Florida winters are similar to springs in other states; thus, the issue is not what to do but rather narrowing down the options available. According to the Weather Channel, January is the coolest month and Orlando has temperatures of about 71 F and about 2.35 inches of precipitation. The climate of Florida is amazing. According to data provided by VisitFlorida.com in 2011, about 23 million visitors came to Florida from January to March and they brought $63 billion to the economy of the country.
Miami Beach has a tradition of carrying out the Winter Music Conference and this has been the tradition since 1985. This is a ten day event that attracts about 100,000 fans, industry insiders and performers to the city annually every March. It features performances by more than 1,400 artists, seminars, parties and workshops. After the event, attendants get the chance to enjoy the international dance music awards show. Therefore, if you plan to attend this event, make sure you register early to get fair admission prices.
Another activity during the winters is the holidays at Busch Gardens which operates throughout the year. However, the Tampa Bay amusement park has three special vocational programs during this season and they include the Christmas ice, Christmas from the heart and Christmas celebration. All the three shows have performances of the best classic music. The advantage of attending this activity is that you get the chance to view the transformation of the park into a winter wonderland. The shows start in November every year.
Another winter activity is the Lights of St. Augustine where lights are turned on in this city in November. Lights are turned on at night up until mid-January. These lights drape the Christmas tree in the city, gardens, city parks and public buildings. Visitors are led by guards normally dressed in period clothing on tours in the evening hours. They visit the various historic buildings in the city. These lights have shined since the year 1993 and the art galleries in the city provide visitors with refreshments.
If you love picking strawberries, some farms in Florida allow you to do that during winter. Hillsborough County leads in strawberry growing and other counties like Pasco, Date, Manatee and Collier follow. As the winter comes to an end, Plant City hosts an annual Florida strawberry festival which attracts almost 500,000 visitors annually. It features livestock competitors, amusement riders and entertainment.
The Weather Channel: Month Averages for Orlando, FL
VisitFlorida.com: Estimated 23.3 Million Visited Florida in First Quarter 2011
Winter Music Conference: About WMC
Busch Gardens: Holidays at Busch Gardens
St. Augustine: 18th Annual Night of Lights Set for Nation’s Oldest City