Florida is one of the premiere vacation spots in all America, with theme parks, beaches, historical attractions and beautiful national parks. Add to that year round good weather and it’s no surprise that tourism is one of the major industries of the state. Below are some of the best places to visit as a family.
Orlando – One word : Disney! Kids and adults alike can enjoy the magic of the Magic Kingdom, and if you get tired of the Disney parks or your children are slightly older and more blase’ you can move right on to Universal’s Islands of Adventure and their awesome roller coasters.
Key West – Full of artists, eccentrics and world famous Key Lime Pie, Key West is one of the most beautiful little islands in the entire United States. With cozy little Bed and Breakfasts and cafes everywhere it is a relaxing and charming vacation destination. The slower pace of a bygone era and modern fun collide in this little town, where you can jet ski by day and, after dropping your kids off with a babysitter, explore the vibrant but relaxed night scene.
Ft. Lauderdale – Less well known then Miami, it is also a calmer, quieter family destination. With plenty of kid friendly museums – the Museum of Discovery and Science and Young at Art’s Children’s Museum just to name a couple – as well as boat tours of celebrity homes it is a great place for a relaxing family vacation.
Tampa – Another fun theme park destination, Tamba boasts Busch Gardens and the Florida Aquarium and is a fun place to go if you’re burned out on Orlando’s tourist heavy culture.
Tallahassee -Want to add a little education into your traveling? Visit the elegant 150 year old state capital and enjoy the parks, museums, stately buildings and the state’s only reconstructed Spanish mission.
Club Med, Sandpiper – For an all inclusive, activity packed vacation Club Med can’t be beat. With staff planned events for children and adults families can split up to do the activities that interest them the most as well as participating in those activities together in a safe, friendly and fun environment.
Kennedy Space Center – What child doesn’t want to grow up to explore the stars? Children, no matter their age, are universally drawn to space travel, and many adults are as well. The Kennedy Space Center has a tourist center, a museum and the opportunity to have lunch with an astronaut, among other things and another great destination for learning oriented families.
Miami – Miami’s a great vacation spot for all ages, with sandy white beaches and plentiful shopping and delicious Cuban cuisine scattered everywhere. It is also just a hop skip and a jump to Everglades National Park, the only one of its kind in the world and a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore this disappearing ecological treasure.
St. Augustine – America’s oldest city is surprisingly located in a state known more for its Art Deco architecture then for its historical buildings. St. Augustine is an old world gem with ghost tours and helicopter rides among the many fun things a family can do together.
Clearwater Beach – Clearwater and Sarasota beaches are the best in Florida, boasting some of the best fried grouper sandwiches in the state.
Once you’re done exploring all of the above mentioned locations you’ll practically be a Floridian yourself. There’s a good reason Florida is called the Sunshine State, both due to the weather and the friendly natives who are used to welcoming tourists with open arms. Enjoy your next Florida location!