Known as the “Sunshine State”, Florida is the most southeastern state in the United States. What started off 100 years ago as an escape for the wealthy who wanted to leave the colder climates of the north and northeast behind has now become one of the most popular vacation states in the US. Florida is a state that is literally teeming with hundreds of attractions, sightseeing destinations, and things to do.
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But what if you are traveling with your kids and vacationing on a budget? Here are a few suggestions for FREE things to do with kids in Florida:
Spanish River Park (Boca Raton) – this is the city’s most popular beach so you can expect crowds and a lot of activity just about anytime that you visit here. The park features a nature trail and numerous picnic facilities, making for a nice day out.
Angell and Phelps Chocolate Factory Tour (Daytona Beach) – who doesn’t love chocolate? You can tour this factory with your children and watch how numerous chocolate candies and other items are being handmade.
Amelia Island Self-Guided Tour (Fernandina Beach) – this 13-mile long, 2-mile wide island lies along Florida’s northeastern coast and features Appalachian quartz beaches, marshes, and natural sand dunes. This environment is perfect for nature lovers and other outdoor enthusiasts.
Lee County Manatee Park (Fort Myers) – although the park is opened year-round, the months of November through March is the prime viewing season for the interesting and magnificent manatee. There are observation platforms overlooking the canal for viewing the creatures as they tend to congregate in the cooler months of winter.
Jacksonville Maritime Museum (Jacksonville) – the museum and grounds are located along the picturesque St. John’s River. It is dedicated to preserving the history of the city of Jacksonville as well as the state of Florida.
Turtle Kraals (Key West) – when you’re visiting Key West and it’s lunch or dinnertime, Turtle Kraals is the place to dine with your kids. The restaurant features great food, a kid’s menu that is larger than most, and a holding area that houses rays, sharks, and turtles, some of which are indigenous to the area.
Naples Nature Center (Naples) – you will find numerous species of animals here which is sure to be a delight to the kids. Bald eagles, hawks, and owls are the primary residents here and there is also a wildlife rehab clinic on the nature center’s grounds where injured and sick animals are cared for while being nursed back to health.
Whetsone Chocolate Factory (St. Augustine) – although the entire factory is not open to the public, you can visit the area where the chocolates are made known as the molding plant and the packaging room where items are packaged and prepared for retailer’s shelves throughout the state and the rest of the country.
Hotels in Florida
Naples Courtyard Inn – Naples FL
Average Price: €78
Average Rating: 8.8
Wyndham Garden Hotel Boca Raton – Boca Raton
Average Price: €67
Average Rating: 8.4
Hotel The Chesterfield Palm Beach – Palm Beach
Average Price: €150
Average Rating: 9