5 Kid-Friendly Places to Visit in Florida

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Florida is a pretty unique state. It only takes about two hours to travel east-west throughout most of the state, but to go from the southern most tip (Key West) to the northern border of Georgia would take you about 10 hours. That means that if you live in Florida, you’re likely going to explore the state extensively because it takes a long time to drive out of it. We love taking the kids on day trips and mini-vacations, so here are our Top 5 Kid-Friendly Places to Visit in Florida!

1. Theater of the Sea in the Florida Keys. I moved to Florida when I was 5-years old, and since then, the Florida Keys have been one of my absolute favorite places to visit. It’s where my husband and I got married more than 10 years ago. So even though I’ve been going to the Keys for about 30 years, it’s only this last May that I stopped at Theater of the Sea. I guess I thought it was just a place to see dolphins all these years, but it’s so much more than that. My children fed parrot fish, saw dolphins and parrots perform in shows, learned about animals native to the Florida Keys, went on a glass-bottom boat ride, and my daughter even tossed a ring around a sea lion’s neck!

feeding the fish

Sea Lion

Travel tip: Don’t just drive past Theater of the Sea thinking it’s only a dolphin show. It’s a great day of interactive fun for the whole family!

2. LEGOLand. I am not a theme park girl. I find waiting in long lines absolutely exhausting, and I am less than thrilled about going on rides. But LEGOLand? It was awesome! We went last Fall and had a great time! There are so many rides appropriate for both younger and older children, interactive play areas, delicious snacks, and fun characters to meet.

Lydia Drives

Super Hero Bryce

Travel tip: When visiting the Orlando area, rather than checking out the big-name theme parks, visit LEGOLand for fun rides with little wait time.

3. Busch Gardens. Prior to last summer, I had not been to Busch Gardens since high school (almost 20 years). Again, I’m not really a fan of theme parks, but Busch Gardens has so much more to offer! It’s a zoo, animal rehabilitation center, and theme park  in one! The highlight of my trip there? Watching Lydia feed baby wallabies and kangaroos. She thought it was awesome!

feeding the kangaroo

Rollercoasters at Busch Gardens

Travel tip: If you are looking for an all-day excursion that’s more than just a theme park, check out Busch Gardens, where there’s something fun for everyone of all ages.

4. South Florida Science Center and Palm Beach Zoo. The South Florida Science Center and Palm Beach Zoo are adjacent to one other and make for a fun day of family activities! At the zoo, children can see the very rare white alligator, learn about injured birds that have been rehabilitated, and play in an awesome outdoor splash pad. My kids even got to feed tortoises. Did you know that they eat raw sweet potato? I never did!

Bryce feeds tortoise

At the South Florida Science Center, children can visit the aquarium to see all different types of saltwater and freshwater fish, they can go digging for shark’s teeth outside, and learn about space voyage in the planetarium. kids fish tank

Travel tip: Looking for a fun, interactive day, with activities both indoors and outside? Check out the South Florida Science Center and Palm Beach Zoo.

5. The Beaches of Southwest Florida. We just traveled to Naples, Florida, which is less than a 2-hour drive across the state form Ft. Lauderdale where we live. The beaches on the East Coast are nice, but the water tends to be very choppy with a strong under-tow. For young children, that can be dangerous, so I keep a very watchful (paranoid…anxious…) eye on my little ones. The beaches of Southwest Florida are much better for kids. The sand is finer and smoother, the water is clearer and calmer.

kids on naples beach

Travel tip: Looking to visit the beautiful Florida beaches? Head to the west coast for calmer seas, smoother sand, and beautiful seashells!

Did I ever mention that I have the most awesome job ever? I get to travel throughout the state of Florida and visit so many awesome places — and share all of our adventures with my readers!

Recording children playing

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What travel plans have you made for this summer? 

About Carrie Wells, Ed.D.

Dr. Carrie Wells is a college instructor, blogger, wife, and work-at-home mother to two children, Lydia (age 7) and Bryce (age 5). Carrie earned her doctorate in Special Education in 2008. After becoming a mother in 2009, Carrie began blogging as Huppie Mama to share her passions for cooking, crafting, beautifying, and her family. In 2016, she rebranded as Our Potluck Family, and her husband Richard became a regular contributor.
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3 Responses to 5 Kid-Friendly Places to Visit in Florida

  1. Diana Rambles says:

    I love gulf beaches!!!

  2. Organized 31 says:

    We’ve only been to Disney, but sounds like we need to make another Florida trip soon to check out these ideas (my choice is beaches, beaches and more beaches!)

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