Top 10 Spots in the Northwest Florida Region for Families with Kids

Top 10 Fun Northwest Florida Spots for Parents and Kids
By
Hanna Sekenski
Top 10 Spots in the Northwest Florida Region for Families with Kids
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Everyone needs a vacation, or maybe even just a stay-cation! Wondering where to take the whole family in Northwest Florida? We have listed our top places in the Northwest Florida Region that are fun for both kids and their parents. Whether it's beaches, attractions, or natural Florida springs you are searching for, we have something for everyone to enjoy!

 

Santa Rosa Island

Santa Rosa Island

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Famous for its white sand and emerald green water, Santa Rosa Island is a perfect place for family and friends to experience all Florida’s Gulf Coast offers.

 

Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Edward Ball Wakulla Springs

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Home to the largest and deepest freshwater springs. Alligators, manatees, and an abundance of wildlife are sure to be seen in this historic remnant of old Florida. Families and friends can swim and take guided boat tours across the cool waters.

 

St. George Island Lighthouse

St. George Island Lighthouse

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Reconstructed in 2008, the lighthouse is now open to the public on beautiful St. George Island. The two-story building next to it is a replica of the keeper’s house and now houses a museum and gift shop to tell visitors about the history of the lighthouse and its keepers.

 

Big Kahuna’s Water and Adventure Park

Big Kahuna's Water Park

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Largest water park on the Emerald Coast. Offers over 40 different water play areas, tube rides, speed slides, and pools!

 

Anna Maria Island Historical Museum

Anna Maria Island historical Museum

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The museum's exhibits tell the story of the first settlers on the Island and the legacy they left behind. Kids and parents can enjoy walking and biking tours of Anna Maria City, Holmes Beach, and Bradenton Beach.

 

Lafayette Blue Springs State Park

Lafayette Blue Springs State Park

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Families can enjoy Lafayette Blue Springs State Park and the natural limestone bridge that crosses the spring run as it flows into the Suwannee River. Visitors can enjoy the park by swimming, bicycling, hiking, and wildlife viewing or staying in a vacation cabin above the river bank.

 

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

Gulfarium

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The Gulfarium is the top Fort Walton Beach attraction and venue for enjoying daily shows, animal chats, animal exhibits, and interactive animal encounters. Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park’s mission is to educate, entertain, and inspire their guests to respect and preserve wildlife by providing unique and memorable experiences for visitors of all ages to connect with marine life.

 

Florida Caverns State Park

Florida Caverns State Park

This state park gives visitors a chance to see caves in Florida, a rarity. Located next to the Chipola River and Blue Hole Spring. After emerging from the limestone caverns, families and friends can take on boating, fishing, or a hike.

 

Tallahassee Museum

Tallahassee Museum

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Ranked as one of Florida’s top museums, the Museum’s living exhibits of native Florida wildlife, nature trails, and native gardens are renowned by visitors of all ages. The museum is a great day trip for families with kids; it encourages guests to learn about North Florida’s rich history, wildlife, and culture.

 

Destin Harbor Boardwalk

Boardwalk

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The City of Destin's Harbor Boardwalk stretches nearly a quarter of a mile along beautiful Destin Harbor, providing increased access to the waterfront and preserving the harbor’s unique character.