Are you planning a trip to Florida in April? The Sunshine State is a fantastic choice for an April getaway.
Yes, there are beautiful beaches, popular attractions like Walt Disney World and many outdoor activities not only on the water, but in/on the many rivers, lakes, forests, parks and more.
I always say, make time to get off the highway, and April is the perfect month to do just that. Temps are nice from the Panhandle to the Florida Keys and Key West.
10 Things to Know About Visiting Florida in April
Before you go, the 10 things below will help you plan your trip. Included are weather forecasts, top destinations, best beaches, and packing tips.
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Weather in April
April marks the transition from spring to summer in Florida, bringing warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine.
Average temperatures range from the mid-70s to low 80s Fahrenheit (approximately 23-28°C), making it perfect for outdoor activities. There may be the occasional rain shower, so pack a light rain jacket or umbrella.
So many destinations, so little time! But it’s true. Florida offers much more than Mickey Mouse and beaches.
April is a great month to not only visit Orlando for theme park adventures at Walt Disney World or Universal Studios. But also consider the Atlantic side of the state and visit Kennedy Space Center as well as the Cape Canaveral National Seashore.
Prefer more indoor activities? Check out Miami as well as Naples. Here you can indulge and relax in the upscale resorts, check out the art studios, shopping and restaurants.
For nature lovers, Everglades National Park as well as the many state parks all offer fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities.
Theme Park Tips
Planning to visit Florida’s famous theme parks, such as Walt Disney World or Universal Orlando? April is a great month as it offers pleasant weather and manageable crowds compared to peak summer months.
To make the most of your visit, consider purchasing tickets in advance and arriving early to avoid long lines. These parks are busy year round, so plan ahead.
Miles of coastline along both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, makes Florida one of the best choices for beach lovers, It’s why I live here!
In April, Clearwater Beach has beautiful soft white sands and crystal-clear waters, perfect for swimming and sunbathing.
Or maybe you prefer the laid-back atmosphere of Key West’s beaches. Or how about discovering the natural beauty of Canaveral National Seashore on the East Coast.
If you love to be outdoors like I do, the Sunshine State is for you with the man natural wonders and outdoor activities available.
Go kayaking or paddleboarding through the mangrove forests of the Florida Keys. The Wilderness Paddling Trail begins in North Florida.
Hiker? Enjoy the trails of Ocala National Forest, Osceola National Forest, and the many state forests and parks. Wildlife enthusiasts can embark on a thrilling airboat ride through the Everglades to spot alligators and exotic birds.
April brings a variety of exciting events and festivals to Florida. I have to say, one of my favorites is the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival in Orlando. The flowers and displays are absolutely gorgeous.
Be sure to make time and sample delicious cuisine from Around The World also in Epcot.
Join the festivities at the Florida Film Festival in Winter Park, or experience the thrill of the Miami Beach and all that South Beach offers.
What to Pack
Like many states, you may wake up in the morning in Florida needed a jacket but by noon, you are ready for a swimsuit. When packing for a trip to Florida, think layers.
Packing light, breathable clothing such as shorts, T-shirts, jackets and sundresses. Things you can easily take off when the day warms up.
Don’t forget to bring swimwear and sunscreen, not only for beach days, but ALL days. The sun shines bright most days of the year. Grab a hat and sunglasses for additional protection. A light jacket or sweatshirt come in handy for cooler evenings.
I literally live at the beach, and Florida offers some fantastic beach options for April. Go snorkeling or scuba diving in the crystal-clear waters of the Florida Keys, or embark on a thrilling deep-sea fishing excursion off the coast of Panama City Beach.
Take a river cruise down the Silver River at Silver Springs State Park, or maybe an airboat ride in the Everglades. In addition to the paddle trail I mentioned above, there is also a Salt Water Paddle Trail as well as many other rivers to explore.
Florida’s rich cultural heritage is fun to explore, especially if you are a history buff. Check out the fort and tour the historic streets of St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States.
Enjoy the afternoon browsing the many museums, galleries, and historic sites throughout the sunshine state. Visit the Ringling Museum near Sarasota.
Enjoy the vibrant Cuban culture and food in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood, and escape to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, home to Winter the dolphin who has since passed on, but her legacy remains.
Most of Florida is considered to be somewhat tropical and, even in April, can be quite warm. First, make sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, especially when spending time outdoors in the sun.
Apply and REAPPLY sunscreen regularly throughout the day to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. If you plan to hike or be in the state parks and forest, be sure to apply a strong bug spray.
Finally, be always aware of your surroundings and know where you are. Like many cities not only in the USA but throughout the world, there are some sketchy areas.
Leave valuables at home or, if you carry with you while you travel, lock them up in the hotel room safe. Your life is much more valuable than a bracelet or ring.
Florida in April is the perfect destination for whatever your heart is searching for. Whether you prefer vacations for adventure, relaxation, and food or culture, it’s here in the Sunshine State.
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