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Family Vacations in Florida

Family vacations in Florida give you year-round sunshine and theme parks, beaches, paradise islands and fun cities. We give you everything you need to plan your perfect Florida trip.


Why Go?

  • Warm Winters

    December temperatures in southern Florida are between 63°F and 70°F.

  • Family Activities

    Orlando is the theme park capital of the world and home to Walt Disney World Florida.

  • The Florida Keys

    There are 800 Florida Keys, stretching for 180 miles and connected by 42 bridges. Are you thinking road trip?

  • Everglades National Park

    Everglades National Park covers more than 3,700 square miles, making it the largest sub-tropical wilderness in the US, and it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Beaches

    Florida’s Gulf Coast alone has 10 of the top 25 beaches in the US, including Pensacola Beach, Clearwater Beach, Siesta Key and Miami Beach.

  • Coastal Area

    Florida’s 1,300 mile coastline is the second-longest in the US, and it’s the only state with shores on both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic.

Where to Go

Family-friendly Florida is packed with vacation accommodations, from all-inclusive hotels and theme-park resorts in Orlando to beachside estates on the Gulf Coast and luxury resorts on the waterfront in Miami. Kissimmee Florida is where to stay for Orlando theme parks, so you won’t be surprised to learn it’s known as the vacation rental capital of the world.

Orlando Area

Orlando has more theme parks than any other US city, several of Florida’s largest designer outlet malls, as well as family resort hotels, kid-friendly restaurants, and world beating family attractions.

  • Walt Disney World Florida, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Sea World and Universal Studios are all based in Orlando.
  • Kissimmee is where to stay for theme parks, fun family hotels and vacation rentals.
  • The Atlantic coast is less than an hour’s drive east of Orlando for towns like Smyrna Beach, and family attractions such as Canaveral National Seashore and Smyrna Dunes Park.
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Gulf Coast

The sunny beaches and pretty beach towns on the Gulf of Mexico give you a very different vacation experience from Orlando. The main attractions here are watersports, seaside resorts, museums and art galleries, along with seafood restaurants and clear blue seas. So a stay in Orlando combined with a stay on the Gulf Coast makes a great all-round family vacation and works for kids from toddlers to teenagers.

  • Gulf Coast islands like Sanibel and Captiva are ideal for laid-back beach vacations with babies and toddlers.
  • Clearwater is a lively seaside town with incredible beaches – Clearwater Beach ranks at number three in the US top five best beaches.
  • Just 30 minutes from Clearwater, St. Petes is called the “Sunshine City” and has lots going on for older kids and teenagers.
  • Naples is the upmarket city for beach breaks, while nearby Bonita Springs is a perfect resort town for families, and home to excellent Barefoot Beach.
  • With 16 miles of picturesque beaches, balmy sunsets and a laid-back vibe, the Bradenton/Anna Maria Island/Longboat Key area is a hidden treasure on Florida’s west coast, ideal for a fun-filled family getaway.
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Miami is a thrilling city to visit with kids and packed with icons, from Little Havana to South Beach. It’s big and bold, so not the choice for a simple, sand-between-your-toes trip. But teenagers love its energy, fantastic and fascinating places to eat, as well as amazing art galleries and museums, historic districts, not to mention the Art Deco buildings and Miami color scheme. On a two-base Florida family trip, visit Miami last or you’ll never drag kids away.

  • Take a guided city tour, it’s the best way to see lots if you’re spending less time here.
  • Spend a day on South Beach, it’s a Miami legend with good reason.
  • Try Bal Harbour Beach for pure white sands and low crowds.
  • North Shore Open Space Park is great for huge green areas and walking trails on the sand. No surprise it’s regularly voted Miami’s best city beach.
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Florida Keys

The mysterious and lovely Florida Keys are a good choice for easygoing outdoor adventure, world-class water activities and as close to the Caribbean as you get on US soil. Out of 800 Keys, not every one makes an ideal vacation base, so make a family friendly choice, and work a road trip to the others into your visit. After all, the Keys stretch for 180 miles and are connected by 42 bridges, including the iconic Seven Mile Bridge.

