Are you looking for that great family vacation? The ones the kids will be talking about for years to come? It’s a dream of most kids to head to Florida for the ultimate in Disney experiences, but with so much more to offer than just Disney, why not consider Florida for your next family getaway. Not only does it have tons to do, but it also has fantastic weather almost year round, meaning you can escape the chill for a while down in the Sunshine State. Here are just a couple of things you can add to your Florida wishlist if you’re so inclined.
Whether you’re travelling with kids or not, one thing is for sure: theme parks in Florida are a must. Some of the Orlando theme parks include Disney World, Busch Gardens, Universal Studios and Discovery Cove – a must for both adults and kids to get up close and personal with sea life of all kinds. Universal Studios is a top rated theme park with rides and entertainment themed after your favourite Universal films such as Despicable Me, Shrek, Transformers, Harry Potter and JAWS. Get photos with your favourite Disney characters and even join Mickey and Minnie Mouse for breakfast in Disney World. Suffice it to say, Orlando theme parks are a must for anyone visiting the state.
If Florida’s theme parks are a kid’s playground, then Miami has to be the adult’s playground. With activities ranging from rest and relaxation on one of dozen’s of Miami’s historic beaches, to touring up-and-coming art districts, to shopping until you drop, to casual and high-end dining, the Magic City really does have something for everyone. If you really want to create memories, book yourself a room at the Fisher Island Club, an exclusive private island experience that was awarded as a top five resort by Conde Nast. Of course, if you love a slow and steady pace without the flashiness of Miami, the Florida Keys may be beckoning.
For a bit of rest and relaxation, why not head out to the Florida Keys? This string of islands in the extreme south west of the state is a welcome getaway in the cold winter months for those who are looking for a bit of sun, sea and relaxation. Island hopping is popular and with a range of holiday options from budget to five star and beyond. While away the hours on the white sand and listen to the sea lapping at the shoreline. You probably won’t want to leave. The Keys also has a number of resorts geared towards specifically couples or families, so you will find the perfect place to unwind.
Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Centre
For the space lover in all of us, this is the ultimate stop on any trip to Florida. Plan your trip to coincide with a rocket launch and watch in awe as it heads for the stars. Take a tour through the Kennedy Space Centre and have a stroll in the garden where old pieces of various rockets have been retired and left for the public to view. Be sure to check out Buzz Aldrin’s spacesuit, the very one he walked on the moon in. It’s still covered in moondust. Stop off at the gift shop on your way out and get your hands on an authentic chunk of meteorite! There’s no better way to remember your time at the space centre!
So there you have a couple great ways to enjoy a winter escape to Florida this year. Get in soon and start soaking up the sun! Don’t forget to pack that swimsuit, you’ll be wanting to frolic in the sea and enjoy a bit of summer, midwinter!