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10 Best Family Resorts in Florida

Fun Family Friendly Resorts in Florida

Florida Travel Blog has written about many resorts in Florida. Many are suitable for the whole family but many do not offer specific amenities for children and teens. The best family resorts in Florida we have chosen are those that cater to the younger members of the family as well as adults.

As we all know, kids want and need activities designed for them. They are happier and the family as a unit can do things together. A vacation at one of the best family-friendly resorts in Florida that keeps the kids busy and happy is a great vacation!

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Finding resorts in Florida is easy. Finding kid friendly resorts in Florida takes experience – we have been doing it for 40 years.

Orlando Excluded

We have chosen not to include any family resorts in the Orlando/Disney area. There are numerous resorts for families in this area. Most notable are the multiple Disney World Resorts and Universal’s resort.

Some of the best family friendly resorts in Florida surround what we call the “Disney Bubble” – a 3 mile radius around the parks. Many, if not most, feature family oriented vacation stays that are very similar and competitive.

If you are considering an Orlando vacation trip, check out our Magical Florida Vacation and related Orlando articles.

Our Commitment to Safe Family Resorts in Florida

Florida Travel Blog is committed to refer your family only to safe locations. Florida is a very safe state. However, like most states, there are less safe areas in Florida than others.

The family resorts in Florida we have chosen are based on our experience as residents of Florida and places we have enjoyed over the years. 

All of the best family resorts in Florida we have chosen are in statically safe areas of Florida.

Our 10 Best Family Resorts in Florida

Hawks Cay Resort 

Duck Key, Florida Keys

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Hawks Cay Resort is one of the best resorts in Florida for families. With daily activities for children, multiple pools and a dolphin experience on-site kids love it and adults too!

Location: Just about 10 miles east of Marathon, Florida in the string of islands called the Florida Keys.

  • One of the best family friendly resorts in Florida with a focus on outdoor activities
  • Dolphin encounters on the property and water sports
  • Active charter fishing out of the Hawks Cay Marina
  • Kid’s club and educational programs run daily
  • Suites and Villas available
  • Multiple swimming pools and restaurants
  • Safe swimming area with paddleboards and other kid friendly activities

Discussion – Hawks Cay Resort is clearly the best family resort in the Florida Keys. They have plenty of activities scheduled for children, plus there are attractions among the other islands in the Keys. See Florida Keys and Key West information for more.

Compare the hotel rates for Hawks Cay. Get your guide for things to do in the Florida Keys.

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Omni Resort

Amelia Island

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The Spacious Omni Resort, Amelia Island. (courtesy of Omni)

Location – On the 18 mile long Amelia Island about 20 miles north of Jacksonville.

  • Golf, tennis, and water sports
  • Numerous pools and beach front
  • Kid’s programs and family pool area
  • Junior Chef program
  • Fort Clinch on the island
  • Golf course
  • Property shuttles

Discussion – The Omni Resort on Amelia Island is known for its year-round programs for kids as well as adult features. The island offers a fun experience for the whole family plus a historical overview.

Get your guide to things to do on Amelia Island. Compare hotel rates on Amelia Island.

TradeWinds Island Grand Resort

 St. Pete Beach, Florida

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St. Pete TradeWinds Resort courtesy of St. PeteRising.

Location – Gulf front family-friendly resort in central Florida. 30 miles from Tampa, Florida and 15 miles south of Clearwater Beach.

  • Waterfront resort with family-focused features
  • Huge water slides, paddleboats, and beach cabanas
  • Kid’s club activities and teen lounge
  • Family-friendly dining options in the resort and within walking distance
  • Beach is just steps away
  • Best family-friendly resort on the Florida Gulf Coast for kid-oriented entertainment and nearby attractions

Discussion – The TradeWinds Resort has several facilities. The Island Grand is one of the best family-friendly resorts in Florida. Very close to Clearwater Beach. A comparison is here. Get your guide to St. Pete Beach things to do.

The Breakers

 Palm Beach, Florida

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A historic beautiful Flagler hotel on the Atlantic Ocean.

Location – The Breakers in Palm Beach Florida is 72 miles north of Miami on Florida’s east coast. The beach is on the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Historic luxury resort with a large family entertainment center
  • Private beach and four pools
  • Kid’s camp and playground
  • Family dining options in several restaurants
  • Villas available for the whole family
  • Rooms just steps from the Atlantic Ocean

The Breakers of Palm Beach is on a barrier island along the Atlantic Ocean. Beautiful views, beach watersports, and an upscale vacation opportunity.

Get your guide of things to do in Palm Beach. Compare hotel rates in Palm Beach.

South Seas Island Resort

 Captiva Island

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The beaches of Captiva Island tend to be less crowded and full of shells.

