Florida and families go together like Key limes and pie! Like 'gators and the everglades and the Sunshine State and juicy oranges - they're a perfect fit. 'Florida family holiday' even rolls off the tongue like a rollercoaster corkscrew. Fun for the whole family, there's something for every age and taste in the Sunshine State. Everyone is taken care of - from beach babies to adrenaline junkies, and even animal lovers. And a villa holiday in Florida gives your family the freedom to explore it all your way. So what are you waiting for? Start planning a Florida itinerary that promises a magical adventure for parents and children alike.
Roll up, roll up for the stars of Florida's show. Once the winter headquarters for one of America's greatest circuses, today rollercoasters have replaced the big tops. Theme parks may top the bill, but Florida offers plenty more when it comes to entertaining your whole gang. The very young might love meeting all their favourite characters! The stars of their most-loved films and cartoons brought to life. While your teenagers can find all the thrills they need on exhilarating rides and attractions.
Orlando's wildlife shows offer animal antics for all ages. From playful sea lions to mesmerising dolphins, expect smiles on plenty of faces – even when you do get splashed. And this could be just the start of your Florida safari! Alligators, manatees and some of America's greatest birds are just waiting to be discovered when you venture outside of the parks. Why not visit a beach on your Gulf Coast adventure? Known for white sand, clear waters and the laid-back lifestyle – Floridian sands won't disappoint.
Swap snorkelling for the Serengeti at Busch Gardens. Edge of Africa® takes you through a remote Masai village, where you'll spot lots of the local wildlife. Maybe your little ones will get to see their favourite animals? Lions, hippos and hyenas are just some of the creature encounters you'll experience. Adventurous families can get even closer on Serengeti Safari®, where you'll get to feed giraffes from your open top truck**. Sesame Street® Safari of Fun® will let your young kids discover Africa with some of their favourite characters. Elmo, Big Bird and all their friends offer little ones plenty of fun, with a Sesame Street twist.
** For ages 5 and over. Additional cost.
The wildlife adventure continues at Discovery Cove. How does hitching a ride on the fin of a dolphin sound? Your friendly bottlenose friends will greet you as soon as you step into Dolphin Lagoon™! This is something your whole family can enjoy. A cherished memory that you'll all remember long after your adventure in Florida. That's another one ticked off the family bucket list! Your little ones will need to be over the age of 6 to swim with the dolphins at Discovery Cove.
There's amazing moments for every age and strength of swimmer at The Grand Reef®. Step into the water from the white sand and watch stingrays dancing around your feet. The real adventure awaits beneath the surface! Dive in and discover hidden grottos, tropical fish and the incredible coral reef.
If your family loves animals, you'll feel right at home at SeaWorld. Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin® is your chance to see 250 of these lovable birds up close. You'll learn plenty of fascinating facts about them too! For pranks and fun, Clyde and Seamore's Sea Lion High® is a show that's not to be missed. Watch as these playful mammals try to gain their high school diplomas. Their one of a kind class includes otters and a pacific walrus – so expect plenty of fun.
If all this talk of the silver screen has whet your appetite for Florida, LEGOLAND's 4D Theater will feel like an award-winning family experience. Plus, you'll have a choice of two films! Although you might just decide to watch both. With LEGO® Nexo Knights: The Book of Creativity you'll be joining these noble warriors on their quest to protect the book from the evil clutches of their enemies. If your little ones loved The LEGO Movie, be sure to grab your seat for The LEGO® Movie ™ 4D: A New Adventure. All your favourite characters have reunited to take on 'Risky Business', who plans on opening a park that seems oddly familiar. Lightning, wind and fog make for an immersive 4D experience for all ages.
This is your family's chance to meet some of their favourite Disney Characters! Children will love seeing them brought to life before their eyes. Although it's just as exciting for big kids and the young at heart. Whether you'd love to go to infinity and beyond, learn all about the bare necessities of life or just grab a photo with Goofy – there's amazing experiences for everyone. With the family fun spread across six magical parks, your trip here will really feel like an adventure for all. There's so much to discover at Walt Disney World Resort – a must-see on your Orlando family holiday.
