Having spent childhood summers in Florida, there was never a dull moment. The entire family had fun and a big part of it was because of being able to travel. With 4 siblings and 6 step-siblings, our parents had to find places that didn’t cost an arm and a leg. Below are 5 kid-friendly places to visit in Florida that the whole family will enjoy as will your wallet.
1. The Pirate Ship Royal Conquest
What is a trip without a ship? Pirates, treasures, and fun, oh my. This ship is located in Madeira Beach, FL. You’ll find it bordered on the west by the Gulf of Mexico & on the east by St. Petersburg.
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2. Daytona Lagoon
This is one of the best water parks anywhere and you can spend a whole day here and the kids won’t be bored for a second. It is one of the safest and the cleanest water parks in the industry which is why it’s on my list. Things you can do include the Lagoon Water Park, Go-Karts, Miniature Golf, Laser Tag, HUGE Arcade, and a Rock Wall for the more adventurous. Season passes are available as well as 6-story parking; if you’d like discount parking, head on over to the website to learn more. There are so many things to see and do in the Daytona area for the remainder of your trip.
3. Hollywood Beach (and boardwalk)
Located in Hollywood, Florida. Although I spent many summers at Daytona Beach, very few will argue that Hollywood Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches to see in Florida (if not THE most beautiful beach). There are several places online where you can view their live beach cam to keep you up to date on the weather. Currently, the outer bands of Hurricane Matthew are making their presence felt so be sure to check the weather before you book your vacation there. It’s definitely worth watching and waiting for.
4. Lion Country Safari
West Palm Florida. As someone who looks for drive-through safari’s where ever I travel, I believe you can’t go to West Palm Florida without taking this safari. While I highly recommend this drive-through safari, it’s well worth noting that it’s not possible to get bored in West Palm Florida. It just can’t be done, even with the biggest scrouge along.
5. Mote Marine Laboratory
Sarasota, FL. I think it’s really important to teach kids about animals from a young age. I don’t know anywhere else that you can experience the ocean, take a boat tour, feed a shark, and have breakfast with the fish than Mote Marine Laboratory. It’s worth noting that “Mote partners with SciGirls to offer STEM summer camp for girls.” This is only one of the dozens of places to see and visit in Sarasota, Florida. A little FYI for you, Sarasota is known for having the #1 beach in the USA.
Which one of these places do you plan to visit first?
I would love to visit Mote Marine Lab some day. I would also love to visit and swim in some of the springs that have the crystal clear water.