Florida is the second most popular state to visit in the US. Millions of tourists, from around the US and around the world, come to Florida each year for its warm, tropical weather, beautiful beaches, and world-class theme parks.
Are you looking to travel south for your vacation? Wondering how you can plan the ultimate Florida vacation for your family?
With so many options and so many fantastic vacation destinations in the Sunshine State, it can be hard to choose.
Keep reading below to learn where you should go in Florida and how you can make the trip as enjoyable and memorable as possible.
Decide What’s Most Important
To book the ultimate Florida vacation, you need to know where you’re going. To do that, you need to decide what’s most important for your family.
For millions of families with young children, visiting Disney World or Universal Studios in Orlando is at the top of the list. This means you’ll be in Central Florida, and you won’t be spending as much time at the beach.
Maybe your children are older, and you don’t need to go to Disney World. Maybe sports are really important to you. In that case, Miami is an excellent option. Miami is home to the Dolphins (NFL), the Marlins (MLB), the Heat (NBA), and Inter Miami (MLS).
Along with some of the top sports teams in the country, Miami is a cultural foodie destination filled with entertainment and nightlife opportunities.
Or, if fishing is the priority, you might want to head down to the Florida Keys, or to Tampa Bay to fish the world-class Gulf of Mexico.
Shake Things Up With Some Unexpected Activities
When you commit to a destination, you aren’t locked into one specific activity. Wherever you go in Florida, there is a plethora of activities available.
If you’re staying in Orlando, you can reach the Space Coast in under an hour and potentially watch a rocket launch. Or you can head north to Wekiwa Springs State Park and kayak down a crystal clear river.
If you’re staying in Miami, a short drive East will take you into Everglades National Park. Here you can take an airboat tour into the endless sea of grass and find dozens, if not hundreds of alligators.
Wherever you end up in Florida, you’ll be able to find something unexpected that might become the highlight of your trip.
Know the Seasons Before Booking Your Florida Vacation
Florida is very seasonal. Luckily, its seasons are opposite to most other tourist destinations in the US.
Most people don’t plan Florida vacations in the summer. The temperatures are sky-high, as is the humidity. Plus, it’s hurricane season, and there are rain showers almost every afternoon.
In the winter and spring, however, it hardly rains. The humidity level is down. And in most parts of the state, the temperatures fluctuate from 65 to 80 degrees, making it very comfortable. This is the ideal time to come, especially if you live in the north and need a break from the snow.
If you do come in winter, be prepared for lower temperatures. The occasional cold front can bring temperatures as low as 40 degrees. So pack your long pants and sweaters.
Document Your Travels
Lastly, make sure you document your family vacation. These are the memories your kids will hold onto for the rest of your lives. And if you’re traveling with grandparents, photos will be even more important.
If you can, try bringing a dedicated digital camera to help you take lots of photos and videos during your vacation.
And if you really want to remember this trip, you can hire a local photographer for a photoshoot on the beach. Professional photos of your family during your vacation will likely hang in your home for many years, if not decades to come.
And as a bonus, you can use them for your Christmas cards next holiday season, to make all your friends and family jealous.
Make the Most of Your Vacation Time
When planning a Florida vacation, the options for where to stay and what to do are nearly limitless. It’s what makes Florida such an amazing destination.
And with the right plan, you’ll choose the perfect destination, during the perfect season, to maximize your limited vacation time.
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