Five Reasons for a Family Holiday in Florida


Now is the ideal time to start thinking about your summer holiday, especially if you’re planning a family trip. So here are my top tips on what makes Florida a brilliant destination to take the kids. 

Value for money 
Current exchange rates mean a holiday in the US could save you cash in the long run - it’s cheap once you’re out there and summer is Florida’s off-peak season. Booking attractions in advance can help keep costs down, with many offering discounts on family and day passes.

Summer sun
Florida’s nickname (the Sunshine State) is a bit of a giveaway so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that you’re guaranteed sun year-round Florida, even during the rainy season.

New thrills and spills at Florida attractions 
Famous for theme parks that include Disney World, Universal Orlando Resorts® and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Orlando is a huge hit with kids and teens. This summer LEGOLAND® Florida looks set to make a splash when it opens its brand new waterpark. SeaWorld‘s  newest attraction TurtleTrek launches this spring and from 23 June-12 August you can experience special night-time shows and spectacular fireworks displays.  Across the street at its sister park Discovery Cove you can come face to face with marmosets and otters at the new Freshwater Oasis. 

Family-friendly beaches
The Sunshine State boasts an array of beaches that cater for families. Siesta Beach, ( voted best beach in the US in 2011 by coastal expert Stephen Leatherman (Dr Beach), is great for kids. The white sandy beach of Fort De Soto Park in St Petes/Clearwater is another firm favourite with families.
Outdoors and nature
Florida is teeming with wildlife and natural beauty that will excite kids of all ages. Why not book a twin centre stay and combine trip to Orlando with a visit to Florida Keys where you can swim with dolphins, spot native alligators and discover sea turtles nesting.

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Where is citrus county in relation to Orlando we are vacationing in Florida 2017 from Scotland uk and would love to visit your manatees.

Regards Lydia Lingley
Hi Lydia,
Thanks for reaching out.
Citrus County is mainly west and a bit north of Orlando. According to Google Maps, the route from Orlando to Citrus County is 1 hour 23 min (82.6 miles) via Florida's Turnpike, without traffic. To actually get to Crystal River would probably take a little longer (maybe an hour 40 minutes), but you can look up exact directions using Google Maps.
You’ll love the manatees!
Sunny regards,
Lauren Tjaden for VISIT FLORIDA