Finding the perfect family vacation in Florida is not a difficult task. Florida is a state packed with natural and manmade wonders for kids and adults alike to enjoy. Get ready to pack your bags, because I’m convinced you’ll be dying for a Florida vacation after reading these kid-friendly options.
Walt Disney World
Okay, okay, this one may almost seem too obvious to list. Walt Disney World is not for everybody, but some people like seeing their favorite movies come to life in one of the most interesting theme parks in the world. I recommend getting a park hopper pass, so that you can jump from the Animal Kingdom, Fantasyland and the Magic Kingdom. Make sure to see the spectacular fireworks at the Magic Kingdom. To save money stay off of the Disney property, because there are plenty of family friend joints surrounding Disney World.
Butterfly world is home to thousands of exotic butterflies. The property consists of acres of waterfalls, orchids, tropical gardens, birds and insects. I have to say when I went alone as an adult I really enjoyed this park, but when I brought my niece to it a few years later she absolutely loved exploring the park. If you find yourself in Southern Florida this is definitely a good stop.
Everglades National Park
Alligators, crocodiles, turtles, birds, panthers and more, if you love wildlife Everglades National Park is a must see. The 1.5 million acres of the park should be enough to keep you busy for at least one trip. There are plenty of tours and parks to explore along the main highway that goes through the Everglades. Make sure to break for wildlife, but don’t swerve into the swamps!
If you want the joy of a theme park without the price tag of Disney World, Busch Gardens is a safe bet. Every Busch Gardens is themed with a culture, and this one’s particular theme is Africa. It is not an authentic African experience, but it gives your little one a tiny taste of the African experience through food, architecture and wildlife. Also, if you love roller coasters, you are going to love the selection of roller coasts available at Busch Gardens.
Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
If you want to see manatees in the wild, Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park is your place. You also may catch a glimpse of black bears, crocodiles, deer, alligators and river otters. Manatees can be seen every day of the year from this park. There is a manatee program that runs three times daily for you and your kids to enjoy. In addition to this program there are many other child-oriented programs at this part to truly make this a hands-on learning experience for you little one.
Museum of Science & Industry
Do you have the next little Einstein in training? Well look no further than the Museum of Science & Industry. This is a museum really aimed towards kids that gives them lots of chances to get hands-on learning. The IMAX and planetarium exhibitions are also fun for adults and kids alike.
Oleta River State Park
This is a beach with gentle waters that you can enjoy without worrying the surf or sharks are going to be a danger to your little one. There is also a café with reasonably priced food located near the beach where you can grab a snack. As a bonus there is a lighthouse with free tours that run every day. After the beach you can explore the kid friendly trails to see raccoons, fish, birds and tame wildlife that dwell in the park. From the trails you can see Stiltsville, a township of houses on stilts out in water.