With rides for all ages, there really is something for your whole family. Young kids will love exploring the ocean on The Seas with Nemo and Friends! While those who are a little older can join the battle against the evil Emperor Zurg on Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin. Take aim and earn points as you fire your lasers at targets – who's score will be highest? Parents or children? There's plenty more to entertain their excitable young minds too! Parades, fireworks and shows create those magical family memories you'll all remember long after you head home.
Riding an airboat across the Everglades is your family's ticket to discovering the Sunshine State's natural beauty. A whole host of animals call this unique ecosystem home. You'll spot crocodiles, turtles, snakes, lizards and even manatees as you cruise along the swampland. If your littles ones love our feathered friends, there's plenty of birds to be spotted too. From storks and egrets wading in the water, to the Bald Eagles that are sometimes seen soaring overhead. Make sure you pack some binoculars.
Florida's shores are perfect for those who love to splash and play on sand and sea. Those family frolics feel even better on the breathtaking white beaches, where turquoise waves lap the shore. Plus, they're perfect for parents who need a rest too! Perhaps you're a family who just can't sit still for too long? If sunbathing's out of the question, maybe a deep sea fishing trip can reel you in? Work together with your little ones to hook the catch of the day! If fishing's not for you, swap bait and rods for dolphin pods, as you cruise across the waves off the Gulf Coast. You might even spot some manatees and amazing birds on your dolphin watching boat tour.
The perfect park for film-loving families. If your little ones are hooked on action, thrills and special effects then be sure to head to TRANSFORMERS. Optimus Prime and Bumblebee need your family's help! Join the battle against Megatron, as you try to keep the AllSpark from ending up in the wrong hands. Despicable Me fans both young and old get to live out their bright yellow fantasies too. Minion Mayhem will take you on a 3D adventure, from Gru's home to his evil laboratory. You'll really feel like a Minion by the time this amazing ride has come to an end. If you're family are spellbound by all things Hogwarts, you won't be disappointed. A visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is your chance to tread the cobbles of Digaon Alley, picking up some Quidditch supplies and magic tricks as you go.
We've all dreamt of travelling into outer space. Putting our helmets on, stepping into our Space Shuttle and becoming an Astronaut! Shuttle Launch Experience is your chance to discover what it's like to soar towards the stars! Your Experience at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will simulate a real launch, travelling at 17,500 miles per hour. The ultimate experience for little kids and slightly bigger ones too – this is something your family will remember long after your Florida villa holiday.
Inquisitive minds who've worked up an appetite, can find the answers to their questions over a bite to eat. Lunch with an Astronaut (included with Space Pass tickets) is your chance to hear first-hand tales from genuine former NASA space travellers. See photos from their incredible missions, grab your own snaps with them and find out all you've ever wanted to know about life in space.
The whole family can make a splash at SeaWorld's amazing waterpark. Indulge in some splashy fun for the very young at Kata's Kookaburra Cove®! The rides and slides are perfect for the smallest members of your family. Walkabout Waters™ offers 15,000 square feet of watery fun for kids, with lots of colour, excitement and even water cannons. There's exciting thrills to be had at Walhalla Wave® too. Hop in and hold onto your rubber ring - you'll be zooming through six floors of twists, turns and tunnels.
There's plenty of family fun to be had in our Florida villas too! If your kids are full of boundless energy, private tennis courts and games rooms might help tire them out. Malitta Mansion even offers a playroom with a full-sized slide! For those evenings when you all just need to relax, why not choose a villa with your very own cinema room? Maybe you can let the little ones pick the film? Unless a day at the parks has left you itching to revisit a childhood favourite! Themed bedrooms make getting your young children to go to sleep a little easier too. Whether they love pirates, princesses or just can't get enough of Frozen. Hopefully it won't make them want to watch it for the hundredth time! You'll find some of our much-loved Florida family villas below, picking your favourite will be hard…
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