18 days in Central Florida Itinerary

18 days in Central Florida Itinerary

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18 days in Central Florida Itinerary

Start: Norfolk
Fly + Drive:  4 h
1
Ocala
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Lakeland
— 4 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
3
Orlando
— 8 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
End: Norfolk

5
nights
Ocala

Ocala ©
Ocala is a city located in Northern Florida. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ocala: Florida National Cemetery (in Bushnell), Windmill Acres Farm & Goat Milk Dairy LLC (in Ocklawaha) and Blue Run of Dunnellon Park (in Dunnellon). Next up on the itinerary: get a taste of life in the country at Gypsy Gold Horse Farm, see the interesting displays at Eisenhower Regional Recreation Center, walk around Baseline Road Trailhead, and tee off at Country Club Of Ocala.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ocala tour planner.

Norfolk to Ocala is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Norfolk in January, with highs in Ocala at 68°F and lows at 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lakeland.

Things to do in Ocala

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Leesburg, Eisenhower Regional Recreation Center, Windmill Acres Farm & Goat Milk Dairy LLC, Florida National Cemetery, Blue Run of Dunnellon Park
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Gypsy Gold Horse Farm ©
Gypsy Gold Horse Farm
Farm Tours of Ocala ©
Farm Tours of Ocala
Sholom Park ©
Sholom Park

4
nights
Lakeland

Lakeland ©
Lakeland is a city in Polk County, Florida, located along Interstate 4 east of Tampa. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lakeland: Memory Makin' Guides (in Frostproof), Lake Wales (Bok Tower Gardens, KICCO Wildlife Management Area, & more) and Legoland Florida Resort (in Winter Haven). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Circle B Bar Reserve, get to know the fascinating history of Lake Mirror Historic Tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marshall Hampton Reserve, and explore the landscape on two wheels at University Boulevard/Research Way Trails.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Lakeland trip planning site .

Getting from Ocala to Lakeland by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of car and train. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in January, and nighttime lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Orlando.

Things to do in Lakeland

Parks Outdoors Theme Parks

Side Trips

Winter Haven, Lake Wales, Memory Makin' Guides, L. B. Brown house, Morgan Park
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Circle B Bar Reserve ©
Circle B Bar Reserve
Bok Tower Gardens ©
Bok Tower Gardens
Legoland Florida Resort ©
Legoland Florida Resort

8
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.
Step out of Orlando with an excursion to Lake Apopka Wildlife Trail in Apopka--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Universal's Islands of Adventure, discover the magic at Disney's Animal Kingdom, have some family-friendly fun at The Escape Game Orlando, and admire the masterpieces at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Orlando trip itinerary website .

You can take a bus from Lakeland to Orlando in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. January in Orlando sees daily highs of 71°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Lake Apopka Wildlife Trail, Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
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Universal's Islands of Adventure ©
Universal's Islands of Adventure
Magic Kingdom Park ©
Magic Kingdom Park
SeaWorld ©
SeaWorld

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