If you are looking for fun things to do on a family vacation, then check out our family’s list of 15 things to do on the West coast of Florida with kids.
Our full-time traveling family spent 4 months visiting Florida last Winter. Since we live in a motorhome full-time, we try our best to find warm climates to spend the winter, and Florida was right there at the top of our list.
This Winter, we plan to go back and spend several months enjoying the beautiful state.
As an RV living and traveling family, we are often asked where our favorite place to visit has been.
Our kids almost always say ‘Florida!’.Tony and I will more specifically say Nakomis Beach, Sarasota Beach, Naples Florida, or the Florida Keys. You see, we just can’t decide.The Gulf coast of Florida has soft-sand beaches, many family fun things to do, a calmer ocean experience, and often great weather.
One region of Florida that we truly do love is the West Coast of Florida.
If you are looking to get away from the cold fall or winter, then read our top 15 things to do on the Gulf Coast with kids.
The beaches in and around Sarasota have the whitest and softest sand in Florida. Take a day and enjoy the powered sandy beach!
Finding fresh produce in the middle of winter was a novelty for us last year when we visited Naples. The 3rd street farmer's market was such a fun place to spend a Saturday morning.
Take the family out on a dolphin cruise! Witnessing dolphins jumping behind the boat can excite anyone!
If there's a rainy day, be sure to check out the Naple's Children's Museum.
Almost every Wednesday and Saturday evening about 1 hour before sunset, there is a very well attended drum circle right on Nakomis beach. Bring your beach chairs or blankets and watch the sunset with the friendly crowd while listening to the locals pound on their drums.
Saturday mornings throughout most of the winter, the rangers coordinate a ranger-led hike and program in Oscar Scherer State Park.
Take some time to hike around Fort De Soto, just south of Tampa on the Gulf Coast.
Fort Myers Beach is the place to be over the winter months. If you want to avoid crowds, then arrive early in the day and try to visit during the week.
Take your kids to the Tampa Children's Museum to burn off some energy. You could spend all day there!
Take a hike with Sanibel Sea School on Sanibel Island and see the abundance of shells on this beautiful Gulf Coast island!
Take a day trip to Tigertail beach on Marco island for some calm water experiences and play.
Although on the smaller side, the Naples Zoo has many fun exhibits to check out including giraffes, alligators, and penguins.
The manatees come into the intercostal water areas during the cold winter months, allowing for some great sightings of these large and gentle creatures!
Collier Seminole State Park is just outside of the Everglades and worth a visit. If you aren't a camping kind of family, you can still enjoy a day trip here to hike around the canals that are bordering the Everglades.
Take a day and go inland a bit to take the kids on some rides at Legoland. Be sure to catch the water-ski show, they are so talented!
Have you ever visited the West Coast of Florida with kids? I hope that whether you are taking a long family road trip down the Gulf Coast, or a family vacation to Florida, that these gave you a few new ideas.
Planning to see more of Florida? Then check out our ultimate post about things to do in the Florida Keys with kids here.
I'd love to read your suggestions for additional things to do with families in Florida.
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