Family Friendly Florida

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Aside from having yearlong temperate weather and endless stretches of soft sand beaches, the Sunshine State is also a goldmine for something else: family activities. There’s everything from water sports to sky-diving and air-boat rides to world-class theme parks. The list goes on! It’s no mystery why Florida is one of the nation’s top destinations. Maximize your family’s time this summer by staying at one of these family-friendly lodgings.

Steps Away From Universal Studios

Orlando is known as the “theme park capital of the world,” and it’s easy to understand why. The city is home to nearly two dozen amusement parks including the world-famous Universal Orlando Resort. If Universal Studios is on your family’s to-do list, consider staying here. DoubleTree by Hilton is located immediately next to the theme park’s entrance. It us an official Universal Partner Hotel, which means guests enjoy discounts on food and merchandise purchased at the theme parks. At the end of a long day, relax in rooms that outfitted with floor to ceiling windows, luxurious plush-top beds, and premium cable/satellite channels.

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City Center

Family travel doesn’t always include small children. For these instances, nix the novelty and opt for something more sophisticated. Four Points by Sheraton Orlando Studio City is ideal for adult travelers. The rooms are tastefully modern and come equipped with free Wi-Fi, deluxe linen, and a spacious bathroom. Four Points located along Orlando’s popular International Drive, putting it within minutes from dining and nightlife. For daytime activities, the hotel is a stone throw away from Universal Studios, Sea World, and Disney World Resort.

Seaside Suites

Crystal blue waters and soft white sand is always desired for any seaside destination. Staying at Springhill Suites in Pensacola Beach means you get both. The beach-front property delivers stunning panoramic views of the Gulf coast from its stylish and spacious interiors. Rooms at Springhill are designed to give guests the experience of staying in a suite without the hefty price tag. Parents will appreciate the extra-large living space while children will enjoy the property’s several pools and activities. Busy yourself and your family with everything from bike trails to scuba diving.

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All Around Convenience

This resort has it all: convenience, affordability, and comfort. The Point Orlando Resort offers spacious rooms and multiple bedroom suites where guests can kick back in the separate living area or sink into the sumptuous bed sheets. Its central location puts the hotel within a short drive to many of the top theme parks, shopping areas, and dining destinations. No car? No problem. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to many of these local attractions. Other on-site amenities include a pool, hot tub, fitness center, and a lobby café serving Starbucks Coffee. The Point Orlando Resort should be your go-to choice if you and your family want to experience a bit of everything Orlando has to offer.

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Beach-side Retreat

Have the comforts of home and more when you stay at the Villas at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa. Villas are pet-friendly and spacious. Enjoy easy access to the beach, breakfast buffets, and an in-room wet bar. While you’re here, play a round at TPC Sawgrass, world-famous golf course, and PGA Tour headquarters. For family friendly outings, head over to the Cabana Beach Club where guests can rent out sailboats and surfboards or dine ocean side.  Your family will thank you.

Travel Inspiration // Erika Xplores: Adventures of a Writer & Slow Traveler // Travel tips, travel narratives. Travel, hike, camp, explore. Wander curiously & Maunder On.
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Erika is a writer and content creator exploring the globe boldly and slowly one destination at a time. Her travels and rich upbringing as an Asian-American fuel many of her stories where she endeavors to write about the human condition. Although she might presently call NE Florida home, her heart remains listless for her home in Maui. She is an advocate for "experiences over possessions," a Marquez fan, and a self-proclaimed introvert.

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