  • Key Largo is a lot of fun for kids, with several attractions and superb outdoor activities (on and off the water). It’s also right on the edge of the Everglades, has the US’s only living coral reef and is one of the state’s top scuba diving areas. Family hotels range from international brand resorts to quaint and local here, and it’s the northernmost Key, so closest to Miami.
  • Gorgeous Islamorada is a string of little islands with the most beautiful white sand beaches on the Keys. Just over an hour’s drive from Miami, the area has a mix of luxurious waterfront resorts, family-friendly hotels and cute family guesthouses.
  • Key West is the southern Key and most colorful by far. There are few beaches, but deep-sea fishing is the stuff of legends (one of the reasons Hemingway had a home here) and the pretty town couldn’t be more charming and friendly. Not the best place to stay for families, but wonderful to visit even if just for a day – it’s a little more than an hour from Islamorada and you get to drive across the stunning Seven Mile Bridge.
  • Dry Tortugas National Park is just off the coast of Key West and one of the most atmospheric places to sail to with older kids.
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Pensacola sits in the far north west of Florida, it’s the most westerly city in the state and one of the beachiest in the US. However, you may be more surprised to learn that it was also the first European settlement in America. So a family holiday here means you can mix the stunning Gulf Islands National Seashore with more than 460 years of history. Although Pensacola doesn’t make you work hard for either.

  • Pensacola Beach, Fort Pickens, Perdido Key and Opal Beach are all part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, the longest federally-protected seashore in the US.
  • USA Today named Pensacola Beach, ‘The Best Beach in Florida’, and then it went on to name the Gulf Islands National Seashore, ‘Best Florida Attraction’.
  • The legendary Blue Angels are at home in Pensacola and they put on a sensational Air Show in July every year. However, from March to September, you can also see the squadron practising their aerial moves from vantage points around the area, including Fort Pickens.
  • Visit Historic Pensacola and prepare to be amazed. This was the first America’s first European settlement, the history spans over 460 years and kids don’t even notice they’re learning, because it all just feels like fun.
  • Pensacola is known as Festival City of the South a nickname that comes directly from the deep spirit of good-time that runs right through here 365-days a year.
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What to Do

  • Walt Disney World Florida, Orlando

    Kids will get to live the dreams they’ve been having all childhood at Disney World. Pro tip: Cut down on wait times by booking ahead for rides and experiences, as the lines can seem endless.

  • Seaworld, Orlando

    If you don’t have an issue with the concept, Seaworld is one of the top Orlando attractions. The Dolphin Nursery is enchanting.

  • Blizzard Beach, Orlando

    Orlando is packed with waterparks, but this one is exceptional. Expect to go more than once.

  • Everglades National Park

    You can dip into the edges, explore by car or be guided by experts on boats and trains – it’s all spectacular, strange and unforgettable for youngsters.

  • Miami Seaquarium

    About as close as you can get to everything marine, from penguins to dolphins via dozens of other sea creatures. The Seaquarium conservation center and the team are amazing with kids.

  • The Dali Museum, St Petersburg

    World-class collection of the artist’s work, awe-inspiring building and a great list of family activities and events with surreal themes – naturally.

  • Key West Shipwreck Museum

    Not in the same league as the Orlando offerings but very well done, lots of interesting things to see and do and very interactive.

  • Miami Zoo

    A cageless environment with surprisingly big wildlife, considering. The zoo is very safe and well managed and regularly has the cutest babies in residence.

  • Pérez Art Museum Miami

    This award-winning art gallery and exhibition space has events year-round and the building alone is worth a visit.

  • Gatorland, Orlando

    You’ll get about as close to these prehistoric beasts as you want to, but the keepers aren’t so cautious, and alligator-wrestling is just one bold performance here.

Educational Value for Kids

  • Visit Little Havana for Viernes Culturales on the last Friday of every month between 7 pm and 11 pm. This wildly colorful and exciting district goes into overdrive, with everything from music and dance to street food, theater, performance and art – it’s a very family-friendly celebration and kids fit right in.
  • Take the two-hour train journey through the Everglades’ Shark Valley.
  • The Gulf Coast beaches are made for water activities, and you’ll easy find beginners’ courses for kids as young as five.
  • Visit Wynwood Walls, Miami’s permanent (but constantly evolving) street-art exhibition in the city’s Wynwood District.
  • Take the glass-bottomed boat tour of the U.S.’s only living coral barrier reef, in Key Largo.
  • The Loggerhead Marinelife Center on Juno Beach is dedicated to rehabilitating injured turtles and returning them to the wild.

Getting Around

Rent a car to travel around outside cities. Downtown Orlando and city-center Miami have excellent public transport. If you’re planning to stay in more than one area, domestic flights connect most of Florida’s cities. And you really can’t get about the Keys without driving.

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