So, you’ve been to all of the most popular family-friendly places in the Sunshine State: Disney, Universal, Sea World, and maybe even Busch Gardens. Yet, there are so many places off the beaten path in Florida that are a blast for all ages. Here are some of our favorites.
Buccaneer Pirate Ship Cruise (Destin)
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Setting sail from the west coast city of Destin, this one-of-a-kind cruise has been delighting families since 2012. The ship is manned by an all-pirate crew, who will engage the Lil’ mateys in water gun fights and swordplay, and regale them with pirate lore. Parents can participate as well, but it’s entirely optional. Reservations are recommended. They can be scheduled up to 48 hours in advance.
There are a number of kid-friendly sites in historic St. Augustine, and one of them is the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. Home to hundreds of gators, the farm also has crocodiles, lemurs, Komodo dragons, and toucans. Adventurous types can embark on the Crocodile Crossing Zip Line, which allows visitors to zoom above crocodiles on their choice of two courses.
Fountain of Youth (St. Augustine)
Also in St. Augustine, you’ll find Ponce de Leon’s famous Fountain of Youth. Fun for the whole gang, you’ll get a history lesson, a photo-op, AND a drink of the magical spring water that has been rumored to keep you young forever. Does it work? You be the judge!
Rock Springs Run at Kelly Park (Apopka, FL)
With Florida’s mostly-mild temperatures, swimming and tubing is a good idea for much of the year, and Rock Springs Run is one of the best places to do it. This tributary flows into the Wekiva River and will sweep you 3/4 of a mile through balmy 68-degree water for about a half-hour. Just kick back, relax, and enjoy.
Fury Ultimate Adventure (Key West)
Looking for a wet ‘n wild time? Look no further than the Fury Ultimate Adventure, which offers a sampling of three exciting water activities: reef snorkeling, parasailing, and jet skiing. As a bonus, the six-hour excursion also includes playtime on a floating water park.
Key West is full of opportunities for fun, but if you’ve quenched your craving for adventure on the water, take a break and admire some of the amazing sea life at the Key West Aquarium. Jellyfish, sea turtles, sharks, stingrays, alligators, and more are all here to observe.