The Best Time to Visit Florida: A Seasonal Guide

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The Best Time to Visit Florida: A Seasonal Guide

With its irresistibly sunny shores, Florida is unquestionably one of the most in-demand tourist destinations in the United States. This is largely thanks to the Sunshine State’s array of vibrant cities, unique attractions, and miles of white sand. 

One of the main advantages that Florida offers is the ability for visitors to enjoy a host of activities all year round. But of course, that does also bring a particular disadvantage: potential difficulty in deciding on the best time of year to actually head over to Florida on a recreational basis. 

With all that in mind, below, we have put together the ultimate seasonal guide to help you discover all that the state has to offer. With a little help from the team at Ocean Florida, we have taken a closer look at the merits of the Sunshine State as a holiday destination throughout the seasons. 

  • Spring (March-May)

As you may expect, the spring months are among the very best for experiencing the wonders of Florida. During the period between March and May, the weather is just starting to brighten, the days are getting longer, and it is becoming more appealing for many people – including visitors from potentially far afield – to spend time in the great outdoors. 

Outdoor activities such as swimming, hiking, and fishing are all frequent choices during the spring, and this is a great chance to explore some of the most popular attractions and activities that Florida presents. 

Why not, for instance, check out kayaking in some of the best hotspots in the state? Investigate Wekiwa Springs or Juniper Run in the Ocala National Forest, or the Rock Springs in Apopka for a chance to really see a side of Florida you might not have anticipated.

  • Summer (June-August)

It will come as zero surprise to anyone that summer is one of the most frequently preferred seasons for a Florida holiday. After all, this is a time of year when temperatures exceed 90 degrees F (more than 30 degrees C), enabling many of the wonders of the Sunshine State to truly come to life. 

Head to the beach for the ultimate surf and sand, or enjoy a wild ride at one of Florida’s many theme parks – is anyone up for a trip to Disney World? We think the answer to that might be “yes”. 

Just remember to be prepared for the heat; pack plenty of sunscreen, and stay hydrated so that you are in the best condition to revel in the finest things about the summer in Florida. 

  • Fall (September-November)

The fall season in Florida sees temperatures drop slightly, and this reduces the numbers of tourists. So, this could be a great time to enjoy some of the theme parks of the region, as well as to head to many of Florida’s stunning natural sites. 

Why not, then, visit the Everglades to catch a glimpse of amazing wildlife, or beat the queues at Disney’s Magic Kingdom? As a bonus, prices – such as those to be admitted to Florida’s iconic attractions – tend to be a little lower compared to the summer.

  • Winter (December-February)

Although temperatures do drop slightly during the Floridian winter, the state still enjoys some of the mildest weather to be found anywhere across the continental United States. 

This means that outdoor activities such as biking and fishing are still available at this time of year. Furthermore, these cooler months can be an excellent time to see some of the insightful museums and art galleries that the cities of Florida have to offer. 

Such indoor attractions can offer relief when the temperature does drop, and timing your visit for the winter can be a great way to beat the normal tourist crowds.

Book Your Florida Break During a Season That Works for You 

Whether you’re looking for a beach vacation or an adventure-filled getaway, there will be a season that represents the perfect moment for you to head off to Florida, potentially with your family or friends in tow. 

With the help of our above guide, you can better ensure you enjoy a fun-filled trip to one of the most popular regions in the United States, no matter which time of year you pay your visit. 

So, be sure to make the most of the opportunities you come across in Florida to revel in an astonishing holiday – and good luck! 

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Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno has been traveling the world and writing about it for the better part of 20 years. His articles and essays have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times, and Transitions Abroad magazine. He blogs at Bohemian Traveler and edits the independent travel magazine He most recently set up a tour company offering authentic, small group tours at Unquote Travel. Follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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