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Best Family Friendly Vacations - Florida

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1Orlando
Orlando offers opportunities to ricochet through a thrilling itinerary of roller coasters, resorts, dinosaurs and Disney amusements. Fantastic family fun plus shows and rides galore come courtesy of Walt Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando and Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios.
2Fort Lauderdale, Broward County
Fort Lauderdale calls itself the Venice of Florida, with frontage on the Atlantic Ocean, the New River and the Intracoastal Waterway. Families can journey through the Everglades, salt marshes and savannahs or relax on sunny, sandy beaches. Kids will especially love the Museum of Discovery and Science.
3Sanibel Island
Fans of seashell-collecting will rejoice on the beaches of Sanibel Island, where it's possible to find specimens worthy of the local Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum. Rent bikes and explore the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge.
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      Sanibel Island
      The wedding wonderland of Sanibel Island lures lovers to its 15 miles of beautiful beaches. Shore strolls and embraces by the lighthouse, as the sun is setting, fill balmy days, while the island's melting pot of restaurants provide memorable menus for romantics.
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      Sanibel Island
      Saunter on the shell-speckled sands of tropical barrier island, Sanibel, on Florida's Gulf coast. Quiet, secluded White Beach, with its scurrying sandpipers, offers a respite from the holidaymaking hordes elsewhere, while Turner Beach lures those with their sights on shells or the day’s catch.
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4Tampa
Tampa is the town for family entertainment and adventure. Go crazy at Busch Gardens/Adventure Island theme parks, get up close and personal with exotic birds at nearby Sarasota Jungle Gardens or experience science interactively at the Museum of Science and Industry planetarium and IMAX theater.
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      Tampa
      Tampa has everything a beach lover needs for a great vacation. Here you can swim in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico or lounge, play or party on sandy white beaches. Then finish the day with seafood over colorful sunsets and balmy breezes.
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5Daytona Beach
Dazzling Daytona Beach is home to the International Speedway and is near Kennedy Space Center, so kids of all ages can let their imaginations soar. Sunbathe and swim along 23 miles of sparkling beaches sure to please everyone.
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      Daytona Beach
      With more than 20 miles of dazzling beaches, Daytona Beach attracts beach lovers with its variety of activities. Visit the hard-packed beach that early automotive engineers tested their inventions on, play at the Oceanfront Boardwalk or swim, sail, sunbathe or fish in balmy breezes.
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6Key Largo, Florida Keys
Home to America's only living coral barrier reef, Key Largo is your family's gateway to the Everglades. Explore the surprising life underwater on a glass-bottom boat, experience the "River of Grass" on an eco-tour, take your kids fishing, or play till their heart's content at Harry Harris Park and Beach.
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      Key Largo
      Key Largo's spectacular Sandspur and Caloosa Beaches are a part of protected area Bahia Honda. This divine duo of sandy beaches, with their coconut palms and year-round warm waters, offer marvelous swimming, snorkeling and kayaking in their calm waters. Sandspur is especially popular with families.
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      Key Largo
      Amid tropical hardwoods and winding creeks, with coral clusters off shore, this northernmost of the Florida Keys feels a world away. Sunset sails, dolphin encounters, strolls through the mangrove wetlands and sumptuous meals for two make Key Largo a deliciously romantic destination.
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7Fort Myers Beach
Fort Myers Beach has something for every member of the family. Swim, fish, hike or canoe at Lover's Key, take a swamp-buggy tour to view panthers, bison and alligators or join reclusive marine animals for a lunchtime meal at the Ostego Bay Marine Science Center.
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      Fort Myers Beach
      Located on Florida's Gulf Coast, Fort Myers offers its own great beaches as well as being surrounded by some 100 barrier and coastal islands to explore. The shelling is stupendous, and the nearby Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is inspirational. The Great Calusa Blueway offers 40 miles of canoe and kayak trails.
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      Fort Myers Beach
      Perched on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River, Fort Myers Beach is a glorious gateway to the Gulf of Mexico. An array of excellent accommodations is on offer for those who want to stay close enough to stroll barefoot together along the sands as they admire the ever-changing hues of the Gulf.
