Beyond Disney World: 5 Awesome Summer Family Vacation Spots in Florida

Summer is coming, and people are ready to bring out their summer clothes in preparation for vacation time. Florida has been one of the premier vacation destinations for years now. Generations of families have made their annual vacation to the state to enjoy the beaches, sunshine, and a relaxed atmosphere. Though Disney World is its most famous attraction, the state of Florida offers a variety of other experiences that make it a place you and your family can return to again and again.

Busch Gardens, Tampa

If you’ve already made the rounds at Disney World, you can still thrill the kids with a Florida amusement park at Busch Gardens in Tampa. This park offers a variety of rides, animal exhibits, restaurants, and shops. Many lodgings are available in the area, and it offers a great fun atmosphere.

busch gardens
Busch Gardens, Tampa Fl

Port Canaveral

For all the space enthusiasts in the family, make a visit to Port Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Museum to see artifacts of the U.S. space program. Enjoy other nearby attractions such as the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, historic downtown sections of the local towns, the surfers at the Cocoa Beach Pier and the famous Ron Jon Surf Shop with 52,000 square feet of surfing-related products and summer clothing. Kids are sure to love this place.

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

The Florida Keys

The Florida Keys are a chain of small islands strung into the water off the southern tip of Florida on the Florida Straits. The string of 13 major islands is connected by U.S. 1, otherwise known as the Overseas Highway. Each of the major Keys has its own character and attractions, culminating in the most populated city, Key West. Fishing, boating, swimming, diving, and nature viewing are major attractions in the Florida Keys. The area caters to visitors with many resorts, restaurants, bars, shops, and museums. Because summer is on its way, it’s time to break out the summer clothes and hit the Florida beaches.

Florida Keys Visitors Guide

St. Augustine

St. Augustine is one of the most historic areas in the state of Florida. It was the first continuously inhabited site in the country. First settled by Spanish explorers, it became an important military outpost, and you can still visit Castillo de San Marcos, the stone fort built to guard the city. Today, you can also visit a replica of St. Augustine as it looked in the early days. Many lodgings, restaurants, and other attractions are available in the area. This is a great opportunity to teach your kids a part of history.

St Augustine Florida

The Florida Everglades

The Florida Everglades National Park provides a number of experiences for visitors to enjoy this extraordinary ecosystem. With bike rentals, kayaks, tours, visitor’s centers, ranger programs, hiking paths, camping, and concessions, the park offers a memorable family vacation in the quintessential Florida environment. Plenty of photographic opportunities await visitors to the park, and you may even be able to get a glimpse of the elusive Florida panther and black bear.


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