My favorite place to visit inside LEGOLAND Florida is MINILAND USA, home to seven themed areas made with LEGO bricks. Located in Winter Haven, you’ll find miniature versions of cities and landmarks from across the United States.
One of the pools at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Credit: Universal Orlando Resort
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida puts families inside London and the famed stories of Muggles and Wizards. Here’s a look at some of the experiences you can take part in at Diagon Alley:
From the Minions to Spongebob Squarepants and even The Grinch, there are numerous opportunities to meet larger than life characters at many of Universal Orlando Resort’s restaurants.
Road trips have been a part of my family vacations since I was a little girl. Not big into flying, my parents loved piling everyone in the car and hitting the road to explore the sights of the Sunshine State. Now that I have a family of my own, I’ve carried on my love of road trips to them.
Interstate 10 covers the state from Jacksonville to Pensacola with plenty of great spots to explore along the way. Here are some of our favorite places to visit along the trek from Northeast to Northwest Florida
Jacksonville – The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, just outside Downtown Jacksonville, has close to 5,000 works of art and a fantastic art education center for children. It's the largest fine arts museum in North Florida. The Art Connections center is designed for kids, and my girls love the ‘Gallery under Five’ area, with replicas of artwork found in the main galleries -- but on a much smaller scale -- that they can touch adn appreciate.
As a Jacksonville native, I always get a thrill out of showing my kids the places I visited as a child.
Now, I'll share with you. Here’s a look at some of my favorite spots for kids to have fun around Northeast Florida:
Adventure Landing Jacksonville Beach – This adventure park is a for kids. With go-karts, mini-golf, laser tag, batting cages and a great arcade room, it's a great way to spend the whole day. And if the weather is warm, take advantage of the Shipwreck Island Waterpark, too. There’s nothing more relaxing than floating along the Little St. Johns River lazy river.
Is it any wonder that Florida is the Number One dream vacation spot for kids? After all it's the home of Walt Disney World Universal Orlando Resort Busch Gardens Tampa and other thrilling theme parks. And Florida has 1 800 miles of coastline translating to sandcastle-building fishing and family fun.In the Sunshine State your kids can meet Shamu and Mickey Mouse for sure. But they can also meet an astronaut at the Kennedy Space Center and a professional baseball player at a spring training game.
Experience the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex– Peter W. Cross for VISIT FLORIDA
Here kids can swim with dolphins and manatees see real live alligators and snorkel surrounded by colorful tropical fish. They can experience fun hands-on exhibits at kid-friendly museums aquariums and zoos.Here are some places that just shouldn't be missed while in Florida. Alluring Amusement Parks Beloved cartoon characters exotic animals and killer whales. Scream-inducing stomach-turning roller coasters magical fairylands and realistic simulators. Fireworks parades and light shows. Stunning costumes and talented dancers and singers. This is the world of Florida theme parks -- sensory overload and excitement like nothing your kids have ever experienced.The Orlando area is theme park central home to the Walt Disney World Resort (including Magic Kingdom Park Epcot Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom) Universal Orlando Resort (including Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure) and SeaWorld Aquatica and Discovery Cove.
From wooden roller coasters such as White Lightning to family rides like Bumper Kars and the Paratrooper, there's a ride for everyone, no matter your level of courage.
And, for little ones, a few of the most popular rides include the Kiddie Slide, Tea Cups and Frog Hopper.