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

Epcot International Flower And Garden Festival

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April's mild temperatures in Florida—not too hot, not too cold—typically make this month a very popular one for visitors. Not only are you visiting right between the chill of winter and the oppressive humidity of summer, but many Americans are on spring break during the first half of April, and Florida is one of the quintessential choices for a spring break trip.

Historically, that trend shows in theme park attendance. The first three weeks of the month at Disney World are typically very crowded, and attendance is moderate during the last week of the month. The same trend holds for most other local theme parks, such as Universal Studios, so you can avoid some of the largest crowds by visiting toward the end of the month.

Florida Weather in April

Mild temperatures during the daytime and at night make April a great month to visit Florida. This sub-tropical state has excellent weather year-round, but April in particular is a nice balance of sunny, warm days without being oppressively hot. The average temperatures depend on a few factors, but it's safe to assume the closer you are to the Caribbean, the warmer the days and nights will be.

  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)

Even though people say that April showers bring May flowers, the reality in Florida is that the summer months bring much more rain and April is relatively dry. Miami, for example, sees just 3.2 inches of rain in April, spread across seven days of the month. Rain will increase in May and further into summer.

The water temperature varies across the state from north to south and also east to west, since Florida is surrounded by two different bodies of water. The Gulf of Mexico along the west coast (Tampa and Naples) is generally warmer by a few degrees than the Atlantic Ocean on the east coast (Jacksonville and Daytona Beach). However, you'll find the warmest water at the southern tip of the state around Miami and the Florida Keys. Of course, if April still isn't warm enough to lay out on the beach, there is no shortage of heated pools in Florida.

What to Pack

Beach weather is in full swing, so the first items in your suitcase should be a swimsuit and sunscreen. You will also want to bring shorts, tank tops, and sandals, as well as nicer, resort casual clothing to dress up for sit down dinners. Whether you're walking around downtown Miami or trekking around Disneyworld, you'll also want comfortable walking shoes, whether they're closed-toed or sandals.

A light waterproof jacket is also a Florida necessity. Even though April isn't a rainy month, a surprise thunderstorm is always possible and you don't want to get caught unprepared.

April Events in Florida

Florida's event calendar is jam-packed in April, as many of the state's famed theme parks hold special events. There are also events dedicated to film, music, art, and more.

  • Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival: From March through May, you can enjoy the floral wonders of Epcot. The Walt Disney World Resort hosts the annual event that displays over 30 million blooms, and the celebration is a breathtaking sight. The roses, wildflowers, topiaries, and herb gardens will flourish for the entirety of the event's seven-week run. 
  • Florida Film Festival: Film lovers can visit the Enzian Theater in Orlando for this festival showcasing the best American and international independent films. It's one of the best-respected regional film events in the southeastern United States, and you can see it from April 17–26, 2020.
  • Springing the Blues Festival: Taking over Jacksonville during the first weekend in April, this free outdoor blues festival features performances from renowned blues artists from around the globe.
  • Universal Orlando's Mardi Gras: This annual event transforms this central Florida theme park into the Big Easy with Mardi Gras parades, musical performances, and more every Saturday night from February through early April, with additional dates on Sundays and some weeknights.
  • SunFest: Some of Florida's best music festivals take place during the spring and this one is no exception. This waterfront festival takes place in West Palm Beach and features five days of top musical acts.

April Travel Tips

  • Theme parks can be somewhat crowded in April due to spring break crowds. If you're planning on park-hopping, it's best to do so at the end of the month.
  • If you like to fish, April is a great month for many popular species. Cobia, red grouper, tarpon, and lane snapper are all biting during this month.
  • Spring is the best time to kayak through Florida's lush landscapes. Rainbow Springs State Park in Dunnellon is the best place to float through the moss-filled flora.
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