With so many family-friendly attractions throughout the Sunshine State, the most difficult part of planning a family vacation to Florida is deciding where to go and what to do! Whether you are visiting for the first time with young children, or are bringing your teens along for the ride, Florida's combination of world-renowned theme parks, beautiful beaches, kid-friendly recreation, wildlife sanctuaries, and ecological attractions make it a top destination for family travel.
1. Embrace Imagination. Disney is inevitably the first thing that comes to mind when planning a family vacation to Florida, and for good reason. After all, Disney World's Magic Kingdom is the most visited theme park in the world! While it's true that families can and do plan entire vacations solely around Disney, Florida offers so many other awesome theme parks that are worth checking out. Universal Orlando with its popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction, Seaworld Orlando, and LEGOLAND in nearby Winter Haven are popular choices. African-themed Busch Gardens in Tampa features animal exhibits and plentiful coasters for the thrill seekers in your group.
2. Adventure for All. Florida is a haven for adventure-seeking families. Visit another world on a family snorkeling adventure in Key Largo; swim with manatees in Three Sister Springs in the Crystal River Wildlife Refuge; plan a family fishing trip in the calm waters off the coast of Anna Maria Island; learn to skimboard on Melbourne Beach; fly among the trees on a ziplining adventure in St. Cloud; surf with the locals at Fort Pierce; and explore the beautiful beaches of Cape San Blas by horseback.
3. Encounter the Wild. Florida's diverse landscape provides plentiful opportunities to get up close and personal with a wide range of wildlife. From alligators to dolphins and manatees, Florida is known for its family-friendly wildlife experiences. Check out the gators on a thrilling water boat ride through the Everglades; view herds of roaming zebras at Lion Country Safari, America's first drive-through wildlife preserve; and have some hands-on fun with sea life at one of Florida's 24 aquariums!
4. Expand Your Mind. Learning and fun go hand-in-hand at Florida's numerous kid-friendly educational attractions. The NASA Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral is a mecca for space and rocketry enthusiasts. Time your visit to see a live rocket launch! Experience hands-on history at the National Naval Aviation Museum located on board Pensacola Naval Air Station. The Extreme Science Shows at the Museum of Science and History ("The MOSH") in Jacksonville are a kid-favorite. Head down south to Miami to check out the state-of-the-art Frost Museum of Science that features a stunning aquarium and a massive planetarium.
Florida is so much more than "just for kids." When vacationing, Moms and Dads have a chance to recharge their batteries, get away from household chores and carpool duties, all while creating new memories with your loved ones!
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