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Florida, More than Oranges and Alligators
by CL Hendricks

Thrill seekers, hikers, campers and history buffs will all find what they are looking for in Florida family vacation destinations. Children can visit with their favorite Disney character's while grandparents can stroll along secluded beaches. Families can plan a vacation to include many activities that will please everyone and provide lifelong memories of that special vacation.

The Gulf coast of Florida offers many unique locations for family vacation fun. There are many state parks along the western edge of Florida. Including Crystal River Preserve, Homosassa Springs, Weeki Wachee and more the further south you go.

You can dive with manatees near Crystal River or walk the Native American mounds at Crystal River Archeological Park. If those do not interest you fishing and scuba diving are available at most parks along the Gulf Coast.

Children can pretend to be pirates for a day at Captain Memo's Pirate cruise near Clearwater. The Clearwater Aquarium, a non profit organization, has special exhibits that allow the public to touch sting rays and starfish. Pier 60 near St. Petersburg has street performers and salt water fishing.

Special visits to gulf islands including Sanibel and Captiva offer miles of beaches for children to explore with activities geared especially for them.

The East coast offers glimpses into Florida's rich historic past. Fort Clinch, Fort George and Yellow Bluff Fort, and Amelia Island are a few of the historic parks that can be found on the east coast.

If big ships and military aircraft interest you Jacksonville Naval Air base and Mayport Naval station has just what you want.

As you head south down the east coast you will find Tomoka State Park, Seabranch Preserve and St. Lucie Inlet Preserve.

Space enthusiasts won't want to miss a visit to the Kennedy Space Center or Cape Canaveral. Cocoa Beach historic village will delight history buffs while ardent shoppers will want to stop at Ron Jon's Surf Shop.

Heading inland, you will find Orlando. Orlando is home to Walt Disney World East. What child would want to pass up an opportunity to visit their favorite Disney character?

Just a few miles away you will find Gatorland. What started as a road side stand has turned into a 110 acre nature preserve and theme park. You will have the opportunity to see reptiles up close, learn about their habits and afterwards take a dip in the acre water park.

Some of the most remarkable areas in Florida are the Keys. Located off the tip of the peninsula, these strings of islands offer beaches of unparalleled beauty. Sailing, kayaking and water sports are among the activities you will find there.

Florida, the sunshine state, has something to offer to everyone.

About the Author

C.L. Hendricks has been a Jill-of-all-trades and become an expert in some. She has also traveled extensively and now writes about travel destinations around the world for Family Vacation Spots and Best Vacation Getaways

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