The Unique Alternative Vacation Spots in Florida

The best Florida family vacation spots that are sure to please travelers of all types from theme park fans to adventure seekers.

Florida is heavily focused on the tourist trade. The beaches are one of the most popular tourist spots in Florida, along with some of the world’s best known theme parks, including Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World. However some of the state’s best secrets are in secluded locations away from tourist areas and well worth seeing. Regardless of preference Florida has something to offer for any kind of traveler.

Florida is a state in the southeastern United States, located on the nation’s Atlantic and Gulf coasts. It is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the north by Alabama and Georgia and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean. Florida is the 22nd most extensive, the 4th most populous, and the 8th most densely populated of the 50 United States.

Vacation Spots in Florida

Vacation Spots in Florida

Best Florida Vacation Destinations

Amelia Island

Amelia Island is one of the southernmost of the Sea Islands, a chain of barrier islands that stretches from South Carolina to Florida. Amelia Island is home to Fernandina Beach, a charming shrimping village with 50 blocks of historic buildings, delightful eateries, and unique B&Bs and six golf courses.

Key West

The Beach Boys really didn’t do anyone any favors by making the Florida Keys sound like the ultimate sub-tropical beach town. Because aside from Bahia Honda on the Overseas Highway, the beaches in the Keys aren’t much past four feet of sand, sea kelp and washed up driftwood. Key West is no exception with Smathers Beach, a narrow strip of sand that’s packed with people during tourist season, and packed with litter the rest of the time.

Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World, located in Lake Buena Vista near Orlando, is the flagship of Disney’s worldwide theme park empire and the most popular tourist attraction in Florida. It is also by far, the world’s largest and most-visited theme park resort. The centerpieces of Walt Disney World are the four theme parks: The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Some visitors describe it as a place of fun, magic and fantasy while others complain of crowds, artifice, and unrelenting tackiness.

Caladesi Island State Park

Located in the Tampa Bay area, Caladesi Island State Park ranks at the top of national surveys for the best natural beaches. Reach it by canoe or take a ferry from nearby Honeymoon Island (also worth a visit). In addition to nature trails and an unspoiled, palm-lined 3-mile beach, it’s the perfect spots for a lazy day of swimming and picnicking.


The Everglades are arguably more beautiful than all the sin and flash Miami can produce. Forget what you’ve heard about airboats and swamp buggies. Come and canoe, bike, kayak or walk around the park. Get to understand the delicate ecosystem that has endured forever here. Stand still long enough to see an alligator’s back surfacing above the black water and take in the unbroken vistas of wet prairie, big sky and long silences.

Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World

St Augustine

St Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the U.S. It was founded by the Spanish in 1565. It’s like traveling into an old-world European city. You do not want to miss this incredible place plan to go soon.

Sanibel Island

This island is a beach lover’s dream! There are 23 miles of dedicated paths around this gorgeous island just ready for you to explore on foot or on bike! Sanibel Island is a very family-friendly get-away with lots of things to do for all ages.

Where to Stay in Florida

The Gulf-front Sundial is the largest condo resort on the island and has the most amenities golf, tennis, kayaking, biking, a fitness center and several restaurants. Easily zip from beach to pool and back for family volleyball games and logrolling contests. Nightly rates from $179 for fully equipped one-bedroom condos. The more sedate West Wind Inn offers simple motel-style rooms (some with kitchenettes) just steps from the beach; the pool’s casual snack bar is perfect for eating in your swimsuit. Nightly rates from $149.

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