I spent my summers in Florida growing up and there was so much to see and do, there was never a dull moment. I don’t know how my parents managed all of us and pleased all of us, but they did. I had the most fun as a child and a big part of it was because of the places we went and the fun we had. With 4 siblings and 6 step-siblings, we had to find places that didn’t cost an arm and a leg (because I didn’t want it to be my arm and leg *wink*) and I carried that along with my own family. There is always something to do in our beautiful world that doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Below are 5 kid friendly places to visit in Florida that the whole family will enjoy. And if they amused all of us, I guarantee your kids will enjoy them too. Be watching for my next travel post on “5 Places To Travel In Georgia Besides 6-Flags.”
1. The Pirate Ship Royal Conquest – What is a trip without a ship? Pirates, treasures, and fun, oh my. Located in Madeira Beach, FL, a “city in Pinellas County, Florida, United States, bordered on the west by the Gulf of Mexico and on the east by St. Petersburg.” Check out this travel guide to see what else is in the area when you plan your trip. There is so much to see and do, you’ll never want to leave. If you need some reading material for your trip, ** “Captain Bartholomew Roberts, a Pirate’s Journal: The Most Successful Pirate of All Time!” is the perfect book to prepare you for your adventure of a lifetime.
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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. If you’re looking for reading material for your trip, ** “Phantoms of Daytona” is a must-read.
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 that 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. “Hollywood is home to more than 60 parks, seven golf courses, seven miles of pristine beaches, and the one-of-a-kind Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, a promenade that stretches nearly 2.5 miles along the Atlantic Ocean. Named one of America’s Best Beach Boardwalks by Travel + Leisure magazine, this brick-paved thoroughfare hosts pedestrians, joggers, bicyclists, rollerbladers, and millions of others every year. Dozens of eateries and inns line the Broadwalk and the promenade also features the Hollywood Beach Theatre, a children’s water playground at Charnow Park, and many other attractions. Hollywood Beach also offers dozens of luxury hotels and condominiums such as the Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood, Trump Hollywood, and Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort. Historic Downtown Hollywood is a lively commercial, entertainment and cultural arts district. Highlighted by the Artspark at Young Circle and dozens of bars and restaurants, Downtown Hollywood hosts hundreds of concerts, music festivals, dance exhibitions, shows, art exhibits, and much more. You can enjoy a wide variety of music and entertainment from live jazz, blues, rock, Latin, and R&B, all just a few steps apart.” For your reading pleasure, check out ** “Hollywood Beach Beauties.”
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. Be sure to snag ** “City Maps West Palm Beach Florida, USA” to read on your trip.
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 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. Before you visit Sarasota, Florida, you might want to check out this book titled ** “Sarasota: 1940-2005 (FL) (Images of America)” for your reading and viewing pleasure.
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