The Best 7-Day Florida Itinerary in 2023: Theme Parks and Beaches

Florida is one of the most popular family-friendly vacation destinations in the United States. The weather is wonderful, the scenery is beautiful, and there’s so much fun to be had. Take a look at this 7-day Florida itinerary to get the best out of your week in this state!

Day 1: Travel to Orlando and Get Settled In

Upon arrival in Orlando, you will want to check into your hotel. Residence Inn by Marriott is an amazing place to stay in the Orlando area. It’s located just a short walk from several of the city’s hottest spots.

Guests can choose from spacious studios or suites, each equipped with a full kitchen! The pool and complimentary breakfast are nice plusses too!

Depending on how long your travel day was, you may want to recoup at the hotel. But if you’re ready to venture out, consider an easy trip to Orlando Wetlands Park, one of the most beautiful spots in the city.

Then wrap up the evening with some delicious dinner at the casual hotel restaurant, Featherstone’s.

Day 2: Theme Park and Downtown Disney

You can’t visit Orlando and not explore Disney World or Universal Studios. Orlando is the theme park capital of the world. Jump in and have some fun!

After a busy day of rides, check out the vibe at Downtown Disney. This is a great place to grab a bite to eat at Cooke’s of Dublin or some sweets at Everglazed Donuts & Cold Brew.

Afterward, you could pick up some souvenirs or even catch a movie. It’s a fun place to spend a casual evening.

Day 3: Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach is clean and offers everything you could want in a family-friendly beach. There are a handful of beaches near Orlando, but this one is only 56 miles and less than an hour outside of the city.

Aside from playing in the sand and surf, the next best thing at Daytona Beach is beach driving! This beach consists of 23 miles of hard-packed white sand, and a fun cruise down it would be a memory to keep forever!

Beyond the sand, the city of Daytona Beach has hopping energy. So, after a fun day at the beach, spend the evening enjoying amazing dining and entertainment, just down the street! Then jump back in the car for the hour drive back to Orlando to wrap up the day.

Day 4: Orlando to Clearwater and Clearwater Aquarium

Once you’ve enjoyed the sights and sounds of the first leg of your vacation, it will be time to make the Orlando to Clearwater day trip. The drive from Orlando to Clearwater is about 106 miles. The typical travel time for this journey is just shy of 2 hours.

There are many pet-friendly hotels in Clearwater, so if you’re traveling with a pup, you’re in luck! Treasure Island Beach Resort is one of the best pet-friendly resorts in the area. It’s a great Clearwater location, and they even have an outdoor courtyard and walking paths to keep the furry guests happy!

After being cooped up in the car, stretch your legs at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Unlike most aquariums, this spot is also a rescue facility and one of the best Clearwater highlights.

Day 5: Clearwater Beach and Pier 60

No Florida vacation is complete without a quintessential beach day. Even if you visited Daytona Beach earlier in the week, be sure to spend some time at the world-famous Clearwater Beach. The white sand is softer than any you’ve felt before, and the calm crystal waters are perfect for paddle boarding.

After soaking up the sun on the beach, take the short walk over to Pier 60 to try your hand at fishing or let the kids enjoy the beach playground. As sunset approaches, the pier comes to life with crafts and entertainment for the whole family.

There are some amazing restaurants in this part of town, but Bad Fins Food + Brew is a can’t-miss. This family-friendly Mexican restaurant serves up delectable tacos and live music on its patio overlooking the beach.

Day 6: Tarpon Springs or Caladesi Island State Park

Clearwater is an amazing city, but some of its best treasures lie a bit outside the city limits. Dedicate this day to an excursion to Tarpon Springs or Caladesi Island State Park.

Tarpon Springs is about 30 minutes north of Clearwater. This little town is most known for its sponge docks. It’s a unique place to visit and see where a large amount of the world’s natural sponge was harvested from.

Visit the fun shops and pick up some sponge souvenirs. And don’t leave before enjoying an authentic Greek meal at Yianni’s Seafood and Greek Cuisine!

If you opt to travel to Caladesi Island State Park instead, you will need to catch a ferry from Honeymoon Island in Dunedin (just minutes from Clearwater) to make your way to the island.

This island is a must-visit attraction if you’re looking for peace and an opportunity to reconnect with nature. The land and shoreline are primitive and untouched by the outside world. It’s a fabulous place to enjoy the pristine beach or kayak through the mangroves.

Day 7: Travel Back to Orlando and Travel Home

Day 7 will be a full travel day. You will head out from Clearwater in the morning and make your way back to Orlando. Once in Orlando, your holiday will truly come to an end as you make your way back to wherever home calls you.

Florida has so much to offer when it comes to family vacations. Taking in the highlights of Orlando and Clearwater over the course of 7 days is a great way to experience the best of Florida, while also enjoying the moment. Here’s to an amazing Floridian vacation and memories that will last a lifetime!

This post was produced and syndicated by A Dime Saved.