Florida is one of the most family friendly vacation destinations in the United States. With countless major theme parks, hundreds of miles of beautiful beaches, exciting cities and thousands of amazing places to stay, there are few states that can beat Florida for fun.
Family Time in the Panhandle
It’s easy to understand why families from all over the United States, as well as overseas, choose to vacation in Florida. From a short weekend jaunt to a week-long adventure, there are vacation destinations in Florida that hit every family’s wish, as well as every family’s budget point.
When people think of Florida, most think of adventure rides, childhood characters and white sandy beaches. Those images are right on the money, but there is so much more to do. From golf vacations to nature vacations to historical vacations and relaxing beach vacations, there is a city that can fulfill every vacation desire.
Time in the Tea Cups
Florida boasts more theme parks than any other state. Between the cities of Orlando and Kissimmee, visitors will find Walt Disney World Resort, which includes the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney Hollywood Studios and the Disney Animal Kingdom theme parks. Nearby are Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure – a 30-acre water park – as well as SeaWorld Orlando. Just west, you can enjoy Busch Gardens, which combines zoo animals with adventure rides and a water park. Science lovers can head to the Kennedy Space Center to see the life and times of an astronaut, as well as videos of past space shuttle launches. There is also Discovery Cove, where you can swim with the dolphins. Most visitors to these areas will find their days filled with rides, characters and great food. But for those who choose a more relaxed day, there are beautiful parks, golf courses, and historical attractions in the center of the state as well. Families can enjoy amazing resort destinations and spend quality time together, no matter what their agenda. Shopping, museums, sports – each neighborhood surrounding this theme park mecca has a distinct personality that offers something for visitors of all ages.
Greatness on the Gulf
On the West Coast of the peninsula, the Gulf of Mexico brings calm, warm waters to enjoy and fun cities with loads of daytime – and nighttime – adventures. Two of the better known vacation destinations are Pensacola and Panama City. These cities are not too far from vacation destinations such as a Disney World Resort and Universal Studios, but offer ocean front views of sandy beaches and the sea.
Head further south on the Gulf side and visitors can take a tour of the Florida Everglades. These tours are more like a ride in an amusement park, with the huge fans boats gliding quickly over the water, as glimpses of rare birds and alligators poke out from the marshes.
Pensacola and Panama City are often full in the springtime, as college students and baseball fans head down to see Grapefruit League Spring Training games and party long into the night.
On the Atlantic
On the East Coast of Florida, visitors have their pick of cities such as Daytona, Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Race car lovers can enjoy the Daytona 500 and then head down to Daytona Beach to enjoy beautiful white sandy beaches and the slow waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach are two of the most well-known of Florida’s vacation destinations. If you are looking for fun in the sun with a hint of history, both offer art deco board walks, amazing food with a hint of Cuban and nightlife for the most energetic. Stay in your pick of hundreds of amazing resorts and walk the beaches before heading into town for shopping, art, music or just incredible people watching.
Last but not least, you can head south to visit the Gulf Islands with the white, powder-fine sand and warm waters. When you finally reach the southernmost point, you can relax with the locals of Key West and watch the sunset with a fruity drink and deck chair.
It’s no secret that Florida offers a little something for everyone, making it easy to find and plan your next vacation by focusing on one extraordinary state.
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