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Florida has long been the family fun destination of choice for people the world over. There are activities and attractions to suit all age groups distributed throughout the state. Absolutely Florida would like to help simplify the decision-making process by listing a broad selection of Florida's family-friendly attractions, resorts and accommodations. Each selection is ideal for parents who are looking for a little breathing space while the kids have all the fun they can handle.

Region 1
Southeast Florida Family Lodging

Palm Beach
The Breakers
1 South County Road, Palm Beach
Historic prestigious hotel features week-long summer camp packages, including culinary, etiquette and money management camp for children, and business seminars for adults. Daily supervised activities for children, ages 3-17. Discounts for families with a child in summer camp.

Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach
2800 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach
Free children's program for ages 3-12 include an assortment of activities such as water olympics, scavenger hunts and crab races. Water sports, golf and tennis for parents.

Ritz Carlton Palm Beach
100 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach
Ritz Kids' entertains guests ages 4 and up for about $5 per day. Weekend evening pizza parties, $20. Golf, tennis, boating, well-earned massages for parents.

Broward County
Registry Resort and Spa

250 Racquet Club Road, Weston
Daily children's program, activities include games, swimming and crafts, $30, including lunch. Evening dinner program, $20. Golf, tennis, racquetball, famous spa and spa restaurant

Boca Raton
Boca Raton Resort and Club
501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton
Daily children's program for ages 3-17, plus tennis clinics on clay courts for kids as young as 6. Other amenities include a fitness center,private beach, marina and championship golf. Discount packages available.

Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort at Hollywood Beach
2711 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood
Daily activities for children ages 5-12, $10 a day, $5 for a half day. Rooms have refrigerator and microwave and there's a nearby deli and convenience store.

Miami Beach
The Fontainebleau Hllton
4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Volleyball, dancing and a host of other fun activities, for ages 5-17.Teen programs featuring beach olympics, kite flying, video games and trips to Parrot Jungle, the Miami Seaquarium and other attractions.

Sheraton Bal Harbour Beach Resort
9701 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour
Harbour Kids Club teaches new crafts and games for $ 15 for a half day, $30 for a full day.

Key Biscayne
Sonesta Beach Hotel Key Biscayne
350 Ocean Drive, Key Biscayne
Daily children's program features trips to area attractions including MetroZoo and Seaquarium, for guests ages 5-13. Free, except for meals and admission to attractions. Jet skiing, kayaking, tennis.

Doral Golf Resort and Spa
4400 N.W. 87th Ave., Miami
Daily children's program includes tennis, fishing, golf, arts, crafts and games. For children ages 4-12, $25/half day, $40/full day. Five golf courses, 15 tennis courts and spa and fitness center.

Cheeca Lodge
P.O. Box 527, Islamorada
Eco-tours to nearby islands, fishing, snorkeling and scuba. Children's programs emphasizing outdoor activities for kids age 6-12. $14/ half day, $26/ full day.

Key Largo
Atlantic Bay Resort
160 Sterling Road
MM 92.5 Bayside
Tavernier, Florida (FL) 33070
Phone Toll-Free: 1-866-937-5650
OR (305) 852-5248

Atlantic Bay ResortSnorkeling, swimming, boating and more fun in the Keys for every member of the family. Enjoy it all from our private beach and boat dock nestled on the Florida Bay. Take in the spectacular gulf views, make a splash in our heated pool, or visit nearby Florida Keys attractions..

Sheraton Key Largo Resort
97000 S. Overseas Highway
Key Largo, 800/826-1006
Tennis, parasailing, Jet skiing, sailboarding, sailing, and diving at nearby John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Daily children's programs include snorkeling lessons and lessons along a nature trail. $25/ day for kids ages 5-12. Friday evening pizza party, $10.

Hawk's Cay Resort and Marina
Mile Marker 61, Duck Key
Dive trips, glass-bottom boat tours, kayak excursions, parasailing and aquacise lessons about the environment for kids and adults. The Island Pirates Club, for kids ages 5-13. $20/ full day including lunch, and $10/ half day. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evening program for kids include a movie and pizza.

Key West
Sheraton Key West
2001 S. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West
Coral Reef Kids Club Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evening program. Activities include face painting, storytelling, treasure hunts and movies. Also offered during the day on weekends, $15/ child. Fitness center, bicycle rentals, free transportation downtown, snorkeling trips and sunset sails.

