Let's Go On Vacation 

Does your family go to the beach every summer? Or go on a cruise every year? Maybe you have a tradition of skiing at the lake or fighting the crowds at Disney World.

 

Whatever your "tradition" may be or if you want to start a new one, spending quality time together, making memories, laughing and having fun is what summer vacation and spring break is all about.

 

Can't go out of town this year? Have a Staycation and explore the Emerald Coast or someplace nearby such as Tallahassee, Biloxi or St. George and discovery someplace new.  

 

Explore below to find your next vacation.

Vacation Ideas

Links to Theme Parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon and Disney's Blizzard Beach); Hotels; Things To Do; and More!

Experience the two uniquely different lands of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ — one located in each of Universal Orlando’s two theme parks.Step inside a world where magic is real. Within Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park you can visit the iconic Hogwarts™ castle and explore Hogsmeade™ village. At Universal Studios theme park, you can enter Diagon Alley™ to enjoy a brand new magical experience. Get ready to explore more of Harry Potter's world.

Wild Adventures is a 170-acre theme park, water park, and animal park all in one place for less located in Valdosta, Georgia. The park features one of the largest ride collections in the South, more than 500 wild animals, Splash Island Water Park, the region’s largest water park, shows, festivals and all-star concerts.

LEGOLAND® Florida, the largest LEGOLAND Park in the world, is a 150-acre interactive theme park with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, restaurants, shopping, a breathtaking botanical garden and the LEGOLAND Water Park all geared to families with children ages 2 to 12.

Six Flags has magnificent shows & street entertainment,world-class coasters, thrilling family rides for your entire group, and so much more. Plan your visit now!

Providing Tampa Bay families with budget-friendly events, deals, and valuable resources so that family time can be spent together, and not searching the internet. Catering to residents and visitors alike, this site provides a go-to place for families to explore ways to enjoy the Tampa Bay area on a budget.

Pensacola with Kids promotes family friendly places, activities, and events that take place in and around our great city.

GULF SHORES & ORANGE BEACH, AL

Adventure, fun, relaxation…you’ll find it all on Alabama’s white-sand beaches. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is a little-known vacation treasure... 32 miles of soft sand and clear waters that lace the edges of Alabama’s southern border to the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy zip lines, fishing, boating, shopping, golf and water sports, and escape to the beach for your annual vacation and or weekend getaway.

Welcome to NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center, our nation's gateway to exploring, discovering and understanding our universe. By nature, human beings are explorers. For thousands of years, we've pushed beyond our boundaries, broadening our minds and imaginations with each new discovery. That same spirit of exploration is the driving force for Kennedy Space Center.

Unlock the endless adventure in Tampa Bay. Whether you have a few hours or an entire day to explore, there are plenty of wild-to-mild Tampa attractions awaiting you. Explore Theme Parks, Aquariums & Zoos and even Botanical Gardens. Come, explore and unlock adventure.

The Daytona Beach area has a wide variety of activities and entertainment for folks of all ages. Daytona Beach is famous for its beaches and motorsports, but the area also offers an abundance of shopping, nightlife, cultural events, and sporting activities, making it the perfect family vacation spot.

Sanibel Island has everything one could wish for...excellent restaurants, accommodations, golfing, tennis, fishing, boating, shopping, bike paths, canoes, theatrical productions, the renowned J.N. "Ding Darling" National Wildlife Refuge & Bird Sanctuary.

Welcome to our islands! A dream vacation, yes, and getting here is most important. Perhaps accommodations, exciting events, or a Florida Keys sunset wedding is what you desire? Our drive-to islands are rich in arts & culture, yet if you crave the wild outdoors, our guided eco-tours, walking trails, environmental centers and a plethora of green travel initiatives will satisfy. Dive-snorkel charters visit coral barrier reef and offer Florida Keys scuba diving vacation spots.

Casinos, fishing charters, boutiques, entertainment, art museums, children’s museums, nature tourism, kayaking, fishing, golfing, dining and shopping... there's something for everyone.

DFN Child offers a well-informed, local and relevant perspective on issues affecting families and serve as both a strong voice in the community and a staunch advocate for children. They inform, educate, entertain, inspire and provide a provocative forum among parents, the community and professionals who work with children.

Get to know Jacksonville. Relax on stretches of stunning beaches, paddle through our nature-filled waterways, or experience the downtown renaissance. There’s plenty to do for families, couples, nature-lovers, and golfers.

ASHVILLE, NC

Make memories. Experience another era. Visit the Biltmore in Ashville, NC for history, food, wine and beauty at the largest home in America.

Thomson Family Adventures creates one-of-kind, high quality adventures to engage, entertain and educate families with children of all ages. Visit fun, interesting, culturally and geographically diverse regions of the world.

The Promise of Nashville, where the music is inspired, created, recorded and performed, provides the ultimate musical entertainment experience, celebrated throughout the diverse cultural and entertainment offerings, and presented in an authentic, unique, friendly and unpretentious atmosphere.

Welcome to Atlanta With Kid - a great resource for families in Metro Atlanta to find things to do with your kids.

The scenic and exciting four-seasons world of Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area and Amusement Park, high above Gatlinburg, Tennessee! A mountaintop of fun, excitement and mountain beauty is waiting for you.

America’s Family Resort℠The best value for Family Fun... anywhere. Four season fun.

THE BROADMOOR

Located near the Rockies, surrounded by stunning natural beauty... we are located at the gateway to the West. Colorado Springs is one of the top destinations in the U.S. for vacations and conferences due to its picturesque mountain backdrop, 300 days of sunshine and friendly locals. From the Top of Pikes Peak to upscale shopping, Colorado Springs offers an abundance of natural beauty as well as a variety of attractions, art galleries and activities for guests of all ages.

