A Florida beach vacation where you’re planned is pretty much a dream come true
Running away with family can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. One of the easiest ways to de-stress from traveling with kids is to leave the planning to the experts by booking an all-inclusive vacation. This is where these family-friendly Florida resorts come in.
With Club Med Sandpiper Bay closed, you might be looking for a new Florida beach resort that offers a kids’ club, on-site meals, spa treatments, and activities when you’re done relaxing. These Florida resorts offer all-inclusive packages to help families decompress, enjoy, and spend time together in the Florida sun.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom | Lake Buena Vista
Imagine waking up to the sounds and scenery of a savannah without traveling to Africa. It is possible when staying at the Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge. With a horseshoe design, the lodge offers guests a view of four areas that are home to more than 200 animals. Rooms include free Wi-Fi, transportation to Disney parks and attractions, movies under the stars, and nightly campfires. There are also room packages that include Disney theme park tickets.
What’s great for kids: In addition to getting close to the animals, kids will also enjoy the two African-inspired pools with waterslides, the Uwanja Camp water playground with age-zoned areas, a game arcade, and the Hakuna Matata playground overlooking the area where the flamingos live. Don’t forget to ask for a field guide that helps identify the species that inhabit the savannah and teaches kids more about African ecosystems.
LEGOLAND FLORIDA RESORT | Lakeland
Fans of interlocking plastic bricks will love spending the day at LEGOLAND Florida Resort Theme Park Water Park and then sleeping on site. With the choice of staying at the Pirate Island Hotel, LEGOLAND Hotel, or Beach Retreat, there is something for everyone. All LEGOLAND Florida hotels have separate children’s sleeping areas in each room, a free full breakfast, free parking or transportation to the theme park, and a welcome gift for the kids. Purchase the all-inclusive package and get multi-park tickets for each day of your stay. The package also includes free valet parking, a photo package, all meals at the hotel and park restaurants, and free beverage refills at parks and hotels during your visit.
What’s great for kids: In addition to the central theme park, LEGOLAND also allows families to relax in its water park. With 14 slides, a lazy river, wave pool, and interactive play areas, there’s water fun for kids of all ages and sizes. Young visitors will enjoy exploring the Peppa Pig theme park next to LEGOLAND. The park is the first of its kind in the world, it offers rides, shows and games in which Peppa and her friends and family participate. There are also seasonal events at LEGOLAND, such as Brick-or-Treat, which are held throughout the year to help kids get into the holiday spirit.
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The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island | Amelia Island
Ocean luxury awaits your family at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. With a private balcony and ocean views from every room, you’ll be able to enjoy every sunrise during your stay. Perched on the Atlantic Ocean, the resort offers access to an 18-hole championship golf course, swimming pools, and a full spa. There are also six dining experiences on site, including an AAA Five Diamond rated. Guests staying at Club Level receive complimentary breakfast, snacks, appetizers, desserts, non-alcoholic beverages, beer and a selection of wines. Also included are free valet parking, Wi-Fi, express check-in/check-out, free ironing, access to Ritz Kids’ Night Out, and candy boxes filled with candy for the kids.
What’s great for kids: Children aged 5-12 can learn about Amelia Island with Ritz Kids. Each day presents a different topic throughout the week, teaching about sharks, coral reefs, and other natural wonders. Need a break from the parents? Kids Night Out is three hours of dinner, movies and fun during the weekends. There is also the opportunity to have a private camp with a tent in your suite or let pirates enter them at night.
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Henderson Beach Resort & Spa | Destin
Florida is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Henderson Beach Resort & Spa in Destin allows guests to enjoy views of the beach while enjoying plenty of activities during their vacation. Families can stay in rooms, suites, or condominiums at the resort to give everyone as much space as they need. Take time away to relax at the 10,000-square-foot spa or head to the family pool where the kids can enjoy the lazy river and splash pad. There are also plenty of places on site to enjoy a snack, meal or cold drink. Bicycle rentals, use of Peloton bikes, paddleboard rentals, kayak rentals, and free admission to Henderson Beach State Park and wi-fi are included.
What’s great for kids: Little ones also need to de-stress, so head to the spa for kids and teens treatments, including pedicures, pedicures, massages, and facials.
