Kids on nature overload will enjoy spending a day in Fort Myers, just across the causeway. At Skatium’s ice rink, admission includes rental skates on Saturday evening, which is teen night (cityftmyers.com/fmskatium). Or BYOB (in this case, board) to Fort Myers Skate Park (cityftmyers.com/skatepark).
The Winter Getaway offer at Floridays Resort Hotel in Orlando includes 15 percent off standard nightly rates. Plus, up to two children can eat breakfast free each day of your stay! Offer valid through April 30, 2018; two-night minimum stay required. To learn more about this Florida vacation deal, click here.
Miccosukee Indian Village, west of Miami. Just 30 minutes west of the Florida Turnpike, in the Everglades, enter a world unlike any other at Miccosukee Indian Village. Witness daring alligator demonstrations, enjoy the historic Miccosukee Museum and a breathtaking stroll on the boardwalk. Explore the gift shop for genuine Native American arts and crafts, patchwork, beadwork and jewelry. Glide the ‘Glades with Miccosukee Airboat Rides and stop at an Indian Camp that’s over 100 years old. Taste local cuisine including gator bites and frog legs at the Miccosukee Restaurant.
Heritage Village Largo Pinellas Central West Living website, 21-acre (85,000 m2) site includes a school, church, sponge warehouse, railroad depot and store and a variety of historic houses, and displays about agriculture, coastal living, community life and tourism; adjacent to The Florida Botanical Gardens
Located on the Pensacola Naval Air Station on a bluff overlooking Pensacola Pass, the first permanent settlement in Pensacola was found, investigated and developed into an open-air exhibit by UWF between 1995 and 1998. The site, located on the Naval Air Station, is an easy drive from downtown Pensacola.Visitors can stroll through the area once occupied by Spanish colonists and see the reconstructed northwest bastion of the wooden Fort San Carlos de Austria with two of the original cannons mounted on the walls above the fighting deck. A series of interesting historical markers offer a self-guided tour through the fort, village and cemeteries. Many of the artifacts from the Presidio are on exhibit at the Archaeology Institute. More can be viewed at the second Pensacola Lighthouse Museum.
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Oldest House Museum Key West Monroe Florida Keys Historic house website, operated by the Old Island Restoration Foundation, 1829 house with original furnishings, ship models, maritime artifacts, items recovered from Keys waters
Tickets With Park Hopper Plus (gate price for admission to any of the four theme parks, including visiting more than one per day, plus extra water park and other fun visits, including tax) – 3-day or longer tickets will be $21.30 less when purchased in advance.
The Gulf-front Sundial is the largest condo resort on the island and has the most amenities—golf, tennis, kayaking, biking, a fitness center and several restaurants. Easily zip from beach to pool and back for family volleyball games and logrolling contests. Nightly rates from $179 for fully equipped one-bedroom condos (sanibelcollection.com/sundial_resort). The more sedate West Wind Inn offers simple motel-style rooms (some with kitchenettes) just steps from the beach; the pool’s casual snack bar is perfect for eating in your swimsuit. Nightly rates from $149 (westwindinn.com).
“We had a great time at the Loews Royal Pacific celebrating my son’s birthday at Universal and Islands of Adventure. Rooms are standard, fine for 2 adults and 2 kids. My only gripe is that the pool closes early…”
Philippe Park, Safety Harbor. On the shores of Old Tampa Bay, Safety Harbor Mound resides behind shelter #2 at Philippe Park, where you can climb to the top of the ancient structure. Nearby Safety Harbor Museum of Regional History, located on the site of a Tocobaga Indian mound, displays artifacts that were found in it, dating back to the Safety Harbor culture, 1500 to 1700 A.D.
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However, I have two complaints. First, the third room is VERY small! It is located right by the front door and contains a set of bunk beds and a TV. There basically only enough room for the beds and a tiny bit of room to walk. We were hoping to set up our daughters crib in that room but the door could not be closed with the crib in the room and only one side of the crib was accessible. Second, the maintenance of the room was not the best. When we checked in we had multiple burned out light bulbs, a lamp was unplugged, and the window in the bunk room was open the slightest amount (which we didn’t notice until the 3rd day) which made that room very cold!
