4 Florida Locations for Last Minute Labor Day Travel
Looking for one last family summer hurrah?
Labor Day makes for a great three-day weekend getaway. With great travel deals and plenty of sun and fun, there’s no better place than Florida to squeeze the last bit of juice out of the summer.
Don’t have plans yet? No worries.
Here are some good options for an affordable last minute Florida Labor Day getaway:
Orlando (Get Hotel Location and Prices)
It’s no surprise that Orlando is considered one of the most popular Labor Day destinations. It’s a theme park mecca with the likes of Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando and Gatorland just to name a few. But there’s a culinary side to Orlando that shines during Labor Day weekend. Late August through September is Magical Dining Month in Orlando, where top restaurants offer a price-fix menu for an affordable price. It also marks the beginning of the Epcot Food &Wine Festival. The Hampton Inn & Suites Orlando Downtown is a great option for those looking to explore the SoDo district. Those looking to be closer to the theme parks should check out Hampton Inn & Suites International Drive. The Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando East, located in the University district, provides a quiet respite from a day of action.
Ranked as having some of the best beaches and seafood in the United States, Pensacola is a hot destination for Labor Day travel. This Labor Day the beach will be hopping with the sounds of jazz. The annual Gulf Coast Summer Fest: Jazz Edition takes place September 1-3, 2018. This marks the third year of the increasingly popular jazz festival. Grammy-nominated artist Boney James will headline. The festival will take place at Pensacola Community Maritime Park, overlooking Pensacola Bay. Get tickets and more information here. Looking for a hotel at a great price? Check out the Fairfield Inn Pensacola I-10, just minutes away from the beach.
Located just about 20 miles outside of Tampa is Plant City. Known as the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World, Plant City provides a slower pace for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city life. While it’s a great central location for vacationers looking to enjoy the Gulf Beaches and Orlando’s theme parks, it’s also a worthy destination in its own right. Plant City is home to Keel & Curley, one of Florida’s largest wineries. Visitors can tour the winery including the acres of fruit grown to make the wines and get a behind the scenes look at how they make their vino, including a taste or two. The Hampton Inn Plant City is conveniently located near the winery along with shopping and dining options.
Jacksonville (Get Hotel Location and Prices)
Known as “The First Coast” Jacksonville has more than 20 miles of white sand beachfront. Not to mention the intercoastal waterways and St. John’s River. This makes for the perfect combination of fishing and boating. It just so happens, the first Saturday in September is a License Free Saltwater Fishing Day in Florida. It’s one of a handful of days in the state where the Governor waives all recreational angler fees for residents and non-residents. Saltwater fish found in St. John’s River include snook, tarpon and redfish. So this Labor Day cast your reel in Jacksonville. Luckily Jacksonville has plenty of options for Labor Day hotel deals. Planning to fly in? The Fairfield Inn & Suites Jacksonville Airport is a great option. If you want to be closer to the beach the Hampton Inn Jacksonville Ponte Vedra Beach provides close proximity to the waterfront. Or consider the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Jacksonville SE, which provides free shuttle service to the Windsor Parke Golf Course and is a stone’s throw from some of the city’s best shopping.