In addition to Orlando’s family-focused theme parks, the Sunshine State has multi-generation appeal from one end of the peninsula to the other. Here are nine exciting Florida destinations that kids, parents, and grandparents can enjoy together.
Find Affordable Fun in Jacksonville
Jacksonville has long been recognized as an affordable vacation spot for families. From lounging on public beaches to enjoying free concerts and movies at SeaWalk Pavilion, wallet-friendly activities abound in this Northeast Florida destination.
Chill Out in Pensacola
Playtime here strikes the perfect blend of safe and exciting. Pensacola‘s protected Gulf coastline includes Quietwater Beach, known for its shallow, calm water. There’s also the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk, where you’ll find ice cream, cafes and plenty of free entertainment.
A vacation in Daytona Beach wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the famous Daytona International Speedway and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. If you prefer a gentler pace, go off-roading on the beach’s hard-packed sand. Relax and stay awhile at the classic Daytona Beach Boardwalk and Pier and iconic Daytona Beach Bandshell.
Soak up the Magic of Orlando
With attractions such as Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld, Orlando is made for family getaways. Little ones also love the Exotic Animal Experience, Orlando Science Center and the 400-foot observation wheel at ICON Park. Of course, Orlando can be exciting for the grown-ups too. Check out cool cocktails at ICEBAR Orlando, an IPA at Orlando Brewing or high-adrenaline adventures like jet skiing and skydiving.
Discover the Rich Heritage of Miami
From shopping for souvenirs at the family-owned shops of Coconut Grove to exploring the charming beach community of Surfside, Miami is a picture-perfect place to introduce kids to a variety of cultures, foods and old-fashioned beach fun.
Relax in the Florida Keys
A vacation to the Florida Keys is sure to be filled with sun and fun. Visit the rehabilitated marine life at Marathon’s Turtle Hospital, take an Old Town Trolley to the Key West Aquarium or snorkel North America’s only coral reef. Whether you prefer waterfront relaxation or wildlife adventures, you’ll find it in the Keys.
Dive Into the Fishing Culture of Destin
Do you crave white sand beaches, glittering blue-green water and fresh Florida seafood? Destin is calling. The Northwest Florida destination is known as the “world’s luckiest fishing village, but family attractions are in abundance here: Wild Willy’s Adventure Zone, the Emerald Coast Science Center, Uncle Bucks FishBowl and Grill (for dinner with a side of bowling) and The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island (for beachside shops and restaurants).
Sink your Toes in the Sand in Fort Lauderdale
The “wave wall” that accents the oceanfront promenade is a sparkling invitation to the beach beyond. Across the street from the beach are shops and food. Fort Lauderdale has 165 miles of navigable waterways. Get to know the area on a narrated Jungle Queen riverboat cruise to a private island where an all-you-can-eat barbecue dinner and live entertainment await.
Explore the Parks and Pier of Tampa Bay
The kids and adults will love Busch Gardens in Tampa or a paddle on the Hillsborough River, the new downtown Pier and Fort De Soto Park in St. Petersburg, and Pier 60 and the Aquarium in Clearwater. Three championship sports teams (Bucs, Rays, Lightning) play here. You can play on Pinellas County’s 35 miles of renowned beaches.
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