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I can still remember our first trip to Florida. We arrived in Jacksonville Beach at sunset and walked out to the beach. The water was warm and the clouds were golden and pink. I didn’t know until then that Florida was what was missing from our lives. And from then we’ve been sure to always have a Florida vacation on the books.

Since that day we’ve been back countless times, with and without the kids. We’ve really gotten to dig into the nature and the towns, and we know the side of Florida you DON’T see in crazy news stories. Below you’ll find our guides to our favorite destinations around the state, from National Parks to county parks, from favorite kayaking destinations to favorite places to eat.

And you can’t forget Disney World and Universal Orlando. We’ve got that covered too! Florida is special in so many ways. If you have questions or need help with planning your Florida vacation, send us a note!

Florida Destinations Map

North Florida – the Atlantic Coast

We love the North Florida coast for its unassuming persona. Jacksonville is a big city, but its neighborhoods are friendly and fun. Jacksonville Beach has an awesome vibe of a surf town that isn’t quite discovered. Also, one of the coolest vintage hotels we’ve gotten to stay at is located there RIGHT ON THE BEACH: the Casa Marina Hotel. And then there is Saint Augustine and the beaches, which is our go-to destination. More on that below…

Jacksonville Ideas for weekend trips
Jacksonville Beach is an awesome community with beautiful beaches and great food. Tips for having a great day in Jax Beach beyond the beach.
HIstoric Casa Marina Hotel Jacksonville Beach

Saint Augustine: America’s Oldest City

We won’t lie and tell you that we’re in love with every corner of Florida, even though we really do love a lot of it. We will tell you though that our favorite city is Saint Augustine. It’s called the Ancient City, and is the only city in the USA with city gates (Charleston still has a tiny bit of wall left). The old town area is great to explore on foot and the historic sites, dating as far back as 1565, are fascinating.

And the food and beaches of Saint Augustine are just what you’d hope for: seafood, spice and perfect sand. Be sure to check out our complete guide to Saint Augustine, including podcasts, dining guide, history, hotels and more.

Floridas Historic Coast Landing Page
St Augustine, FL is both full of history and the best beaches in Florida. From wildlife viewing to things to do at night, this is the guide to everything you need to know about Saint Augustine, the oldest city in the USA. #Florida #vacation #travel
Reviews and recommendations of hotels in St Augustine, from Best Westerns to historic hotels. Also camping and vacation rental recommendations near the beach. #Florida #StAugustine #hotels
Ecotourism in Florida is one of the best ways to experience the beautiful natural unique to the state. From kayaking to education centers, there are many ecotours in North Florida.

Daytona Beach: more than spring break ’97

It’s so funny to hear people talk about Daytona Beach, Florida. Everyone’s always like “I was there for spring break in college.” Or they say “Daytona Beach is NOT a place for families.” And then I’m like, “Are you kidding me? Daytona Beach with kids is amazing!”

We’ve got a great guide to make a trip to Daytona Beach really fun and interesting. There’s the beach, but there’s so much more, including kayaking, biking, tropical springs and great food. Check it out!

Daytona Beach Guide Landing

Florida’s Gulf Coast

Being an enormous peninsula, Florida is lucky enough to have two coasts. Florida’s Gulf Coast is a totally different world than the Atlantic Coast. The Gulf Coast is all about relaxing on the beaches, small Florida towns begging for you to walk through the streets, and a bunch of Florida’s freshwater springs just off the coast.

Florida Gulf Coast Road Trip Landing
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Florida National Park Sites

Many things make Florida special, and its collection of National Parks really add to that. We’ve gotten to visit almost all of them and will eventually cross them all off our list. We’ve created guides for each of them that we’ve visited and can’t wait to complete the rest!

The Spanish forts in Saint Augustine, both Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas, are beautiful preservations of history. As you head south, both Big Cypress National Preserve and Everglades National Park are just the coolest examples of Florida’s swap habitats. And Biscayne National Park… despite being 95% underwater it’s gorgeous and interesting. You have to check them all out!

Everglades National Park Landing
Biscayne National Park Landing
Big Cypress National Preserve Landing
Fort Matanzas National Monument is an ideal day trip from St Augustine. See how to visit and what to day at this overlooked but MUST-SEE sight. #Florida #StAugustine #nationalpark
One of the coolest historic sites to visit with kids, the Castillo de San Marcos is the perfect blend of fun, history, beauty and kid-friendly awesomeness.

Florida’s County and State Parks Not to Miss

We are such suckers for camping and hiking. Camping is available around Florida, but not too much hiking. That’s okay though, because there’s plenty else to do, including swimming, bird watching, and even paddleboarding with wildlife.

If you ever wanted to to have a day relaxing on the beach AND photographing wildlife, Florida’s county and state parks are the place for it!

Manatees at Blue Spring State Park Landing
Rainbow Spring State Park Landing
Fort de Soto St Pete Beach landing
Best Florida Springs Landing
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Everything Walt Disney World

Clearly our love of Florida lies in the incredible natural wonders and history found throughout the state. But how could we make a guide to the state without getting into the world famous theme parks. Walt Disney World is HUGE! Yes, there are four parks, Disney Springs, countless resort hotels and so much more.

Disney Landing Page

We’ve laid our our best tips, travel plans, and favorites all around Walt Disney World, and our goal with sharing is to prepare somebody for their first visit. Disney World is a lot to take in and our guides are here to make it less complicated and stress free.

Disney World Planning Guide Landing
Disneys Animal Kingdom Landing
Best of Disney World Podcast Landing
Magic Kingdom vs Disneyland Podcast Landing

Universal Orlando Resort

It’s been said that there are two types of people:  Disney or Universal people. Well, we’re both in our household, but Universal is amazing and we all love it! Between unique and fun hotels, everything Harry Potter and Jurassic Park, we can’t NOT love it!

Universal Destination Page

Since a lot of people think that Universal Studios (both Florida and California) are for bigger kids and adults, we’ve really focused on showing the family friendly side of Universal, meaning actually finding the fun and sometimes hidden activities for small kids. If you have any questions about any of it, we were officially a part of the Universal Blog Squad so have tons more info and insight than what we’ve shared on the blog.

Universal Orlando Itinerary Landing
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If you have any questions or need help planning anything, please let us know. We’re happy to help and make sure that you’re trip to Florida is amazing!

Destination guide to visiting Florida with kids. From small towns to historic cities, Disney World and Universal Orlando, and Florida's National Parks, we have it all. A complete guide!

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