One of the best family-friendly holiday destinations in the world is the “sunshine state” of Florida. Travellers of all ages can enjoy world-famous theme parks, glorious beaches, Art Deco architecture and activities galore.
Experience the magic of Florida
Every year thousands of families flock to Orlando, Florida to immerse themselves in the magic of Walt Disney World. This theme park has set the standard for fantasy parks around the world and has become the universally recognised symbol of Orlando. You can spend a day of unrivalled fun and excitement enjoying rides and attractions in The Magic Kingdom, or being entertained at Orlando Sea World and Universal Studios.
Walt Disney World is not the only theme park in Orlando or Florida. If you want a change from Disney why not visit African-themed Busch Gardens, in Tampa Florida, Wet n’ Wild water park, or Discovery Cove where you can swim with dolphins?
When you’re staying in a Florida holiday rental you can’t miss a visit to the Kennedy Space Center, where you can meet astronauts, go in a space flight simulator and perhaps even witness a rocket launch. And if your children are interested in all things weird, take time out to visit the Orlando Odditorium, with its Ripley’s Believe it or Not exhibit.
Relax on the beach or stretch your legs
If you manage to drag yourself away from the magic of Disney World, there are beautiful beaches where you can work on your tan or enjoy a variety of water sports. The warm waters of the Gulf Coast are perfect for fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing and water-skiing. Grab your towel and head to one of Florida’s best family beaches, like relaxing Clearwater Beach, the pristine beaches along the barrier island of Amelia, or the vibrant Panama City Beach.
Taking a Florida holiday villa doesn’t mean you need to spend all your time on exhilarating theme park rides, or soaking up the sun on the beach. Staying in a holiday rental outside of the theme park is a great way to ensure your family sees more than just the Magic Kingdom.
You can get some exercise by hiking along marked trails in the Florida Everglades National Park, a World Heritage Site. In complete contrast to the hustle and bustle of theme parks, the Florida Everglades is a peaceful wetlands ecosystem with unique wilderness waterways just waiting to be explored by kayak or airboat.
Take the kids to Legoland Florida, explore the shops and restaurants in the vibrant cities of Miami and surroundings, Fort Lauderdale and Naples, or enjoy the spectacular view of the Orlando area from a Kissimmee hot air balloon. With so many options, you’ll never run out of things to do on a family holiday in Florida; and when you have been worn out by all the excitement you can return to the luxury of your Florida villa and relax next to the pool.
Travel with kids doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Look out for multi-day passes for Walt Disney World and other theme parks. You’ll also find online discounts if you book in advance. There are budget airlines that offer cheap flights directly to Orlando, which is another great way to keep costs low. Most importantly, you can reduce the cost of a family holidays to Florida by booking self catering accommodation. Villa rentals in areas like Kissimmee and Davenport are only 10 minutes from Disney attractions, but cost a fraction of the price of accommodation in the theme parks.