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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.

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

Florida Strawberry Festival

Florida Strawberry Festival

March 2–12, 2023 • event

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

Jazz In The Gardens (JITG)

Jazz In The Gardens (JITG)

unconfirmedMarch 2023 • event

A two-day music affair in Miami Gardens

Naples St. Patrick's Day Parade

Naples St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 11, 2023 • event

A popular event celebrating Irish culture and heritage

Daytona Beach Bike Week

Daytona Beach Bike Week

March 3–12, 2023 • event

This historic motorcycle race has become a legend of its own

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

Florida Renaissance Festival

Florida Renaissance Festival

February 4–March 19, 2023 • event

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

Rocket Launch at Kennedy Space Center

Rocket Launch at Kennedy Space Center

all year round • activity

See rocket's space launch from NASA headquarters

Winter Equestrian Festival

Winter Equestrian Festival

unconfirmedearly January–early April 2023 • event

An upscale seasonal entertainment in Wellington, south-east Florida

Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds

early March–late September • nature

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

Whale Watching

Whale Watching

December–March • nature

The population of endangered Northern right whales is recovering in Florida

Swimming with Manatees

Swimming with Manatees

November–April (all year round) • activity

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

Ichetucknee Blue Hole

Ichetucknee Blue Hole

all year round • activity

A perfect scenic spot for swimming, snorkeling and diving

Marco Island and Ten Thousand Islands

Marco Island and Ten Thousand Islands

all year round • nature

Explore the best shelling beaches in Florida

Sunrise & Sunset

Sunrise & Sunset

all year round • nature

Discover Florida's most stunning spots to watch the sun

Stone Crab Season

Stone Crab Season

mid-October–mid-May • food

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

Citrus Season

Citrus Season

October–June • food

Florida is famous for its beautiful citrus groves and delicious fruits

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

November–May • nature

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

Dolphin Watching

Dolphin Watching

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

Observe playful sea mammals all around Florida's coast

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

Universal Orlando Mardi Gras

unconfirmedearly February–late April 2023 • event

A colorful celebration with your favorite charachters and live music

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

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

March–November • nature

Discover the best blooming fields of Florida

White Pelicans

White Pelicans

October–March • nature

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

Loop Road Scenic Drive

Loop Road Scenic Drive

November–April • activity

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

Western Caribbean Cruises

Western Caribbean Cruises

December–March • activity

Learn about ancient civilisations while sipping on your favorite cocktail

Overseas Highway

Overseas Highway

all year round  • activity

Perhaps the most spectacular road trip in America

Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp

Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp

all year round • activity

Visit the town of mediums, healers, and ghost whisperers

Stargazing

Stargazing

all year round (but the best months are April & September) • nature

Florida's warm climate makes it a perfect stargazing destination

Kiteboarding and Windsurfing

Kiteboarding and Windsurfing

November–April • activity

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

Cherry Blossoms in Florida

Cherry Blossoms in Florida

early February–early April • event

Morikami Museum is the best place to see blooming cherry trees in The Sunshine State

Winter Party Festival

Winter Party Festival

March 8–14, 2023 • event

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

Surfing

Surfing

early August–mid-April • activity

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

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

Ponce de Leon Hotel (Flagler College)

Ponce de Leon Hotel (Flagler College)

all year round • activity

A unique hotel, rich with history and ghosts

104 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Miami Broward Carnival

Miami Broward Carnival

out of rangeOctober 1–9, 2022 | Carnival Day: October 9, 2022 • 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!

Chalk Festival in Venice

Chalk Festival in Venice

out of rangeOctober 28–31, 2022 • event

One of the most important pavement art events in the world

Lake Worth Street Painting Festival

Lake Worth Street Painting Festival

unconfirmedlate February 2023 • event

Masterpieces of street art draw thousands of people to Lake Worth

Mullet Migration

Mullet Migration

out of rangelate 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

out of rangeDecember 31 • event

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

Daytona Turkey Rod Run

Daytona Turkey Rod Run

out of rangeNovember 24–27, 2022 • event

The Largest Car Show and Swap Meet in the United States

Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival

Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival

out of rangeNovember 11–14, 2022 • event

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

Gasparilla Pirate Fest

Gasparilla Pirate Fest

out of rangeJanuary 28, 2023 • event

One of the greatest festivals in Florida for the whole family

Fantasy Fest: Key West Halloween Festival

Fantasy Fest: Key West Halloween Festival

out of rangeOctober 21–30, 2022 • event

The biggest and wildest Halloween celebration on Key West

Florida Seafood Festival

Florida Seafood Festival

out of rangeNovember 4–5, 2022 • event

Immerse yourself in a total seafood paradise

Up Up and Away Florida Hot Air Balloon Festival

Up Up and Away Florida Hot Air Balloon Festival

unconfirmedearly May 2023 • event

Will you dare to get the full experience, camping at this festival?

