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5 Fun Getaways with the Family

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There’s a wealth of family-friendly destinations in South Florida, many of which individuals may not be aware of. South Florida offers the closest thing to a Caribbean vacation without actually leaving the U.S. and activities are offered to entertain and engage the interests of any age.

Daytona Beach

Parents can take their children to the Daytona Beach Boardwalk to experience the arcade games and rides, or visit the waterpark when they’re not playing at the beach. Older youngsters will appreciate a tour of NASCAR’s Daytona International Speedway. The city is home to the historic Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and the Marine Science Center. Families can take a tour of the Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory; the Bethune-Cookman University, a rich source of African-American culture and history; and the Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens where life-size dinosaur statues can be found.


For those in search of a theme park, there are several located nearby. Families can also visit the Twin Oaks Conservation Area, Museum of Military History, Kissimmee Air Museum, and a Pioneer Village, or take a horseback riding tour. The city is known as the “Gateway to the Everglades” and visitors can book an airboat tour.

Space Coast

The area is home to the Kennedy Space Center where youngsters with stars in their eyes can view the Space Shuttle Atlantis. Families can take a Treetop Trek at the Brevard Zoo or visit the Indialantic Boardwalk. There are plenty of opportunities to surf, fish and hike or take in cultural activities that include art, dance productions, and musical theater.


Youngsters will love the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for the wealth of wildlife. The city boasts a variety of escape room adventures, abundant beaches, and well-known fishing opportunities. There are also historic neighborhoods to explore, the Museum of Science and History/Bryan-Gooding Planetarium, Fort Caroline, and The Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary.


Miami is one of the most well-known family-friendly cities in South Florida, there’s a lot to see and do that includes the Museum of Discovery and Science, Young Art Museum, Miami Children’s Museum, Philip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, Museum of Illusions, and Unicorn Factory. Families can visit the Miami Seaquarium for the tropical birds and marine life, snorkel the fossil reefs of Crandon Park, or enjoy a day trip to the Everglades.

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