Florida is a land of attractions, from Disney World Resort and Universal Studios in Orlando to its hundreds of beautiful beaches, so there's no shortage of ways you can spend your family vacation in the Sunshine State.
Travel isn't cheap, though, at least not generally speaking. With premium vacation packages, the rising price of gas, and recent Hurricanes ravaging the state of Florida, it's getting harder and harder to plan family outings without spending a ton of money.
Whether you're planning your vacation on a tight budget or just hoping to save a little money on your trip to Florida, the following free guides and planners will help direct you to the cheapest hotels, biggest savings deals on vacation packages, and best ways to tour the state on a dime.
Attraction and Park Guides
If you're in Florida with your family on vacation, chances are the little ones want to do one thing: go to Disney World (or Universal Studios). However, finding a deal on travel and accommodations may be difficult for these world famous resorts.
Fortunately, Disney World has a free vacation planning video that answers a few questions you might have about planning your trip to "The Happiest Place on Earth." Simply visit the Disney Vacations website and fill out a questionnaire and the company will send you a free DVD to help guide you through financially planning your trip.
Speaking of Disney, if you'd like to take a cruise with your family instead of staying landlocked in Florida, you might consider the Disney Cruise Line free vacation planning video. This offer is available to U.S. and Canadian households only.
Universal Orlando also offers a comprehensive Vacation Planning Guide on their website, which offers insight into how to effectively plan your trip to the company's many theme parks in Orlando. Whether you're visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter or Universal Studios Florida, you're sure to get a better deal if you check out their website first.
Beach and City Guides
Your first stop on a trip to Florida should be its official tourism website, Visit Florida, which offers plenty of free Florida vacation guides, featuring a collection of electronic resources—from eBooks to printable PDF brochures—in French, German, Spanish, and English.
Among the guides you'll find on this all-encompassing vacation planning website are maps of Florida bicycle trails, an essential list of Florida Films, places to Canoe, Kayak, and Fish, and great hiking trails across the Sunshine State. Also be sure to check out the "Official Florida Vacation Guide," the Florida Camping Directory, and a complete map of Florida to make sure you have everything you need to plan your next family vacation.
If you're hoping to get more specific with where you're going in Florida, each city and most beaches in the state also come with their own visitor's website and online resources. Check out the Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Kissimmee, Miami, and Tampa Bay Area vacation planning guides for specific information about these popular southern cities.