Family Vacation Ideas in Florida

Family Vacation Ideas in Florida #1: Sunny Florida continues to be the number-one tourist destination in the nation. From the Panhandle in the north to the southern peninsula Key West, the "Sunshine State" welcomes families with open arms.

One of the family vacations in Florida treasures of the Gulf coast side is Anna Maria Island , just south of Tampa. Accessible by drawbridges the three cities of Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach are secluded in an “Old Florida” kind of way.

The island is seven miles long and has four wonderful beaches for the family to frolic on. Pier fishing, charter fishing, power boating and sailing are all at your fingertips.

Just over the bridge onto the mainland is Cortez Historic Fishing Village which is home to the annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival in February. Entering this tiny town is like stepping back in time.

The Tampa Bay area has much to offer for family vacations in Florida. With an African jungle setting, Busch Gardens is always a favorite if you are looking for family thrills. Their SheiKra dive roller coaster will take you 70 mph straight down into a tunnel.

Nearby is one of the top family-friendly zoos, the Lowry Park Zoo. With rides and over 1,600 animals this one of the family vacations in Florida that you should plan on.

When it comes to beaches you can’t do better than Tampa area's award winning "Florida’s Beach". There are 35 miles of white-sand beaches along this barrier island with the waters of the Gulf on the west and Tampa Bay on the East.

Moving inland to the Orlando area you will find many spots for Florida family beach vacations. A few of these are Orlando’s SeaWorld, Universal Studio and Disney World Resort. Other vacation ideas here are Gator World, Wet n’ Wild Water park and Kennedy Space Center.

To the east is the nation’s oldest city, St. Augustine, with over 40 miles of beach. Come for the water but don’t miss out on the museums and the historically-themed attractions.

Active families on a Florida family beach vacation should consider getting the kid's some surfing lessons at Ron Jon Surf School. This vacation spots in Florida is located in the heart of Cocoa Beach - "The East Coast's Surfing Capital".

Ron Jon has private, semi-private and group lessons that will get the kids up to speed with important things like basic surfing techniques, ocean safety and marine life awareness.

The professional Ron Jon instructors work with all ages and abilities. There is just so much to do on family vacations in Florida. It’s the country’s top vacation spot for a good reason so find out for yourself.

Family Vacation Ideas in Florida #2: This Florida vacation idea contributed by Misti Guertin, a local resident. Stuart, Martin County is located on Florida’s East coast in a region known as the Treasure Coast.

Stuart is a small waterfront city with a historic downtown full of charm, eclectic boutiques, sidewalk cafes, Zagat rated restaurants, working art galleries, museums, street festivals, waterfront jazz concerts, horse-drawn carriages, Fido-friendly restaurants, and natural beauty.

With 21 miles of beach coastline, 114 miles of inland waterways, 5 state parks, and more than 50 public parks, Stuart is a paradise of vacation ideas.

Kayaking, water activities, pristine beaches, snorkeling, hiking trails, birding, watching sea turtles lay eggs on the beach, beach combing, world-class sport fishing adventures (the area is self-proclaimed the Sailfish Capital of the World), and designer golf courses give both residents and visitors hundreds of choices.

Here you’ll find no Spring-Breakers, no neon flamingos and no high-rises. It’s Florida the way it was meant to be...a bit slow and laid back, full of character (and characters!) and charm, and a place where you can be as active or as quiet as you want.

P.S. Martin County was named recently named by Forbes magazine as one of the most family-friendly areas in the country---the 11th best place to raise a family!

Family Vacation Ideas in Florida #2: Walton County, one of the great vacation spots in Florida on the Florida panhandle, is a great way to discover the simple pleasures of countryside agri-tourism.
  • The Shoal Sanctuary is a 50 acre nature preserve with beautiful sculptured trails and beautiful landscape adorned with a variety of interesting and fun sculptures.
  • The Rocking B-A-B ranch has a family style hands-on farm experience with 30 different animals including miniature donkeys, pygmy goats and peacocks.
  • The Glendale Memorial Nature Preserve has a hayride farm tour on their 350 acre farm. It's a fun educational experience learning about the local wildlife and flowers and plants. You can also see how turpentine was collected in the old days.

