15 Things To Do On The West Coast Of Florida With Kids

By Jill Greising-Murschel

Oct 23
Things to do on the West Coast of Florida With Kids

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.

Things to do on the West Coast of Florida With Kids

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.


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15 Things To Do On 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. 

1. Visit Sarasota's powdered sand beach.

Visit Sarasota Beach - Gulf Coast of Florida

The beaches in and around Sarasota have the whitest and softest sand in Florida. Take a day and enjoy the powered sandy beach!

2. Check out the Naples Farmer's Market.

3rd St. Farmer's Market - Naple's Florida

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. 

3. Go on a dolphin cruise in Fort Myer's Beach.

Dolphin Cruise - Fort Myer's Beach

Take the family out on a dolphin cruise! Witnessing dolphins jumping behind the boat can excite anyone!

4. Visit The Naples Children's Museum

Naple's Children's Museum

If there's a rainy day, be sure to check out the Naple's Children's Museum. 

5. Attend A Drum Circle On Nakomis Beach

Drum Circle - Nakomis Beach Florida

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. 

6. Attend a ranger-led hike in Oscar Scherer State Park

Ranger Led Hike - Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday mornings throughout most of the winter, the rangers coordinate a ranger-led hike and program in Oscar Scherer State Park. 

7. Visit Fort De Soto

Fort De Soto - Things to do in Florida

Take some time to hike around Fort De Soto, just south of Tampa on the Gulf Coast. 

8. Catch some waves at Fort Myers Beach

Visit Fort Myer's Beach FL for a day

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. 

9. Visit the Tampa Children's Museum

Tampa Children's Museum_

Take your kids to the Tampa Children's Museum to burn off some energy. You could spend all day there! 

10. Go on a shell hike with Sanibel Sea School

Sanibel Sea School - Shell Hike on Sanibel Island

Take a hike with Sanibel Sea School on Sanibel Island and see the abundance of shells on this beautiful Gulf Coast island!

11. Visit Marco Island - just outside of Naples, FL

Marco Island - Tigertail Beach

Take a day trip to Tigertail beach on Marco island for some calm water experiences and play. 

12. Take a day to visit the Naples Zoo

Naples Zoo - Things to do with kids in west Florida

Although on the smaller side, the Naples Zoo has many fun exhibits to check out including giraffes, alligators, and penguins. 

13. See the manatees during the winter months

See the Manatees in Florida

The manatees come into the intercostal water areas during the cold winter months, allowing for some great sightings of these large and gentle creatures! 

14. Camp or hike at Collier Seminole State Park

Collier Seminol State Park - Camping

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. 

15. Visit Legoland Florida 

Legoland Florida - Things to do on the West Coast of Florida with kids

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! 




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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. 

I'd love to read your suggestions for additional things to do with families in Florida.

Share it in the comments! 

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