With international travel being very different these days, families are increasingly turning to staycations, and that’s no bad thing. We may have to wait a tad longer to comfortably cruise along the coast of the Mexican Riviera or pack the kids up for a European adventure, but for Floridians, taking a staycation is particularly appealing because it’s home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the United States. So Floridians, it’s time to pack your overnight bags and fill up the fuel tank to take advantage of some of the best staycation destinations in Florida.
How to have the best staycation in Florida
1. Visit Disneyland
Disneyland has more than earned its nickname of the happiest place on earth, and while to many Floridians it can feel touristy, it can actually be the perfect nostalgic getaway. It’s so fun to introduce your kids to your childhood favorites and make new memories in Magic Kingdom. If nothing else, it’s a lot of fun just to go on the rides and eat all the candied pecans
2. Practice your photography
Learning to take aesthetic photographs and experiencing a staycation through your camera lens can be a great way to see places that you’ve already visited in a very different light. I tend to find that if I’m taking photos, I go out of my way to find unusual angles and unique shots, which often leads me to places I wouldn’t otherwise have visited. There are many affordable instant cameras on the market now which are really fun for young kids.
3. Eat your way around the small towns
One of my favourite ways to explore Florida as a Floridian is to take a road trip for a few days and to go from small town to small town. If you do a little research up front, you can find a whole bunch of quirky little tourist towns, as well as plenty of fantastic hotels to visit and perhaps most importantly of all, some of the best food on the east coast. My personal favorite is The Blue Hen Cafe in St. Augustine. Be sure to call ahead because if the whole family is coming along you may need to make a reservation at the smaller joints.
4. Take in a little culture
If your family are a collective of culture vultures then you’ll want to think about visiting some of the museums and galleries that Florida is known for. Love nerding out about space? You’ll want to consider checking out the NASA Kennedy Space Centre. If books are your thing then I’d recommend the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West. Really, whatever your interests are, you’ll be able to find a decent museum or gallery to cater to them.
5. Visit the Springs
Sure Florida is best known for its pristine white sand beaches but if you’re trying to avoid crowds or simply take a dip in cooler temps, take a drive to the Florida Springs. Florida is home to over 1000 fresh water springs with the water temperatures averaging at just below 70 degrees. Rent a kayak or take a float down the river, you’re sure to have a great time. Just remember to pack plenty of water and wear sunscreen.
The staycation spots that I’ve suggested today should be enough to get your family started, but you should also bear in mind that there’s a whole bunch of other wonderful places to visit in the Sunshine State, and as a florida native, I should know. Have a great staycation!