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Escape to the Islands… Without Leaving Florida

Among Florida’s most cherished destinations lies a handful of hush-hush hideaways that savvy travelers hope the crowds will never discover. So consider this article confidential! Untouched and unfussy, these sunshine-kissed island locales offer a quiet, laidback escape for people who are looking to step away from hectic family life and into vacation paradise. Cayo Costa With its... Read More

Florida’s Most Unique Accommodations

Want to create long-lasting vacation memories? Make your family’s next trip unforgettable by staying at one of these unique rental properties! Island Retreat Rent your own private island off Marathon in the Florida Keys! Situated on Pretty Joe Rock, officially named Sea Shell Key, sits a two bedroom, two bathroom, air-conditioned conch house with bamboo and rattan furniture, cathedral... Read More

Parent-Friendly Getaways

Vacations packed with built-in mom and dad time Family getaways are such fun… until they’re not. Let’s face it, everyone needs little breaks from each other here and there, especially mom and dad who definitely deserve some adult-alone time together. So, next time you’re choosing your family getaway destination, think about these Florida resorts ─ all of which pack options... Read More

14 Fun Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Your Kids

Valentine’s Day may be about passion and romance for some but, for parents, weekend getaways and romantic dinners for two are rarely on the menu. No matter how you celebrate with your significant other, be sure to embrace the fun that you can have with your children on this day of love too. Ready to create some family-friendly Valentine’s Day traditions that include even the... Read More

How (and Where) to Plan a Family Reunion

Let’s face it; family reunions are a great idea… in theory. But, when the rubber hits the road, family reunions can require a crazy amount of work, especially for first-timer organizers. Yet, with a solid plan, some team effort, and a cooperative attitude, a successful weekend filled with cherished, lifelong memories ─ and maybe a new annual tradition ─ is definitely doable... Read More

Tickling Florida Lobsters

Ready for the great seafood debate? I’m not referring to Manhattan vs. New England chowder, but rather Maine vs. Florida lobster! Our sunshine state has two lobster seasons: a two-day mini recreational season in July (before commercial traps are placed) and an 8-month recreational & commercial season (August-March). According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission,... Read More

Islamorada is Key for Family Fishing

Just 90 minutes south of Miami, Islamorada is an island paradise best explored both by land and by sea. An ideal road trip for Central Florida families, the Florida Keys has 1,700 islands, though only 42 are connected by bridges; six of which comprise the village of Islamorada, including Plantation Key, Windley Key, Upper Matecumbe Key, Lower Matecumbe Key, and the offshore islands... Read More

Florida Beach Camping Guide

What could be better than spending the day at your favorite Florida beach? Spending the night! Some of the best campsites can be found along Florida’s coastline, from primitive tent camping to hotel-quality cabins. Most beach campsites are located in the slightly sheltered area behind the sand dunes. Camping directly on the beach (near the waves) is not usually permitted for... Read More

Financial Safekeeping During Vacation Season

As the summer vacation season begins and we all look for a little rest and relaxation, Fifth Third Bank offers tips to help protect and stay on top of your finances before, during and after your trip: Before Leaving Town: • Notify your credit card providers that you will be traveling. Be sure to let them know when you’re leaving, where you’ll be going and how long you’ll... Read More

Beat the Summer Heat in Volusia County

West Volusia: Debary, Deland, Deltona, and Orange City It’s conveniently located along I-4 between the beaches and theme parks, yet Greater West Volusia is worlds apart with authentic Florida communities radiating with historical, cultural, and natural charm. Bordered on the west by the majestic St. Johns, Florida’s only American Heritage River, the area is a popular getaway... Read More

A Snowstorm of Vacation Fun

Three Ski Destinations for Your Next Snow-Filled Escape  I remember sitting in my daughter’s class a few years ago listening to the dozen or so preschoolers talk about snow. Some had seen it firsthand, a badge they wore with honor, while the ones who hadn’t listened closely with mystified facial expressions. Even as adults, we never lose the feeling that snow is magical, which... Read More

Treasures In The Seagrass

Scalloping Adventures For Your Summertime Family Fun From shopping at farmer’s markets to growing backyard gardens, many families are now embracing the concept of fresh and local food. But have you ever imagined diving for your next meal? Each summer, Florida’s Gulf coast becomes an epicurean treasure trove inviting foodies and adventurists alike to join in the search for scallops.... Read More

Wild Wild West

Three Family Summer Adventures Of A Lifetime It’s time to plan a wild family vacation…Wild West style! Your trip can begin with truly adventurous modes of transportation ─ whitewater rafts, trains, or vintage wagons ─ that offer a whole new vantage point of the mountains, canyons, plains, and deserts that shape the iconic Midwestern USA. iPhones and WiFi will soon become... Read More

Rent a Floating Hotel

Do you wish that the stresses in your life would simply float away? It’s time to let your worries go drift! Try vacationing on a houseboat — a floating hotel where waterfront views are guaranteed. Splash into refreshing water from the on-deck slide, dive off the back-end swim platform, or toss your fishing line into the sea for the catch-of-the-day. Watch wildlife scamper on... Read More

Roughing It…Without The “Rough” Part

You’ve put your closed-toe shoes and long-sleeve shirts away, signaling the end of Florida’s winter. Perhaps you would love to spend some time outdoors with your family, but roughing it isn’t exactly your style… Well, have no fear, because the Central Florida area offers some amazing family-friendly getaways that do not require the purchase of a snakebite kit, hiking boots,... Read More

Fort De Soto Park – Family Troops Enjoy Campground Fun!

Located just off the shore of the Gulf of Mexico, Fort De Soto Park embodies a long military history. Yet, these days, it is better known as a family fun site thanks to its seemingly untouched, pristine beaches, an abundance of kid-friendly activities, and spacious campgrounds. The park is the largest in Pinellas County and spreads over 1,136 acres on five interconnected keys filled... Read More

Northeast Florida’s Amelia Island

A peaceful, relaxed destination for family fun. Easy to get to, hard to forget Summertime means lazy days and family vacations, a time to regroup with those you love most. Family experts agree that both children and parents need that reconnection only a family vacation provides and the memories are something that will never go out of style or be forgotten. There’s no need to spend... Read More

Destination Destin – -Love Sparkles on the Emerald Coast of Florida

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A Grown Up’s Getaway for Romance and Relaxation It’s not often that Orlando Family Magazine suggests that parents take a break from parenting…but it is Valentine’s Day, after all, so we are going to go out on a limb here and suggest that you plan a getaway to get reacquainted with the love of your life. Even family experts agree that Mom and Dad need a couple of days to... Read More

Make Winter Vacation Memories Last

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Got the post-holiday vacation blues? Here are a few ways to revisit the fun and preserve memories of the good times, good food, and good company. The winter holidays are nearly over and across the country you can hear the familiar sounds that signal the end of the winter break — the sighs of exhausted parents and the groans of kids returning to school. Okay, maybe there is some... Read More

An East or West Coast Florida Beach Getaway

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Central Floridians will find some of the finest beaches in the nation right in their backyard, and only an hour or two drive away. If you’re thinking about planning a beach getaway, but are short on ideas, we’re introducing you to popular destinations on each coast – Florida’s historic East Coast along the Atlantic Ocean and the beaches of St. Pete-Clearwater along the Gulf... Read More