Located in Orlando, Walt Disney World boasts loads of exciting family entertainment including Magic Kingdom Park, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, costumed characters, and several water parks. Also in Orlando, Universal Studios celebrates some of the world's most memorable movies. Featuring the Hogwarts Express, dragons, and imaginatively themed rides, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a much-loved attraction for many visitors. Other awesome theme parks in Florida include Legoland, Seaworld, and Busch Gardens.
A highlight of many family holidays in Florida is an airboat tour through the waterways, mangroves, and forests of the Everglades National Park. Tours are escorted by knowledgeable local guides who will point out the park's wildlife, including alligators, turtles, and otters. Other boat tours that are available in Florida include glass-bottom boat adventures at Key Largo, jungle cruises at Winter Park, and manatee eco-tours on Crystal River.
Visitors seeking a vibrant city beach experience need look no further than Miami Beach, located on a barrier island, approximately four miles northeast of downtown Miami. Situated on the Gulf of Mexico, Panama City Beach is also popular with families due to its wide expanse of soft sand and lovely clear water. It also offers plenty of options for other family-friendly activities such as jet skiing, sea kayaking, waterparks, and an aquarium. Venice Beach, Fort Myers Beach, Key West, and Daytona Beach are also popular destinations for family holidays in Florida.
Florida is the home of several outstanding zoos, including Zoo Miami, the state's largest. The zoo encompasses an area of approximately 750 acres, which visitors can traverse by tram in order to see the various animal exhibits. Family-friendly activities at Zoo Miami include animal presentations, animal feedings, character meet and greets, and a kids' zone. Special events such as movie nights, camp-outs, and Dino Nights are also held periodically.
Situated in the historic city of Pensacola, in the far west of Florida, this vibrant cultural centre is a place for younger children to have fun while they learn. Encouraging a hands-on approach, the museum's highlights include exhibits that relate to Native American history, Discovery Gallery, and a colonial classroom.