Florida is a great place for a family vacation, and perfect for kids of all ages. However, there are a few things you should know to make sure your trip goes smoothly. Here are some top tips if you’re planning to take the kids to Florida:
Plan in advance
There are so many family-friendly activities in Florida that it can actually be quite overwhelming if you arrive without a plan. Instead, do your research so you’ll know which attractions are best for your kids based on their age and interests. You should also do yourself a favor and buy your theme park tickets before you go. This will mean you won’t have to waste time standing in line, and can instead get straight to enjoying yourselves at the parks.
Hire a car
When I first visited Florida, I was stunned at just how much of it seemed to be highways. The public transport also isn’t the greatest, so if you’re hoping to really see as much as possible, hiring a car is the best move. Not only will you save money on transportation to and from the airport and to the theme parks, but you’ll be able to see more sights in less time- all while having the freedom to head back to the hotel for a nap if the kids seem to be heading towards a meltdown.
Choose the right time
If you’ve got kids, it can be difficult to choose the best time for travel- since you’re at the mercy of the school year. However, if you have any wiggle room, try to travel outside of peak season and school holidays- since that’s when everyone else will be traveling too. If you can avoid peak season, you’ll be rewarded with shorter lines, fewer crowds, and cheaper prices- all wins.
Often, parents have a tendency to try to pack as much in as possible when they’re in places like Orlando. After all, these can be expensive trips, and you naturally want your kids to have as many ‘experiences’ as possible. But pushing your kids to do too much can simply lead to tantrums and burnout when they’re tired and worn out. Instead, schedule plenty of time for naps and playing in the pool at your hotel. Then, they’ll enjoy each new experience (like meeting Mickey Mouse) more when they happen.