Calling All Ages: Family Fun for Everyone

By: Amy Shepherd Nance

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Florida's attractions will please the preschool set, the young at heart and everybody in between.

Bringing the whole crew to Florida and everybody from little Emma to Aunt Jo expects a great time? No problem. Just use this guide to attractions and fun for all ages.

Preschool Set

Fun is building at Winter Haven’s LEGOLAND®, where little tinkers can drive a LEGO semitruck or run a town in toddler-themed DUPLO Village. Even the smallest hands can milk a cow at Kissimmee’s Green Meadows Petting Farm. With guided tours and 300 animals, tykes get up close and personal with their favorite storybook animals. Ariel devotees won’t believe the real-life mermaids gliding through the waters at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in Spring Hill.

Elementary Ed

Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo’s calf scramble is wicked good fun; just try and snatch a bandana off the little cows clipping along in the open ring. For adrenaline junkies, surf the new Honolulu Half Pipe at Destin’s Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park. Want mind-bending thrills? Engineers can design a roller coaster and virtually ride it using the Wonder Simulator at WonderWorks Orlando. For cultural enrichment, check out Miami Children’s Museum’s Meet Miami exhibit, where kids learn how a multicultural city comes alive.

Tweens

Zip line over a crocodile lagoon at St. Augustine Alligator Farm’s Crocodile Crossing, the first course of its kind. In Polk City, the tech-savvy kids will appreciate Fantasy of Flight’s sophisticated hang gliding simulator and the new Wing Walk Air attraction, a ropes and zip course over water and down a runway. For beach bums, there’s plenty to learn from the professional surfers at Daytona Beach Surfing School.

College Bound

Teens will get schooled at The Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, featuring more than 2,000 of the Surrealist’s mind-bending works. If it’s vintage finds your coeds are after, shop the Hialeah thrift district to score hip clothes. At AMI Kite and Watersports Adventures in funky Anna Maria Island, kite boarding is the hottest sport to learn. No college-bound student visiting Florida will want to pass up this pastime – a favorite of the local coeds: tubing down any one of the cool, clear springs. Ichetucknee Springs State Park offers some of the best tubing around.

Young at Heart

At Schnebly Redland’s Winery in Homestead, adults can unwind in a stunning, Florida-themed tasting room. A trip to Tallahassee’s Mission San Luis council house is a glimpse into 17th century Apalachee Indian and Spanish culture. For romance and history buffs, Cape St. George Light tours offer a great photo op. Ride off into the sunset on horseback on the beach in Fort Pierce.


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