TRAVEL TO FLORIDA

THIS FALL

 

From a stone crab festival and water park fun to beach sunrises and wildlife-watching excursions, the Sunshine State has an endless roster of exciting autumn experiences to choose from. Whether you’re traveling to Amelia Island or Orlando, consider adding one of these 14 activities for fall in Florida to your itinerary.

  1. Tallahasee Downtown Market

  2. Kite Festival in Fort Walton Beach

  3. Epic water parks in Orlando

  4. Silver Springs State Park, Ocala

  5. Birding on the Gulf Coast

  6. Fishing in Fort Myers

  7. Lake Worth's Oktoberfest in the Palm Beaches

  8. McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary in West Palm Beach

  9. Fort Lauderdale Beaches

  10. South Beach Seafood Week, Miami

  11. Golf in Amelia Island

  12. Visit farms in Jacksonville

  13. Golden sun rises in St. Augustine

  14. Daytona Beach's Biketoberfest

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FLORIDA IN THE FALL

 

1. Tallahasee Downtown Market

 

Fall’s bounty is on display at the Tallahassee Downtown Market, which takes place 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday, from March through November. Stroll beneath shady oak trees in one of Tallahassee’s most historic neighborhoods as you browse oodles of stands selling everything from fresh produce and flowers to eggs and locally baked bread.

HOTELS:

Best Western Plus Tallahassee North

Best Western Tallahassee-Downtown Inn & Suites

Wyndham Garden Tallahassee

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2. Kite Festival in Fort Walton Beach

 

Watch kaleidoscopic kites in all shapes and sizes—think: giant pandas, tropical fish, and verdant gators—fill the blue skies over Fort Walton Beach at the Kitty Hawk Kite Festival. The free event is scheduled for September 18–19; pick up your own flyer at Kitty Hawk Kites shop prior to the fest to join in on the fun.

HOTELS:

Best Western Ft Walton Beach

Best Western Crossroads Inn

 
3. Epic water parks in Orlando

 

The average temperature in Orlando in September and October rarely falls below 80 degrees, making it a stellar time to hit the city’s epic water parks. Head to Blizzard Beach in Walt Disney Word, a ski-resort-themed destination featuring rides and slides galore, or Orlando Watersports Complex, a wakeboard and water skiing park with an aqua playground.

HOTELS:

Plus Kissimmee Lake

Best Western Plus Universal

Best Western Gateway Hotel

Days Hotel Orlando

Element Int Drive

Staybridge Suites Orlando

Crowne Plaza Orlando LBV

Aloft Orlando Intl Dr

Comfort Inn Intl Dr

Fairfield Orlando LBV

Fairfield Orlando Airport

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Seated Paddler
4. Silver Springs State Park, Ocala

 

Explore Silver Springs State Park, a 4,000-acre oasis located north of Ocala. Activities include camping, paddling, hiking, and spotting wildlife such as armadillos, turkeys, and gopher tortoises. Don’t miss embarking on a cruise along the turquoise waters in one of the park’s glass-bottomed boats.

HOTELS:

Best Western Ocala Park Centre

 
5. Birding on the Gulf Coast

 

The autumn—when many avian creatures begin their trek south for the winter—is a great time for birding on the Gulf Coast. In Sarasota, popular spots to watch feathered friends include the Venice Area Audubon Rookery (see white ibises and little blue herons) and the Celery Fields (spy on sparrows, barn owls, and eastern meadowlarks).

HOTELS:

Best Western Airport Inn

Best Western Naples Plaza Hotel

Best Western Naples Inn

Milton Inn

Plus Siesta Key

Ameniti Bay, BW Signature Collection

Best Western Intracoastal Inn

Best Western Plus Palm Beach

Naples Grande Beach

The Westin Tampa Bay

 
 
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6. Fishing in Fort Myers

 

Hankering to reel in a big one? Here’s your chance: Fort Myers is a year-round saltwater and freshwater fishing destination and the pros at Caloosahatchee Cowboy Charters will set you up with everything you need for the perfect angling adventure. Opt for a four- to six-hour inshore or back bay charter for the chance to catch everything from tarpon and snook to red fish and sea trout.

HOTELS:

Best Western Fort Myers Waterfront

Fort Myers Inn & Suites

Best Western Plus Beach Resort

Candlewood Suites Ft Myers

7. Lake Worth's Oktoberfest
in the Palm Beaches

 

Enjoy a slice of Bavaria at Lake Worth’s Oktoberfest in the Palm Beaches area, where you can feast on bratwurst and schnitzel, sip cold brews, and groove to German folk tunes. (Lederhosen, dirndls, and other Oktoberfest garb is encouraged but not required.)

HOTELS:

Best Western Palm Beach Lakes

Holiday Inn Palm Beach Aprt

 
 
8. McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary
in West Palm Beach

 

Take a guided tour of McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary in West Palm Beach, a haven for sandhill cranes, pelicans, hawks, bobcats, and other rescued native creatures. Tours take place Thursday, Friday, and Monday at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m.

9. Fort Lauderdale Beaches

 

Fall is off-season in Fort Lauderdale, meaning the city’s gorgeous beaches are less crowded. Stretch out on the sugary sands at Fort Lauderdale Beach, partake in a game of Volleyball at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, or wade into the clear waters at Las Olas Beach.

HOTELS:

BW Plus Hollywood Aventura

Best Western Plus Oceanside Inn

Tru Ft Lauderdale Arpt

Wyndham Garden Ft Lauderdale

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10. South Beach Seafood Week, Miami

 

Florida stone crab season spans early October through early May. Take advantage of the best catches at South Beach Seafood Week, October 20–23, 2021, in Miami Beach, which has attracted up to 16,000 shellfish fans in the past. Visiting at a different time? Don’t fret: Joe’s Stone Crab is a must-stop dining spot for those craving a taste of the eponymous sea dweller.

HOTELS:

Best Western Plus Atlantic Beach Resort

Best Western On The Bay Inn & Marina

Holiday Inn Miami Aprt

 
11. Golf in Amelia Island

 

Thinner crowds and mild weather make autumn an excellent time to tee off on Amelia Island. Links lovers can choose from several courses, including Oak Marsh at Omni Amelia Island, The Golf Club at North Hampton, and The Golf Club of Amelia Island.

HOTELS:

Mayport Inn

Plus Kingsland

Best Western Plus First Coast Inn & Suites

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12. Visit farms in Jacksonville

 

Farms in Jacksonville host a bounty of fall festivities, including petting zoos, pumpkin picking, and hayrides. Let the kiddos loose in the corn maze at Amazing Grace Family Farms, or enjoy horseback rides, corn cannons, and a sprawling pumpkin patch at Connor’s A-Maize-Ing Acres.

HOTELS:

Best Western Premier Jacksonville

Waldo Inn and Suites

 
13. Golden sun rises in St. Augustine

 

While the foliage in other regions across the United States turns orange, yellow, and red, Florida’s landscapes remain verdant year-round. However, visitors can catch a different kind of gilded show in St. Augustine, where the golden sun rises amid rose-streaked skies daily at St. Augustine and Vilano beaches.

HOTELS:

Best Western Historical Inn

Plus St Augustine

Best Western Bayfront

BW St. Augustine Beach Inn

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14. Daytona Beach's Biketoberfest

 

Those who prefer to explore the Atlantic Coast on motorcycle, consider attending Daytona Beach’s Biketoberfest, a four-day rally featuring live music, scenic group rides, and motorcycle racing at the famed Daytona Speedway (October 14–17, 2021).

HOTELS:

Best Western New Smyrna Beach Hotel & Suites

Best Western International Speedway Hotel