[Orlando, FL] Orlando may be the first location a would-be traveler thinks of when planning a trip to the Sunshine State. But you should know that there is a vast variety of other satisfyingly sunny family vacation spots in Florida worthy of consideration.
Below are a few ideas for the traveler to think about when you plan your vacation to Florida. From the perspective of a frequent visitor to the state. In no particular order …
1. Disney World
Are you seeking a vacation filled with enchanting fairy tales and magic? Well there is no better place than this sprawling resort where your favorite princesses and storybook characters come alive!
While it is true that Disney World can be one of the more costly vacations to take, the Disney folks offer multiple vacation package options that can accommodate just about any budget. Ticket choices range anywhere from cheap to moderate.
This sunny destination includes a wide variety of entertainment for all ages. Do you wish to seek thrills riding fast roller coasters and survey new depths diving into a sea of swimming creatures?
The two most popular theme parks in Orlando that are geared more toward mature audiences are Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando. Many, many lodging and dining accommodations abound – over 100 hotels and 150 restaurants are nearby – with something for every budget.
Some additional resort and recreation opportunities include world-class golf and themed dinner attractions – all within a short distance from the theme parks. That’s why Orlando is usually tops on the list for best family vacation spots in Florida.
St. Augustine: One of the best family vacation spots in Florida
3. St. Augustine
Touched with an old-world charm, St. Augustine offers historical monuments, excellent shopping and stunning beaches, making it an ideal vacation destination for both couples and families. Great bed and breakfasts offer a home-style alternative to the usual hotels.
4. The Keys
Drawing over a million visitors a year, the Florida Keys consist of islands that are bound together by beautiful, lengthy oversea highways. These serine island getaways have a particular “no worries” atmosphere that has made the area famous.
For all you outdoor junkies, Key West provides an array of adventurous activities such as world-class snorkeling, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing and camping. Or you can watch the amazing sunset near the Southernmost point in the continental United States.
5. Amelia Island
Located on Florida’s northernmost barrier island, this beautiful place spreads across a total of 26 square miles. Enriched with natural scenery and historic landmarks, Amelia Island provides varied accommodations anywhere from camping at state parks to oceanfront views.
With plenty of public beach access, your family can have a sand-sational vacation.
Panama City Beach: One of the best family vacation spots in Florida
6. Panama City Beach
Coined as the “Redneck Riviera,” Panama City Beach is a top destination for all families, long having proved itself as a redound destination and not just a spring break hot spot for overcharged college kids.
This picturesque coastal community includes over 27 miles of sandy white beaches that line the Gulf of Mexico with its vibrant green waters.
7. Daytona Beach
Irresistible to any visitor, Daytona Beach includes an array of interactive activities and attractions for everyone. The scenery is stunning as it stretches a total of 23 miles as you can enjoy all of its sparkling white sandy beaches and beautiful blue-green waters.
And for race fans, Daytona is the birthplace of stock car racing and the epicenter of NASCAR.
Culturally diverse Miami is one of the world’s centers for commerce, fashion and entertainment and is a perfect destination to let loose as you experience the area’s nightlife and fantastic coast.
This great destination lures visitors with its perfect weather, award-winning beaches and sizzling club scene. Certainly one of the best family vacation spots in Florida.
9. Fort Myers/Sanibel Island
Recovering from the 2004’s Hurricane Charley, the revived beaches of Fort Myers/Sanibel Island are a great place for kids and families to participate as a group in shelling alongside the white beaches. Classic Florida at its finest.
Clearwater Beach is one of the best family vacation spots in Florida
10. Tampa/St. Pete/Clearwater
This tri-city area is a favorite among many travelers. Very diverse, the Bay area provides an array of activities as you can either have a beach day at Clearwater Beach or do the same in St. Petersburg, or take a drive into the city to visit great attractions.
If you wish to have more themed adventure, Busch Gardens makes a fun-filled day for the whole family. Other attractions in Tampa include, historic Ybor City, The Florida Aquarium and Raymond James Stadium, which is the home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
By: Kate Sez
Kate Sez is a Londoner who works for No. 1 Traveller, provider of personal lounges, travel spas, bedrooms and chauffeur services at Heathrow airport. She is a frequent visitor to Florida and offers us an “outsiders” perspective. We ask that you please re-read this with a British accent to get the full effect.
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