Here are 20 of the coolest happenings in Florida in the fall:
October is Florida Camping Month
Camping in Florida encompasses a variety of settings. From beachfront camping to RV parks to primitive camping at state parks shrouded in century-old live oaks, Florida camping is unique.
Daytona Beach Biketoberfest
Oct. 16-18, 2014: Daytona Beach
Get your motor running in Daytona Beach. Thousands of bikes roar into town for this international award-winning motorcycle festival that offers participants a weekend of sun, beaches, bikes and fun. Read more here.
Brick-or-Treat, Saturdays and Sundays in October: Winter Haven
Just 45 minutes from downtown Tampa and Orlando in Winter Haven, LEGOLAND Florida provides interactive entertainment for families with children ages two to 12 and features more than 50 family rides, shows and interactive attractions, restaurants, shopping and botanical gardens, once known as Cypress Gardens. Highlights include a water ski show, complete with LEGO characters, four family-friendly roller coasters and Ford Driving School where kids rule the road. Start planning your trip to LEGOLAND Florida.
Halloween is so much more than just one night of trick-or-treating. Many celebrations going on now don’t end until in November. Check out these Halloween hotspots for families.
Oct. 17-26, 2014: Key West
Key West knows how to party during Fantasy Fest. This annual 10-day celebration features costume competitions, promenades, street fairs and a grand parade with marching groups and sumptuous floats.
Oct. 17-19 and 24-26, 2014: Cape Coral
Tap into fun at Cape Coral’s 28th Annual Oktoberfest. With live entertainment from Austria, homemade German specialties and plenty of German beverages, this festival is known as Florida’s biggest and most original Oktoberfest.
What’s the fastest-growing outdoor activity in Florida? Fishing? Camping? Guess again. The answer is wildlife observation, also known as "birding." One reason? No special equipment is necessary to get started. Just your eyes and a field guide. Get started. Also, check out the Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail.
This is no idle boast: Florida is the boating capital of the world. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and even a part of the Caribbean Sea, the peninsula is a unique boating destination. Deep-sea fishing and world-renowned regattas have added to Florida’s ample boating appeal. Check out Florida’s top 5 boating destinations, and don’t miss the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, typically held at the end of October into early November.
Did you know that Florida is home to the nation's oldest continuously settled city and that 56 years before Plymouth Rock, in Florida, there was Thanksgiving? You'll discover a wealth of historic sites in Florida, from Indian burial mounds to the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, downtown historic districts and NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Explore the Sunshine State’s cultural heritage trails with the Viva Florida website.
Sand Sculpting Festival
Nov. 21-30, 2014: Fort Myers Beach
Don’t miss the annual American Sand Sculpting Championship Festival on Fort Myers Beach. This family-friendly festival will feature 30 sand sculptures to view from some of the world’s best master sculptors. Get a leg up on the competition with this How to Do Florida: Sand Sculpting video.
Football in Florida
Visiting Florida for a college football game? Make a weekend out of it. You’ll be surprised of all the things you can see and do in 48 hours before and after the game!
Oct 31-Nov. 1, 2014: Apalachicola
What better place to hold a seafood festival than the origin of 90 percent of the state’s annual oyster harvest? The Florida Seafood festival in Apalachicola is a seafood lovers paradise! Some of the notable events include Oyster Eating and Oyster Shucking contest, Blue Crab Races, Parade, 5K Redfish Run and The Blessing of the Fleet. Freshen up on your seafood knowledge with the help of this list of Florida seafood from A to Z.
Florida Trails & Greenways
Did you know that Florida has 8,000 miles of land-based trails and more than 4,000 miles of water trails? Check out our Trails website to discover your perfect trail!
Zipline adventures range from zipping across wetlands to gliding over alligators. Here are five Florida zoos to get you zipping through the trees.
Wineries and Wine Festivals
What? You didn't know that Florida had wineries? The Sunshine State is home to several noteworthy wineries. Make plans to stop at one for a tasting during your next trip and don’t miss the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, typically held for more than a month in the fall.
Dine Out Lauderdale
Octo. 1-Nov. 6, 2014: Fort Lauderdale
This is one of the most tasteful events of the season. Many Fort Lauderdale restaurants are offering specially-created, three-course menus at a $35 fixed price. See the full list of participating restaurants.
Art Basel Miami Beach
Dec. 4-7, 2014: Miami Beach
A spinoff of the internationally renowned Art Basel show held in Switzerland, the South Florida version puts an exciting twist on an already innovative concept. More than 2,000 artists from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa will have their art on display. Get a sneak peek at the event in this video.