South of Miami on Highway 1, visitors soon reach the chain-link islands known as the Keys, the jewel-like string of islands that arc 120 miles off the southern tip of Florida down into the Caribbean, finish just 90 miles from Cuba. The islands begin in Key Largo, the city made famous by the Humphrey Bogart film of the same name. It’s also home to the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, a scuba-diving Mecca, and served as home to Ernest Hemingway during some of his serious drinking years. Islamorada and Marathon are the two other main towns along the Keys trail before you arrive in the USA’s southernmost point, Key West, where Hemingway roamed the bars, periodically, from 1928-39, and deep-sea fishing is a quasi-religion.
The Florida Keys are an archipelago of more than 400 islands that stretch for 150 miles off the southern coast of the U.S. The Keys are divided into Upper, Middle and Lower sections with the Upper being closest to the mainland. Key West, the most popular island in the Lower Keys, marks the southernmost part of the continental U.S. Water enthusiasts enjoy the Keys’ fishing, diving, water sports galore.
The angled windows at the Four Seasons Maui give almost every suite an ocean-facing sunrise view. And even the standard rooms are spacious at 600 square feet. Guests can enlist in free yoga, snorkel, and scuba lessons, or just lounge on Wailea Beach. Whale sightings are not uncommon, though for a better vantage point, take the kids along on a luxury sailing catamaran in search of humpbacks.
FPL Energy Encounter Hutchinson Island Martin Central East Science website, operated by Florida Power & Light, exhibits about electricity and energy generation, adjacent to the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant
The Walt Disney World Resort, commonly known as Walt Disney World, or often just as Disney World, is an entertainment complex in Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, Florida, near Orlando and Kissimmee, Florida. Opened on October 1, 1971, the resort is owned and operated by Walt Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products, a division of The Walt Disney Company. It was initially operated by Walt Disney World Company. The property covers nearly 25,000 acres (39 sq mi; 101 km2), featuring four theme parks, two water parks, twenty-seven themed resort hotels, nine non-Disney hotels, several golf courses, a camping resort, and other entertainment venues, including the outdoor shopping center Disney Springs.
In 1959, Walt Disney Productions began looking for land to house a second resort to supplement Disneyland in Anaheim, California, which had opened in 1955. Market surveys at the time revealed that only 5% of Disneyland’s visitors came from east of the Mississippi River, where 75% of the population of the United States lived. Additionally, Walt Disney disliked the businesses that had sprung up around Disneyland and wanted more control over a larger area of land in the next project.
Discover one of the largest animal-themed parks in the world—home to more than 1,700 animals across 250 species and featuring exciting expeditions, wild adventures and elaborate parades and performances. Explore 6 enthralling lands: Oasis, Discovery Island, Africa, Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Asia and DinoLand, U.S.A.. Spot exotic animals, trek on fascinating jungle trails and venture into wildly themed restaurants!
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This Greek-Revival church, built in 1838, was prefabricated in White Plains New York and shipped in section by schooner to Apalachicola. Early church founders included Dr John Gorrie and botanist Dr Alvin Chapman.
Florida Museum of Natural History Gainesville Alachua North Central Natural history Located on the campus of the University of Florida, flora, fauna, fossils and historic peoples of the state of Florida
This 62-acre resort on the Big Island’s Kohala coast features a saltwater lagoon sheltered from the Pacific surf. Filled with tropical fish and sea turtles, the ocean-fed water feature is ideal for snorkeling amateurs or those looking for a tranquil kayak outing. On the beach, personal cabanas with concierge service are available, as well as ocean sports equipment rentals. Just a short walk down the shore, the popular snorkeling spot Anaeho’omalu Bay is justifiably popular for its beautiful sunsets, clear snorkeling, and an ancient inland fishpond.