Location – South Seas Island Resort is on Captiva, the island adjacent to Sanibel Island. Near Ft. Myers on Florida’s gulf coast.

  • Best family friendly resort in Florida on a barrier island
  • 5 miles of pristine beaches
  • Excellent shelling, water sports, and fishing
  • Kid’s programs and nature center
  • Multiple dining options on property and on the island
  • Cottages available
  • Marina and fishing charters

Discussion – one of the best family resorts in Florida on the gulf coast for fishing and beach activities. In September of 2022, South Seas got damaged heavily by Hurricane Ian. They have reopened to an island still under repair, but very welcoming to travelers and families wanting a unique vacation on a beachfront island.

Get Your guide to Sanibel/Captiva things to doHotel rates on Captiva Island.

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

 Miramar Beach, Florida

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Hilton at Miramar Beach on the Gulf of Mexico.

Location – just a few minutes east of Destin, Florida in the panhandle. Directly on the Gulf of Mexico and the clear Gulf waters. The best family-friendly resort in Florida in the panhandle.

  • Beachfront resort steps from the beach
  • Pools, water sports, and beach access
  • Kid’s programs and water sports
  • Multiple dining options on property and nearby
  • Other gorgeous beaches nearby
  • Harborwalk Village a short drive away

Discussion – Destin, Florida and this Gulf front area is extremely popular for vacations year-round. The area has golf courses, museums, and other attractions for the whole family. The Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort is our choice as one of the best family resorts in Florida on the Gulf Coast panhandle.

Get your guide to Destin things to doCompare hotel prices in Destin Florida.

JW Marriott Marco Island Resort

 Marco Island, Florida

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The old and new buildings at JW Marriott on Marco Island. The Gulf Coast beach is wide.

Location – Naples, Florida is 40 minutes away to the north. The island is on the edge of the Everglades which is an entirely different experience. JW Marriott Marco Island is on the Gulf of Mexico. Most luxurious of the best family friendly resorts in Florida.

  • Luxury and fun
  • Kids programs
  • Game room with fun for adults and kids
  • Beach on the Gulf is wide
  • Kid-friendly eating options
  • Beach Cabanas
  • Adults only area separate from families

Discussion – We have stayed at the JW Marriott on Marco Island many times. Exceptional vacation experience. Many dining options nearby and plenty of fun in the Everglades if you want an ecological experience. Splurge for this vacation at one of the best family resorts in Florida.

Your guide to things to do on Marco Island Florida. Compare hotel rates on Marco Island.

JW Marriott Beach Resort Marco Island is one of Florida’s Best Family Resorts.

Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort

 Clearwater Beach, Florida

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The Hilton on Clearwater Beach has snow-white sand, a private beach and Pier 60 in the background. What’s not to like?

Location – On Florida’s Gulf Coast, close to Tampa International Airport (45 minutes). Attractions throughout the central Florida area.

The Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort is in our backyard. We live just a few minutes south. The area is fun for kids of all ages and safe for everyone. Plenty of things to do for adults and children. One of the best family resorts in Florida on the Gulf Coast for affordability.

Get your guide to things to do on Clearwater Beach. Compare hotel rates on Clearwater Beach.

Hammock Beach Resort & Spa

 Palm Coast, Florida

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Hammock Beach Resort has a lot to offer for families.

Location – The Hammock Beach Resort is 25 miles south of St. Augustine, Florida of the Atlantic Ocean. This section of Florida’s east coast is noted for fine hotels and rich history.

  • Atlantic Coast Beach steps away
  • Several pools
  • Kids slide
  • Crafts for kids are offered as well as day-long programs
  • World Class Golf courses
  • Nearby is St. Augustine for must see family trip
  • Offers muti-room suites for families

Discussion – This is the largest of the best family friendly resorts in Florida. Exceptional rooms for the whole family. Hammock Beach Resort has been a destination for Florida Travel Blog several times and each visit has been first class. We highly recommend this for a family resort in Florida on the east coast. 

Get your guide to the Palm Coast of FloridaCompare hotel rates on the Palm Coast of Florida.

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa

 Bonita Springs, Florida

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The waterpark feature at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Florida.

Location – In southwest Florida, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point offers the largest water park in this part of Florida. Just a few miles north of Naples and just south of Ft. Myers Beach.

  • Lazy River and Waterpark
  • 3 acres of water slides, pools, waterfalls and fun
  • Lawn games
  • Nature trail
  • Area attractions include Everglades excursions and Naples shopping

Discussion – The Hyatt Coconut Point, a kid friendly resort in Florida that has built in family-focused fun around their waterpark. The property is huge with plenty of walking adventures. Great place for a family reunion or large gathering. One of the Florida family resorts on the southwest coast.

