Florida has miles and miles of coastlines with glorious beaches and ideal weather for visiting in March! If you don’t have your family spring break vacation plans yet, and you’d like to soak up some sunshine on your child’s school vacation, look no further than the Sunshine State! You will find below below 2 top cities for your family spring break in Florida.
Family Spring Break in Florida
Here are two Florida destinations to consider for your spring break family vacation:
1. Jacksonville, Florida
The folks in Jacksonville like to say that their city is: “Where Florida Begins”. That makes sense, since it’s the northeast corner of the state, not far from the Georgia border, plus it has a rich history. Learn about life on a cotton plantation in the 1800s at the Kingsley Plantation, on Jacksonville’s Fort George Island.
The St. Johns River runs through the heart of town, and visitors love strolling the downtown riverfront (plus the 20 miles of stunning ocean coastline). It’s a green city, too: with 57,373 acres of parks, including the 46,000-acre Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve, Jacksonville boasts the largest urban park system in the country.
For families, the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens is a big hit, especially with its “Range of the Jaguar” exhibit. Kids can enjoy water activities at the Shipwreck Island at Adventure Landing waterpark. Enjoy free samples at the gourmet chocolatier Peterbrooke!
Golfers are bound to find a course they like among the 72 golf courses in Jacksonville. Or they can tour they can just admire the accomplishments of those stellar players who have been inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
2. Daytona Beach, Florida
Are you looking for a safe, fun place for families to take young children? Daytona Beach is an awesome choice even during traditional college spring break times, such as mid to end March.
The coastal city’s slogan is “Way More than a Beach.” Although its 23 miles of gorgeous beaches are what it’s best known for, Daytona Beach also offers families a bunch of adventures and activities. Kiddos (and adults!) who love an adrenaline rush need to check out the Daytona 500 Experience at the Daytona International Speedway, which includes a NASCAR 3D Movie. The multi-faceted attraction gives visitors a journey through racing history.
Marineland is the world’s oldest “oceanarium,” dating back to 1938. Here, kids can swim with dolphins at the the Immersion Program and teens/adults can be a “Trainer for a Day.” Another historic site in Daytona, the Angel & Phelps Chocolate Factory, has been churning out delicious treats since 1925. Join a free factory tour and try the free samples!
Of course, in both Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, active families can enjoy surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, and fishing in the Atlantic Ocean!