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Park, ride, and eat at the Florida State Fair

Our guide to the 2023 Florida State Fair wouldn’t be complete without your suggestions.

A long-exposure shot of fair rides lit up at night

We’re already dizzy with excitement.

Photo by @jkhokhar1

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The 2023 Florida State Fair is just around the corner — Thursday, Feb. 9-Monday, Feb. 20. Prepare to live the annual fair-ytale with this guide, featuring need-to-know parking, dining, and entertainment information.

🚗 Parking

Parking is always free. There are three parking lots and four admission gates at the Florida State Fair. Keep reading to see which attractions are near each gate to plan the perfect parking.

🥨 Fair food

A trip to the fair isn’t complete without trying one of the exciting new menu items. Here’s our must-try list for 2023:

  • Hot Cheeto Burger | 📍 Top Notch Concessions | Just like your favorite burger, with a hot and crunchy twist.
  • Salted caramel turtle funnel cake | 📍 Paulette’s Food Service | Salted caramel, fudge, and pecans atop this classic fair food
  • Mac Daddy | 📍 Low N Slow Catering | Pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, and two waffles for buns

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Check out the full lineup here.

A Ferris wheel lit up in the twilight sky

What’s a fair without a ferris wheel ride?

Photo by @flstatefair

🎡 Can’t-miss rides

  • City Editor Rilee likes to see the sights from the giant swings.
  • City Editor Connor is a fan of the classics — you can find her on the Midway Sky Eye.
  • Extreme thrill seekers should head to the RC-48 Coaster.
  • Children and low-to-medium-level thrill seekers can try the Speedway.

Check out the full list of rides here.

Lawn chairs before an outdoor stage

We’re ready to pull up a seat and enjoy some live music.

Photo by @flstatefair

🎤 Live entertainment

With 12 days of fair fun and live shows, there will be no shortage of entertainment. You can find the full lineup — from blood-pumping illusion and adrenaline shows to live music, animal exhibitions, and more — here.

Is your favorite fair food, show, or ride not on our list? Tell us about it.