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Family-Friendly Central Florida Summer Vacation Ideas

By: Jessica Roberts

We’ve put together a Top 10 Family-Friendly Central Florida Summer Vacation Ideas for 2021. We hope to see you and your family soon.

Central Florida Summer Vacation Ideas for Your Family

Central Florida is one of the top destinations for a fun, family-friendly summer vacation. With so many different offerings from watersports to nature and wildlife activities, there is always something to do that the family will enjoy.

And the best part? Every activity is located within a 90-minute drive to the beach and 60-minute drive to Orlando attractions.

1. LEGOLAND Florida Resort

LEGOLAND Florida Resort is the perfect all-day Central Florida summer vacation activity and is fun for the whole family. With over 50 rides, interactive shows, attractions, and a water park, designed just for kids, it’s guaranteed they will have the best summer break ever. Stay at Pirate Island Hotel for an even greater experience.

father and son on Great LEGO Race roller coaster at LEGOLAND in Winter Haven, FL

2. Safari Wilderness

By spending the day at Safari Wilderness in Lakeland, you’ll have an up close and personal experience with many exotic animals. From lemur feeding to camelback riding, it’s an experience the kids will never forget.

3. Painting Pottery at PicassoZ Art Café

PicassoZ Art Café is a contemporary, causal, do it yourself art studio featuring pottery painting, mosaics, fused glass jewelry and clay. All projects can be shipped home to you after firing. Head to PicassoZ to get the creative juices flowing.

4. Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo

Westgate River Ranch Resort near Lake Wales is the perfect place for all things outdoors, making this the perfect destination for a family-friendly Central Florida summer vacation getaway. With cabins, camping and glamping options available, every family can experience the beauty of this property. There are many activities to keep everyone busy from horseback riding, rodeos, to fishing, and more.

5. Elite Cable Park

Summer Vacation = Water! Experience all things water this summer break without having to rent a boat, any equipment or gear. At Elite Cable Park in Auburndale, riders have the chance to waterski, wakeboard, kneeboard, and wake-skate all while connected to a cable park system. First-timers will get a one-on-one training session before hitting the water. Cabana Club RV Resort & Rental Cottages is next door.

6. Circle B Bar Reserve

Circle B Bar Reserve is a prime destination for hiking, bird watching and cycling. Visit the onsite Polk Nature Discovery Center to learn about Polk County’s ecosystems through hands-on activities and climb around on the indoor play area which is perfect for the kids. A trip to Central Florida wouldn’t be complete without an alligator sighting, which can be safely done from the Lakeland preserve’s pier or shoreline.

7. Alligators Unlimited Airboat Tour

With airboat tours leaving from Lake Wales, Alligators Unlimited Airboat Nature Tours offers 1-2 hour long family-friendly rides along the Kissimmee River. It’s guaranteed fun and the experienced tour guides will be sure to show any wildlife sightings for photo opportunities.

Group and airboat captain on boat before tour with Alligators Unlimited Airboat Tours

8. Explorations V Children’s Museum

Explorations V Children’s Museum in downtown Lakeland offers colorful, interactive entertainment, and opportunities for parents and children to connect through different learning styles. Focusing on the five senses, Explorations V is 3 floors of kid-powered interactive exhibits and programs.

Child playing in costume and on stage at Explorations V Children's Museum in Lakeland, FL

9. Winter Haven Watersports

Looking to spend a day out on the water with the whole family? Winter Haven Watersports has got you covered with CraigCat, pontoon, jet ski, paddleboard and kayak rentals.

10. Bok Tower Gardens

Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales is a great place for kids to splash, climb, explore and learn in Hammock Hollow Children’s Garden. Hammock Hollow is 2.7 acres of water and wonders that will delight kids ages 2-12. After spending at least an hour in the children’s garden, head up to the Tower to look for your house from the top of the mountain.

Looking for more family-friendly Central Florida Summer Vacation Ideas? Check out our Things To Do Section or follow us on Instagram.

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