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7 Family-Friendly Cities To Visit In Florida

Wondering to travel for your family staycation this summer? We’ve got you covered! There’s no better place for family fun than the Sunshine State, so consider these top family friendly cities in Florida for your next break. From water parks and theme parks to 825 miles of sunny beaches, it’s no wonder this is such a famous spot for all ages.

Here’s our pick of the best places to travel with kids in Florida…

Family-Friendly Cities in Florida

1. Orlando 

Orlando — Theme Park Capital of the World — was practically designed for kids … but the fun doesn’t stop at its theme parks… There’s amazing tennis courts, pirate mini golf, shopping, entertainment and opportunities for swimming, fishing and picnicking.

You can even enjoy a meal while getting an incredible view of sharks at SeaWorld’s Sharks Underwater Grill. For another real-life dining experience you won’t forget, book Dine With an Astronaut at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center.

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2. Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach offers endless adventures for all ages. From its extensive beaches to educational opportunities and beyond, Daytona Beach has so many things to do on a family staycation. You can enjoy driving on the “World’s Most Famous Beach”, eating classic treats along the boardwalk, splashing at Daytona Lagoon and kayaking along the Tomoka River.

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3. Jacksonville

Jacksonville boasts activities and attractions for kids of all ages. Beaches, the river, and the Intracoastal Waterway, Jacksonville has hundreds of fun water activities for the whole family. Be sure to make a splash with one of the many water activities or maybe the kids want to crash into Shipwreck Island at Adventure Landing waterpark.

From sun up to sun down, there’s always fun to be had in Jax!

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4. Tampa

Tampa’s beaches, theme parks, a bustling downtown, professional sports teams and museums make the city an ideal vacation spot for families. The perfect family getaway is a blend of excitement and relaxation – and in Tampa Bay, they have plenty of both.

Be sure to visit Grand Prix Tampa for lots of kid-friendly favourites, such as go-karts, arcades, bungee jumping, batting cages and mini-golf.

7 Free Things to Do in Tampa with Your Kids | VISIT FLORIDA

5. Destin

Destin ticks all the boxes for family fun in Florida. With over 40 water play areas including a wave pool, slides, rides, and rivers, Big Kahuna’s in Destin has high speed and relaxed water attractions for every member of your family. You can also enjoy dolphin boat cruises, snorkelling, mini golf and a marine park.

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6. Fort Lauderdale

Whether you are looking for an educational destination, one filled with sports and shopping for the whole family, the perfect dining spots for kids or South Florida’s best family-friendly special events, watersports and packages, look no further than Greater Fort Lauderdale.

Kids of all ages will enjoy the Museum of Discovery & Science in downtown Fort Lauderdale and Young At Art Children’s Museum is a great choice for the younger child.

Activities & Things to Do with Kids in Fort Lauderdale
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7. Penascola

For outdoor and indoor fun, Penascola has it all. You can expect history, adventure and, of course, sugar-sand beaches. The area’s two amusement parks deliver thrills and laughs for kids of all ages. You can enjoy fun days on the beach, explore historic forts and visit the National Naval Aviation Museum.

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Sarah Clayton-Lea
Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder of Big 7 Travel, Sarah created the company through her passion for championing the world's best food and travel experiences. Before her career in digital media, where she previously held roles such as Editor of Food&Wine Ireland, Sarah worked in the hospitality industry in Dublin and New York.

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