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Swim with Manatees, Florida’s Gentle Giants

Wondering what it’s like to swim with manatees? They may not have the strength and grace of killer whales, or the agility and good looks of dolphins, but swimming with manatees is a profound experience. For families who want to enjoy nature at its best, a wonderland is hidden behind Orlando’s amusement parks at Homosassa Springs in Citrus County.

For families who want to enjoy nature at its best, a nature wonderland is hidden behind Orlando’s amusement parks. There is another Florida, a nature-lover’s Florida. Our latest trip took us to the manatees’ home turf, a far cry from a modern-day aquarium. My daughter and I aimed our compass south to Florida’s west central coast line and the Gulf of Mexico, and it is here in Citrus County that we met one of the most formidable aquatic mammals.

Tips for Touring Disney’s Hollywood Studios with Young Children

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the easiest Disney theme park to tackle in one day with preschoolers, toddlers and other grade school kids. Although larger in size than the Magic Kingdom, this park has fewer attractions, many of which are sit-down shows or longer-length rides. This makes it a good choice for a day when your […]

11 Tips for Visiting SeaWorld Orlando in the Rain

Orlando overflows with fun attractions for families, like SeaWorld. Orlando also sometimes overflows with rain, especially during hot and humid summer months. Don’t let a little rain ruin your plans! Here are my 10 tips for visiting SeaWorld Orlando in the rain.

Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach ~ A Posh Oceanfront Hotel for Families

I wish you could have seen the smile and shock on my face during our family vacation when I opened the door to my suite at the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel. An ideal location, incredible customer service, and spacious accommodations make this hotel a great fit for families seeking a posh beach holiday in […]

Discover the Surprising Fort Lauderdale Art Scene

When you think of Fort Lauderdale, I bet images of sandy shores and sunny days spring to mind. The beach may draw you to this city, but the art scene will make you want to extend your stay. Take a break from the beach during your Florida vacation to explore the incredible Fort Lauderdale art […]

Epcot with Kids ~ Top 10 Tips Families Need to Know

Parents planning a trip to Walt Disney World might be inclined to skip Epcot, assuming kids won’t appreciate the park’s focus on technology and world cultures. Children, however, love to set off on a fantastical journey into the future and around the world at this incredible theme park. There are two distinct areas at Epcot, both […]

9 Tips for Visiting Disney World with Teens and Tweens

If you think Walt Disney World is just for little kids, think again! In many ways, a Disney trip is better with older children. They don’t need naps, they can stay up later to watch fireworks, and they’re tall enough to ride all of the attractions. A Disney trip with tweens and teens, however, is […]

Walt Disney World FastPass+ Tips for Savvy Parents

Embarking on a Walt Disney World vacation can require a lot of advanced planning. But all of that planning will save your family hours and hours of waiting in lines, thereby increasing the magic of your Disney vacation. FastPass+ makes planning your trip easier. It allows you to reserve access to some theme park attractions, entertainment and character […]

Fun Things to Do in Florida’s Palm Beach County with Kids

Whether your kids love learning about animals, splashing in the water, or having fun in the sun, Palm Beaches in Florida has it all. This county stretches from Florida’s Atlantic coast into the state’s farm country and includes the northern edge of Everglades National Park. Let’s dive in to all of the fun things to do in Palm Beach […]

Safari Wilderness Ranch ~ An Unforgettable Animal Safari in Florida

Did you know Florida offers safaris sure to thrill any animal-loving family? Take the kids on safari at the Safari Wilderness Ranch for an adventure they will remember long after the mouse ears have been put away. Here’s what to know before you go. Why Safari Wilderness Ranch Located in the heart of Florida’s Green Swamp Wilderness Area between […]

Fun Things to Do on Captiva Island and Sanibel Island When it Rains

Captiva Island and its big sister, Sanibel Island, are best known for their shell-filled beaches and Southern Florida sunshine. But what is there to do when your beach getaway gets doused with rain? There’s no need to feel gloomy on these colorful and friendly islands just because the weather is a little wet. Here are five fun […]

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Tips for Super Fans and Non-Fans

You don’t need to be a Harry Potter super fan (like me!) to enjoy the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. My non-fan husband would be the first to admit this. He didn’t read the books and he’s not a big fan of the movies, but he enjoyed himself immensely during our quest to experience all […]

Best Florida Family Vacation Destinations

When it comes to choosing a family-friendly vacation destination, sunny Florida is a high-ranking choice for both parents and kids. Theme parks are an obvious draw but the state is much more diverse than that, boasting lovely sand beaches, cultural and historical attractions, professional sporting events and ample opportunity to commune with nature. Here are seven […]