Buying tickets for 10 am would be safer. Maybe K route would be suitable for you. You can do it both from entrance 1 or 2.
National road is very nice and scenic, but of course it would take longer (around 5,5 hours). If you are with children, maybe it would be better to take the hig...
Definitely the best choice would be to do it on the way to Zagreb, everything else would be a waste of time. Maybe check earlier buses from Split, and then take...
This is definitely your own choice. As you said Krka would be much easier, but Plitvice lakes are also doable and definitely worth visiting.
You can check connections on this website (via Karlovac)
The park offers a lot of shade and a lot of places where you can stop, rest, or have picnic lunch.
There are benches inside the park where you can take a break.
They give you a free brochure with map in it, you can ask for it, but basically you don't need it, as everything is marked very well.
If you prefer to do your shopping in a bigger supermarket, you can do it as soon as you land in the area around the airport. There are two big supermarkets in V...
As already advised, if you want to cut costs, a bus is the best option.
Here you can find contacts of local taxis: https://www.discoverplitvice.com/how-to-get-to-plitvice/#taxi
Entrance 2 is less than 10 minutes walk from your hotel. But the buses are mostly stopping near the Entrance 1. You can ask the bus driver would he stop at the ...
Agree that the most convenient way is to enter the Entrance 2 and then to take the shuttle bus to Entrance 1 and start with the route C.
Here are some more information about Tele 2 package: https://www.tele2.hr/privatni-korisnici/promocije/welcome-to-croatia/p272/
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