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.
Are you in desperate need of a sunny escape from the frigid winter? Florida boasts more spring break destinations than you can count, so maybe it’s time to start thinking about heading south this March!
I was raised in Wisconsin, went to college in Minnesota, and remained there for 5 years post-graduation teaching and living in the Twin Cities. I understand what it means to endure incredibly long and exceptionally cold winters. My first year as a stay-at-home-mom was during the Polar Vortex. We didn’t leave the house for days on end with temperatures of -40 F. So hear me when I say this from a wealth of experience: If it is at all possible, you must escape to the South to break up the winter.
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.