Ultra Music Festival

Ultra Music Festival

out of rangeMarch 24–26, 2023 • event

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

South Florida Fair

South Florida Fair

out of rangeJanuary 13–29, 2023 • event

Get ready for orgasmic rides and godlike food

Fort Lauderdale 4th of July Spectacular Fest & Fireworks

Fort Lauderdale 4th of July Spectacular Fest & Fireworks

out of rangeJuly 4, 2022 • event

Expect a lot of fun and fireworks!

Florida State Fair

Florida State Fair

out of rangeFebruary 9–20, 2023 • event

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

Jacksonville Fair

Jacksonville Fair

out of rangeNovember 3–13, 2022 • event

The biggest fair in Northern Florida

4th of July at Florida Keys

4th of July at Florida Keys

out of rangeJuly 4 • event

Dazzling displays over the water make the Independence Day celebration unforgettable

The Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild

The Asian Lantern Festival: Into the Wild

unconfirmedNovember 18, 2022–January 15, 2023 • event

The only event in Central Florida celebrating Asian cultures

King Mango Strut

King Mango Strut

out of rangeDecember 25, 2022 • event

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

Blacktip and Spinner Sharks

Blacktip and Spinner Sharks

out of rangemid-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

Art Deco Weekend

Art Deco Weekend

unconfirmedmid-January 2023 • event

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

Jacksonville Jazz Festival

Jacksonville Jazz Festival

unconfirmedlate May 2023 • event

One of the largest music events in Northeast Florida

The Villages Balloon Festival

The Villages Balloon Festival

out of rangeFebruary 3–4, 2023 • event

Enjoy a brilliant ballooning event set an hour-drive northwest of Orlando

Miami Music Week

Miami Music Week

unconfirmedMarch 21–26, 2023 • event

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

Sizzle Dining

Sizzle Dining

out of rangeSeptember 8–28, 2022 • event

The tastiest week from Cape Coral down to Marco Island

Orlando Air and Space Show at Sanford International Airport

Orlando Air and Space Show at Sanford International Airport

out of rangeOctober 29–30, 2022 • event

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform jaw-dropping maneuvers over Sanford

Land Crab Migration

Land Crab Migration

out of rangeJune–December | best time October–November  • nature

From time to time, land crabs invade backyards and streets in South Florida

San Gennaro Feast

San Gennaro Feast

out of rangeSeptember 21–25, 2022 • event

Witness Italian heritage celebrations and traditions in Las Vegas and now South Florida!

Suwannee Hulaween

Suwannee Hulaween

out of rangeOctober 27–30, 2022 • event

Not your typical Halloween festival

Underwater Music Festival

Underwater Music Festival

out of rangeJuly 8–9, 2022 • event

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

4th of July

4th of July

out of rangeJuly 1–July 5 • event

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

4th of July Events & Fireworks

4th of July Events & Fireworks

out of rangeJuly 4 • event

Don't miss one of the biggest Independence Day celebrations in the USA

Golden Stingray Migration

Golden Stingray Migration

out of rangeMay | 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

Cocoa Beach Air Show

Cocoa Beach Air Show

unconfirmedApril 2023 • event

Visit Florida and rejoice in amazing air show on Cocoa Beach

Christmas Holiday Magic at Disney World

Christmas Holiday Magic at Disney World

out of rangeNovember 11–December 30, 2022 • event

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

The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

out of rangeDecember 10, 2022 • event

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

Pensacola Mardi Gras

Pensacola Mardi Gras

out of rangeFebruary 18, 2023 (Grand Parade) | February 21, 2023 (Fat Tuesday) • event

A vibrant celebration with over 150 years of history

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve

out of rangeDecember 31 • event

Drop an anchor in Fort Lauderdale for the big celebration

Art Basel

Art Basel

out of rangeMarch 24–26, 2022 (Hong Kong) | June 16–19, 2022 (Basel) | December 1–3, 2022 (Miami Beach)  • event

