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Florida’s very nickname promises fun in the sun and the Sunshine State does not fail to deliver. There are a wide variety of family vacation deals in Florida that will appeal to everyone from the beachgoer, through the naturalist to the adventure seeker.

Forget Venice. Visit Florida before you die. It is home to an amazing variety of flora, fauna, scenery and hospitality. From the western edge of the Panhandle to the bottom of the Keys in the south, there is a something of interest for every visitor. Be sure to bring the right travel luggage when visiting the Sunshine State.


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Combine the magnificent year round sunshine with the fact that Florida has more coastline of any state except Alaska and you will understand the reason that Florida’s beaches are one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. These beaches offer the best family vacation deals in Florida and, indeed, in all of the world.

From the west, start with the calm, warm waters of the Gulf on beautiful and unsullied beaches in Pensacola, Ft. Walton and Panama City. There are, literally, hundreds of miles of uninterrupted beach front. Find a convenient hotel or camp at any of the dozens of Florida campgrounds.

These beaches continue through Tampa, St. Pete and Sarasota all the way to Naples on the edge of the Everglades. If that’s not enough, just cross the peninsula and check out the Atlantic coast beaches of Miami and Boca Raton.


Theme Parks

When anyone mentions the name Florida to a child, a singular vision is always conjured,  Disney World. While Disney World is, indeed, a must see for anyone of any age, the city of Orlando, FL offers a dozen other equally exciting theme parks. Universal Studios, Sea World, Busch Gardens and Legoland are just the tip of the iceberg. Each park has a distinct identity and will appeal to visitors of every age.

With affordable, package deals, all of these tributes to fun and excitement can actually provide some of the most incredible family vacation deals in Florida. There are numerous hotels and motels that have arrangements with the numerous theme parks. The combination of affordable accommodations and amenities with discounted visitors passes will please everyone in the family from the kids to the parents.


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The sophistication and entertainment opportunities of Miami and Boca Raton are legendary. Still, these cities and other like them provide the tourist with a magnificent cornucopia of shopping, dining and entertainment. Family vacation deals in Florida can be found in the unlikeliest of places.

For instance, the most populous city in the state, Jacksonville, offers a tremendous value to tourists from its beaches through its affordable hotels to its family friendly attractions and prices. Generally considered the gateway to the rest of the state, the city offers the whole range of outdoor water activities and is also considered a mecca for golfers from across the country.

Similarly, the state capital, Tallahassee, has a unique location in the state and offers a convenient, affordable base of operations for those who would like to partake of a variety of Florida’s delights. Tallahassee is convenient for day tripping tourists  to beaches, Orlando and several of the state’s motor speedways.


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Every Floridian knows, but few tourists understand, the grand history of motor sports in the state of Florida. Daytona, Sebring and Talladega conjure images of fast cars, dangerous nights and exciting rivalries.

The international speedway at Daytona is home the venerable 500 mile race and to the 24 hours of Daytona. It offers unprecedented access to and views of the pits, crews and inner workings of the entire race process. In addition, it is incredibly kid-friendly with a Fanzone, arcade and go carts. Surely, it is one of the best family vacation deals in Florida.

Talladega, the home of Ricky Bobby, also provides a family fun encounter. Kids under twelve are admitted free and the stands are up close and personal to the track for a truly spectacular view and experience of the entire race process.

The week long run up to a race is normally filled with the hardcore fans of the sport. Instead, Sebring fills the week with a long list of fun filled activities for the entire family. In addition, the final  festivities before the race culminate with the Hairpin Spin, a charity event only open to adults.


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One family trip to Florida should be made to take advantage of the unique flora and fauna indigenous to this particular area of the world. A trip through the keys and a stop in the Everglades will make for an exciting and memorable family vacation.

Fortunately, there are many family vacation deals in Florida that wish to expose children and adults to the wonders of the unique ecosystem. From Naples, there are numerous day or overnight trip that explore the Everglades National Park itself or the fascinating Ten Thousand Islands National Park.

Really just a long shallow “River of Grass,” the Everglades encompasses almost 5,000 square miles. It is one of only three such ecosystems in the world. Its most interesting features are near its southern end and include the notorious American alligator, the playful West Indian manatee and the bottlenose dolphin

Ten Thousand Islands National Park is a completely different experience that usually involves a powered craft and a day of sightseeing. In addition to simply visiting the Ten Thousand Islands by power boat, there are several canoe or kayak trips that also include a nights stay under the stars on one of the islands.



One of a Kind

Florida shares many qualities with its neighboring states and many intriguing similarities can be found in other parts of the world. Still, no place else brings together the same mix of natural beauty, serious excitement and outstanding nightlife as does Florida. The tremendous variety of family vacation deals in Florida should make this state a priority on the list of places to visit when your kids are young, when they are grown and when they have kids of their own.