Road-trip in Florida : 14 days

14 days in Florida : family-friendly itinerary

We spent 2 fantastic weeks in Florida and we wanted to share here our itinerary and tips.

Here are the details of the Roadtrip that we made and that we recommend to you, with some adjustments :

  • Day 1: Arrival in Miami and installation at the hotel or Airbnb
  • Day 4: Destination Key West (1h40 drive from Islamorada) then back to Islamorada – check our article Visit Key West in one day
  • Day 13: Morning in Cocoa Beach and afternoon in Palm Beach (2h15 drive)
    check our article our Stay at Palm Beach
  • Day 14: Return to Miami and fly back to your home

And if you were wondering about the best time to go to Florida, it is the months of February / March. It is at this period that you will be able to see the most manatees when you visit some natural parks.

On our side, we left in April / May. The temperatures were perfect (between 26° and 28° ), and we had only one day of rain (and we could even see manatees in Crystal River !)

Road-trip in Florida : 14 days

Our stay at Palm Beach

In order to reach Miami from Cocoa Beach to take our plane without driving too much, we chose to make a stopover in Palm Beach.

Palm Beach is the most eastern city of Florida, and is an island of 25 km2 which has one of the highest concentrations of billionaires in the United States.

On the other hand, for the average tourist, the island will be of little interest. You will certainly see luxurious villas (but inaccessible), luxury stores, many cars, but little to do, except to enjoy the immense white sand beach that runs along the eastern side of the island.

14-days family roadtrip in Florida

this article details one of our stages of a 14-day family roadtrip roadtrip in Florida

Road-trip in Florida : 14 days

How to visit the Kennedy Space Center at Cap Canaveral

Only a short 1 hour drive from Orlando is the Kennedy Space Center, near Cape Canaveral. This is a unique opportunity to see a real space launch complex.

The site is planned in such a way that it takes a minimum of one day to visit, although in fact 4 hours could be enough to see the most interesting things. The attractions are numerous, the visits very well organized, the most passionate will stay the whole day.

We particularly liked :

  • APOLLO/SATURN V CENTER : a hangar which can be reached by bus to discover the real Saturn V rockets which explored the moon, one of the biggest rockets which ever flew
  • SPACE SHUTTLE ATLANTIS: after an immersive video that retraces the journey of this reusable space shuttle, the Atlantis module appears in front of your eyes in an impressive manner.
  • The SHUTTLE LAUNCH EXPERIENCE will also please the most reckless, it is a simulator that reproduces the launch of a rocket. It remains family but it shakes well

Our disappointments:

  • During the Bus ride that takes us to the APOLLO/SATURN V CENTER, we see the emblematic “Vehicle Assembly Building” (VAB): the largest building in the world with a single floor with a huge Flag. Unfortunately we can’t visit it 🙁
  • We can also see the launch pads of NASA and Space X, but the same: it is impossible to access them 🙁
  • The English/French translators in rent which work rather badly

In the evening I recommend you to choose a hotel on Cocoa Beach only 20 minutes away by car

Cocoa Beach is supposed to be one of the best surf spots in Florida, even if I found the waves very small. it’s the city where the most famous American surfer was born : Kelly Slater

You will also find there the biggest surf shop in the world : the Ron Jon Surf Shop

We stayed at the La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Cocoa Beach-Port Canaveral which was very nice and which allowed us to reach the sea by foot

14-days family roadtrip in Florida

this article details one of our stages of a 14-day family roadtrip roadtrip in Florida

Road-trip in Florida : 14 days

Our experience of the theme park Universal studio Volcano Bay

The only way to get to Universal Studios Volcano Bay is to drive to the main parking lot of the Universal Studios park, then pick up a shuttle that will take you to the park (it’s well signposted).

You have locker rooms at the entrance and a locker system to drop off your stuff and come back to if needed during the day.

A connected watch called TapuTapu is also given to you at the entrance, which will allow you to queue virtually : you badge at the entrance of the attraction you like, and a timer is displayed (for example 20 minutes) on the watch so you know when to come back to get access. In the meantime, you can go to other attractions where there is no line.

The attractions that we liked the most :

  • Ko’okiri Body Plunge : A speed slide almost vertical (70 degrees)
  • Honu of the Honu ika Moana : a half pipe space that you can go down in a buoy with several people. Very funny
  • TeAwa The Fearless river : we put on vests and we let ourselves be carried in this river with a lot of current which makes the turn of the park.

A little less liked :

  • Krakatau Aqua coaster: a lot of queue for this ride where we embark on a raft until 4, and we slide on several bumps and slide. It’s nice and family oriented but it’s not worth the queue to get there

Globally all the park is rather brilliant, with a Hawaiian sound atmosphere, numerous and varied attractions, we spend a very good day there and we relax!

We can also rent private cabins but the numerous deckchairs at disposal are largely sufficient (think of depositing your towels there when you enter the park for the reserves, on the beach in front of the volcano)

14-days family roadtrip in Florida

this article details one of our stages of a 14-day family roadtrip roadtrip in Florida