No matter where you live in America, Florida is a great vacation spot. Whether you like eternal sunshine, beautiful beaches or water sports, Florida has everything you could ever ask for on vacation. If you’re traveling with kids, pick a family-friendly resort rather than a hotel and you’ll have more amenities that the whole family can enjoy. Some are close to the theme parks, others are far enough away if you’d rather avoid the rush. You’re spoilt for choice in Florida so we’ve reviewed and recommended the following places that will suit any traveler to the sunshine state.
The Breakers in Palm Beach
There are a few reasons why The Breakers in Palm Beach is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This iconic resort includes beautiful buildings and incredible grounds but none of those will interest your kids. The youngest children can be enrolled into the Camp Breakers program for three to five-year-old. For older kids, there’s a more sophisticated program for six to 12-year olds. The family-style Italian restaurant is part of an entire building dedicated to the kids’ club. Aside from that, your little ones can enjoy family golf sessions, go snorkeling or kayaking in a private beach or ride around the place on one of the resort’s bikes.
Four Seasons Resort in Orlando
You can get any closer to Walt Disney World than this. Staying at the Four Season Resort in Walt Disney World adds a little luxury to your vacation. You’ll stay just a few steps from the gates to the Magic Kingdom where your children can enjoy themselves in the five-acre water park that includes a wide variety of waterslides. Why not trek through Explorer Island with the kids before playing 18 holes at the Tom Fazio golf course? If that sounds like hard work, end your day at the spa where a luxury body treatment will take your cares away.
JW Marriott in Marco Island
The long sweeping sandy beach along Marco Island is arguably the best in Florida. They have everything you’d expect including a family-orientated pool with waterslide and waterfalls. Go for the Lanai Suites if they’re available because they have a separate living area as well as private patios and views of the Gulf of Mexico. There’s a day camp for five to 12-year-old kids and live entertainment on the beach for all the family to enjoy.
Longboat Key Club in Longboat Key
There’s a Kids Night Out every Friday and the Camp Loggerhead Kids Club runs regular programs designed to entertain and occupy your kids. No wonder this place is a long-standing favorite with families. You can paddleboard, kayak, or go rafting with or without the children at this resort or head into the clear blue of the Gulf of Mexico for a splash. There are plenty of complimentary beach games to play with your family every Friday and Saturday afternoon.
Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater
This resort is as popular with couples as it is families so there’s normally a little more room to breathe when you’re enjoying the family-focused activities. The Sandpearl Resort’s kids’ club, Camp Ridley, will still have plenty of guests because this is a popular resort. Camp Ridley is for five to 10-year old kids but there’s still plenty to do if your children are older including enjoying S’mores around a bonfire.
To Consider Before Your Purchase
You will need to balance three things. How far from the parks you should be, which services are the most important to you, and the price you’re willing to pay.
- The Breakers has 10 tennis courts, 10 boutique shops and 540 guest rooms
- The Four Seasons resort has a climbing wall and activity center on Explorer Island
- Longboat Key Club has 20 tennis courts, an on-site spa and 45 holes of golf
- Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater offers sand sculpture lessons for free.
What Do They Say on Other Sites
“The view is amazing and the service provided by Mido and Nexo complete the experience! Excellent!” (Youngfarms3 reviewing JW Marriott in Marco Island on Tripadvisor)
“Highly Recommend this property when visiting Disney. Great for adults and kids.” (Richard E D reviewing Four Seasons Orlando on Tripadvisor)
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