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How to Plan a Holiday to Florida That Considers All Ages

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A holiday in Florida is guaranteed to be a memorable experience for the whole family.

From world-famous theme parks to shopping malls and gloriously sunny beaches, Florida truly has something for all ages.

It is no surprise then, that Florida is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with more than 135 million tourists visiting the state in 2022.

With so much to see and do, it can be difficult to know where to start when planning the perfect holiday to Florida. However, by following a few essential tips, you will be able to plan the ideal Florida getaway that everyone will enjoy.

Here’s how to plan the perfect Florida holiday for all ages.

Travelling to Florida

No matter where in the world you’re travelling from, there are a number of options when it comes to travelling to Florida.

If you’re travelling from Europe, the best option is to travel by plane. Florida has the largest number of domestic and international airports in the USA, with the five largest being:

  • Tampa International Airport
  • Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport
  • Jacksonville International Airport
  • Orlando International Airport
  • Southwest Florida International Airport

Travel to Florida can get quite expensive, so it’s worth taking the time to research the different deals on offer from various travel companies. It’s also worth booking flights well in advance of your holiday, to save money and provide peace of mind.

Where to stay in Florida

No matter where you want to visit in Florida, you’ll have plenty of options when it comes to accommodation.

Whether you’re staying in one of the major cities, you’re taking the kids to one of the many Floridian theme parks, or you’re looking to relax somewhere by the sea, Florida has plenty of hotels, resorts, and rooms available to rent.

For the perfect family vacation, you should also consider a stay at a villa. These spacious and luxurious buildings offer privacy, security, and all of the amenities you would typically find at a resort, making them a superb option for all ages. And whether you’re looking to relax and soak up the sun or you want something that the whole family can enjoy, a swimming pool is a must for your Florida villa.

If you’re planning to visit one (or more) of Florida’s iconic theme parks, you could also stay at one of the many quality hotels situated in the parks. For example, Walt Disney World in Orlando is home to 40 on-site hotels, 31 of which are Disney-themed, while Universal Orlando features eight on-site hotels. These hotels can often be quite a bit more expensive than hotels located elsewhere in the state, but if you’re visiting Florida to experience one of its theme parks, staying in a themed hotel can provide a lot of novelty for you and your loved ones.

With so many tourists visiting Florida each year, accommodation can unsurprisingly sell out very quickly. In order to get the best deal and avoid disappointment, early booking is essential.

What is there to do in Florida?

From its world-famous theme parks to its sun-kissed beaches and shopping malls, there’s always something to enjoy in Florida, whatever your age.

Here are just some of the best experiences to be had in Florida.

Theme parks

Without a doubt one of the biggest attractions the state has to offer, Florida’s iconic theme parks see millions of visitors every year. Whatever your age, experiencing one of these theme parks is a must when visiting Florida.

The biggest theme park in Florida is Walt Disney World, located just outside of Orlando and spanning an enormous 40 square miles. Home to four different theme parks – featuring rides based on iconic Disney properties including Frozen, Toy Story, Star Wars and Marvel – along with two water parks, the on-site hotels and dozens of golf courses and shopping malls, Walt Disney World is a must-visit location for all ages, and a superb option for family days out.

As well as Walt Disney World, you’ll find Universal Orlando (home to rides and attractions based on Harry Potter among others), SeaWorld Parks and Resorts Orlando, Legoland, and Busch Gardens animal park.

If you’re visiting Florida and you’re looking for something that all ages will enjoy, these theme parks are something that needs to be experienced.


Florida experiences warm and sunny weather all year round, and there’s nowhere better to soak up the sun than on one of the state’s many beaches.

Clearwater Beach, located in the Gulf of Mexico, is considered by many to be one of the best beaches in the world. With clear, shallow waters and soft sands as well as multiple playgrounds and the Beach Walk Promenade, Clearwater beach has something for all ages to enjoy.

Shopping Malls

Florida is also home to an abundance of shopping malls and outlet stores, all offering clothes, souvenirs, food and drink, and entertainment that’s suitable for all ages.

At Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando, you’ll find many shops and restaurants themed around iconic movies, books, and TV.

The Mall at Millenia in Orlando offers a high-end shopping experience. Meanwhile, the Florida Mall is one of the largest in the US and is a great general shopping experience for all ages, offering a wide range of shops and food and drink. It also presents special themed activities that the whole family can enjoy, whether that’s decorating cookies at Halloween or meeting Santa at Christmas.

Whatever you and your family are interested in, Florida’s shopping malls offer a memorable day out for all ages.


With just a little bit of planning, you can create the perfect holiday to Florida that is guaranteed to have something for everyone, no matter their age.

Whether you will be staying in your own villa complete with private swimming pool, or spending the day taking in the sights and sounds of the iconic theme parks, a trip to Florida is the perfect way for people of all ages to spend some quality time together and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Photo by Denys Kostyuchenko on Unsplash

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