Originally Posted by MarkW
That time of the year the fronts are our biggest issue. If you are able to time it between fronts you will be fine.
No time of day is better since you would not have to deal with our summer afternoon thunderstorms.
Routing - I usually stick to the airways. They will keep you out of the MOA's and restricted areas. Flight following would be advisable.
There is a nice hotel right at the airport since this airport also has a car race track.
You should be good with tie-downs unless one of the nasty fronts is on the way. Then a hanger might be hard to find.
Occasionally - more in March than in February - between fronts there will be afternoon cumulus with bumpy air. Typically fronts come through every 3-4 days, best flying is typically 2nd day after the frontal passage as winds are higher day of / day after. As fronts approach usually not too bad - winds usually S - SW and only get gusty very close to frontal passage. Some fronts are dry, some have very sporty (deadly) squall lines with T-storms.
If you're comfortable with flight following and flying in Bravo airspace routing not a big deal - they'll vector you as needed. Many of the MOAs are cold on a given day - I've often been on a planned route to go around them and offered direct by ATC.
If you prefer not to deal with the airspace, there's plenty of room on the west side of the Orlando Bravo to get through without using flight following. Coming into North Florida, something like OCF CHN SEF will keep you in the clear. SEF is in a MOA but it's legal to fly in the MOA.