Florida is a great family destination. Between Disney resorts and the many white sand beaches, there’s an endless array of activities for children and adults alike. Here are some of the best activities and places to stay for your next family vacation to Florida.
Orlando is without question theme park central. Between Legoland for the younger kids, Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios for the older kids, and of course the crowd pleasers for all ages, Disney World and SeaWorld. You could spend days on end in Orlando visiting all these parks. The Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld is a great place to stay. Parents can enjoy a little break while the kids play at the new water park with a tween/teen zone. Hotel guests also get early entry to SeaWorld on select days and front-of-line access.
You might think of Daytona as a rowdy place for college students looking to party, but the scene has changed in recent years. Daytona Beach is now a great place for families too. Kids will love the International Speedway in addition to surfing, snorkeling, jet skiing, and parasailing. It’s close enough to Orlando that you could even do a day trip here. A great place to stay is the Shores Resort & Spa.
The beaches on the Florida’s Gulf Coast are actually much warmer and nicer which make them perfect for relaxing and playing in the water. Fort De Soto Park was named the best family beach in America for its swimming, snorkeling, biking, kayaking and waterfront camping. The Sunset Festival held every night at Clearwater’s Pier 90 is also a great time for the whole family. The whole family will love staying at the oceanfront TradeWinds Island Grand. Parents can relax in a cabana or at the spa while the kids play at Splash Island and teens spend their evenings at pool parties, Guitar Hero contests, and glow-in-the-dark volleyball and mini golf.
Located further south on the Gulf Coast is Naples, which is known for its array of golf courses and the accessibility of conservation areas like the wildlife preserve at Vanderbilt beach. Naples is often referred to as the finest town in Florida, and is a wonderful place for the family to stay, filled with gourmet restaurants and attractive pedestrian-friendly streets. Finding vacation rentals on Homeaway or VRBO is the way to go in this area.
If your family is more into adventure and exploring unique features of the places you vacation, make sure to visit the everglades. This unparalleled landscape is filled with curious flora and fauna and is an important habitat for numerous endangered and rare species such as manatees, American crocodiles, and even the elusive Florida panther.
Florida is a perfect place for family fun. Whether you’re looking for theme parks, relaxing beaches, or unique landscapes, Florida has it all.