Disney Publishing Worldwide started mining Disney Parks with its The Kingdom Keepers series. The first novel of the series, Disney after Dark, was released in 2005. A five-book series was laid out by Pearson, but was extended to seven with the first book’s success.
Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park & Cultural Center Fort Walton Beach Okaloosa Northwest Multiple Includes the Indian Temple Mound Museum with exhibits depicting 12,000 years of Native American occupation and the Fort Walton Temple Mound, the Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum with early education displays, the Garnier Post Office Museum with postal history items from 1918 to 1956, and the Civil War Exhibits building
Families can easily spend an entire vacation in the Orlando area and never run out of things to do. My family has enjoyed visiting Walt Disney World at every age and stage since our first visit when my now 17-year-old daughter was just a baby. Now that my kids are older, Universal Studio’s Wizarding World of Potter tops our Orlando must-see list.
A window into the chilled-out world of legendary American singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett; this resort is a destination that will delight both his devoted following of ‘Parrotheads’ and anyone looking for a laid-back yet luxurious stay with plenty of diversions for the whole family. Read expert review
Over 900 homes, commercial buildings and sites are listed in our National Register District. A scenic walking tour of the town acquaints visitors with sites such as cotton warehouses, which housed the City’s once prosperous cotton export during the 1800s, a sponge exchange and Victorian homes nestled amid the moss-draped live oak trees. A map is available at the Chamber office and Visitors Center located at 122 Commerce Street.
Two more hotels opened in 1973 at Walt Disney World: the Golf Resort and the Gold Resort;[CDW 9] Disney’s Village Resort hotel opened in 1974. Disney opened the Buena Vista Club golf club in Lake Buena Vista on November 22, 1974.[CDW0 1]:71 Lake Buena Vista Village, the shopping area, opened on March 22, 1975[CDW0 1] and was renamed Walt Disney World Village in 1977.:280 Celebrity Sports Center, Disney World’s training center, was sold on March 29, 1979.
“Really enjoy the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Beautiful property in the desert with 5 pools one a lazy river Pool Service was outstanding Rooms very comfortable The buffet breakfast was one of the best Ihave had We…”
The Greek community of Tarpon Springs (45 minutes north) has some great restaurants and bakeries; try the saganaki and baklava from Hellas. Stroll the shops and historic docks—once the sponge-fishing capital of the world—and sail with St. Nicholas Boat Line to see guys in old-fashioned wet suits and bell-shaped diving helmets snatch sponges from the ocean floor (727-942-6425).
“My experience at this resort was very pleasant. The staff is very friendly always greeted and welcomed me with a warm smile, and were always available to answer any and all questions I had regarding my stay. Upon…”
DisneyQuest — an indoor interactive theme park that featured many arcade games and virtual attractions. It opened June 19, 1998 as part of an unsuccessful attempt to launch a chain of similar theme parks. It closed on July 2, 2017 to be replaced by the NBA Experience.
Earning the only AAA Four Diamond award in Daytona Beach, this exclusive resort surrounds guests in luxury, from its large rooms and exceptional dining to its white-sand beach, just a few yards from the gorgeous pool deck. Read expert review
Each of the 128 suites at this gorgeous, high-design resort offers a private plunge pool, a rooftop sundeck, and an individual boat dock. Families can play beach volleyball and soccer on the sugar-soft sands, haul Hobie Cats and snorkeling gear out to sea, or enlist in kids’ club activities. (The concierge can also book guided excursions to a nearby Mayan Sacred Cenote or underwater cave.) Grown-ups will want to find time to slip away to Sense Spa, with its steam grottoes, treatment rooms, and pools.
“Nice place to stay. Villas are comfortable and have the amenities you need. Pools are fun and there is a pool for everyone’s needs. Beach is 150 feet away. So if you want the beach or the pool both are available.”
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“Loved the hotel – rooms nice and the atmosphere and the Blau bar and other elements really tip top. We enjoyed staying by the pool and the beach too. I do have some criticisms. Maybe minor and they detract too…”