Wyndham Casa Marina Resort & Beach House
1500 Reynolds St., Key West
Free children's program for kids ages 6-12 from 10:30 a.m. until 1:15 p.m. daily.

Region 2
East Central Florida

Vero Beach
Disney's Vero Beach Resort
9250 Island Grove Terrace, Vero Beach
A Disney resort that delights parents, teens, even toddlers. Children's programs in the morning and evening for ages 6-12. 163-foot spiral water slide, and water attractions for youngsters. Teen program includes a day with a member of the Vero Beach Dodgers professional baseball team and a family trip to the game. Evening campfire and singalong. For parents, scuba lessons, tennis, croquet, volleyball, a fitness center, massages and bike rentals.

Port St. Lucie
Club Med Sandpiper Bay
3500 Morningside Blvd., Port St. Lucie
Free childcare for babies as young as 4 months old. On-site circus for older children features juggling, a flying trapeze and clown lessons. Waterskiing, sailing, tennis and golf.

Indian River Plantation
555 N.E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart 800/444-3389
Beaches, an 18-hole golf course, tennis, swimming and a popular kids' camp with children's daytime and evening programs.

Region 3
Northeast Florida

Fernandina Beach
Amelia Island Plantation
3000 First Coast Highway Amelia Island
The daily children's program, for ages 3-12, includes golf, tennis and field trips, $18 to $21 per child. Children's evening dinner parties, $17. Golf, tennis, racquetball, fishing, bicycling, swimming and prisitne beach. Villas include a kitchen, living room and balcony.

Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island
4750 Amelia Island Parkway, Amelia Island
Ritz Kids', for children 5-14, provides a full day or evening of games, crafts and fun. Kid's programs cost $30/ day and $25/ evening, including lunch or dinner. Golf, tennis, horseback riding, spa, and a cooking school for parents.

Ponte Vedra
Marriott at Sawgrass Resort
1000 TPC Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach
Children's program includes indoor activities and visits to the nearby beach. Open to children ages 3-12, for $20. Evening dinner program, $15. Tennis, golf, a health club and spa for parents.

Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort
Jacksonvllle 1617 N. First St., Jacksonville Beach
Children stay and eat for free. plus children's program from Memorial Day through the end of August. Rooms include refrigerators and microwaves, a convenience store/deli

Region 4
Southwest Florida

South Seas Plantation
P.0. Box 194, Captiva Island
Daily and nightly programs for kids ages 3-11 include outdoor sports and lessons in local wildlife and conservation. New nature center with aquarium and touch tanks educates youngsters about marine life.

Ritz-Carlton Hotel
280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples
Free hour-long kid's program daily, plus Ritz Kids program $30/ child, ages 3-12. Themed dinner parties for kids every Saturday evening. Also, private baby-sitting for children of all ages.

Naples Bath and Tennis Club
4995 Airport Road North, Naples
Full-day summer camp includes two hours of tennis lessons daily, swimming, volleyball and more for kids, 5-14 for $25.

Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club
851 Gulf Shore Boulevard North, Naples
800/237- 7600
Free Beach Klub daily, for kids ages 5-12. Golf, nature walks, shelling excursions, water sports, five restaurants, free transportation to downtown Naples and an orchid house with more thall 3,000 plants. A Free tennis, volleytball and golf clinic every Saturday for kids ages 11-16. Children under 18 stay free with parents.

Marco Island
Marco Island Hilton Beach Resort
560 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island
Free daily and nightly children's programs. Health club, spa and rentals of assorted boats, sails and boards for water fun.

Radisson Marco Island
600 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island
The daily children's program occupies youngsters 3-12.Activities for teens, ages 12-16. Cost is $15 full day, $10 half day, and $17 for Friday and Saturday dinner program.

Marriott's Resort and Golf Club
400 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island
Marriott's Beach Bandits educational program includes children's Everglades tour, a visit to the zoo or aquarium, for ages 5-12 for $29-$39 daily, including lunch. Wading pool, two playground and mini-golf for kids.

Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa
19260 Harbour Pointe Drive, Sanibel Harbour
The Kids' Klub for ages 5-12 includes movies, pool games and crafts daily, and weekend evenings on demand, for $20/ full day and $5/evening. Golfing, tennis, kayaking, spa, evening dinner cruises, shelling excursions, eco-history tours and dolphin tours.

