Florida is a great place for you and the kids to visit and even if your budget doesn’t stretch to the expense of attractions such as Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, this area has so much to offer.
This is a large state with a wide range of places to visit and things to do.
Orlando is in the northern section of the state, but that's only a small part of what Florida has to offer.
There are two coasts, one on the Gulf of Mexico, the other on the Atlantic Ocean.
Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center are on the Atlantic side, not too far from the Orlando area. This is a big departure point for Caribbean cruises, too.
For racing fans, Daytona is a great destination, with NASCAR as well as beautiful beaches for the rest of the family.
And on the very southern end of the Sunshine State are Miami and the Florida Keys. The culture in this area is influenced by neighboring islands like Cuba, the Bahamas, and the Spanish history.
The Keys offer great SCUBA diving attractions, as well as less challenging beach and island activities, like snorkeling and deep sea fishing.
Orlando is full of things to do, large and small.
Take the kids for a snap-tastic day at Lake Jesup, which hosts live alligator and bird exhibits and watch in amazement the feeding of a 12-foot, 650-pound alligator.
Alternatively, check out the Electrical Water Pageant, which is a magical floating parade, which can be seen each night in the resort areas of the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake. Keep your eyes peeled for a wonderful light show of King Triton, turtles, whales, a sea monster and dolphins. Best of all, both are free!
For a quaint day trip, why not take the children to see the adorable March of the Peabody Ducks at the Peabody Orlando Hotel. The ducks are led from the hotel along and extravagant red carpet to the Royal Duck Fountain to the music of John Philip Sousa.
Later in the day, the ducks are escorted back with a delicious meal of worms, lettuce and carrots. One lucky child is even picked to join the ducks on accompany the quacking troop – all nominations go to the Duck Master as soon as you've booked your holiday.
For a spot of arts and crafts, take a visit to the Orlando Public Library for their Children's Library for special readings, family movie night, board games and musical events for all the family to enjoy.
For an action-packed holiday that the entire family will love, Orlando will not disappoint.