15 Amazing Things to Do with Kids in Florida

From its thrilling theme parks to its miles of white sand beaches, Florida is an obvious choice when vacationing with kids. The family-friendly travel destination is home to many action-packed cities, including Orlando, Tampa, Clearwater, St. Augustine, and Daytona Beach, just to name a few. Parents can choose from an incredible selection of kid-friendly Airbnbs in Florida that are in close proximity to many popular attractions.

The Sunshine State is a dream come true for children of all ages. There is so much to see and discover, you’ll never want to leave. Fill your itinerary with a wide range of activities and events that will ensure a memorable vacation that your kids will remember for the rest of their lives.

1. Visit the most Magical Place on Earth – Disney World.
2. Tour the Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory and sample the goods.
3. Float down the Kelly Park waterway.
4. Meet sea creatures at Mote Marine Laboratory.
5. Learn about man’s journey to outer space at the Kennedy Space Center.
6. Head to Highland Hammock State Park for a picnic.
7. Set off on a Bok Tower Gardens treasure hunt.
8. Dance with the butterflies at Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory.
9. Play classic arcade games at Old Town amusement park.
10. Build sandcastles at Clearwater Beach under a cabana.
11. Enjoy hands-on fun at Legoland.
12. See an underwater show at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.
13. Become a circus performer at The Ringling museum and walk the trapeze.
14. Watch a wildlife show at St. Augustine Alligator Farm.
15. Take a guided cave tour at Florida Caverns State Park.

1. Disney World – Orlando

Disney Animal Adventure Park
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Celebrate the magic of Disney at The Walt Disney World Resort. Disney World consists of several theme parks, including Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot, as well as several water parks and other destinations like Disney Boardwalk and Disney Springs. If you are considering staying near Disney World, we recommend staying in a kid-friendly Airbnb in Orlando.

2. Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory – Daytona Beach

Have your own Charlie and the Chocolate Factory experience when you tour the world-famous Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory. Founded in 1925, the chocolate shop offers a wide selection of handcrafted chocolates and candies. They also offer free tours of the on-site factory.

3. Kelly Park & Rock Springs – Apopka

Rock Springs Florida
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Located just 40 minutes outside Orlando, Kelly Park offers a beautiful waterfront where adventure awaits. Kelly Park’s Rock Springs offers a main swimming area, walking trails, and other fun activities like kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding. Visitors can also go tubing down the free-flowing natural spring which stays 68 degrees year-round.

4. Mote Marine Laboratory – Sarasota

Explore the secrets of the underwater world at the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium. Kids can get up close to the more than 100 species of marine life that live in the aquarium and engage with the high-tech interactive exhibits that showcase the laboratory’s extensive research of sharks, sea turtles, manatees, and other creatures.

5. Kennedy Space Center – Merritt Island

Kenedy Space Center Kid Friendly FLorida
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The Kennedy Space Center offers an out-of-this-world experience. Families can learn about the past, present, and future of space travel as they go through Mission Zones that are grouped by chronological era.

6. Highland Hammock State Park – Sebring

Take a day trip to Highland Hammock State Park and enjoy more than 9,000 acres of lush plant life, delicate ecosystems, and endangered species. Go biking, birdwatching, hike, or have a picnic in one of the shady picnic areas. There is also a playground for the kids.

7. Bok Tower Gardens – Lake Wales

Located just 30 minutes from Orlando, Bok Tower Gardens is a place of peace and tranquility. Spend a quiet afternoon with the kids exploring the nearly 50 acres of gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. Bok Tower Gardens also offers kids a rich experimental learning opportunity through activities like scavenger hunts.

 8. Butterfly and Nature Conservatory – Key West

Key West Butterfly
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Enter the glass-enclosed butterfly habitat at The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory which houses more than 50 different species of live butterflies from around the world. Head to the Learning Center and explore all aspects of the butterfly world, including the life cycle and basic facts.

9. Old Town – Kissimmee

In the Entertainment District of Kissimmee, you’ll find Old Town USA, a classic amusement park that features old-time carnival rides, 1960s arcade games, shopping, dining, and weekly car shows. Enjoy live music as the kids take a spin on the carousel or soar over Highway 192 on the Ferris Wheel.

10. Clearwater Beach – Clearwater

Clear Water Beach FLorida
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Known for its stretch of soft, white sand, Clearwater Beach draws in families year-round. The beach is perfect for all types of activities, such as parasailing, jet-skiing, and stand-up paddleboarding. Of course, there’s nothing better than just relaxing under a cabana as the kids build sandcastles and splash around in the water.

11. Legoland – Winter Haven

Designed for families with children ages 2 through 12, Legoland offers more than 50 rides, attractions, shows, shops, and restaurants, as well as a water park and botanical garden. The resort also hosts events throughout the year.

12. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park – Spring Hill

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
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There is so much to do and see at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. Take a trip on a riverboat cruise, swim in the pristine waters at Buccaneer Bay, learn about Florida wildlife, or see live mermaids perform an incredible underwater show. The Park puts on their own version of The Little Mermaid like you’ve never seen it performed before.

13. The Ringling – Sarasota

The Ringling preserves the legacy of Mable and John Ringling and offers an incredible collection of artworks. On the 66-acre grounds, families can learn more about the days of the traveling circus and even partake in a trapeze walk.

14. St. Augustine Alligator Farm – St. Augustine

St Augustine Alligator Farm Florida
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See hundreds of native alligators and other amazing exhibits, including Komodo dragons, lemurs, toucans, and even a sloth. Each day, the farm hosts several wildlife shows and demonstrations that help children learn more about different types of animals in the wild, their habitats, what they eat, and how they are often misunderstood.

15. Florida Caverns State Park – Marianna

Florida Caverns State Park is the only park in Florida that has air-filled caves that are accessible to the public. Venture on an underground adventure and explore the beauty of the mystifying stalagmites, stalactites, draperies, and flowstones. Tours last approximately 45 minutes and provide interesting information about the caverns and how they were created.

Brandy Dishaw

Brandy is a content specialist and proud mother of two children. She enjoys writing engaging content on parenting, children’s health, and educational topics, and has been published on websites like Modern Mom, Yahoo! Shine, and Livestrong.com. With more than a decade of experience as a writer and mom, she combines research and personal experience to provide her audience with insight to the world of parenting.

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