Sundial Beach Resort
1451 Middle Gulf Drive, Sanibel
Daily children's program for kids ages 3-12, and Tiny Tots Tennis for kids as young as 4 are invited to join. The resort features an eco-center with a 180-gallon aquarium and 450-gallon touch tank. Five pools, three restaurants, clothing shops and suites with fully equipped kitchens.

Sanibel Inn
937 East Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island
Daytime and evening programs for kids ages 3 and older, about $10 a day. Environmentally-conscious landscaping, including bird and butterfly gardens and is created solely from native vegetation. Tennis, kayaking, bicycling. From May 26 through Dec. 18, rooms are $140 to $225. Rates in season are $260 to $395.

Ft. Myers Area
Pink Shell Beach Resort
Resort 275 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach
Free children's program features a different theme every day, plus a special teens' program. Volleyball, fishing, boating, tennis and swimming in three pools. Outdoor barbecue grills available.

Palm Island Resort
7092 Placida Road, Cape Haze
Kids are treated to free daily hour-long activities on this private island where cars are not allowed, and is only accessible by boat. Island Kids program from 10-3 Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. $25/day. Activities include fishing, nature tours, shell hunts, bike riding, tennis and water sports.

Region 5
West Central Florida

Tampa Area
5700 Saddlebrook Way, Wesley Chapel
Daily Kids Club features games for children ages 4-12, nature walks, crafts and visits to nearby attractions. The cost is $12 for a half day and $25 for a full day. Evening programs are offered weekends for $10, on this 480-acre woodsy resort. Features includc golf and tennis programs, with an enormous 270 foot pool, six bars and restaurants, fitness center and a new European spa.

TradeWinds Resort
5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Petersburg
Organized activities for kids aged 3-12. Little ones may enjoy programs such as cooking and crafts, while older kids get to write and star in their own Funniest Kids Videos. Most activities are free, although those including dinners, crafts, and travel away from the hotel, are priced $6-$20. Plus volleyball, poolside bingo, environmental programs, beach walks, gondola rentals, golf, tennis and more. Family-style suites, on-site Pizza Hut franchise & and ice-cream parlor.

St. Petersburg
Radisson Sandpiper Beach Resort
6000 Gulf Blvd., St. Petersburg
Free daily program for children ages 2-12. Evening dinner programs cost $10. Use of facilities at TradeWinds Resort.

Tarpon Springs
Innisbrook Hllton Resort
Tarpon Springs, 813/942-2000
Kids tennis, golf, movies, swimming, nature walks and other supervised activities, for ages 4-12. A $22 / full day, half-day $11.

Radisson Suite Resort on Sand Key
1201 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater

Free shell hunts, face painting, volleyball daily, from 10 a.m. until noon, for children ages 4-12. At dinner program three evenings a week, $15 to $20. Family activities, such as sandcastle building, scavenger hunts and pool-side bingo.

Longboat Key
The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort
1620 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key
Daily tennis programs, shell crafts, scavenger hunts and swimming in the pool, for children ages 3-17. Most activities are free.

Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort
Clearwater Beach 715 S. Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach
Children under 12 stay and eat free. Free daily children's program, for ages 3-12. Evening programs with dinner, $10. Rooms include a refrigerator, microwave oven, blow-dryer and cable television. Convenience store.

Region 6
Florida's Panhandle

Steinhatchee Landing Resort
P.O. Box 789, Steinhatchee, Florida; 800/584-1709
Water sports for every family member - snorkeling, swimming, boating, and even dive for scallops! Scallop are bountiful here and the season lasts until September 10. These tasty mullusks move slowly under the clear shallow water and are easy to catch, and the Steinhatchee River is the super highway for scalloping. Steinhatchee Landing is nestled along the river's banks, and offers docking for guests, as well as canoeing, shuffleboard, tennis, basketball, volleyball and hiking. Cottages are equipped with complete kitchens, bbq grills, plenty of the conveniences of home.

Panama City Area
Seaside Cottage Rental Agency
P.0. Box 4730, Seaside 800/277-8696
Camp Seaside, for kids ages 5-12includes daily art classes, croquet, archery, swimming and more, for $25, including lunch. Evening program, $15 Wednesday and Saturday.