Get you guide of things to do in the Naples area of Florida. Compare the hotels around the Hyatt.

New Addition to the Best Family Resorts in Florida for 2024

The World Equestrian Center

Ocala, Florida

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Despite the cloudy day, this picture depicts the size of the massive hotel and the main jumping arena attached.

We were literally totally amazed at a recent stay at the World Equestrian Center in Ocala and their commitment to families. Not only do they have the only 5-star hotel in the region, but they include family recreation, shopping and entertainment high on their list of amenities. This is one of our fun Florida Family resorts.

Why should the WEC be on our list of the best family resorts in Florida? Consider these reasons:

  • Since our visit was in December, they had one of the largest Christmas displays we have ever seen. Much of it was directed at kids, but adults love it.
  • They have daily timed horse jumping in their massive arena. Many of the riders are children.
  • They have multiple arenas located in the 300+ acres where they train horses and kids to ride and jump.
  • The horses, stalls and facilities are open for all ages to see and develop an understanding of equestrian fun.
  • The hotel, called The Equestrian, has one of the largest and most unique toy stores we have ever encountered – and certainly unique for 5-star hotels.
  • Multiple food venues scattered around the complex cater to family dining.
  • They also have fine dining at their Stirrups restaurant.

The entire complex was designed to be a Florida family resort. We highly recommend a stay at the Equestrian for your family.

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This one picture doesn’t show the entire store, but this is the life size stuffed animal section of the store kids love at The Equestrian.
 
The WEC is our newest choice of the best family resorts in Florida for 2024. The Equestrian, their 5-star hotel is a sight to see and a new addition to kid friendly resorts in Florida.
 

Here is your guide to things to do around Ocala Florida. Compare hotels in the Ocala area.

What Are Things To Do In Florida for Families?

  • Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex – Located on the east coast of Florida, the Kennedy Space Center offers a fascinating look at space exploration. Families can learn about NASA’s history, see real spacecraft, and even watch
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    The Kennedy Space Center is a perfect Florida attraction for families.
    rocket launches if the timing is right. One of our best recommendations for all ages.
  • Beaches – Florida boasts numerous beautiful beaches along its coastline. Consider visiting destinations like Clearwater Beach, Siesta Key Beach, Lido Key Beach or the Florida Keys for sun, sand, and water activities. Florida has sevral beaches in the top ten in the world for families.
  • Museums – Explore educational and interactive museums such as the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Tampa, the Orlando Science Center, and the Miami Children’s Museum.
  • Tampa Bay Area – The Tampa Bay area offers a mix of family-friendly activities, including Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Adventure Island water park, and the Lowry Park Zoo, Clearwater Beach, Clearwater Marine Aquarium and the Tradewinds Hotel are all in Tampa Bay.
  • Naples – Known for its upscale shopping and dining, Naples also offers family-friendly attractions like the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens and the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples and numerous yours and watersports for the family.
  • Florida State Parks – Florida has many state parks with opportunities for hiking, picnicking, camping, and wildlife observation. Some notable ones include Myakka River State Park, Blue Spring State Park, and Honeymoon Island State Park. Florida State Parks are a bargain. In many, you can get a carload of people in for the day for $12.

What is the Best Beach in Florida for Families?

  1. **Siesta Key Beach**: Also on the Gulf Coast, Siesta Key Beach is famous for its powdery, white quartz sand. The gentle slope of the shoreline and shallow waters make it a great choice for families. The Siesta Village nearby offers dining and shopping options.
  1. **Naples Beach**:
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    Naples Beach on the Gulf Coast is known for its calm waters, making it suitable for swimming and building sandcastles. The nearby Naples Pier offers a chance to watch sunsets and possibly spot dolphins.
  1. **Amelia Island**: Located in Northeast Florida, Amelia Island has family-friendly beaches like Fernandina Beach. It’s known for its gentle waves and historic charm, with the town of Fernandina Beach providing dining and shopping options. This island has one of our best Florida family resorts – The Omni.
  1. **Pensacola Beach**: On the Gulf Coast, Pensacola Beach offers sugary white sand and clear waters. Families can explore the Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier and visit the nearby Gulf Breeze Zoo.

When choosing a family-friendly beach in Florida, consider factors such as the age of your children, the types of activities you enjoy, and whether you prefer the Atlantic or Gulf Coast. All of the beaches mentioned above are great options, and each offers its unique character and attractions.

We can’t claim these are the only great family resorts in Florida since this is a big state. We do know these are the ones we know about. If you have a family-friendly resort in Florida that catered to you and your family, let us know.

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