Hemingway Days (July 20-24, 2016) - Key West honors Ernest Hemingway with an annual celebration that includes a look-alike contest.
Caladium Festival (July 29-31, 2016) - Lake Placid hosts a Caladium Festival to celebrate the crop and their title of Caladium Capital of the World. Caladium displays are featured downtown and in nearby subdivisions, there are bus rides to the caladium fields and caladium crafts are plentiful.
Summer In Florida's Theme Parks - Every summer, theme parks offer extended hours, roll out special shows and include concerts by some of music's biggest talents! So, if you're planning a Florida vacation or getaway this summer, check out the tips, fun destinations, things to do and special summer events listed here.
Summer in Florida - While Florida is one of the top vacation destinations in the nation, summer travel in the Sunshine State can present some challenges. Use these resources to help smooth the way to your mid-summer Florida travel.
Best Time to Go
Crowds and lines continue at the theme parks and water parks as mid-summer brings more vacationing families. Also, July and August are the hottest months and the high humidity can make the heat index soar. Staying cool is important! Taking a mid-day break in the heat of the day helps refresh everyone and the parks later summer hours still leave plenty of time for fun.
There is no reason to retreat back to your hotel room during summer's frequent afternoon thunderstorms. Try one of these things to do when it rains in Florida. Plan on visiting Disney World? Not to worry. Simply break out the umbrella or poncho to enjoy some rainy day magic at Disney World.
Learning how to beat the Florida heat in July is just the beginning of the summer weather survival skills you'll need when vacationing in the Sunshine State. It's important to note that lightning is a serious risk as well, particularly in Central Florida.
Also, the Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 through November 30. Although Florida hasn't experienced much tropical activity since the storms of 2004-05, it is important to know how to protect your family and your vacation experience with these tips for traveling during hurricane season.
Average July Temperatures
- Daytona Bch: High 91°-Low 72°
- Fort Myers: High 92°-Low 74°
- Jacksonville: High 91°-Low 72°
- Key West: High 89°-Low 80°
- Miami: High 87°-Low 78°
- Orlando: High 92°-Low 73°
- Panama City: High 89°-Low 71°
- Pensacola: High 91°-Low 75°
- Tallahassee: High 92°-Low 73°
- Tampa: High 90°-Low 75°
- West Palm Beach: High 90°-Low 75°
Average Water Temperatures
The water temperature for the Gulf of Mexico (West Coast) and the Atlantic Ocean (East Coast) is consistantly in the mid-80s.