Caribe Royal Orlando | Orlando
A vacation with everything at your fingertips awaits the family at Caribe Royale Orlando. The rooms provide families with plenty of space to relax and sleep at the end of the day. They are available as suites, which have two separate areas, or villas, which include two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen, and a six-person dining area. During the day, enjoy the five on-site dining areas, a full-service spa, fitness center, pools, and live DJ on weekends. There’s also free time on the tennis and basketball courts, and free rental of tennis and fishing gear, basketballs, and bicycles. With so many activities to do at the resort, you don’t have to think about leaving during your stay. But if your family needs some time away, take the hotel’s free shuttle to Disney World’s parks and attractions. This resort is the Walt Disney Good Neighbor Hotel and you can buy tickets in the lobby before you leave (which saves huge time!).
What’s great for kids: Older kids can enjoy the 75-foot twisting slide in the pool, while younger kids can relax in the kids’ pool and fountains. The resort also hosts movies under the stars at the pool on weekends.
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Aqualina Resort – Sunny Islands | Miami Beach
Built with wellness and luxury in mind, Acqualina’s AAA Five Diamond Resort is a haven that welcomes families in its luxurious Mediterranean-style location. Located at the northern end of Miami Beach, Acqualina allows guests to explore the area, whether kayaking at a nearby state park or shopping at the world-famous Bal Harbor. There is also an on-site spa, ocean view pools, and direct beach access for families to enjoy. Keep an eye out for special rates that include free valet parking and no resort fee. Free Wi-Fi, reading program, welcome amenities, newspapers are included via the resort’s app, and twice-daily housekeeping services.
What’s great for kids: The free AcquaMarine Kids Program is a marine camp experience kids won’t forget. Using computers and iPads, attendees will learn about the ocean and its inhabitants in two daily sessions. There’s also a mermaid experience, swimming lessons, family scuba diving lessons, and group activities like soccer, kite flying, and water races to enjoy.
Hawks Cay Resort | Florida Keys
Head south down the Overseas Highway to be surrounded by the water and relax at Hawks Cay Resort. Halfway down the Florida Keys, this resort has an authentic Florida vibe and will keep families as busy or unoccupied as they please. Each room has a private patio to sit outside and enjoy the weather. There are five pools on site, including one with a pirate ship theme for kids to enjoy with water cannons, slides, and shallow areas. Six restaurants offer options from steak to seafood and pizza when it’s time to eat. Wi-fi, transportation to the resort, parking, slurry course, pickle ball area, bike rentals, kayaks, and paddleboards are included.
What’s great for kids: Don’t miss the dolphin experiences on site, where you can watch from the docks, swim with dolphins, or be a trainer for a day. The resort also offers watercraft rentals with private captains so families can snorkel, swim and fish in the sea.
Grand Island at Tradewinds Resort | St Pete Beach
The white sands and warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico await at Island Grand at Tradewinds Resort. Direct beachfront access allows everyone to soak up the sun while playing in the floating water park or aquabanas. Five pools provide more water moments, and the ten on-site restaurants are ready to offer a variety of dining options. Resort fee includes beach cabins, unlimited rides on four water activities, campfire, use of tennis rackets, court access, paddle boats, self parking and Wi-Fi. There’s also access to RumFish Beach Resort, the sister property next door, for even more fun and activities.
What’s great for kids: Take a quick dip offshore to enjoy the resort’s floating water park. Kids can have loads of fun with inflatable slides, ocean loungers, rafts and water trampolines. Not tired of the water yet? Hop on the High Tide water slide. At two hundred feet and three stories tall, it’s a fun ride.
Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina | Fort Myers Beach
Experience a family beach getaway in southwest Florida at Pink Shell Beach Resort. With a 12-acre private beach and a Czech cottage rental, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the beach, swim in the Gulf of Mexico, or go snail fishing. Parents can head to the full-service spa for massages and body treatments on their own or take their young children for a communal manicure and pedicure. There are three beachfront pools for those who don’t want sand between their toes and plenty of restaurants for snacks and meals when everyone is hungry. The resort’s marina also offers boat rentals and fishing trips. Breakfast for the whole family, beach bag, daily lounge chair and umbrella, Wi-Fi, valet parking, kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals, and free steam room access.
What’s great for kids: Being on vacation doesn’t mean kids can’t get close to nature. With the Junior Ranger programme, kids can spend several days with a ranger getting to know the local beaches and participating in activities. Older kids can enjoy a kayak tour in the back bay with their parents to see the seagrass beds that help the ecosystem survive. And don’t forget to sit by the seaside fire pit at night to prepare s’mores and talk about the day.