Best Family Resorts in Florida
Florida is a paradise for families, offering a perfect blend of sun-soaked beaches, thrilling theme parks, and diverse natural wonders. From the magical world of Walt Disney World and the fun at Universal Orlando Resort to the stunning beaches along the Gulf Coast and the vibrant marine life in the Florida Keys, families are in for a treat. Florida's family-friendly resorts provide a haven of comfort and excitement, with amenities like water parks, kids' clubs, and endless entertainment options. Whether it's building sandcastles on pristine beaches, embarking on thrilling roller coaster rides, or discovering the wonders of the Everglades, Florida promises endless possibilities for family bonding and creating cherished memories. With its warm weather, welcoming atmosphere, and an abundance of attractions, Florida is a destination that will captivate the hearts of every family member. Get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey and experience the magic of Florida's most family friendly resorts.
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Where to stay in Florida
The Breakers Palm Beach
An iconic Italian Renaissance-style hotel on 140 acres of oceanfront property with a magnificently landscaped driveway entrance, five on-site restaurants, upscale amenities and coastal-inspired interior.
$100 hotel credit.
Breakfast daily for two guests per bedroom served in the The Circle or The Beach Club Restaurant.
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Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando
Portofino-style Orlando hotel with tempting outdoor cafes and shops dotting the piazza around a serene harbor and three enticing pools to offer every level of relaxation.
$100 food / beverage credit.
Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.
Hawks Cay Resort
Located in the stunning Florida Keys, this luxurious resort offers a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. With its serene oceanfront setting, world-class amenities and a wide range of activities including snorkeling, fishing and spa treatments, Hawks Cay Resort is a haven for those seeking a memorable and rejuvenating getaway.
$100 hotel / resort credit.
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Things to do in Florida
Walt Disney World Resort - Orlando: A visit to Walt Disney World Resort is a must for families. Explore the iconic Magic Kingdom, meet beloved characters, enjoy thrilling rides, and witness enchanting shows and parades.
Insider Tip: Some properties outside of the Disney resorts are 'friends of Disney' and still receive benefits like early entry.
Everglades National Park - Miami: Discover the unique ecosystem of the Everglades, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take an airboat ride to spot alligators, turtles, and a variety of bird species. Insider Tip: Visit in the early morning or late afternoon for better chances of spotting wildlife.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex - Cape Canaveral: Experience the wonders of space exploration at the Kennedy Space Center. Tour the space shuttle launch sites, see real rockets, and even meet astronauts. Insider Tip: Check the launch schedule to witness a live rocket launch, when possible.
Universal Orlando Resort - Orlando: Enjoy thrilling rides at Universal Studios, explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and have fun at Universal's Islands of Adventure. Insider Tip: Stay at an on-site resort for early park access and shorter wait times and enjoy the City Walk.
Key West: Visit the southernmost point of the continental United States in Key West. Explore historic Old Town, stroll along Duval Street, and enjoy water activities like snorkeling or kayaking.
Insider Tip: Catch the sunset at Mallory Square and witness street performers and local vendors.
Clearwater Beach - Clearwater: Relax and soak up the sun at Clearwater Beach. Known for its pristine white sand and clear turquoise waters, it offers a perfect setting for beachside fun and relaxation. Insider Tip: Take a sunset cruise to witness a breathtaking sunset over the Gulf of Mexico.
St. Augustine: Explore the historic charm of St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States. Visit Castillo de San Marcos, stroll along St. George Street, and take a scenic boat tour. Insider Tip: Don't miss the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park to learn about St. Augustine's fascinating history.
Naples: Discover the upscale coastal city of Naples, known for its beautiful beaches and luxurious atmosphere. Enjoy shopping along Fifth Avenue South, visit the Naples Zoo, or take a scenic boat tour in the Gulf of Mexico.
Insider Tip: You can pair this with a trip to the nearby Everglades.
Gulf Islands National Seashore - Pensacola: Experience the untouched beauty of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Relax on pristine white sand beaches, swim in crystal-clear waters, and enjoy picnicking and wildlife viewing.
Insider Tip: Venture to the less crowded areas of the national seashore for a more secluded beach experience. Remember to check the availability of attractions, make reservations when needed, and consider visiting during less crowded times for a more enjoyable experience.
Places to eat & drink in Florida
See below for hotel recommendations along with complimentary dining:
The Breakers - Palm Beach, Florida: The Breakers is a luxurious oceanfront resort in Palm Beach, offering a wide range of family-friendly activities and amenities. The resort features a private beach, multiple pools, a kids' club, and various water sports options.
Highlight: The highlight at The Breakers is the Family Entertainment Center. It offers an array of activities such as video games, mini-golf, ping pong, and an interactive playground, ensuring fun-filled days for the whole family.
Nearby Dining Option: For a delightful family dining experience near The Breakers, head to Pizza Al Fresco. Located in Palm Beach, this charming outdoor pizzeria offers delicious wood-fired pizzas, pasta dishes, and a cozy atmosphere.
Loews Royal Pacific Resort - Orlando, Florida: Loews Royal Pacific Resort is a tropical paradise located within the Universal Orlando Resort complex. The resort features a lagoon-style pool, a water play area for kids, a game room, and easy access to Universal Orlando's theme parks.
Highlight: The highlight at Loews Royal Pacific Resort is the complimentary Universal Express Unlimited access. This allows guests to skip regular lines at participating rides and attractions in Universal Orlando, ensuring more time for family fun.
Nearby Dining Option: Families can enjoy a unique dining experience at Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen. Located at Universal CityWalk, this steampunk-themed restaurant offers an extensive menu of delicious meals, milkshakes, and mouthwatering desserts.
Hawks Cay Resort - Duck Key, Florida: Hawks Cay Resort is a picturesque island resort located in the Florida Keys. It offers a range of family-friendly amenities, including swimming pools, a saltwater lagoon, water sports, a kids' club, and a dolphin interaction program.
Highlight: The highlight at Hawks Cay Resort is the Dolphin Connection program. Families can participate in interactive experiences with dolphins, including swimming, feeding, and learning about these magnificent creatures.
Nearby Dining Option: For a taste of local seafood, families can visit Angler and Ale in Marathon, Florida. This waterfront restaurant offers a family-friendly atmosphere, delicious seafood dishes, and beautiful views of the marina.
TradeWinds Island Grand Resort - St. Pete Beach, Florida: TradeWinds Island Grand Resort is a beachfront paradise located on St. Pete Beach. The resort offers a variety of family-friendly amenities, including multiple swimming pools, water slides, a kids' club, and beachfront activities.
Highlight: The highlight at TradeWinds Island Grand Resort is the Floating Water Park. Families can enjoy a thrilling water adventure on the inflatable water park, featuring slides, trampolines, and climbing structures.
Nearby Dining Option: Families can dine at Caddy's on the Beach, a popular beachfront restaurant in Treasure Island. This casual spot offers a diverse menu of seafood, burgers, and sandwiches, along with live music and stunning sunset views.
LEGOLAND Beach Retreat - Winter Haven, Florida: LEGOLAND Beach Retreat is a unique resort located near LEGOLAND Florida Resort. The resort features LEGO-themed bungalows, a sandy beach area, a LEGO-themed pool, and easy access to the LEGOLAND theme park.
Highlight: The highlight at LEGOLAND Beach Retreat is the LEGO-themed pool, complete with a splash area and interactive features. Kids can have a blast building LEGO creations and splashing around in the pool.
Nearby Dining Option: Families can enjoy a fun dining experience at Brick's Family Restaurant within LEGOLAND Florida Resort.
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