 31–January 1 • 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 30, 2021 • event

One of the greatest festivals in Florida for the whole family

Chalk Festival in Venice

Chalk Festival in Venice

April 9–11, 2021 • event

One of the most important pavement art events in the world

Daytona Turkey Rod Run

Daytona Turkey Rod Run

March 26–28, 2021 • event

The Largest Car Show and Swap Meet in the United States

Art Deco Weekend

Art Deco Weekend

January 15–17, 2021 • event

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

King Mango Strut

King Mango Strut

December 27, 2020 • event

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

Florida Renaissance Festival

Florida Renaissance Festival

early February–late March, 2022 • event

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

Fantasy Fest

Fantasy Fest

October 22–31, 2021 • event

The biggest and wildest celebration on Key West

Ultra Music Festival

Ultra Music Festival

March 26–28, 2021 • event

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

Miami Music Week

Miami Music Week

March 26–28, 2021 • event

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

Suwannee Hulaween

Suwannee Hulaween

October 29–November 1, 2020 • event

Not your typical Halloween festival

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

South Florida Fair

South Florida Fair

January 15–31, 2021 • event

Get ready for orgasmic rides and godlike food

Christmas Holiday Magic at Disney World

Christmas Holiday Magic at Disney World

November 6–December 30, 2020 • event

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

Jacksonville Fair

Jacksonville Fair

November 14–15, 2020 • event

The biggest fair in Northern Florida

Underwater Music Festival

Underwater Music Festival

July 10, 2021 • event

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

Art Basel

Art Basel

September 17–20, 2020 (Basel) | December 03–06, 2020 (Miami Beach) | March 25–27, 2021 (Hong Kong)  • event

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

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

Florida State Fair

Florida State Fair

February 11–22, 2021 • event

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

Tortuga Music Festival

Tortuga Music Festival

October 2–4, 2020 • event

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

4th of July at Florida Keys

4th of July at Florida Keys

July 4 • event

Dazzling displays over the water make the Independence Day celebration unforgettable

4th of July

4th of July

most 2020 events are canceled/ postponed • event

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

Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week

Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week

June 3–23, 2021 • event

The tastiest week from Naples to Marco Island

Halloween Events

Halloween Events

mid-September–October • event

Halloween is one of the favorite holidays in Florida

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

Florida Citrus Parade

Florida Citrus Parade

December 29, 2018 • event

A celebration of fruits and sports

New Year's Eve in Sarasota

New Year's Eve in Sarasota

December 31 • event

The epic pineapple drop and other fun events on Florida's Gulf Coast

Miami Marathon

Miami Marathon

January 31, 2021 • event

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

Holy Ship!

Holy Ship!

January 22–26, 2020 • event

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

Beach Season

Beach Season

April–November (all year round) • activity

Florida enjoys a warm climate most of the year

Florida Seafood Festival

Florida Seafood Festival

November 5–6, 2021 • event

Immerse yourself in a total seafood paradise

Flogging Molly's Salty Dog Cruise

Flogging Molly's Salty Dog Cruise

November 5–9, 2020 • event

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

The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

December 12, 2020 (TV show) | December 11, 2021 • event

View a caravan of all-kind vessels decorated with intricate light displays

Fruit Wine

Fruit Wine

late August–November • food

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

Tampa Am

Tampa Am

November 5–8, 2020 (canceled) | Finals broadcast: November 12, 2020 at 9pm EST • event

The biggest amateur skateboarding contest on the planet

Tropical Fruit Season in Homestead

Tropical Fruit Season in Homestead

late April–September • food

Try locally grown mango, lychee, papaya, and other exotic foods

Christmas Lights in Tampa

Christmas Lights in Tampa

late November–early January  • event

Holidays in Tampa Bay are all about magical twinkling lights

New Year's Eve in Fort Lauderdale

New Year's Eve in Fort Lauderdale

December 31  • event

Drop the anchor in Fort Lauderdale for the big celebration

Winter Party Festival

Winter Party Festival

March 4–6, 2021 (virtual experience) • event

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

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

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

Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival

Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival

November 12–15, 2021 • event

Professional sand sculptors and amateurs compete at one of Florida's best beaches

