April in Florida: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

Epcot International Flower And Garden Festival

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Florida's mild April temperatures—not too hot, nor too cold—typically make this month a very popular time for visitors. April also marks spring break season for many schools in the U.S., coaxing families to flock to "The Sunshine State." This trend shows in theme park attendance, as the first three weeks of the month tend to be crowded at Disney World, Epcot Center, and Universal Studios, while attendance is moderate during the last week of the month. The beaches see a high volume of tourists, as well, even though the water isn't super warm yet. Still, if you long for a spring reprieve, chock full of fun events like a film festival and concerts, Florida welcomes you with plenty of things to keep you busy.

Florida Weather in April

Florida, located in a sub-tropical zone, experiences excellent weather year-round. But April in particular boasts warm, sunny days that are not oppressively hot. Depending on the location you visit and its proximity to the coast, temperatures can vary, as southern and inland locations tend to be warmer than coastal communities.

The saying "April showers bring May flowers" doesn't quite apply to Florida, as the summer months bring much more rain, leaving April relatively dry in comparison. Miami, for example, sees just 3.2 inches of rain in April, which is usually distributed over several days that land later in the month. The chances of rain increase into May and over the summer.

Water temperatures vary across the state, from north to south and east to west, since Florida is surrounded by two different bodies of water. The Gulf of Mexico (Tampa and Naples) is generally warmer than the Atlantic Ocean and enjoys ocean temperatures hovering around 71° Fahrenheit (21° Celsius) in April. On the Atlantic side of the state (Jacksonville and Daytona Beach), expect to find sea temperatures averaging around 63° Fahrenheit (17° Celsius) in April. However, the warmest water can be found at the southern tip of the state around Miami and the Florida Keys.

Average Temperatures in Florida in April
  Average High Average Low
Daytona Beach 80 F (27 C) 58 F (14 C)
Fort Myers 85 F (29 C) 63 F (17 C)
Jacksonville 79 F (26 C) 55 F (13 C)
Key West 82 F (28 C) 72 F (22 C)
Miami 79 F (26 C) 70 F (21 C)
Orlando 83 F (28 C) 60 F (16 C)
Panama City 77 F (25 C) 53 F (12 C)
Pensacola 76 F (24 C)  58 F (14 C)
Tallahassee 80 F (27 C) 53 F (12 C)
Tampa 81 F (27 C) 62 F (17 C)
West Palm Beach 82 F (28 C)  65 F (18 C)

What to Pack

Beach weather is in full swing in Florida in April, so the first items you place in your suitcase should be a swimsuit, a cover-up, and sunscreen. You will also want to pack shorts, sleeveless tops, and sandals, as well as nicer resort-casual clothing for going out to dinner. Whether you're walking around downtown Miami or trekking through Disneyworld, you'll also need comfortable walking shoes or sandals with support. A light waterproof jacket is also a Florida travel necessity. Even though April tends to be dry, a surprise thunderstorm may pop up and catch you off guard. Lastly, pack a light sweater or long-sleeved shirt for enjoying the evenings outdoors.

April Events in Florida

Florida's event calendar tends to be jam-packed in April, as many of the state's famed theme parks hold special events. If theme parks aren't your thing, the state also has offerings dedicated to film, music, and art.

  • Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival: From March through May, enjoy the natural wonders of Epcot. This Walt Disney World resort hosts its annual flower event, displaying over 30 million blooms. The celebration is a breathtaking sight, as roses, wildflowers, topiaries, and herb gardens flourish for the entirety of the event's seven-week run. 
  • Florida Film Festival: Film lovers can visit the Enzian Theater in Orlando for a festival showcasing the best American and international independent films. This festival is among one of the most well-respected regional film events in the southeastern United States. The event takes place from April 9-22, 2021.
  • Springing the Blues Festival: This blues festival takes over Jacksonville, Florida every year during the first weekend in April. It's a free outdoor concert series featuring performances by renowned blues artists from around the globe.
  • Universal Orlando's Mardi Gras: This annual spring event transforms a central Florida theme park into a cultural Mardi Gras journey, complete with parades, culinary offerings, musical performances, and a scavenger hunt. Enjoy Universal's festivities on select dates from February through early April.
  • SunFest: Some of Florida's best music festivals take place during the spring, and SunFest tops the list. This waterfront festival is held in West Palm Beach and features five days of national and international popular musical acts.

Some events, like Springing the Blues and SunFest, are canceled for 2021. Please check with event organizers for the most up-to-date information.

April Travel Tips

  • Crowds congregate at theme parks during the month of April due to spring break. If you're planning on park-hopping, do so at the end of the month when most schools tend to be back in session.
  • April is a great month to go fishing in Florida. Many popular species, like cobia, red grouper, tarpon, and lane snapper are running the coast and biting all month long.
  • Spring is the best time to kayak Florida's lush waterways. Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunnellon is one of the best places to float through the moss-filled flora.