Florida’s Paradise Coast

Arrow Discover more

Florida’s southwest is dominated by the protected Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve, making it an exciting playground for nature loving families with the impressive Ten Thousand Islands.

This subtropical preserve is home to much of Florida’s wildlife and a superb location for hiking, canoeing, kayaking, fresh and saltwater fishing and camping.

Fire your children’s love of nature with a guided kayak or SUP tour with All Water Excursions. From Pine and Palmetto Uplands to the Mangrove Wetlands tours give an insight into the importance of this fragile habitat. 

Treat slightly older kids to a thrilling Pure Florida Jet Thrill Ride, exploring Naples’ waterways with a full commentary explaining the sights and ecology.

You’ll see dolphins and feel the thrill of 360-degreee adrenaline rush turns, not to mention the spray.

Don’t miss a trip to Tin City’s quirky waterside shops and restaurants serving fresh seafood at Pinchers and sweet treats such as Tin City Cookies & More. 

Naples is a charming seaside town where you can head down Fifth Avenue for a spot of shopping and a hearty breakfast at the Fifth Avenue Coffee Shop or an ice cream at Regina’s Ice Cream Pavillion.

There are reported to be just 200 Florida panthers left in the wild though you’re unlikely to spot one. Head instead to Naples Zoo and Caribbean Gardens where the family can feed giraffes and cruise Lake Victoria on a primate expedition. There’s hands-on indoor fun at the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples, filled with non-stop brain games and interactive exhibits. Kids can cool off at Sun-N-Fun Lagoon – the only water park in Naples.

Local beaches are world renowned, in particular Barefoot Beach and Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park beach. Learn to skimboard on Naples Beach, before a stroll to Naples Pier where fishermen hand their lines. On Marco Island, you can’t beat Tigertail Beach Park for its natural beauty and kids playground. And don’t forget to search for rare Junonia Shells and sand dollars.

Stay at Lemon Tree Inn from £81 per night

Get travel news and competitions sent to your inbox