United States Florida Florida Guide Things To Do Essentials Where to Stay Getaways All Florida Why You Should Travel to Florida During Its Off-Seasons Written by Dawn Henthorn Dawn Henthorn is a lifelong Florida resident and travel expert, former editor of Wire to Wire and Horse Racing Digest, and a journalist for Orlando Family Magazine. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Dawn Henthorn Updated 06/19/19 Share Pin Email Dan Reynolds Photography / Getty Images Want to avoid large crowds, packed attractions, and expensive lodging? Make plans to visit Florida during one of the Sunshine State's off-seasons—spring or fall. Winter and summer are the two main tourist seasons in Florida. The winter season runs from mid-December through Easter with the influx of the winter sun-seeking snowbirds and spring break participants. The summer season begins in June as families with school-age children begin arriving for summer vacations, and continues through mid-August when the kids head back to school. Winter Season Crowds It is no surprise that the winter months are Florida's peak tourist season. In most cases, the winter season offers blue skies, warm sunshine, and low humidity. Still, the temperatures can get quite chilly. Even freezing conditions are possible, once the sun goes down, but those days are infrequent. Although technically not winter, Thanksgiving week is hectic. It kicks off the holiday season. Christmas week is the busiest of the year, pushing tourist facilities and restaurants to their limits. Visit After Spring Break As northerners head back to their thawing homes and spring breakers head back to school, traffic eases and so do the crowds in restaurants and attractions. The weather often remains quite pleasant through the middle of May, making this a perfect time to take advantage of substantial discounts and great weather. Cooler Temperatures Than Peak Season The summer season from June through mid-August means hot outdoor temperatures, but that does not seem to hold back the crowds. Families with school-age children are taking advantage of the fact that the kids are out of school. Stifling, near-tropical heat and humidity, coupled with terrific, although brief, afternoon thunderstorms either drives tourists indoors, to the beaches or waterparks. Fall Hurricane Season Beginning in September the intensity of the sun and humidity decreases enough to enjoy sightseeing anytime during the day. Be warned that Florida's hurricane season lasts from June to November. The most intense activity is during the later part of the season, usually the fall months. The fact that it's hurricane season and children return to school means there is a lull in travel. Prices and the availability of accommodations reflect the dip in demand. Although the likelihood is low that a massive tropical storm or hurricane will hit during your visit, if a storm does appear on the horizon, there is usually plenty of warning, and evacuation routes are well marked throughout the coastal areas of the state Tourist Season Exceptions There are a couple of exceptions to the rule for Florida travel concerning Port Canaveral and Key West—the seasons are different. The area near Port Canaveral, a very popular cruise ship port on Florida's East Coast, also called the Space Coast has very few off-season weeks. Cocoa Beach, Melbourne, and Titusville are busy accommodating the booming cruise line industry throughout the year. If there are no special events taking place, you may find some weekend specials through the summer months. The Florida Keys is another area that is an exception. The summer months are considered off-season, and visitors will discover that rooms are cheaper, and Key West is less crowded in the summer. Keep in mind, that the Keys are a popular weekend destination for many Florida residents seeking relief from the intense heat and humidity during the summer, so you may want to avoid the weekend traffic crush by limiting your visit to weekdays. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit The Best Time to Visit Orlando What to Expect in Florida During October The Best Time to Visit Miami How to Plan Your Trip to Orlando With the Seasons in Mind Average Weather in Fort Lauderdale, Florida The Very Best Time to Visit Disney World August in Florida: Weather and Event Guide The Best Time to Visit Disney's Animal Kingdom The Best Time to Visit Charleston The Best Time to Visit Key West The Best Time to Visit the Caribbean The Best Time to Visit Magic Kingdom A Comprehensive Guide for Visiting Disney World in May The Best Time to Visit Japan The Best Time to Visit Dallas When is the Best Time to Visit Hong Kong?