Did you know that the beautiful US state of Georgia and its stunning coast is just a three-hour drive from hustle and bustle of Orlando? It offers a magical contrast to the theme parks with its old-school southern hospitality.

We love Jekyll Island with its safe family cycling along 20 miles of gorgeous trails with marsh and river views, horse riding along Driftwood Beach, guided kayak tours and nature walks.

And don’t miss a trip on a working shrimp boat over the causeway on nearby St Simon’s Island. It’s also home to theGeorgia Sea Turtle Rescue Centre. Once the turtles hatch in August, the centre gives sea hatchling walks at dawn.

Where to stay: Stay nearby at the fairytale-like Jekyll Island Club Hotel, akin to checking in to in a real life Disney castle. The hotel offers a fun cooking camp for kids and a touch of southern romance for parents.

Price: North America Travel Service offers holidays at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, using Orlando as a gateway, from £3,470 for a family of four, including flights.

More info: 020 7499 7299, northamericatravelservice.co.uk