Florida has thrilling theme parks, beautiful beaches, amazing art museums and an abundance of other adventures. But do you know it also has the best places for spotting shells or the local restaurants that kids will love? 

A vacation to Florida offers up so many options for families that it can be a challenge to narrow them down—which is why we’ve teamed up with three local moms to get their insider knowledge. Here’s what three Florida-based mom bloggers say are their must-dos on a Florida vacation:

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Champagne Supernova

Tampa-based mom Jennifer likes to head the family to Boca Grande or Islamorada when they’re looking for an in-state adventure. Boca Grande is their go-to place for relaxing and searching for sand dollars, followed by a cone at Dolphin Cove. For brunch, she suggests a stop at the beachy-themed Gasparilla Inn. Jennifer also suggests Islamorada for an action-packed trip, including diving for spiny lobster (with Morado Bay as a backup in case your catch doesn’t go as planned) and heading to the coral reef near Alligator Point to snorkel with the tropical fish in their natural habitat.

 

Everyday with Ember

Sherri and her two kids love the beaches near their South Florida home, but when they’re looking for another place to cool off, they head to Coconut Cove Waterpark in Boca Raton, which has two four-story waterslides. An afternoon in nearby Downtown Delray is also a day well spent, thanks to more than 100 local boutiques and galleries. When your family can’t decide where to eat, the new Delray Beach Market is a lifesaver, with tons of dining options under one roof. Sherri also suggests wandering around Mizner Park in East Boca and a stop at Rex Baron for dinner. It’s an AR experience and restaurant, so you can check multiple vacation boxes at one stop.

 

Mommyhood Joy

Kimberly’s two little ones love animals, which is why she suggests a trip to Butterfly World (home to over 20,000 butterflies!) in Coconut Creek or Lion Country Safari (with a drive-thru safari and animal feeding!) in Loxahatchee. When it’s time to cool off, Kimberly suggests Haulover Park in Miami for a dip in the ocean. If oceanside is more your style, 50ocean and Latitudes are both beachfront restaurants with stunning views. 

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