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

Halloween Events

Halloween Events

out of rangeearly September–late October 2022 • event

Halloween is one of the favorite holidays in Florida

Beach Season

Beach Season

out of rangeApril–November (all year round) • activity

Florida enjoys a warm climate most of the year

New Year's Eve in Key West

New Year's Eve in Key West

out of rangeDecember 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

out of rangeDecember 31 • event

A big celebration on Florida's Gulf Coast

Tortuga Music Festival

Tortuga Music Festival

out of rangeApril 14–16, 2023 • event

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

New Year's Eve in Orlando

New Year's Eve in Orlando

out of rangeDecember 31  • event

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

Florida Supercon

Florida Supercon

out of rangeJuly 8–10, 2022 • event

A three-day comic convention for all kinds of geeks

Pensacon

Pensacon

out of rangeFebruary 24–26, 2023 • event

Plunge into the geeks' universe at Pensacola comic con

Florida Fall Foliage

Florida Fall Foliage

out of rangelate October–November • nature

Several parks boast fall foliage displays in subtropical Florida

New Year's Eve in Sarasota

New Year's Eve in Sarasota

out of rangeDecember 31 • event

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

NAS Pensacola Air Show

NAS Pensacola Air Show

out of rangeNovember 11–12, 2022 • event

The loud and spectacular show by America's legendary pilots

Miami Swim Week

Miami Swim Week

out of rangeJuly 14–21, 2022 • event

Hottest time for hottest swimwear brands

Suwannee Lights

Suwannee Lights

out of rangeNovember 19–December 30, 2022 • event

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

Tropical Fruit Season in Homestead

Tropical Fruit Season in Homestead

out of rangelate April–September • food

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

Tampa Bay Comic Convention

Tampa Bay Comic Convention

out of rangeJuly 29–31, 2022 • event

A celebration of comic and pop arts for the whole family!

St. Augustine Nights of Lights: Christmas Lights

St. Augustine Nights of Lights: Christmas Lights

out of rangeNovember 19, 2022–January 31, 2023 • event

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

Tampa Am

Tampa Am

out of rangeNovember 10–13, 2022 • event

The biggest amateur skateboarding contest on the planet

South Florida Garlic Fest

South Florida Garlic Fest

out of rangeFebruary 4–5, 2023 • event

The premier food and entertainment festival in South Florida

Pensacola Interstate Fair

Pensacola Interstate Fair

out of rangeOctober 20–30, 2022 • event

The biggest fair on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico

Miami Marathon

Miami Marathon

out of rangeJanuary 29, 2023 • event

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

Christmas Lights in Tampa

Christmas Lights in Tampa

out of rangemid-November–early January  • event

Holidays in Tampa Bay are all about magical twinkling lights

Downtown Orlando Halloween

Downtown Orlando Halloween

out of rangelate October 2022 • event

Experience the largest party of the year in Orlando

Sarasota Christmas Lights

Sarasota Christmas Lights

out of rangelate November–early January • event

Sarasota is about to take your breath away this Christmas season. Are you ready?

New Year's Eve in Florida

New Year's Eve in Florida

out of rangeDecember 31 • event

Celebrate the turning of the calendar on the beach while watching the sunset or head to the wildest parties. Florida is about to impress you on the last day of the year for sure

Florida Film Festival

Florida Film Festival

out of rangeApril 14–23, 2023 • event

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

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

out of rangeApril–September • nature

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

Halloween at Walt Disney World

Halloween at Walt Disney World

out of rangeAugust 12–October 31, 2022 • event

Go trick-or-treating and meet all your favorite characters during Boo Bash in Magic Kingdom

Stuart Air Show

Stuart Air Show

out of rangeNovember 11–13, 2022 • event

Rejoice in thrilling aerial performances at Witham Field in Florida

Billy Bowlegs Festival

Billy Bowlegs Festival

unconfirmedmid-May 2023 • event

A dream occasion for the lovers of everything pirate-themed

Holy Ship!

