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Is a day trip from Orlando worth it?

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Is a day trip from Orlando worth it?

We are vacationing in Orlando middle May, I'd like to set out around 9am and drive to Siesta Key and spend the day/early evening there...with that being said, is it worth it? Do the beaches get busy? Where should we head to first? Where to park? Open to to all suggestions.

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1. Re: Is a day trip from Orlando worth it?

Are you planning to come on a weekend? If so, you should leave much earleir than 9 AM. it would not be worth the trip.

It will take you at least 2 hours to get here. There is parking at the Siesta Key Public Beach parking lot

There are concessions, umbrella rentals, volleyball etc.

To get a full day I would plan to leave earlier in the morning to get here by 10 AM even on a weekday.

Is it worth it? that's your call. The beach is great and Siesta Village has dining etc.


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2. Re: Is a day trip from Orlando worth it?

That is a long drive for a "day trip". By the time you get all the way out to the island, you are looking at 2.5 hours each way.

I also agree that 9 would be late.

Sarasota is a nice area to visit. I just think it would be much better staying the night over there.

For a "day trip" on the Gulf, I wouldn't go any further than Fort Desoto. Even then, I would leave earlier than 9.

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