Best Family Vacations in Florida

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Get to Sanibel Island early in the morning, when shells wash ashore. Danita Delimont/Getty Images

With its blockbuster combination of beautiful beaches and thrilling theme parks, Florida always has families flocking to it for vacations. Here are some of the best family vacation spots in the Sunshine State.

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    Walt Disney World

    Mickey and friends at Cinderella Castle. Courtesy of Walt Disney Company

    The most popular family attraction in the world, Disney World boasts four major theme parks, two waterparks, over two dozen hotels, the Disney Springs shopping-and-dining district, golf courses, lakes, and more. The key to planning a fabulous Disney World vacation is research. Take some time to decide when to go, where to stay, where to eat, and which attractions to put at the top of your to-do list.

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    Universal Orlando Resort

    Universal Orlando
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    Orlando's second theme park giant, Universal Orlando Resort offers two theme parks, five beautiful resorts, a tropical themed water park, and the CityWalk shopping-and-entertainment complex. It's home to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Diagon Alley and always has another new reason to visit on the way.

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    Sanibel and Captiva Islands

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    Two pearls in the Gulf of Mexico, the beautiful Sanibel and Captiva islands are among the most spectacular places in all of Florida. Here you'll find famously shell-strewn beaches, a laid-back vibe, terrific restaurants, chic shops, flower-lined lanes, and an incredibly diverse array of wildlife.

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    Amelia Island

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    Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Florida. Glenn Ross/Moment Open/Getty Images

    With 13 miles of uncrowded beaches and a gorgeous, natural setting that's a far cry from overdeveloped tourist towns, Amelia Island offers a historic downtown area, bike paths that crisscross the island, and lots for families to love. Looking for a luxurious resort with and endless array of fun activities for the whole family?

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    Everglades National Park

    Everglades National Park, Anhinga Trail, boardwalk
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     The iconic Everglades is the largest sub-tropical wilderness in the continental United States, once reaching all the way from the Orlando area in Central Florida to Florida Bay. The park is vast and it takes several hours to drive from end to end. It may seem difficult to know where to begin, since so much of the park is swampland and inaccessible by car. Here's how to find the fun.

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    Daytona Beach

    Daytona Beach, Florida
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    Bringing the kids to Daytona Beach? Planning an affordable getaway to this family-friendly Atlantic-side beach destination is a snap because of the many inexpensive places to stay, play and eat with kids.

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    Siesta Key

    Siesta Key Beach
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    This gem of an island is just a stone's throw from Sarasota. Home of TripAdvisor's pick for the best beach in America, Siesta Key has become one of the most talked-about destinations in the Sunshine State. Put these kid-friendly attractions on the top of your to-do list.

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    St. George Beach

    USA, Florida, Saint George Island, Cape St. George Lighthouse
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    Like getting away from it all? Tucked into the crook of Florida's Panhandle, the 28-mile St. George Island is renowned for its umspoiled beaches. Located just off the coast, the barrier island is part of the long stretch of beaches known as Gulf Islands National Seashore. 

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    henderson beach destin
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    With sand like powdered sugar and the brilliant turquoise Gulf of Mexico, Destin is a jewel on the Emerald Coast of Florida's Panhandle. Put these kid-friendly attractions on the top of your to-do list.

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    St. Petersburg/Clearwater

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    Just two hours from Orlando, a peninsula that juts between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay includes over 30 miles of beaches and several communities stretching from St. Pete Beach to Clearwater, offering a cornucopia of vacation possibilities. Here's the lay of the land.

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    More Orlando

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    Beyond Disney World and Universal Orlando, the Orlando area offers more kid-friendly hotels and attractions than you can shake a stick at.

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