Tuesday 18 September 2018

Top Tips for Planning a Family Holiday in Florida.

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Florida is a dream holiday vacation for many people including me and my family! Its somewhere we spoke about visiting but have been holding off until the kids were a little older and could really enjoy and remember it. Now that they are almost 9 and 4 we have been thinking about our dream holiday and I think the time will soon be right for us to make our dream a reality! So I thought I would share with you some of our thoughts on planning a family holiday to Florida!

Whilst I love to be close to the buzz and excitement I need to know I have somewhere I can back to and relax and long and busy days. Holidays with kids seem to be very much on the go and so knowing you have somewhere to retreat to on an evening is key for me. There are so many Florida villa rentals available with style and space to suit every family they are the perfect solution to your accommodation needs when visiting Florida.

From sea-view villas to your own pool, renting a villa means you get exactly what you and your family want from accommodation and often for a very competitive price too. When we go on holiday we much prefer to be self catering and have our own space as it gives us much more flexibility. It means we have somewhere to escape the crowds and noise on a night and recharge for the next day without having to worry about other noisy guests or being disturbed. 

Once you have your travel and accommodation sorted of course its time to move on to planning your activities for your holiday! This is the point where you may wish to also look at hiring a car from somewhere such as Discover Cars you have a range of affordable rental cars you can use to get aroun whilst on holiday. Now I know what your probably thinking.. um its Florida, I am heading straight to Disney! Whilst I agree Disney is definitely a must do/see there are so many other family friendly activities in Florida that are really worth checking out.

I asked some other fabulous bloggers who have been lucky enough to visit and experience Florida for their recommendations of places to visit and see and here are some of their fantastic suggestions...

Star from Autism Kids On TourMy favourite place to visit was Rock Springs at Kelly Park! We went tubing down the river and it was beautiful and amazing! 

(Photo credit to Star from Autism Kids On Tour)

Pete from Household Money SavingSt. Pete Beach is lovely. A couple of hours from Orlando, the beaches are beautiful and we found it much quieter than Daytona. Plus, you often see dolphins near where you swim.

Carrie from Flying With A Baby - We loved Boggy Creek Air Boat ride. A thrilling trip into the Everglades where you can spot alligators. Before hand, you can feed the baby ones and prospect for semi precious stones and alligator teeth!

(Photo credit to Carrie from Flying With A Baby)

Amanda from We Blog TravelOne of my favourite things to do is visit Winter Gardens which is very close to the parks but feels worlds apart. It’s got a great collection of info shops selling local produce and food and the drive there looking at the gorgeous colourful houses is worth it alone.

(Photo credit to Amanda from We Blog Travel)

Karen from Our Irish Family - We loved visiting Mount Dora. It is a lovely town with antique stores, very laid back and only an hour drive from Orlando. 

You also of course have the Disney Parks to visit, the Kennedy space centre, Busch gardens and my son is desperate to visit the Florida Legoland with over 50 rides and attractions and even a water park for kids under 12 its a must do for any Lego fan.

Florida definitely looks and sounds like an amazing family vacation destination. We have actually never been abroad and have been holding off from our first plane trip until the kids were a little older and more able to sit on the long flight and cope with the heat/travel etc. With so many beautiful beaches, adventures to be had an memories to be made I am sure it will be the holiday of a life time!

With so many things to see, beautiful beaches and stunning views the only problem is I am not sure I would want to come home again! Especially having a luxury villa to call home for a few weeks with sea views out of my window and my very own pool returning back to my terraced house most probably in the rain just doesn't have the same appeal! But hey at least very soon I might be able to escape reality and slip away into our very own paradise, a family holiday in Florida even if only for a few weeks!

Have you ever been to Florida? If so what is your must do and see suggestions for families?


**This is a collaborative post with Luxury Retreats. However all words and opinions are my own and I retain full control of this post. **

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