31 days in Ocala, Crystal River & Dade City Itinerary

31 days in Ocala, Crystal River & Dade City Itinerary

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Ocala
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Crystal River
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Dade City
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Ocala — 11 nights

Ocala is a city located in Northern Florida. Family-friendly places like Gypsy Gold Horse Farm and Farm Tours of Ocala will thrill your kids. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Andy Romano Beachfront Park and Ormond Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ocala: Ormond Beach (Ocean Art Gallery, The Casements, &more), Jacksonville (Riverside/Avondale Historic District, The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, &more) and Gainesville (Paynes Prairie, Depot Park, &more). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Blue Heron River Tours Inc, see the interesting displays at Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, Head underground at Paradise Springs, and explore the world behind art at Appleton Museum of Art.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ocala trip itinerary builder app.

Orlando to Ocala is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in August, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Crystal River.
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Crystal River — 9 nights

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.
Family-friendly places like Scuba & Snorkeling and Cross Florida Greenway - Withlacoochee Bay Trail will thrill your kids. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Fort Island Gulf Beach and Alfred McKethan Pine Island Park. Get out of town with these interesting Crystal River side-trips: Down Home Adventures (in Cedar Key), Manatee Springs State Park (in Chiefland) and Rainbow Springs State Park (in Dunnellon). There's much more to do: cast your line with Salt River Outfitters, contemplate the waterfront views at Homosassa River, identify plant and animal life at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, and stroll around Hunter Springs Park.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Crystal River tour planning tool.

You can drive from Ocala to Crystal River in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Crystal River are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Dade City.
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Dade City — 10 nights

Dade City is a city in Pasco County, Florida, United States. Bring the kids along to Giraffe Ranch and Fred Howard Park. Get out of town with these interesting Dade City side-trips: General James A. Van Fleet State Trail (in Polk City), Clermont (Florida Citrus Tower, Lake Louisa State Park, &more) and Hillsborough River State Park (in Thonotosassa). And it doesn't end there: stop by Top Drawer Antiques, stroll around Sims Park, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and get engrossed in the history at Pioneer Florida Museum & Village.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Dade City travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Crystal River to Dade City takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in August, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to go by car back home.
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