Vacationing with children can be an effective way to create lifelong memories that the entire family can share. Children may even grow up and take their own children to the original destination to relive cherished memories. In this way, the vacation becomes a tradition of sorts.
Which Vacations Lend Themselves to Lifelong Memories?: The website the Discoverer wanted to uncover which vacations families should prioritize while their kids are still interested in family vacations. So their editors analyzed possible locations and then picked six trips that made the cut.
How Did Florida Fare?: Florida technically had two destinations that were mentioned, which is robust considering that there were only six trips suggested worldwide. Florida was also in good company as some of the other suggestions were an African safari, a European road trip, and snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef.
The Discoverer chose Disney Theme Parks and a visit to one of the national parks. The site specifically mentioned the Everglades, but Florida has other options as well.
What the Discoverer Liked about Disney Theme Parks: The site noted the variety of experiences the parks offer, saying that one could spend weeks exploring everything. It also noted that kids love the magical vibe that inspires awe, the thrilling rides, and the carnival-like parades.
Admittedly, a visit can be expensive, with a ticket for just one park costing around $110 per day. However, some parents feel that it's worth it to save up and see it as a once-in-a-lifetime experience. TripAdvisor reviews can be mixed, but the parents who find Disney World to be magical have strong feelings about it. They're willing to wait as long as it takes and spend whatever it costs to give their child that experience.
However, other reviewers complained that the new ticketing system encourages longer lines and higher prices. Many said that the attraction has lost its magic due to long wait times and the expense.
Therefore, it may be prudent to choose a time to visit when there are fewer crowds to maximize your enjoyment. According to Travel + Leisure, off-peak times are January, February, August, September, and early November.
The Second Recommended Florida Attraction: The Discoverer also recommended any of the country's 58 national parks for enjoying the outdoors via hiking, biking, horseback riding, or paddling.
The site specifically mentioned enjoying an airboat ride through the mangrove forest of the Florida Everglades, but Florida actually has three national parks from which to choose. (Florida also has national preserves and monuments, but this article is focusing on national parks only, since that was the recommendation of the Discoverer.)
Everglades National Park: Located in southern Florida, this park is what many envision when they picture a Florida park because visitors commonly see alligators and take airboat tours on swampy waters. This is a massive park covering 1.5 million acres of tropical and subtropical habitat. It's no wonder that over a million people visit the park each year. The wildlife viewing and birding are great, and you can tour via boat, tram, or your own two feet.
Biscayne National Park: Located in Key West, there are many things to do at this park, including boating, fishing, diving, or just enjoying the beautiful, peaceful scenery. 90% of this park is underwater. Boating is a great way to see the mangrove swamps, while snorkeling or scuba diving is a wonderful way to see the underwater reefs.
Dry Tortugas: This park is also in the Florida Keys. Getting to this beautiful park requires a plane or ferry ride, but many consider the effort to be worth it, as once there, you can snorkel in the crystal-clear waters to see the beautiful reefs or explore historic Ft. Jefferson, the third largest fort in the United States. The fort is made up of 16 million bricks, to give you an idea of its scale.
The Discoverer liked the national parks because they give families the opportunity to enjoy nature together. And one can certainly do that in all three of Florida's national parks.