While much of the north begins to cool down in September, Florida is just heating up! The humidity of the summer hasn't yet broken, and so, although schools are back in full swing by mid-August, beautiful beach days and lots of lounging by the pool can still be enjoyed. Of course, Floridians still enjoy getting into the Fall spirit. From hayrides to Halloween haunted houses, there are lots of fall festivals that go on throughout the month. The only difference is, you won't need a flannel shirt or boots, flip flips and tank top is the perfect attire for these fall events.
September Weather in Florida
It's still pretty warm during September and this is one of the busiest months for hurricanes. It's important when traveling during hurricane season to keep on top of the weather reports and don't forget to ask about a hurricane guarantee when booking your vacation during September.
Average temperatures range from the mid-to high 80's. If you're looking for more specific information on these popular Florida destinations, take the links below to see what the weather will be like throughout the year.
- Daytona Beach: High 88°-Low 72°
- Fort Myers: High 90°-Low 74°
- Jacksonville: High 86°-Low 69°
- Key West: High 88°-Low 79°
- Miami: High 86°-Low 78°
- Orlando: High 90°-Low 72°
- Panama City: High 87°-Low 67°
- Pensacola: High 87°-Low 70°
- Tallahassee: High 89°-Low 69°
- Tampa: High 89°-Low 74°
- West Palm Beach: High 89°-Low 75°
Average Water Temperatures
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
Since it's still pretty warm throughout the state, you can pack mainly summer clothes. Of course, don't forget a bathing suit. The ocean is still warm and perfect for swimming and most public pools and water parks are open year round, or at least till mid- October. If you are visiting Northern Florida, then the temperatures may drop a bit in the evenings so a light jacket is a good idea to have. Be sure to prepare for the rain as well. Even if there is no actual hurricane, it can still rain for a bit during the day.
An umbrella and light raincoat will do the trick.
September Events throughout Florida
The month of September is filled with fall themed festivals and Halloween events. Most of the major theme parks throughout the state have some type of fall or harvest fest or a spooky Halloween event that lasts through October. Some of the most popular events are at Disney World and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.
- Epcot International Food & Wine Festival: August 30 thru November 12, 2018
Celebration of the world's greatest foods and cuisines combined with continuous entertainment, seminars, and food demos. Meet celebrity chefs and noteworthy Disney culinary superstars and enjoy their delicacies. This is a great festival for foodies and families alike.
- Rock The Universe: September 7 & 8, 2018
Rock The Universe will excite and inspire music fans as Universal Studios showcases the best Christian rock performers. Noteworthy acts at this year's show include Casting Crowns, Jesus Culture, TobyMac, and For the King & Country. Don't miss this spiritual and uplift event!
- Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream: September 21 thru October 28, 2018
One of Tampa Bay's most popular Halloween celebrations is a real scream! Haunted houses, pitch black thrill rides, and heart-pounding horror will keep you on edge. This event is recommend for guests over the age of 17 because yes, it's that scary.
- Halloween Horror Nights: September 14 thru November 3, 2018
Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights is one of the country's largest and most elaborate Halloween event. The park is decked out for Halloween all month long and special packages are available for extra spooky thrills.
- Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party: August 17- October 31, 2018
Special ticketed event on select nights at Disney World's Magic Kingdom that features "Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade," Mickey's Mouse-Ka-Rade costume parties, Halloween storytelling, live shows and a special Halloween-themed fireworks display above Cinderella Castle. Families enjoy a complimentary photo, unlimited use of the attractions and opportunities to trick-or-treat throughout the theme park.
- Pensacola Seafood Festival: September 28- 31, 2018
Every September enjoy continuous live entertainment and bountiful amounts seafood in the Seville Square area of historic downtown Pensacola. Over 150 local and foreign artist showcase their work, from paintings to pottery. There are also lots of kids' activities on Saturday and Sunday.
September Travel Tips
- September is a great month to visit the theme parks because it's one of the less crowded months of the year, especially Disney.
- Since it's still hurricane season make sure you have insurance on all of your vacation packages. This way in case of a hurricane you won't lose the money.
- It's still pretty buggy this time of year, so don't forget the bug spray, and sunscreen, of course.