No matter how much you and your kids love Disney World, sometimes you just need a change of scenery. There’s no denying that it can be the happiest and most magical place on earth at times, but I personally find the crowds overwhelming after just a few hours, let alone days, and the constant overstimulation can leave our whole family feeling overtired and on-edge.
If you’re taking an extended Disney Vacation, you might want to consider scheduling in a day trip to another destination in Florida. There are spectacular beaches, laid-back beach towns, and quirky states parks all within a two-hour drive of Orlando. Breaking up your Disney vacation with a separate adventure to one of the many other beautiful spots in Florida can save the magic of your time at the parks.
Dry Tortugas is one of the most remote National Parks in the United States, and it does require some planning, time, and money to get there. The only way to access this park is by ferry, sea plane, or private boat, and the trip by boat takes over two hours from Key West. This isn’t just a “let’s swing by that National Park since we’re nearby” kind of trip. It requires advanced reservations, specific packing, and intentionally planning it into your itinerary.
Spring has arrived, and the weather in Florida is slowly climbing back up into the 80 degree range. Flowers are blooming everywhere and a sense of renewal and life is in the air. There’s no better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than visiting Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Whether you’re a Floridian looking for a different Disney experience or you live somewhere cold that’s showing no signs of spring and you need a warm-weather vacation STAT, this is an under-the-radar festival at Disney you’ll really enjoy.
I hate to use this cliche, but Flagler Beach really is a hidden gem of a beach town. With its cinnamon-colored sand, laid back vibes, and seriously delicious restaurants, this beach should, by all rights, be an incredibly popular destination with families. The truth is, though, that Flagler Beach often gets overlooked as a vacation spot because it’s surrounded by St. Augustine and Daytona Beach, two very famous Florida cities which attract many visitors.
I’ve dreamed of visiting the Florida Keys ever since our family moved to Florida. I’m not sure if it was the island culture that drew me in, or just a desire to visit the most remote part of our state, but either way I knew I had to go.
There’s just something about palm trees swaying in the gentle breeze and sunshine warming your face as you’re surrounded by Christmas decorations. That’s how the holiday season feels here in Florida: it’s a juxtaposition of endless summer and Christmas around the corner. Nowhere was that feeling for prevalent to me than Universal Orlando during the holidays.
Miami is one of my favorite places in Florida to visit with the kids. The weather is always hot and sunny and there’s never a shortage of things to do. Whether you’re a family that loves the outdoors and nature or you prefer to examine art, culture, and history, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Miami.
Thinking of taking a family spring break in Florida in 2019? This article will share the best spring break beaches for families, and some safe spring break destinations for families to avoid the crowds of college kids.There are also a few toddler friendly spring break Florida ideas to help you figure out where to go with little kids for a relaxing Florida vacation.
St. Augustine, FL has quickly made its way to the top of my list of favorite cities. It has a rich history as the oldest city in the United States, stunning and well-preserved Spanish Colonial and Spanish Renaissance architecture, and the laid-back vibes of a coastal city. If you're looking for a family vacation destination that combines history, culture, and outdoor activity, I would highly recommend looking into St. Augustine.
I really didn't expect to like Tampa Bay as much as I did. Not that I was expecting to dislike it. But sometimes coastal cities in Florida can all start to feel alike.
There's something about Tampa Bay, though. It's cultured, yet relaxed, and I noticed that while the city seemed to draw young professionals, you could still find cute young families and well-dressed retirees all coexisting.
When I traveled the world as a young adult, I didn't care where I slept. It could be a hostel, the floor of a friend's bedroom, or a couch. Now that I'm a 30-year-old with three little kids, I'm much more aware of our accommodations when we travel. We need somewhere quiet, with a spot for the baby to sleep peacefully where the 2- and 5-year-old won't wake him up. It also has to be kid-friendly and a great location. On our recent trip to Tampa Bay, the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park was the perfect choice for serenity and calm after a crazy day of travel and exploration.
My family lives on the east coast of Florida, so we are no stranger to beaches, palm trees, and warm weather. But driving across the state to visit Sarasota felt like the perfect tropical getaway with my two youngest. My boys are 2 and 13 months, so I'm always on the lookout for kid-friendly locations whenever I travel, and Sarasota was bursting at the seams!
There is so much to do in Orlando, which is why so many families make it their vacation destination. Orlando is home to every theme park, water park, and shopping center you could ever want, but it lacks one thing - the beach! Luckily there are plenty of coastal destinations within an hour or two of Orlando. Cocoa Beach is one of the best budget day trips from Orlando.
¡Bienvenidos a Miami!
Last weekend our family drove down the coast of Florida and ended up in the Miami area for teachers' conference. Some of our best friends from college who live in the area offered up their guest bedroom for the weekend, and we gladly took them up on it. Besides the 3 babes running around, it felt just like we were back in college.