Florida has some great spots for families to explore. Here are 5 Florida towns you don’t want to miss . They offer good eats, plenty of charm charm, history, and activities for families.
- Destin – If you are looking for beautiful white sand, beaches and family friendly Destin is the place to be. There are tons of outside activities and adventures to be had in Destin. If you have the money to spare staying at the SanDestin Golf and Beach Resort is a must. If you would like to be in the center of things try out the Emerald Grand at Harbour Walk Village. If you’d like something more outdoors and budget friendly try camping. Destin has some beautiful campgrounds including Henderson Beach State Park. Plan a day for water adventures at Crab Island where you can wade around and bounce on giant inflatable water slides. If you have water park fans Big Kahuna’s Water Park is a must do. Then don’t forget to plan a day or two for the beach and Free boardwalk. McGuire’s Irish Pub and Brewery is a great place to stop in for a bite to eat. You’ll find Irish favorites like Shepherd’s Pie , corned beef and cabbage, fish and chips. You can also score a great steak. It’s a fun atmosphere plus you won’t want to miss the double decker mannequin bus out front.
- St. Augustine – America’s oldest city and such an amazing place. You could vacation here every year and find something new to discover every time. We love the history and charm of this city! If you would like to stay on the historic side of town we recommend a visit to the Casablanca Inn on the Bay. Casablanca is just minutes away from all of the shops, the rooms are cozy and there is parking for guests. Plus they are home to the Tiny Martin Bar. If you’d like to be beach side try the Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort where you can grab a tropical drink and relax poolside. Plan a day to picnic and explore historic St.George Street and the Castillo De San Marcos National Monument. If you haven’t been to the city before or if you have take the trolley. You’ll get a great view of the city and all it has to offer. If you are in the area during the holidays do take time to visit the festival of lights. St.Augustine Christmas lights are something to see. This old city has so many good eats but for the best shrimp around we say Osteen’s. If you are looking for breakfast eat where the locals do at Everything Bagel or try waffles and a milkshake at Cousteau’s.
- Sanibel & Captiva Islands – Sanibel and Captiva are in the Gulf of Mexico in South West Florida. If you are looking for relaxation and more of resort feel for a stay visit the Casa Ybel Resort. Casa Ybel has a lovely Olympic size pool and beautiful beach fronts. For a more authentic Florida plan your stay at Beachview Cottages. Sanibel and Captiva have plenty to offer families to do. Try the family segway tour from Billys Bikes and Rentals. Or rent bikes and visit the J.N. Darling Wildlife Refuge. Take an afternoon or morning to do some fishing. Make a special visit to The Historic Bait Shop to get the scoop from locals on what bait to use and the best fishing spots Get some beach time at Lighthouse Point and enjoy a sunset at Captiva. Don’t forget Sanibel’s favorite activity shelling. For a special dinner try the Bubble Room or Mad Hatter.
- Amelia Island – this little gem has so much to share and is just 45 minutes from Jacksonville. . If you have small children plan a visit to Pirate Playground. Pirate Playground is a one of a kind playground designed for children with disabilities and is very sensory friendly. For beautiful views and histories visit Fort Clinch State Park. While in historic Fernandina plan a stop at the best little two story book shop Book Loft. The kids will enjoy the water play area and Dads can enjoy golf at the newly renovated Omni Island Plantation Resort. If you are looking for something on the romantic side try The Florida Inn bed and breakfast. Try the local seafood at the Crab Trap or the Happy Tomato Cafe then take a walk to Fantastic Fudge for something on the sweeter side.
Cedar Key – Some may say Cedar Key is forgotten while others will tell you eccentric. Cedar Key has that small town real Florida feel. Take a Kayak Tour with Wild Florida Adventures, stroll through the Seafood Market and the many charming shops. Be sure to visit Sand Dollar Beach at low tide. You might just find a sand dollar or two. The Island Hotel and Restaurant is said to be full of ghosts and history. If ghosts won’t give you a good nights sleep try the water front views of the Old Finmore Mill condominiums. Cedar Key is known for the clams. Try the smoky clam chowder at the Old Fish Cafe or the steamed clam platter at Robinson’s Seafood.
Amelia Island has lots to offer . Take a horse back ride on the beach, stay at the Omni, take the kids to Pirate Playground. Pirates, Boats, seafood a stroll through Fernandina is a must.
Henderson Beach State Park Destin, Florida
Henderson Beach State Park has the beautiful blue green waters of the Emerald Coast and white sandy shores. If you are looking to camp they have over 60 campsites here.
Light house Point Sanibel Island , Florida
Light house Point is a must visit while you stay in Sanibel Island. Plan a day of bike rides swimming and outdoors adventures. The sandy shores at Light house Point are great to play on. The light house a great spot to take a photo or two.
St. Augustine, Florida
Our Oldest city has so much to offer. Beautiful views, history, charming shops and good eats. You won’t want to leave St. Augustine. You could visit again and again and find something new to do every single time.
Cedar Key Sunset
Cedar Key is a must do on your visit. Cedar Key is your authentic small coastal town. Enjoy the clam chowder, look for sand dollars at Sand Dollar Beach, just take the time to unplug and relax while you are here.