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8St. Pete Beach
For a relaxing and entertaining beach vacation, Saint Pete Beach has a lot to offer young families. Play around at the Pier's Fun Center arcade, test your driving skills on the go-kart track, go dolphin watching or dive into the blue waters, or get involved with the hands-on museum exhibits at Great Explorations.
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      St. Pete Beach
      Nestled on the tip of a peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, Saint Pete Beach is perfectly situated for romantic strolls and pier dining. Fort De Soto and Caladesi Island are two of the country's best beaches, and Clearwater Beach's sunsets are breathtaking.
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      St. Pete Beach
      For a relaxing and entertaining beach vacation, Saint Pete Beach has a lot to offer sun-worshippers. Go dolphin watching, swim, snorkel or dive into the blue waters, enjoy every variety of water or sunny sport, or just lie back and soak up the sun on sandy Florida beaches.
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9Marco Island
Families flock to Marco Island for its idyllic weather, array of sun sports and plentiful golf courses. Tour the Ten Thousand Islands by airboat or ecotour, fish for Mangrove Snapper, go shopping and shelling, or admire 200 bird species while kayaking Rookery Bay.
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      Marco Island
      Every kind of romantic will be wooed by picturesque Marco Island, an idyllic spot at the northernmost point of the Thousand Islands. Sumptuous restaurants, gleaming sands and luxurious accommodations make this a deliciously decadent destination for those with romance on their minds. Nights at the Philharmonic, in nearby Naples, add ambience.
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      Marco Island
      You can enjoy every imaginable water sport and get back to nature at a casual island pace on Marco Island. Swim, canoe, kayak or sail your way around the largest of Florida's Ten Thousand Islands with miles of pristine beaches, nature reserves and protected marshes.
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10Pensacola
Located on the Florida panhandle, Pensacola has a great Gulf of Mexico beach, a terrific zoo and Sam's Fun City and Surf City Water Park. History buffs appreciate Historic Pensacola Village, the Pensacola Historical Museum and Seville Square Historic District as well as two Civil War forts.
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      Pensacola
      Sailing, kayaking and wave running top the activity list for the energetically inclined visiting Pensacola, while the sparkling white sand is perfect for sun baking and sandcastle building. Four species of sea turtle nest in subtropical Pensacola's sand dunes and over 300 species of birds bob in the emerald waters.
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11Cocoa Beach, Brevard County
Six miles of family fun await on Florida's beautiful Space Coast. Take the easy option and swim, sun, stroll or even watch a space launch from the beach, or up the pace and kayak the Banana River islands, surf-cast for dinner or try some new moves in the skateboard park.
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      Cocoa Beach
      Dolphins frolic in the waves, manatees loll in the canals, and colorful umbrellas confetti the sands of Cocoa Beach. Watching a space launch from Kennedy or Cape Canaveral, or exploring the restaurants and nightlife of cruise ship dock Port Canaveral, adds to the excitement of this barrier island city.
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12Clearwater
Although Clearwater is renowned for world-class golf courses, it offers plenty for families with small children. Parents and kids both can enjoy gorgeous white-sand beaches, dolphin-watching boat rides, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and nearby Busch Gardens amusement park.
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      Clearwater
      Swimming in the warm blue waters on Clearwater's Gulf Coast is a refreshing pleasure for kids and grown-ups, and the wide shores here provide ample room for playing on the beach, too. Volleyball, parasailing and waterskiing are all great, but relaxing on the sand and sunbathing aren't bad either.
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13St. Petersburg
The Saint Petersburg area contains one of the top beaches in the country, but there's also plenty of room for culture. Kids of all ages love the pier, with its hands-on children's museum, aquarium and shopping. The Salvador Dali Museum and Florida Holocaust Museum provide more serious diversions.
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      St. Petersburg
      Boasting two of the nation's best beaches, Saint Petersburg has stunning sands, perfect whether you choose to soak up sun at Fort De Soto; swim, shell, fish or snorkel on Caladesi Island; or enjoy Clearwater's Pier 60 and unbeatable sunsets. Busch Gardens, Adventure Island and eight aquariums and zoos are nearby.
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