Top 9 Florida Family-Friendly Resorts

Because when traveling with kids, your resort makes all the difference.

Omni Amelia Island
Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Courtesy of Omni

You know you made the right choice of resort when you don't leave the grounds your entire stay. Or maybe you leave once or twice, but that's just for dinner reservations. Where you stay makes all the difference, especially when you're traveling with young children. Once you arrive, you don't want to have to leave. 

Florida is a one of the top family-friendly destinations in the country, so make sure when you're planning your family trip, you've made the right resort choice for your needs. So, whether that means kids eating free, babysitting availability, or a splash pad and kiddie pool —a family-friendly resort is a must. Here area some family oriented options that cater to all ages and will have everyone smiling ear to ear. 

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    Bigger than life might describe the icons celebrating movies, sports, and music that adorn these resorts, but in contrast to the enormity of the icons at Disney's All-Star Resorts is the hotels' price structure—the lowest of all the Disney properties.

    While any of these properties are fun, it's the All-Star Music Resort Family Suites that make it particularly family-friendly. The Family Suites will sleep a family of six and the added amenities—two full baths and a kitchenette with microwave and refrigerator—satisfy a previously unavailable accommodation for families visiting Disney World.

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    The Gaylord Palms Resort is a great place to spend time with the family. Its close proximity to Disney makes it a great place to stay if you're looking to visit the parks as well. But the Gaylord Palms has plenty going on, too. Enjoy any of the resorts amenities from kayaking,  jet-skiing, or sailing or spend the day at the on-site waterpark that the kids will love. A game room, babysitting, and on-site laundry are available for guests as well — which will hopefully make mom and dad's jobs a whole lot easier. 

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    Vacation in the Caribbean without a passport — at Disney's tropically-themed resort, you can! The brightly colored Caribbean village will make you forget you're in Florida. This moderately-priced island vacation experience is the perfect setting for a family-friendly getaway.

    We like the kid-friendly pirate-themed rooms and Parrot Cay island play area for children. Footbridges stretch over the lake to connect the "mainland" with the one-acre adventure. There is also a marina that rents small watercraft. Also, there's a wide variety of dining experiences from a table service restaurant to a food court offering typical American fare satisfies even the pickiest eater.

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    Although upscale and environmentally conscious, the Omni Amelia Island is surprisingly family-friendly. Besides offering families a place to play together, there are specially planned programs available for time away from mom and dad.

    Tiny tots to testy teens can be treated to Kids Camp and Teen Explorers programs offering nature clinics, tennis and golf clinics, games, arts & crafts, field trips, and much more. The newly renovated game room rocks too!

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    Families on the go go to Club Med Sandpiper. Golf, tennis and an awesome children's program are just the beginning of the fun your family can have at this all-inclusive resort.

    Your vacation with the kids will turn into a circus...a real one! Club Med Sandpiper offers "circus school" with a flying trapeze and all, as well as a full activity schedule for every age—from the diaper set to testy teens.

    The bottom line is that whether the kids are on property or off on an adventure to one of the neighboring theme parks, you can be assured they will be well supervised... but having the time of their young lives!

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    This year-round vacation destination in the Keys offers luxury accommodations and plenty of activities for every age.

    Camp Cheeca provides children ages five and up a half day of fun activities that include fishing off Cheeca's pier, arts and crafts, lagoon swimming and snorkeling, scavenger hunts, hermit crab races, sand sculptures, and beach exploration.

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    Casa Ybel Resort lies off the mainstream path along the shell-studded natural beaches of Florida's Sanibel Island. While in operation since the turn of the century, a modern and renovated Casa Ybel offers adults a true sanctuary—a place to "get away from it all—while offering the kids plenty of adventure as well.

    The Casa Kids Club is a great time for ages 4 to 11. The three-hour daily program consists of indoor and outdoor games and various craft projects. Swimming and other activities are sometimes available, depending on the ages and abilities of the children in attendance on any given day.

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    Located in the heart of the Panhandle, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort offers a picture-perfect village of shops and restaurants and a collection of accommodation choices that are family-friendly.

    This resort has always featured great kids programs, but last year they added additional children's programs that now include day and night activities for teens, kid-friendly golf and a 9,000 sq. ft. adventure playground and waterpark.

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    The Breakers is a classic, stylish Florida grand hotel that welcomes families. Kids 17 and under stay free and the 6,000 sq. ft. family entertainment center that includes a glassed-in toddlers room, arcade, arts and crafts center, and playroom, plus there's a computer X-box room and a family-friendly Italian restaurant.

    Children three to 12 can join Camp Breakers for tennis, golf, arts and crafts, lawn hockey, swimming, and more. The resort also offers free use of baby gear such as bottle warmers, strollers, baby bathtubs, and childproofing items.