9 Summer Vacation Ideas in Florida for Families

Seashells are deposited on shore by the thousands from the Gulf, where these barrier islands function as enormous sieves. It's among the top locations on Earth for shelling. Sanibel and Captiva Islands are family favorites because of its gorgeous beaches.

1. Captiva and Sanibel Islands

Families are drawn here year-round by the miles of extra-wide beaches, mild surf, and small-town atmosphere combined with big-town conveniences. Feel at home whether you stay in cozy little motels or imposing high-rises. 

2. Clearwater/St. Pete Beach

A place without parking meters and no structures more than four stories what's not to adore? You have a true crowd-pleaser when you combine the abundance of water sports with the natural beauty of the area. Their downtown sections are perfect for strollers and strolling, day or night.

3. Martin County

Perdido Key, as its name suggests, is a "Lost" key that is undoubtedly worth locating. Its picture-perfect white coastlines have earned it a spot on Dr. Beach's list of the top 20 beaches in the country. Discover one of Florida's best-kept beach secrets by crossing one of the bridges from the mainland to paradise. 

4. Perdido Key

The Beaches of St. Augustine on Anastasia Island are located a short distance from the oldest city, which is home to several historic landmarks. Some of the state's most picturesque beaches are created by miles of breathtaking coastline and barrier islands. 

5. The Beaches of St. Augustine

There are twelve waterfalls, two waterslides, a swim-through grotto with a roof more than twelve feet high, and a half-acre main pool at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. All told, 800,000 gallons of pure, unadulterated pleasure.

6. Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Orlando

At this resort with a Polynesian motif, there's a 1.5-acre, 220,000-gallon water park called Liki Tiki Lagoon. And just wait till you see its huge squirting octopus, soothing wave pool, exploding volcano, and corkscrew slides for kids.

7. Liki Tiki Village Resort, Winter Garden

This lagoon-style pool is a kid's dream come true. In addition to seven slides and a plenty of toys at the pool, your kids will love the daily "slimings" that take place there. Additionally, there is a 400-gallon dump tank that spills contents.

8. Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites, Lake Buena Vista

Prepare to be amazed by the five acres of waterpark available to club members and visitors to the resort. Hold on to your bikini because the 323,000-gallon main pool features a 110-foot waterslide with a 15-foot drop! A water playground that is interactive is also included. 

9. Reunion Resort and Club, Orlando