5 Best Florida Weekend Getaways with Kids

Florida is soaked in sun all year round. We’re not called the Sunshine State for nothing! With beautiful weather and an endless list of fun activities to dive into, Florida is the perfect spot for family holidays. There really is something for everyone here.

You may be more familiar with holidays in Florida that last for a week or two. But what about weekend getaways? Whether you’re flying in for a few days or you want to incorporate a short escape into a longer trip, you’re spoilt for choice if you’re looking for a short break.

At Real Florida Adventures, we provide a wide range of exciting, family-friendly tours in Florida. We know the Sunshine State inside out, so we’ve got plenty of great recommendations for a weekend getaway with kids! For more information about any of the tours we operate, please feel free to contact us. In the meantime, let’s start planning that weekend break!

*This blog was updated in March 2024

Day Trip to Clearwater Beach with Seaside Lunch

Stay in Stunning St Petersburg, Florida!

Is there a better combination than Sunshine City in the Sunshine State? Well, this is exactly what St Petersburg is. Located on Florida’s Gulf Coast and part of the Tampa Bay area, St Peterburg is known for its gorgeous weather and array of indoor and outdoor activities.

This city is home to the Dalí Museum, the perfect place to indulge in some culture. You can also admire the lush foliage in the Florida Botanical Gardens. Clearwater is a stone’s throw away to the north. Here, you can head to Pier 60 for a beautiful sunset or spend the afternoon on a Clearwater Marine Aquarium and beach trip.

Observing underwater marine life before hitting the white sand outside is sure to keep the kids happy!

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Take it Easy in New Smyrna Beach

On Florida’s east coast, New Smyrna Beach has soft, sandy beaches and an easy-going vibe. This is a family-friendly place and a surf hub, so it’s the perfect choice for a more peaceful weekend getaway with kids.

This beach town has charming accommodation options, sidewalk cafes, and all manner of independent shops. New Smyrna Beach is also the home of the Atlantic Center for the Arts, a must-visit destination for inspiring kids (and adults) with a creative streak! It’s perfectly easy to spend a weekend in New Smyrna Beach sunbathing, sailing, fishing, surfing, or even kitesurfing!

A visit to Smyrna Dunes Park offers amazing views of Ponce Inlet and its wonderful lighthouse. Merritt Island is a short distance south, so you can also include the #1 Kennedy Space Center Tour in your Florida weekend itinerary.

Kennedy Space Center & Airboat Ride

Families Love Relaxing on Sanibel Island

If you and your kids need a truly relaxing weekend in Florida, make a beeline for Sanibel Island. Here, and on nearby Captiva Island, you can while away a couple of days in paradise.

The wildlife, seashells, pristine white beaches, and stunning azure waters are all stars of the show here. The JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge is the ideal place to take a family bike ride.

If even that sounds like too much effort, you can simply laze on the shore or collect colourful seashells. There are idyllic landscapes to soak in at Lovers Key State Park too.

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Fill Your Weekend with Orlando Experiences!

Relaxation isn’t always on the cards when it comes to holidays with kids. If you want an unforgettable, action-packed couple of days, there aren’t many better places to visit than Orlando.

There are so many fun things to do here that you can’t contemplate doing even half of them over a weekend. Ultimately, you have to choose carefully and come back for longer next time! Some of the options you and your kids can choose from include:

  • ICON Park
  • Sea Life Orlando Aquarium
  • Walt Disney World Resort
  • Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Gatorland
  • Madame Tussauds
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • Crayola Experience
  • The World of Chocolate Museum
  • iFly Indoor Skydiving

And the list goes on! For little and large sports fans alike, you can also take in the thrill of the NBA with Orlando Magic game tickets and transport!

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Feel Big City Excitement in Miami

Miami might not be the first place you think of for a weekend getaway with kids in Florida, but many attractions and activities here cater to families. And in Miami, you get the added bonus of some big-city excitement!

It’s hardly surprising that Miami has an abundance of water-based activities. There’s ample swimming, bodyboarding, and surfing to fill your days. You can also take a dip in the city’s famous freshwater Venetian Pool. The kids are sure to love the cave-like grottos and cascading waterfalls.

The Everglades National Park is only a short drive from downtown Miami. If your family wants to see some of our fiercest wildlife in person, this is the place to go! And for a more tranquil adventure, Biscayne National Park offers coral reef snorkelling and diving along with opportunities for boating and fishing.

Experience Florida’s Fun and Excitement with Our Tours Out of Orlando!

We hope this blog has given you some inspiration for your family weekend escape in Florida. Of course, the recommendations above only scratch the surface of the many amazing places you can explore with your kids. At Real Adventures Florida, we are specialists for day trips and tours in Florida. We ensure families and couples visiting the Sunshine State get to see and experience everything they want to while here.

From learning about space travel at Kennedy Space Center, and the Sea Screamer Clearwater Beach tour to snorkelling with manatees in Crystal River, we have something for holidays of every kind. Just like Florida! If you have any questions about the tours we operate, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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