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Tuesday, Feb 09, 2016

Family Beach Break in Daytona Beach

In Daytona Beach, spring break and families just go together. Here’s a look at the fun and family-friendly adventures you can have along the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. 

Soak up the sun in Daytona Beach – Julie Fletcher for VISIT FLORIDA

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Road Trip: From Northeast to Northwest Florida

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

JacksonvilleThe 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. 

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Penguins Backstage Pass: The Florida Aquarium

I’d like to introduce you to a new friend my family and I had the pleasure of meeting last month at the Florida Aquarium.  His name is Cliff. And he’s a penguin. 

We met Cliff during the Penguins: Backstage Pass experience – a thirty-minute encounter with these cute, little creatures and it couldn’t have been a better time for us to visit.  My oldest daughter, Maggie had just learned about penguins the week before at preschool – so she was especially excited to see one in real life. 

The biologists taught us about the penguins feeding habits, showed us their surroundings within the aquarium and Cliff even showed us his swimming skills. I was interested to learn that these are "warm weather" penguins so they don’t slide on their bellies.  Cliff enjoyed us petting him so much that he almost fell asleep during our photo session.  Being cute is tough work. 

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