8 days in Central Florida Itinerary

8 days in Central Florida Itinerary

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8 days in Central Florida Itinerary

Start: New York City
+3
Bus + Fly + Foot + Bus:  7​h 30​min
1
Lakeland
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Ocala
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Orlando
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: New York City

1
night
Lakeland

Lakeland ©
Lakeland is a city in Polk County, Florida, located along Interstate 4 east of Tampa. On the 12th (Sun), explore the landscape on two wheels at University Boulevard/Research Way Trails, then get to know the fascinating history of Lake Mirror Historic Tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Circle B Bar Reserve, and finally ride a horse along Marshall Hampton Reserve.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lakeland trip itinerary planning website .

New York City to Lakeland is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from New York City in January; daily highs in Lakeland reach 70°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Ocala.

Things to do in Lakeland

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Marshall Hampton Reserve
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Circle B Bar Reserve ©
Circle B Bar Reserve
Marshall Hampton Reserve ©
Marshall Hampton Reserve

1
night
Ocala

Ocala ©
Ocala is a city located in Northern Florida. On the 13th (Mon), wander the wide-open spaces of Gypsy Gold Horse Farm, experience rural life at Farm Tours of Ocala, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Sholom Park.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ocala itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Lakeland to Ocala by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and car. In January, daily temperatures in Ocala can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Orlando.

Things to do in Ocala

Parks Outdoors Wildlife
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Gypsy Gold Horse Farm ©
Gypsy Gold Horse Farm
Farm Tours of Ocala ©
Farm Tours of Ocala
Sholom Park ©
Sholom Park

5
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.
Orlando is known for theme parks, nightlife, fun & games, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the magic at Walt Disney World Resort, get in on the family fun at Universal Orlando Resort, get your game on at The Escape Game Orlando, and explore the world behind art at Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art.

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Traveling by car from Ocala to Orlando takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ocala in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Orlando, with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Orlando

Theme Parks Fun & Games Museums

Side Trip

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