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

February–early April 2021 • event

A colorful celebration with your favorite charachters and live music

Little Talbot and Big Talbot Islands

Little Talbot and Big Talbot Islands

April–October • nature

Explore miles of undeveloped, pristine beaches

Jacksonville Jazz Festival

Jacksonville Jazz Festival

late May (TBA) • event

One of the largest music events in Northeast Florida

Navidad en Disney World

Navidad en Disney World

November 6–December 30, 2020 • event

No hay mejor lugar para sentir el espíritu de Navidad en Florida

New Year's Eve in Key West

New Year's Eve in Key West

December 31 • event

Unique ball-drop events and some of the biggest annual parties on the southernmost tip of the USA

New Year's Eve in Tampa Bay

New Year's Eve in Tampa Bay

December 31 • event

A big celebration on Florida's Gulf Coast

Nochevieja en Bayfront Park

Nochevieja en Bayfront Park

December 31–January 1 • event

Si visita Miami durante las vacaciones de invierno, no se pierda la mayor celebración de Año Nuevo alrededor

Mamey Sapote Harvest

Mamey Sapote Harvest

May–July • food

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

Miami Swim Week

Miami Swim Week

July 2021 • event

Hottest time for hottest swimwear brands

Florida Film Festival

Florida Film Festival

April 9–22, 2021 • event

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

St. Augustine Nights of Lights

St. Augustine Nights of Lights

November 14, 2020–January 31, 2021 • event

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

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival

March 4–7, 2021 • event

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

South Florida Garlic Fest

South Florida Garlic Fest

February 13–14, 2021 • event

The premier food and entertainment festival in South Florida

Florida Fall Colors

Florida Fall Colors

late October–November • nature

Several parks boast fall foliage displays in subtropical Florida

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

April–September • nature

Attracted by fruits and nectar, these birds are often spotted in the gardens

Grovetoberfest

Grovetoberfest

October 10, 2020 • event

Florida's largest beer festival in Coconut Grove

Christmas Lights in and near Jacksonville, FL

Christmas Lights in and near Jacksonville, FL

late November–early January • event

The most outstanding holiday light displays across northeastern Florida

New Year's Eve in Jacksonville

New Year's Eve in Jacksonville

December 31–January 1 • event

Jax goes big on fireworks and partying to mark the end of the year

Christmas and New Year's Eve in West Palm Beach

Christmas and New Year's Eve in West Palm Beach

December  • food

Check out the world's only Christmas tree made of sand

The Orlando Fringe

The Orlando Fringe

January 7–10, 2021 (Winter Mini-Fest) | May 18–31, 2021 • event

One of the best cultural events in Florida

Suwannee Lights

Suwannee Lights

November 21–December 30, 2020 • event

A festive drive-through and walk-thru light display in northern Florida

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

January 6–10, 2021 • event

A race weekend with Mickey and friends in Orlando

Pensacola Interstate Fair

Pensacola Interstate Fair

October 22–November 1, 2020 • event

The biggest fair on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico

Pensacola Mardi Gras

Pensacola Mardi Gras

May 21–29, 2021 • event

A vibrant celebration with over 150 years of history

Miami Labor Day Weekend

Miami Labor Day Weekend

September 4–6, 2021 • event

Long weekend is perfect for partying in Magic City

Luzes de Navidad en Tampa

Luzes de Navidad en Tampa

late November–early January  • event

Las vacaciones en la bahía de Tampa son todo sobre las luces brillantes mágicas

Luzes de Navidad en y cerca de Jacksonville, FL

Luzes de Navidad en y cerca de Jacksonville, FL

late November–early January • event

La luz de vacaciones más destacada muestra en todo el noreste de Florida

Luzes de Suwannee

Luzes de Suwannee

November 21–December 30, 2020 • event

Un festivo drive-through y walk-thru luz exhibición en el norte de Florida

New Year's Eve in Orlando

New Year's Eve in Orlando

December 31  • event

Magnificent fireworks, laser shows, and parades mark the end of the year in Orlando's theme parks

Chinese New Year in Miami

Chinese New Year in Miami

February 12–14, 2021 • event

Celebrate the first new moon with the Chinese community of Miami

Chinese New Year in Orlando

Chinese New Year in Orlando

February 12–14, 2021 • event

See the spectacular Dragon Parade and Multicultural Festival in Orlando

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