A Club Med all-inclusive vacation includes everything which means great value and convenient, stress-free travel. You’ll enjoy unlimited sports (with top-tier equipment and instruction), enriching children's clubs, attentive G.O.® hospitality, gourmet dining options (with culinary specialties by international chefs), an endless pour of premium liquors, spacious accommodations (including designer suites, chalets and private villas), live entertainment, parties and shows & more!.

Your perfect family getaway awaits you at Beaches all inclusive Resorts in Jamaica and Turks & Caicos. Play on white-sand beaches and crystal-clear seas. Spend your family vacation in luxurious rooms. Enjoy an array of exciting and fun activities for kids of every age. Beaches vacation package deals promise unforgettable family fun beneath the Caribbean sun.

Las Vegas, an ever-changing fantasy-land of a city, has seen unbelievable expansion since it emerged from the desert just over 100 years ago. The sights and sounds of Las Vegas are enjoyed by millions of visitors every year. They stay in some of the most glamorous, unique hotels in the world. They eat at five-star restaurants and expansive buffets. They play at casinos, pools, health spas and golf courses. Sometimes (many times, actually) they even marry each other. You will be dazzled!

Hollywood is an essential part of the Los Angeles experience. Things to do in Hollywood include must-see shows and attractions, celebrity-frequented restaurants, and world class hotels. Experience Tinseltown glamour at TCL Chinese Theatre or the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which has honored celebrities for over 50 years. The state-of-the-art Dolby Theatre is home to the Academy Awards. Universal Studios Hollywood is a world famous theme park and so much more to do!

New Orleans is one of the most fascinating cities. Steeped in history, it's home to a unique melting pot of culture, food, music, gumbo, jazz, historic neighborhoods, festivals, world-known restaurants, music and art.

American Girl Boutique SHOP: explore outfits, accessories, and furniture. Design matching doll and girl t-shirts. DINE: Make reservations for dinner, dessert or tea. SALON: Let a stylist make your doll a new ’do! PARTY: All-inclusive birthday celebrations. (877) 247-5223

Seattle’s Child is your guide to finding things to do, places to eat, and how to get around — it’s a whole new ballgame with kids in tow. Learn how families create community and what parents are talking about.

Day Trips

WEEKI WACHEE SPRINGS

WEEKI WACHEE SPRINGS

Florida State Park, World Famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids, Animal Shows, Riverboat Cruise, Canoe, Kayaking, Camping, Diving, Summer Camp & More. SPRING HILL

FLORIDA CAVERNS

FLORIDA CAVERNS

The only Florida state park to offer cave tours to the public. It has dazzling formations of limestone stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, flowstones and draperies. The Chipola River and Blue Hole spring provide areas for fishing, canoeing and boating, and is popular for camping, picnicking, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding. and features a nine-hole, New Deal-era golf course. Call to make sure tours are not sold out (tours not given Tuesdays or Wednesdays). (850) 482-1228 MARIANNA

PENSACOLA

PENSACOLA

From the beaches and Bay Area attractions to dining and nightlife, the Pensacola area has something for every interest. Your source for travel, vacation information and area info to Pensacola, Florida!

FORGOTTEN COAST

FORGOTTEN COAST

The "Forgotten Coast" encompasses the coastal communities of Apalachicola, St. George Island and Eastpoint. It's a quaint small southern town with a strong maritime culture, an eclectic group of locally owned shops and galleries, restaurants serving fresh local seafood, restored B & B’s and hotels, miles of uncrowded pristine beaches, an endless supply of shallow bays, fishing and acres of National and State forests to explore.

FSU

FSU

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY offers undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. Plan to visit for a few hours or a few days and allow our staff to welcome you to Florida State. We can assist with directions, campus maps, parking suggestions and student-led tours. The Visitor Center is in the University Center, Building B. Open weekdays (excluding holidays) from 8:00am to 5pm.

GULF COUNTY, FL

GULF COUNTY, FL

Discover a vacation paradise for families, an enclave of the beach towns of Port St. Joe, Indian Pass, Cape San Blas, St. Joe Beach & Wewahitchka. Enjoy miles of uncrowded, pristine white sand, pet friendly beaches, state parks, restaurants, kayaking, boating, fishing, scalloping, diving, snorkeling, paddleboarding, camping, shelling, horseback riding, bonfires, and so much more!

GOVERNOR'S MANSION

GOVERNOR'S MANSION

Visitors are invited to view and learn about the history of the six state rooms of the mansion, including the Manatee Sculpture Courtyard. Admission is free. Parking is available directly across the street. Backpacks, letters and packages are not allowed on the mansion grounds and must be checked with a security agent before your tour. Flash photography is allowed. 30-minute, public tours of the Governor's Mansion are available year-round. Call (850) 717-9345.

STATE CAPITOL

STATE CAPITOL

The State Capitol is located in downtown Tallahassee. It's open to the public M-F 8am to 5pm (closed weekends & holidays). Admission is free. Self-guided tour info & pamphlets are available from the Florida Welcome Center.

PANAMA CITY BEACH

PANAMA CITY BEACH

Panama City Beach a slice of paradise, offers 27 miles of stunning white sand, emerald green waters and surefire enjoyment in, on or under the water. Explore the many things to do, from family-friendly mazes and sport fishing to exciting nightlife, spas, attractions, top-notch restaurants, beach activities, amazing accommodations and world-class events.

stay·ca·tion  noun \ˈstā-ˈkā-shən\ Definition: a vacation spent at home or nearby

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