Your children have persuaded you and you have finally agreed to take a Florida vacation. The children are excited and all prepared to depart. They have a strong desire to go to Orlando, and you are growing weary of hearing about Disney World on a daily basis. What’s a poor mom or dad to do? While Disney World is the most renowned vacation destination in Florida, it is not the only vacation destination.
The Orlando and Kissimmee regions have a wide variety of vacation attractions. In fact, Kissimmee can be considered the laid-back, historic alternative to Orlando. Kissimmee residents have made a concerted effort to retain the appeal the area is known for. While there are some water parks and resorts, attractions such as Old Town, rodeos, horseback riding and a petting farm make it a wonderful family vacation getaway.
Other cities in the vicinity that are great family vacation destinations include, Mount Dora, great for biking trips, Polk City, for aircraft enthusiasts and Sanford, home town of the Central Florida Zoological Park.
Further south is located Palm Beach County. Yes, that’s right, I did say Palm Beach. I know what you’re thinking. ‘Palm Beach’ and ‘family vacation getaways’ don’t go hand in hand . That’s where you may be mistaken . You just have to understand where to find them. West Palm Beach is perfect for that family vacation getaway, thanks to destinations such as the Norton Museum of Art and the Lion Country Safari, where visitors can see lions, giraffes, and a host of other animals, running free.
As you proceed in a northerly direction, you can provide your children with the perfect opportunity to learn more about the environment, by going to the Loggerhead Park and The Marine Life Center in Juno. Here they will learn about sea turtles and be able to go on a turtle walk.
We have not finished yet. Welcome to the Florida Keys, a great place for adding more excitement to your vacation. Certainly I wouldn’t suggest you take your children diving, unless they’re accustomed to that sort of thing, but you can definitely visit Islamorada. They will enjoy the unique experience of interacting with sea lions and dolphins. You will also have the opportunity to feed the giant tarpon that congregate near the docks. How many other kids will be able to say that they did that on their family vacation? As you now realize? Disney World is not the sole option for your Florida family vacation.