Florida Resorts That Are Kid (and Parent) Friendly
Resorts with family friendly kids' programs
Many Florida resorts are more than kid friendly - they actually have separate programs for their pint-sized guests. Here is a list of several resorts with details regarding their kids' clubs.
OMNI AMELIA ISLAND PLANTATION, AMELIA ISLAND
The Resort: Situated in a quiet coastal setting with high dunes and great views of the Atlantic, this resort offers golf, tennis, dining, swimming, a spa and shops. There's a nature center on site. Complimentary games, contests and crafts are offered daily.
Kids' Program Details: Kids' Camp Amelia includes swimming, nature tours, games and arts & crafts. Age specific activities which include daily theme camps.
Time Outdoors vs. In: 80 percent out/20 percent in
Cost: $55 for morning session with lunch; $45 for afternoon session; $70 full day (includes lunch); $55 for evening program.
For Older Kids: Junior Adventures for kids ages 9-15 includes a trip to Gamers, the teen hangout in the Sunrise Wing, or a special teen tour to explore the resort.
CHEECA LODGE & SPA, ISLAMORADA
The Resort: The accommodations are luxurious, the restaurants outstanding, but the real treat is outdoors here in the fabulous Florida Keys. There's an oceanfront pool, a playground and tennis.
Kids' Program Details: Camp Cheeca features lagoon swims, pier fishing, arts and crafts and other activities focused on the local environment. Kids Night Out (ages five to 12) includes pizza, movies, games or themed activities.
Time Outdoors vs. In: 90 percent out/10 percent in
Cost: $75 per day (includes lunch)
LONGBOAT KEY CLUB & RESORT
The Resort: This luxury resort features a soft, white sand beach, 45 holes of championship golf, a spa, a deep water marina and one of the largest tennis facilities in Florida. Go sailing, rafting, kayaking, biking or boogie boarding.
Kids' Program Details: The Kids Klub includes viewing turtle nests during nesting season, educational activities, nature walks and more. It also includes field trips to nearby Attractions such as Mote Aquarium.
Time Outdoors vs. In: 50 percent out/50 percent in
Cost $60 (includes activities costs and lunch) or $35 for morning session, $25 for afternoon session.
For Older Kids: Kids Night Out and Teen Night Out Activities are offered on an occasional basis for ages 13-17.
THE NAPLES BEACH HOTEL & GOLF CLUB, NAPLES
The Resort: This Gulf-front resort is known for its pristine, white sand beach, world-class spa, championship golf course and golf instruction and award-winning tennis center.
Kids' Program Details: The Beach Kids Club offers swimming and games in the beachside pool, shelling, face painting and theme days such as Pirates Day with buried treasure hunts. There's also games, movies and crafts.
Time Outdoors vs. In:50 percent out/50 percent in
Cost: Free, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., with an additional charge for lunch and some seasonal activities.
For Older Kids: No organized programs, but teen- and 'tween-friendly activities include volleyball tournaments and golf and tennis clinics.
SANDESTIN GOLF AND BEACH RESORT, DESTIN
The Resort: This 2,400-acre resort is more like a world unto itself, with four championship golf courses, more than 20 restaurants and 50 shops. There are complimentary trams and rental bikes, and more than 20 miles of bike paths.
Kids' Program Details: The KidZone program offers activities such as arts and crafts, games and swimming.
Time Outdoors vs. In:65 percent out/35 percent in, but varies depending on weather. If the weather is good, the majority of activities will be outside.
Cost $55 per day and $45 per evening (multiple days and sibling discounts available)
For Older Kids: No organized program, but teen- and 'tween-friendly activities include outdoor concerts and movies, shopping and an on-site miniature golf course.
SOUTH SEAS ISLAND RESORT, CAPTIVA ISLAND
The Resort: This 330-acre wildlife sanctuary and resort village offers two lagoon-style pools overlooking Pine Island Sound, including an additional pool with two waterslides. There's tennis, golf and much more.
Kids' Program Details: South Seas proudly partners with Sanibel Sea School where kids' programs take an "educational discovery" approach. Kids go on shell safaris or photo-scavenger hunts. This camp is for kids 6-13 years old. The Bubbles & Splash kids' program is for little ones, age 1 - 4.
Time Outdoors vs. In: 80 percent out/20 percent in
Cost: $55 per child for half-day session (9 a.m. - noon or 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.); $96 for all-day session including lunch.
For Older Kids: The separate teen activities for kids ages 14 to 17 offer kayak trips, theme nights at Skully's Interactive Center, beach volleyball, and sailing and fishing instruction programs. Cost varies per program.
TRADEWINDS ISLAND GRAND, ST. PETE BEACH
The Resort: This Gulf-front resort offers programs for all ages of kids like a pirate show, water slide, arts and crafts, glow-in-the-dark beach volleyball, WaveJet electric surfboards, bungee trampoline, water park, “Beaker” the resort mascot and more.
Kids' Program Details: The KONK (Kids Only, No Kidding) Club program incorporates crafts, games and activities in both day and night programs.
Time Outdoors vs. In:70 percent out/30 percent in
Cost Nominal charge for day/evening session (includes crafts, meal, snacks and drinks)
For Older Kids: No formal program, but teen and 'tween-friendly activities include fun activities for every age, beach activities – parasailing and waverunners, waterslide and games of skill.