7 days in Florida Itinerary

7 days in Florida Itinerary

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7 days in Florida Itinerary

Start: Jacksonville
Drive:  2 h 45 min
1
Orlando
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Key West
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 15 min
3
Marathon, Florida Keys
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Miami Beach
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  4 h 15 min
End: Jacksonville

3
nights
Orlando

Orlando ©
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Stetson Mansion in DeLand (about 50 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Universal's Islands of Adventure, make an unforgettable trip to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, explore the world behind art at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, and laugh and play at Happily Ever After Fireworks.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Orlando trip site .

Jacksonville to Orlando is an approximately 3-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Jacksonville in December, Orlando is a bit warmer at night with lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Key West.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Stetson Mansion, Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
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Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure
SeaWorld ©
SeaWorld
Magic Kingdom Park ©
Magic Kingdom Park

1
night
Key West

Key West ©
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.
On the 17th (Thu), stroll through Mallory Square, then contemplate the long history of Truman Little White House, then see the interesting displays at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Key West trip builder tool .

You can fly from Orlando to Key West in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Orlando in December since evenings lows in Key West dip to 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Marathon.

Things to do in Key West

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ©
Mallory Square ©
Mallory Square

1
night
Marathon, Florida Keys

Marathon ©
A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): kick back and relax at Bahia Honda State Park, take in the exciting artwork at Shady Palm Art Gallery & Photography, and then head outdoors with Gemini Dream Charters.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Marathon trip maker website .

Getting from Key West to Marathon by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In December, daily temperatures in Marathon can reach 80°F, while at night they dip to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Miami Beach.

Things to do in Marathon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Bahia Honda State Park
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Bahia Honda State Park ©
Bahia Honda State Park
Gemini Dream Charters ©
Gemini Dream Charters
Shady Palm Art Gallery & Photography ©

1
night
Miami Beach

Miami Beach ©
Separated by water from the neighboring city of Miami, Miami Beach sits on a barrier island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at South Beach, then examine the collection at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, then examine the collection at Lock & Load Museum, and finally take a stroll through Lincoln Road.

For more things to do, reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Miami Beach online vacation planner .

You can drive from Marathon to Miami Beach in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Miami Beach can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Miami Beach

Parks Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Miami
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Lock & Load Museum ©
Lock & Load Museum
South Beach ©
South Beach
Lincoln Road ©
Lincoln Road

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