Florida is known for its abundance of sunshine. It is also known as a family-friendly destination full of theme parks. However, did you know that the state of Florida is also known for its charming towns and natural wonders? Today, I am going to show you what else is waiting for you down in Florida. You will find many of these things in the best destinations for a family vacation in Florida. And trust me; you won’t be disappointed with what you learn.
Miami has long been known as a fabulous destination in Florida for families. If you choose to vacation down in Miami, you must take the time to check out Coral Castle. This structure took twenty-eight years to build. The owner, Ed Leedskalnin, used more than one thousand tons of coral rock to create this castle.
It is said that he built this castle at night, using no modern construction methods. So, no one really knows how this castle is still standing after all these years.
Here’s what I do know. It is a perfect side trip in between time at the beach and shopping adventures.
If your family loves spending time outside in nature, you must add Apalachicola National Forest to your list of things to see in Florida. This is the largest forest in the state. It is full of sparkling lakes, natural springs, and rivers. You may not want to spend a lot of time here. But nonetheless, it is important to see as many water features as possible.
Take the time to hike along the trails. Or at least drive along the Apalachee Savannahs Scenic Byway.
Not many people have heard about the town of Chipley in Florida. However, it should be well known, thanks to the Falling Waters State Park. This fern-covered park is where the tallest waterfall in the state is located. The waterfall drops down into a massive sinkhole.
You can go swimming in the springs here. So, make sure you all take your bathing suit and some towels!
If you are the type of person who loves to include history and culture in your family vacations, these gardens and museums should be at the top of your list. Inside the museum, you will find numerous exhibits that focus on Japanese culture.
Outside, the gardens are full of fountains, ponds, and foliage. I recommend spending a good part of the afternoon in the gardens, so you can truly get the full experience.
Down in Key Biscayne, you can spend time at the Neptune Memorial Reef. However, you can only do this if you are certified in scuba diving. It will be worth it to get certified though, if only so you can see the largest manmade reef in the world.
This is only one of the best scuba diving places in the world, so don’t think your certification will go to waste any time soon.
These botanical gardens are quite close to the University of Florida. You can easily combine a visit to the gardens with a college visit for your teen.
I know, I know… You’re not ready for that yet!
Anyway, the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens are where you can find a large collection of bamboo trees in Florida. There are ponds full of Victorian water lilies. And you won’t want to miss the massive herb garden, as well as the other twenty-four gardens.
Walk around, or sit on a bench, to enjoy the atmosphere.
These are the best destinations for a family vacation in Florida. If you have been searching for a way to explore this state without setting foot in a theme park, you now know you have options. However, the hard part might be choosing which destination your family will love the most.
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