Fun filled family adventures in Florida…
When you think of family fun in Florida the first thing that probably springs to mind is Disney and the wealth of incredible theme parks. Probably to my children’s dismay, this is not the first thing that excites me when I think of planning a trip to Florida. Orlando, where Disney World, SeaWorld, Epcot and Universal are situated is just one very small part of this sunshine state and it’s this nickname that is one of the first things that attracts me to visit.
Florida has a wonderful year round climate so you should be guaranteed pleasant weather just be aware that it’s tropical and therefore summer is also the rainy season – so be prepared for sun showers! Things also seem to come big in Florida; not just theme parks but the rivers, beaches, food and best for me accommodation. If I was going to visit I’d make sure our adventure was a big one and we could thoroughly enjoy all this state has to offer.
Starting in the North East of Florida, Jacksonville is a vibrant city where you can still get a feel for some of its culture and history. It also has over 1000 miles of coastline, abundant waterways, state and national parks. On St John’s river, you can hire a houseboat that sleeps up to 12, moor up off sandy dunes and take a swim in the clear water or splash off the slide on the side of the boat. There are canoes so you can take a paddle down the Juniper Run in Ocala National Forest.
Ok so I wouldn’t skip it completely but I think with my water babes I could probably get away with our Disney experience taking place in their epic water parks. Between them, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach have all the water slides any thrill seeker could wish for as well as lazy rivers, rapids and pools. Many villas in Orlando make really affordable family accommodation and even come with their own pool. Finally, it would be wonderful to see some of the real water dwellers at Seaworld Florida.
The incredibly popular, trendy beach resort is not to be missed both a beach bum and city slicker’s dream all rolled into one. For families Jungle Island looks an absolute treat with a wealth of animal meet and great experiences, children will see snakes, monkeys and flamingo. After visiting the monkeys, they will have the chance to leap around like monkeys themselves on the huge inflatable water park!
After meeting the animals in captivity it’s time to set out into some of their natural habits on a trip into the Everglades. This national park is a vast subtropical wilderness which has been declared a World Heritage Site. This is where giant trees grow and alligators roam, take a walk along boardwalks into the jungle or the tram on the shark valley loop to get a close look. Or for real thrill-seekers, fly across the water at top speed on an air boat tour. Finish your trip with some of the world’s best tropical fruit and one of my very children’s very favourite things and I’m quite sure they won’t think of only Disney next time they imagine a trip to Florida!
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