16 days in Florida Itinerary

16 days in Florida Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Florida trip planner

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Orlando
— 3 nights
Drive
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Marco Island
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marathon
— 3 nights
Drive
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Key West
— 7 nights

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe and Tree of Life. Family-friendly places like Universal Orlando Resort and Orlando Science Center will thrill your kids. Have a day of magic on the 21st (Tue) at Walt Disney World Resort. There's more to do: get curious at SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology and take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Orlando trip planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Orlando. In December, daily temperatures in Orlando can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Marco Island.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks · Childrens Museums · Museums · Historic Sites

Marco Island

— 2 nights
Marco Island is a city in Collier County, Florida, United States, located on an island by the same name in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Southwest Florida. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then stroll through Keewaydin Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: walk around Frank E. Mackle Park and then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

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Getting from Orlando to Marco Island by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December in Marco Island, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Marathon.

Things to do in Marco Island

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Adventure

Side Trip

Marathon

— 3 nights

Heart of the Florida Keys

A tiny city just 16 km (10 mi) long, Marathon is spread across several islands in the middle of the Florida Keys.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at San Pablo Catholic Church, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, and then see the interesting displays at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at The Turtle Hospital, fulfill a lifelong dream with Dolphin Connection, and then immerse yourself in nature at Curry Hammock State Park.

For maps and tourist information, you can read our Marathon trip site.

Drive from Marco Island to Marathon in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Marco Island in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Marathon, with lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Key West.

Things to do in Marathon

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Key West

— 7 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Saint Mary Star of the Sea and St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Bring the kids along to Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center and We Cycle. And it doesn't end there: take in the pleasant sights at Key West Garden Club, learn about all things military at U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Key West Aquarium, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Key West online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Marathon to Key West takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in December, and nighttime lows around 71°F.

Things to do in Key West

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

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.