Get a jumpstart this year with these 5 ideas for Florida Family Fun…

Visit a Theme Park. Visit a theme park central in FL. Can’t go wrong with mainstays like Disney, Legoland or Universal, but we also love exploring smaller parks or attractions like Dinosaur World (Plant City), Fun Spot America (Orlando), Gatorland (Orlando) and Busch Gardens (Tampa).

Head to Outer Space. The Kennedy Space Center is calling! Check out the space shuttle simulator, watch a shuttle launch or chat with an astronaut. Click here for to check out a schedule of upcoming launches & events.

Explore a National Park. Florida is home to 11 national parks, here are our 3 faves– Biscayne National Park (Miami), Dry Tortugas National Park (Key West) and Everglades National Park (Miami & Homestead). Each offers its own features and merits a visit. Look for manatees & crocodiles in the Everglades, explore coral reef & marine life in the Dry Tortugas or investigate a shipwreck at Biscayne National Park. Details here.

Take Flight with Butterflies. There’s something magical about butterflies – and Florida has dozens of places to see them up close & personal. Check out the Florida Museum (Gainesville), Butterfly World (Coconut Creek), the Butterfly Estates (Fort Meyers), the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservancy (Key West), Fairchild Botanic Gardens (Miami), Tom Allen Memorial Butterfly House (Cape Coral) or the Panhandle Butterfly House (Milton).

Go Beaching. Florida has no shortage of beaches. Each has its own perks. These are known to be especially family-friendly: Siesta Key (Sarasota), Deerfield Beach (Deerfield Beach), Cocoa Beach (Cocoa Beach), Manatee County Beach (Holmes Beach), Fort de Soto Park (Tierra Verde), Fernandina Beach (Fernandina Beach) and Fort Walton Beach (Fort Walton)