Holy Ship!

out of rangeDecember 13–17, 2022 • event

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

Baby Alligators

Baby Alligators

out of rangeSeptember • nature

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

Venetian Pool, Coral Gables

Venetian Pool, Coral Gables

out of rangeMay–September • activity

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

Florida Citrus Parade

Florida Citrus Parade

overDecember 29, 2018 • event

A celebration of fruits and sports

Flogging Molly's Salty Dog Cruise

Flogging Molly's Salty Dog Cruise

out of rangeNovember 8–13, 2023 • event

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

Christmas Lights and New Year's Eve in West Palm Beach

Christmas Lights and New Year's Eve in West Palm Beach

out of rangeDecember  • event

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

Miami Labor Day Weekend

Miami Labor Day Weekend

out of rangeSeptember 2–4, 2022 • event

Long weekend is perfect for partying in Magic City

Little Talbot and Big Talbot Islands

Little Talbot and Big Talbot Islands

out of rangeApril–October • nature

Explore miles of undeveloped, pristine beaches

Halloween Horror Nights

Halloween Horror Nights

out of rangeSeptember 2–October 31, 2022 • event

One of the most popular Halloween attractions in North America

Fort Myers 4th of July Parade & Fireworks

Fort Myers 4th of July Parade & Fireworks

out of rangeJuly 4, 2022 • event

Experience the most exotic Independence Day on Fort Myers Beach

Fruit Wine

Fruit Wine

out of rangelate August–November • food

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

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

out of rangeall year round (best in June–July) • nature

Native to Florida, sandhill cranes can be observed year-round

Miami Cruise Month

Miami Cruise Month

out of rangeJanuary • event

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

Mamey Sapote Harvest

Mamey Sapote Harvest

out of rangeMay–July • food

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

The Orlando Fringe

The Orlando Fringe

out of rangeMay 16–29, 2023 • event

One of the best cultural events in Florida

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival

out of rangeMarch 2–5, 2023 • event

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

Christmas Lights in Jacksonville, FL

Christmas Lights in Jacksonville, FL

out of rangelate 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

out of rangeDecember 31–January 1 • event

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

Chinese New Year in Orlando

Chinese New Year in Orlando

unconfirmedJanuary 22, 2023 • event

See the spectacular Dragon Parade and Multicultural Festival in Orlando

Halloween Half Marathon

Halloween Half Marathon

out of rangeOctober 22, 2022 • event

A fun costumed run on the beautiful Miami Beach

Christmas Lights in Orlando

Christmas Lights in Orlando

out of rangelate November–early January • event

Theme parks and resorts showcase their best holiday decorations

Leesburg Christmas Parade

Leesburg Christmas Parade

out of rangeDecember 3, 2022 • event

Get into the holiday spirit at the lighted holiday parade in the heart of Leesburg

Orlando Beer Festival

Orlando Beer Festival

out of rangeNovember 12, 2022 • event

The largest and most popular beer festival in Orlando

Chinese New Year in Miami

Chinese New Year in Miami

out of rangeFebruary 14, 2023 • event

Celebrate the first new moon with the Chinese community of Miami

Megacon Orlando

Megacon Orlando

out of rangeMarch 30–April 2, 2023 • event

The largest comic convention of South East

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

out of rangeJanuary 4–8, 2023 • event

A race weekend with Mickey and friends in Orlando

Grovetoberfest

Grovetoberfest

out of rangeNovember 5, 2022 • event

Florida's largest beer festival in Coconut Grove

Tallahassee Beer Festival

Tallahassee Beer Festival

out of rangeSeptember 10, 2022 • event

#TLHBeerFest is a huge beer event, featuring over 70+ home brewers and breweries

SeaWorld Halloween

SeaWorld Halloween

out of rangeSeptember 9–October 31, 2022 • event

Join the Spooktacular celebration with unbelievable sea creatures and thrilling attractions

Englewood Beer Fest

Englewood Beer Fest

unconfirmedmid-January • event

A beer sampling event in a beautiful beach town by the Gulf of Mexico

DeSoto County Fair in Arcadia

DeSoto County Fair in Arcadia

unconfirmedearly February 2023 • event

A traditional fair in Florida's cattle country

Royal Palm Beach Seafood Festival

Royal Palm Beach Seafood Festival

unconfirmedmid-March 2023 • event

Fresh seafood from quality vendors

Safety Harbor Christmas Parade

Safety Harbor Christmas Parade

unconfirmedDecember 4 • event

Meet Santa and make a wish at Safety Harbor's Annual Holiday Parade

Okeechobee Christmas Parade

Okeechobee Christmas Parade

out of rangeDecember 10, 2022 • event

A vibrant holiday parade and festival is held in the evening on the second Saturday in December

Cape Coral Festival Of Lights

Cape Coral Festival Of Lights

out of rangeDecember 3, 2022 • event

A fun community holiday celebration in southwest Florida

Edison Festival of Lights

Edison Festival of Lights

out of rangeNovember 25–January 1 • event

The Annual Edison Festival of Light honors the Fort Myers winter resident, Thomas Alva Edison

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