15 Family-Friendly Spring Break Destinations in Florida
Courtesy: Emily Krause | News Source: travelpulse.com
It's been a long winter, and many families are hoping to escape the cold weather and monotony of everyday responsibilities to vacation in the sunny state of Florida. It can be hard to figure out which beaches are family-friendly, though, since college students are enjoying the beaches, too! Here are 15 Florida spring break destinations that are a mix of laid-back and adventurous family fun.
Sanibel Island is an oasis of calm amidst a sea of boisterous spring break parties. Spend your spring break hunting for shells on this barrier island, or visit the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum for a comprehensive look at why Sanibel is known for seashells. You can also enjoy the 25 miles of bike trails on the island or try your hand at water activities like kayaking and canoeing.
Does South Walton look familiar? If so, that's because you may have seen the town of Seaside, one of its 16 beach neighborhoods, in the movie The Truman Show. The pastel buildings and Main Street, USA vibe invite you to enjoy the picture-perfect beach vacation. You can spend your days lounging on the white sand beaches and exploring Point Washington State Forest. Whether you’re longing to relax or get active, South Walton has a beach neighborhood that’s perfect for your family.
America’s Oldest City has everything a family on spring break could want. From historical spots like Castillo de San Marcos, Colonial Quarter and Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park to wide kid-friendly beaches and ocean-front splash pads, you’ll never get bored in St. Augustine! Shoppers will love St. George Street, the pedestrian-only stretch of boutiques, restaurants and shops. Kids will go crazy for St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Marineland Dolphin Adventure.
New Smyrna Beach
Everyone knows Daytona Beach has been a spring break destination for decades, but few are familiar with its neighbor to the south, New Smyrna Beach. This coastal community is a hotspot for surfers and a charming getaway for families. Wander Flagler Avenue, drive your car on the beach, learn about turtle rehabilitation at the Marine Science Center, visit Smyrna Dunes Park and go shopping in the elegant Canal Street Historic District.