Family Vacation Ideas in Florida #4: South Seas Plantation, on Captiva Island off the Gulf Coast of Florida, is very comfortable and unimposing seaside resort. It is in the middle of 330 acres of Captiva's lush mangroves and cabbage palms. The beautiful two and a half miles of beach has some of the best shelling in North America.

There are endless activities here for everyone in a setting that rivals the most exotic of tropical paradises. The Captiva Kids' Club delivers the ultimate kids' vacation program. Banana boat races, wacky Olympics and paint wars are just some of the supervised kid’s activities.

Scuba dive natural limestone rock ledges, small wrecks, and artificial reefs in depths averaging from the mid-sixty foot range on down to the mid-thirty foot range.

At the Nature center you can take a guided nature tour and meet the animals in their natural environment. It’s a hands-on experience with touch tanks, aquariums, a butterfly garden, and knowledgeable experts to answer all of your questions.

Family Vacation Ideas in Florida #5: On the Atlantic side, Sonesta Beach Resort is a very popular Florida family beach resort. The luxury hotel stands in the middle of a sparkling 500 foot long beach in Key Biscayne, not far from Miami. Enjoy the beach along with snorkeling and scuba diving. Just minutes away is the 18-hole Key Biscayne Golf Course.

There is a spectacular 10,000 sq. ft. spa. It features eight different treatment rooms, fully-equipped fitness facility, private locker rooms for men and women, both of which contain sauna and steam rooms, and a full-service salon.

"Just Us Kids" is a daily, supervised program, for kids age 5-12. Specially trained counselors lead morning field trips, afternoon beach and pool games, and arts & crafts classes.

Family Vacation Ideas in Florida #6: Combine your love for swimming, fitness and luxury by bringing the family to The Race Club in Islamorada, Florida. The Race Club offers 4 to 7 day swim clinics and camps to swimmers of all levels. While the swimmer(s) in the family are honing their skills there is plenty of fitness activities for the rest of the family.

There's Yoga and Pilates sessions, massage therapy and weight rooms. You can also enjoy fishing, swimming, and diving from The Race Club's 38-foot luxury fishing boat, Fountain. You will be staying in the luxurious Mariner's Club Resort and Marina. It's a swim vacation, a fitness vacation and a luxury resort vacation all rolled into one.

Family Vacation Ideas in Florida #7: On the Gulf coast is the 2,400 acre Destin Resort. Destin attracts families to its great beaches and moderate weather. Destin is home to some of the world's most beautiful beaches. The crystal clear water and the sugar white sands have given the Emerald Coast area a reputation as one of America's premier vacation destinations.

Next to the beaches, fishing is a main attraction. Fishing in Destin does not require the use of a boat. Sport fish can be caught by casting right off of the beach pier and jetty. Enjoy deep sea fishing, bay fishing, bottom fishing, light tackle fishing.

Family Vacation Ideas in Florida #8: At the Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada you can enjoy a real slice of the Caribbean. This family resort sits in the Florida Keys on a small piece of land between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. The Cheeca Lodge is dedicated to preserving the tropical surroundings for you to enjoy. The balmy breezes, rare birds, lush tropical flora, live coral reefs and azure seas are waiting for you.
Family Vacation Ideas in Florida #9: One of Florida’s most ecology-minded resorts is the Amelia Island Plantation. It is located on Amelia Island 30 miles south of Jacksonville. Amelia Island Plantation is a four-star, full-service oceanfront resort sitting on 1,250 acres.

They have an incredible assortment of playgrounds for the kids, There is a special kid’s fishing pier along with award-winning youth programs. Amelia Island Plantation also features three 18-hole championship golf courses & 23 clay tennis courts, a health and fitness center, award-winning youth programs, fine shops, a full service spa and excellent choices of dining options.

Family Vacation Ideas in Florida #10: If you are looking for a family vacation resort that is environmentally friendly you may want to look at The Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater, Florida. This "green" resort was designed to meet the standards of the U.S. Green Building Council.

One of the ways that they do this is by utilizing the solar energy in the earth (geothermal energy) to heat the pools and spa. A special air-conditioning system improves air quality while at the same time saving energy by regulating the room temperatures based on occupancy.

Chlorine has been eliminated from the pool filtration system. Their new laundry process dramatically reduces water consumption. Add to this the fact that the beach at The Sandpearl Resort is one of the most beautiful in the country and you have a great Florida resort vacation idea.

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