11 days in Florida Itinerary

11 days in Florida Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Florida itinerary planner

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Orlando
— 3 nights
Drive
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Cocoa Beach
— 2 nights
Drive
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Crystal River
— 1 night
Fly
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Everglades National Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Key West
— 2 nights
Drive
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Key Largo
— 1 night
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Orlando

— 3 nights

Theme Park Capital of the World

For most people, any mention of Orlando immediately conjures up images of sprawling theme parks filled with characters plucked right out of popular animated movies.
Have a day of magic on the 21st (Tue) at Walt Disney World Resort. Pack the 19th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Universal's Islands of Adventure. There's more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal Orlando Resort and make an unforgettable trip to Magic Kingdom Park.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Orlando trip planner.

Memphis to Orlando is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Memphis to Orlando due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Memphis in December, with highs in Orlando at 77°F and lows at 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Cocoa Beach.

Things to do in Orlando

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:

Cocoa Beach

— 2 nights
Situated in one of Florida's busiest vacation areas, Cocoa Beach burst onto the world scene in the 1960s, when it became a popular setting for parades honoring the nation's "Apollo" astronauts.
On the 23rd (Thu), kick back and relax at Cocoa Beach and then identify plant and animal life at Time and Tide Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): engage your brain at Space Shuttle Atlantis, then see the interesting displays at NASA Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, and then stop by The Florida Key Lime Pie Company.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Cocoa Beach route planner.

You can drive from Orlando to Cocoa Beach in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Cocoa Beach can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Crystal River.

Things to do in Cocoa Beach

Childrens Museums · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:

Crystal River

— 1 night

The Gem of the Nature Coast

The jewel of Florida's Nature Coast, Crystal River spreads around spring-fed Kings Bay, known for maintaining a constant 22 C (72 F) temperature all year long.
On the 25th (Sat), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then contemplate the waterfront views at Homosassa River.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Crystal River trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Cocoa Beach to Crystal River takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, train, and bus. Traveling from Cocoa Beach in December, Crystal River is slightly colder at night with lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Everglades National Park.

Things to do in Crystal River

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

Everglades National Park

— 1 night

Largest Subtropical Wilderness in the United States

A vast expanse of pristine wetlands, Everglades National Park holds the distinction of being the largest tropical wilderness in the U.S. Overflow from Lake Okeechobee into the Florida Bay formed these wetlands, which are home to manatees, American crocodiles, Florida panthers, and an array of wading birds, land birds, and birds of prey.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): get outside with Osceola panthers and then grab your bike and head to Shark Valley Visitor Center.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Everglades National Park online tour planner.

You can fly from Crystal River to Everglades National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In December, Everglades National Park is a bit warmer than Crystal River - with highs of 80°F and lows of 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Key West.

Things to do in Everglades National Park

Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

Key West

— 2 nights

Conch Republic

Located just 140 km (90 mi) from Cuba, Key West is an island only about 6.4 km (4 mi) long and 1.6 km (1 mi) wide.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Fort East Martello Museum, stroll the grounds of Key West Cemetery, get engrossed in the history at Truman Little White House, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Key West Aquarium, and finally take in the waterfront at Mallory Square. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the exhibits of Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, contemplate the long history of Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally view the masterpieces at Key West Local Luxe -Jewelry Store.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Key West road trip tool.

Fly from Everglades National Park to Key West in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Key Largo.

Things to do in Key West

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:

Key Largo

— 1 night

Diving Capital of the World

The northernmost island of the Florida Keys, Key Largo provides stunning scenery, a number of watersports opportunities, and plenty of areas to relax on vacation.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Island Dolphin Care, stroll through Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Key Largo route builder tool.

You can drive from Key West to Key Largo in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Key West in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Key Largo, with lows of 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Key Largo

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

Florida travel guide

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Disney Parks & Activities · Beaches · Theme Parks
The Sunshine State
The “Sunshine State,” Florida became a favorite winter destination for the affluent crowd over a century ago. Today, the state attracts visitors from around the world with its golden beaches and modern theme parks. You can spend your entire vacation enjoying the state's highly developed seaside areas, but remember that some of Florida's best-kept secrets are in secluded locations. Visit the big cities and their comfortable resorts offering top-notch dining and nightlife, but leave some time to see the peninsula's swampy landscape, filled with wild creatures and native plants. Farther away from the tourist-packed urban areas, the untamed wetlands of Florida offer a selection of things to do, such as kayaking, boat rides, and numerous other outdoor activities.