For our family, 2019 is the year of experiences. We have been through a lot the past 5 years and during those struggles, we have truly realized what is important to us. Instead of toys or trinkets, we have decided that we want our family to get out more and explore this beautiful world we live in. Specifically, we want to explore more of our gorgeous state of Florida. Florida is such a huge state with some of the most breathtaking beaches, parks, springs and experiences. We can’t wait to share with you some of our destinations and why we love them. To get started, I have shared our top 3 Florida destinations we have already experienced as a family. There are so many more we want to visit and I am so excited to add to this list!
30a – 30a has a special place in my heart and will always be my number 1 for family-friendly Florida destinations. I grew up near-by in Destin, Florida and there is something about 30a that always makes me smile. The beaches are gorgeous, the food is delicious and the small neighborhoods up and down 30a are truly magical. I highly recommend staying at WaterColor Inn and Resort. In addition to saying at a fantastic resort, your family can also bike to nearby Seaside for a day full of homemade ice cream, the best grilled cheese and a fun day of shopping. WaterColor Inn and Resort is located directly on the beach and even has a kid’s club for your littles!
Longboat Key – My family and I visited Longboat Key last year for the first time and I already can not wait to go back! The beaches were absolutely amazing and The Longboat Key Club was perfect for families. They had a great pool, beautiful golf courses and multiple restaurants on-site. My family enjoyed an amazing dinner right on the marina and the kids loved eating room service breakfast on the balcony overlooking the water. They also have a kid’s club and offer multiple activities throughout the day for families. If you are looking to venture away from the resort, make sure to stop by in neighboring Sarasota at St. Armands Circle. There are tons of delicious places to eat and shop.
Orlando – So this might seem like a total no-brainer, but there are literally hundreds of hotels to choose from in Orlando and they are mostly all kid-friendly! My suggestion for a great weekend getaway in Orlando is to skip the parks all together and spend the weekend at an awesome resort. Some of them even include amazing waterparks, kids clubs and arcades! There is no shortage of family-friendly resorts in Orlando, but if you are looking to splurge, I highly recommend Four Seasons. This resort has everything you AND your kiddos want in a vacation. From an awesome lazy river, to a complimentary kid’s club so that you can enjoy the world-class spa and golfing, this resort truly has it all.
Where are some of your favorite Florida getaways? We are adding more and more destinations to our list this year and can’t wait to share with you our favorites!
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