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Florida is a top family travel destination
Family Fun Magazine's 2014 Travel Awards include Florida as a top family-friendly destination

FamilyFun magazine's 2014 Travel Awards include Florida as a top family-friendly destination

Florida is a top family travel destination in the 2014 FamilyFun magazine Travel Awards, scoring several top spots! In fact, in the magazine’s list of Top 12 Favorite Family Destinations, Florida got the top three: Magic Kingdom park in Walt Disney World, Islands of Adventure at Universal Studios Orlando and the city of Orlando in general.

FamilyFun Top 12 Favorite Family Destinations

FamilyFun Top 12 Favorite Family Destinations

Destinations around the United States were chosen by families across the country in a variety of categories, including kid-friendly cities, zoos and aquariums, and theme parks.

FamilyFun magazine April 2014 issue features top family travel destinations ranked by families across the United States

FamilyFun magazine April 2014 issue features top family travel destinations ranked by families across the United States

You can see the full results of top family travel locations in the April issue of FamilyFun.

Not only did Florida snag the top three spots in the destinations list for the whole country, but it also showed up at the top of the list for Kid-Friendly Cities (Orlando). In the top Theme Parks list, you’ll find Magic Kingdom, Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. (Epcot is usually deemed “more adult,” but my kids love it too, for the Finding Nemo ride, Soarin’, Test Track and the Romantic Road in the Germany pavilion, which has a model train layout in a garden.) For Zoos and Aquariums, SeaWorld snagged the #6 spot.

So where didn’t Florida show up in the magazine’s top lists? Here’s where Florida got beat by other places in the country — and my Florida recommendations for those categories.

Florida didn’t place in the Top 10 National Parks and Preserves list, but I would recommend a family trip to Shark Valley in Everglades National Park for a guided tram tour through the River of Grass. (There are, in fact, zero sharks there, but you almost always see alligators.)

Florida also failed to place in the Top 10 Family Museums list. My family’s favorite museums in Florida are the National Naval Aviation Museum (Blue Angels! Flight simulators!) in Pensacola and the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa with a great hands-on area that my kids didn’t want to leave.

There are no Florida spots on the Top 10 Historic Sites. But Florida is loaded with history! Juan Ponce de Leon’s famous hunt for the Fountain of Youth landed him in Florida in 1513, and the city of St. Augustine was founded in 1565. St. Augustine is loaded with family fun — it’s in my list of 10 Florida Trips for Families. Florida is home to several forts you can visit, and there’s an annual reenactment of the Battle of Olustee, the largest Civil War battle fought in Florida.

Voting is still going on for the Most Fun Region, and you can take your pick on FamilyFun’s Facebook page right now!

What are you family’s favorite places to visit? Please share in a comment.

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