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Top 10 Things for Families to do in Florida

Top 10 things to do with families in Florida: Orange Blossom Photo by: Trekaroo/cavallettaWhen Spanish explorers led by Ponce de Leon landed on the Eastern Coast of Florida 500 years ago, they were searching for gold and the magical Fountain of Youth. Impressed by the variety of tropical flowers, Ponce de Leon named this land La Florida and established the first European settlement in what would become the United States nearly 100 years before the settlement in Jamestown, Virginia. Florida not only boasts the oldest recorded European history in the New World but also a rich Native American heritage, which began over 12, 000 years ago and continues to the present day. Since the early 1500’s, explorers of all ages have come to Florida seeking their own version of the fountain of youth. Whether on the white sand beaches or in a Magic Kingdom, families can find their treasures – vacations packed with priceless memories.Castillo de San Marcos Photo by: Trekaroo/cavalletta se are my Top 10 things for families to do in Florida. Embark on your journey to Florida today!

10. Forts and cannons!

The journey begins where Ponce de Leon’s landing party came ashore 500 years ago – on Florida’s “First Coast.” The Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine dates from the 17th Century and is the oldest masonry fort in the United States.Petty Driving Experience at Disney Photo by: Trekaroo/cavalletta Luis Archaeological Site. There, you’ll step back in time to experience life at the Mission in 1703. Kids will get to see how families lived and played ages ago. A world without electricity! What seems like worlds away is Fort Jefferson at Dry Tortugas. This remote fort is seventy miles west from Key West. Getting there is a challenge but the crystal clear snorkeling, two hour boat ride, and colorful coral reefs are spectacular!

Tubing on the Ichetucknee River, Florida Photo Courtesy of: VISIT FLORIDA9. Start your engines!

As any race fan knows, the NASCAR season begins and ends in Florida. Kicking off in February at the Daytona International Speedway, race fans come from around the world to cheer on their favorite drivers. The season concludes at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in November. In 2011 and 2012, the NASCAR champion was determined at the final race in Homestead which made for an exciting race to the checkered flag! Other races are held at both tracks throughout the year and tours are also available on non-race days. The “12 Hours of Sebring” at the Sebring International Raceway draws a smaller but loyal crowd. In April, IndyCars roar through the streets of downtown St. Petersburg at the Honda Grand Prix. If you’ve always wanted to get behind the wheel of a racecar, the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney World offers several different NASCAR driving and ride-along packages for children as young as six years old and 48” tall though adults. That is bound to get anyone’s motor running!

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New to Tallahassee - Looking for things to do

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I'm a stay-at-home mom of 2 boys (ages 7 years and 2 years). We are relocating to the Tallahasse area in June from south Florida and I'm not familiar with the Tallahassee area. I'm trying to find things in the area for them to do over the summer. Where do you all take your kids for fun (besides Chucky Cheese)? Are there any other facilities that cater to kids (like an indoor bounce house facility)? What parks are the best? Are there any nearby amusement parks?
Also, My kids are going to miss their swimming pool back home because our new house won't have one. Where is a good public pool to go to? Any around Tallahassee with splash fountains?
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