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.

28 THINGS TO DO IN FLORIDA (NOVEMBER 14 - NOVEMBER 23)

Chalk Festival in Venice

Chalk Festival in Venice

November 13–15, 2020 | April 9–11, 2021 • event

One of the most important pavement art events in the world

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

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

Christmas at Disney World

Christmas at Disney World

November 8–December 22, 2019 • event

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

Ichetucknee Blue Hole

Ichetucknee Blue Hole

all year round • activity

A perfect scenic spot for swimming, snorkeling and diving

Jacksonville Fair

Jacksonville Fair

November 05–15, 2020 • event

The biggest fair in Northern Florida

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

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

Beach Season

Beach Season

April–November (all year round) • activity

Florida enjoys a warm climate most of the year

Fruit Wine

Fruit Wine

late August–November • food

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

Overseas Highway

Overseas Highway

all year round • activity

Perhaps the most spectacular road trip in America

Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival

Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival

November 13–16, 2020 • event

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

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

Citrus Season

Citrus Season

October–June • food

Florida is famous for its beautiful citrus groves and delicious fruits

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

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

Florida Fall Colors

Florida Fall Colors

late October–November • nature

Several parks boast fall foliage displays in subtropical Florida

Ponce de Leon Hotel (Flagler College)

Ponce de Leon Hotel (Flagler College)

all year round • activity

A unique hotel, rich with history and ghosts

Dolphin Watching

Dolphin Watching

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

Observe playful sea mammals all around Florida's coast

57 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, 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 30, 2021 • event

One of the greatest festivals in Florida for the whole family

Florida Strawberry Festival

Florida Strawberry Festival

March 04–14, 2021 • event

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

Daytona Turkey Rod Run

Daytona Turkey Rod Run

March 27–29, 2020 • 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

Daytona Beach Bike Week

Daytona Beach Bike Week

March 06–15, 2020 • event

This historic motorcycle race has become a legend of its own

Naples St. Patrick's Day Parade

Naples St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 13, 2021 • event

A popular event celebrating Irish culture and heritage

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

February 08–March 22, 2020 • event

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

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 16–22, 2020 • event

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

Fantasy Fest

Fantasy Fest

October 22–31, 2021 • event

The biggest and wildest celebration on Key West

Suwannee Hulaween

Suwannee Hulaween

October 29–November 1, 2020 • event

Not your typical Halloween festival

Winter Equestrian Festival

Winter Equestrian Festival

January 08–March 29, 2020 • event

An upscale seasonal entertainment in Wellington, south-east Florida

South Florida Fair

South Florida Fair

January 15–31, 2021 • event

Get ready for orgasmic rides and godlike food

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

Underwater Music Festival

Underwater Music Festival

July 11, 2020 • event

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

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

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

Tortuga Music Festival

Tortuga Music Festival

October 02–04, 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 04 • 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

July 09–29, 2020 • event

The tastiest week from Naples to Marco Island

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

Jazz In The Gardens (JITG)

Jazz In The Gardens (JITG)

March 14–15, 2020 (postponed) • event

A two-day music affair in Miami Gardens

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

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

Florida Seafood Festival

Florida Seafood Festival

November 05–06, 2021 • event

Immerse yourself in a total seafood paradise

Flogging Molly's Salty Dog Cruise

Flogging Molly's Salty Dog Cruise

November 05–09, 2020 • event

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

Tampa Am

Tampa Am

November 05–08, 2020 • event

The biggest amateur skateboarding contest on the planet

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

Tropical Fruit Season in Homestead

Tropical Fruit Season in Homestead

late April–September • food

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

Winter Party Festival

Winter Party Festival

March 2021 (to be announced) • 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

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

February 01–April 02, 2020 • 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

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

August 20–22, 2020 • event

Hottest time for hottest swimwear brands

Florida Film Festival

Florida Film Festival

August 2020 (to be announced) • event

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

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

December–March • nature

The population of endangered Northern right whales is recovering in Florida

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival

March 05–08, 2020 • 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

Grovetoberfest

Grovetoberfest

October 10, 2020 • event

Florida's largest beer festival in Coconut Grove

The Orlando Fringe

The Orlando Fringe

May 12–25, 2020 (cancelled) • event

One of the best cultural events in Florida

Suwannee Lights

Suwannee Lights

November 30–December 30, 2019 • event

A festive drive through a light display in Florida

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

January 06–10, 2021 • event

A race weekend with Mickey and friends in Orlando

Pensacola Interstate Fair

Pensacola Interstate Fair

October 22–November 01, 2020 • event

The biggest fair on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico

Pensacola Mardi Gras

Pensacola Mardi Gras

February 21–23, 2020 • event

A vibrant celebration with over 150 years of history

Miami Labor Day Weekend

Miami Labor Day Weekend

September 04–07, 2020 • event

Long weekend is perfect for partying in Magic City

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