Whether you admit it or not, your kids are growing, and they are doing so real fast! Last time, you took a video of their first walk and then all of a sudden, you’re driving them to their high school for their first day. Time passes quickly, especially when it comes to our kids. That is why it is important that we make their childhood as impressive as possible by bringing them to the best family vacations they will ever have.
So if you’re one of the parents who are worried that you have not made enough memories with your children before they grow to become the best version of an adult as they are, then you have to pack your bags and book a flight to Florida!
If there is one state in the US that you can visit with your kids, you don’t have to look far. From theme parks and museums to natural parks and beaches, Florida has millions of fun stuff that you and your children can enjoy together. We have listed down the top five destinations and activities that you and your kids MUST try (that is not Disney World or Universal Studios) before they grow up!
Legoland is like a dream come true for your kids. It’s a theme park with many rides and activities that both adults and kids would enjoy. Some of the most popular rides include Ninjango, Star Wars, and Merlin, which are all fun and thrill-filled! The entire park also features several bigger-than-life statues entirely made of legos, which will undoubtedly fuel kids’ creative juices and imagination!
There’s a lot of things to do in Legoland. You can try rides like the Safari Trek, Technicycle, The Dragon, and the DUPLO Train. You kids can also learn how to drive at the Ford Driving school, Boating School, and Ford Jr. Driving School where they can get a miniature driver’s license as a souvenir. Restaurants and other activities can also be enjoyed by the whole family, making Legoland not just for kids but for kids-at-heart as well!
Kennedy Space Center
You will be shocked by how many kids dreamt of being an astronaut to fly to the moon someday. Make those dreams come true by bringing them to the Kennedy Space Center. Not only will the kids learn the journey of humankind in its conquest to understand the universe, but they will also be given a chance to witness an actual rocket launch. They can also hop in a space shuttle simulator where you can feel what it’s like to be inside Atlantis, NASA’s icon. Who knows, your children might become the next Neil Armstrong who will make a “giant leap for mankind.” Exciting!
Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory
Children are always fascinated with the beauty of nature. Bringing them to the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory will surely ignite their interest in the natural world. In this garden, your children would be able to see hundreds of beautiful butterfly species and thousands of different plants and flowers. The conservatory also houses exotic birds like flamingos! There’s also a lot of educational workshops, exhibits, and shows where your kids can enjoy and learn at the same time. And of course, you can join them too! Who doesn’t want a good nature trip, anyway?
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
If flora and fauna are not your thing, then you can bring your children to the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. If there is something that Florida can be proud of, it is its gift of biodiversity — both inland and in water. Take your kids snorkeling at a reef so they can see what’s happening down there –there’s a lot, so you should do it too! Being the first underwater park in the country, the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park proves that there is beauty in protecting our coral reefs and marine life.
Fury Water Adventures
If you’re in Florida but won’t be in at least one of its pristine beaches, you are missing a lot! There are a lot of beaches that you can choose from, but if you’re with your kids, the best place to be is at Fury Water Adventures. This place hosts tons of different water activities that you can mix and match depending on your ideal family summer getaway. Go on a jet ski tour, ride on a banana raft, snorkel, parasail, slide down a water slide, paddle through mangroves, balance on a standup paddleboard, and the list goes on.
Your kids are growing up fast, so don’t let any moment pass by without maximizing your memories together. Add Florida to your travel bucket list with your children. There’s a lot more than the state can offer!
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