August is one of the hottest months in Florida, but that doesn't stop the residents of this state from hosting a variety of annual and monthly events and activities.
If you're planning to visit Florida during the late summer and want to keep cool, you can spend the day at indoor activities like museum and aquarium trips or enjoy outdoor fun at one of the state's many water parks, monthly art walks, and annual festivals.
Even though August is historically the most crowded months at the theme parks, most Florida schools are back in session by mid-month, leaving the attractions to out-of-state vacationers. Florida theme parks' summer specials and extended hours wrap up early this month, so make sure to schedule your Disney World or Universal Orlando vacation for earlier in the month to take care of those.
August Events and Activities
Depending on which region of the state you're visiting during the month, Florida hosts many unique festivals and celebrations in August. From the annual Harvest Grape Stomp in Clermont to the Fourth Annual Mount Dora Seafood Festival, you can spend the day at numerous monthly and annual events.
If you're taking a trip to Disney's Epcot Resort in Orlando, for instance, be sure to check out the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. This annual celebration offers drink and cuisine samples from over 30 countries around the world.
Alternatively, you can stay cool all day by splashing down in any of Florida's numerous water parks or head indoors exploring air-conditioned aquariums and museums acro the state.
Depending on the area you are visiting, August temperatures are hot, hot, hot! It is important to drink plenty of water and follow other tips on how to beat the Florida heat in order to enjoy your time in Florida during this month.
Average temperatures are listed below. If you're looking for more specific information on these popular Florida destinations, take the links to see what's in store throughout the year.
- Daytona Beach: High 90° Low 73°
- Fort Myers: High 92° Low 74°
- Jacksonville: High 89° Low 72°
- Key West: High 90° Low 79°
- Miami: High 87° Low 78°
- Orlando: High 92° Low 73°
- Panama City: High 89° Low 71°
- Pensacola: High 90° Low 74°
- Tallahassee: High 92° Low 73°
- Tampa: High 90° Low 75°
- West Palm Beach: High 90° Low 75°
The hurricane season begins June 1, but August features even more tropical activity. Keep a watchful eye on weather forecasts, but know that few storms actually make landfall. The water temperature for the Gulf of Mexico (West Coast) and the Atlantic Ocean (East Coast) is consistently in the mid-80s.
What to Pack
Keeping cool is what it's all about when you visit Florida in August. Sunscreen should be the first thing you put in your suitcase—it's an absolute necessity when visiting Florida just about any time of the year, but particularly in August.
Of course, pack a swimsuit, but don't forget flip flops or sandals to keep the sand from burning your tender feet. Shorts, tank tops, and sandals are pretty much the dress code for most locations you may encounter, but just be aware you may need to cover up a bit if dining in some fancier locations.
Usually, resort casual wear—slacks, skirts, or dresses for the women and dress pants and a shirt with a collar for the men—will suffice when going to a fine dining restaurant.