Marriott's Bay Point Resort
4200 Marriott Drive, Panama City Beach
Golf, fishing, volleyball, massages, aqua aerobics, tennis, bicycling, dolphin encounter cruises. Themed activities with kids' program for guests ages 5-12, $25

Sandestin Beach Hilton Golf and Tennis Resort
4000 Sandestin Blvd S., Destin
904/26 7-9500
Daily children's program features swimming and games during the day and movies in the evening, for children ages 5-12, $22, including a meal. Golf, tennis and aerobics for parents.


Region 7
Central Florida

Orlando Area
Holiday Inn Family Suites
14500 Continental Gateway
Orlando, FL 32821
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NEW 2-Bedroom Kidsuites! ALL SUITE Resort approximately one mile from the Walt Disney World® Resort. FREE HOT BREAKFAST BUFFET, Kids 12 and under EAT FREE program, FREE SCHEDULED SHUTTLE to the four Disney Theme Parks. Two unique pools, huge game room, food court, lounge and restaurant provide everything a guest could wish for while on vacation!

Buena Vista Palace Resort and Spa
1900 Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista
European spa within walking distance from the Disney Village Marketplace with shuttles to the theme parks. Plus an arcade, kids' contests, organized games, a clubhouse, water slide, and extensive children programming year-round. Free afternoon activities; morning program and themed nighttime activities, $15 per child. For parents, massages at the spa, saunas and other beauty services, tennis, golf, boat rentals, and nine restaurants and lounges.

Disney Hotels
Lake Buena Vista
Chidren's programs and plenty of activities, plus golf, tennis, hiking and horseback riding. Among the hotel choices are the Grand Floridian Beach Resort. the Contemporary Resort , The Polynesian, Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, Boardwalk Inn and Villas, and Wilderness Lodge.

Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort
Lake Buena Vista
13351 State Road 535, Lake Buena Vista
Free daily kids' program from 3 p.m. until midnight. Kidsuites alcove in parent's room, plus refrigerator, microwave oven and blow-dryer. Cyberarcade game room and a food court with Little Caesar's pizza, and a convenience store/deli.

Holiday Inn Lake Buena Vista
13351 State Road 535, Lake Buena Vista

Private check-in and restaurant for kids, plus mascots to tuck them in at night. Daily supervised activities program for ages 2-12, from 8 a.m. until midnight. The cost is $3/ first four hours, $5/ five to eight hours and $10/ over eight hours.

Hilton at Walt Disney World Village
1751 Hotel Plaza Blvd., Lake Buena Vista
Within walking walking from Disney's Pleasure Island and Disney Village Marketplace. Free shuttle to other Disney attractions. The children's program nightly from 5 p.m.-midnight. $4 per hour for the first child, less for other kids in the same family.

Holiday Inn Maingate East
5678 Irlo Bronson Memorial
Highway, Kissimmee

Children's program for kids ages 3-12 from 2-10 p.m. daily, $2 per hour. Children's private restaurant section and a tuck-in from the hotel's mascot.

Hotel Royal Plaza
1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd., Lake Buena Vista
Free activities throughout the day for children ages 5-12. Private baby-sitting available. Affordable accommodations in Disney Village, within walking distance to Disney Marketplace and Pleasure Island's nightclubs and restaurants. Free shuttle to the theme parks.

Westgate Lakes Resort
10000 Turkey Lake Road, Orlando

Family villas feature two-bedrooms, a kitchen, dining room, balcony and two baths. Free children's program is offered Tuesday-Saturday for children ages 4-12. Pizza parties Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Marriott's Orlando World Center
World Center Drive, Orlando
The Lollipop Lounge offers daily children's program, games, arts and crafts, and other activities for children, ages 4-12 from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m, for $6 per hour for the first child and $4 per additional child. Tennis, mini-golf, golf, pool complete with waterfalls and slides.

Winter Haven Area
Grenelefe Golf & Tennis Resort
3200 State Road 546, Haines City
Rural retreat 30 minutes from Orlando's theme parks. Villas with full kitchens, boat rental, golf, Daily children's program with pingpong, mini-golf and basketball, plus private baby-sitting, evenings. daily children's program. daily children's program.

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Other Southeast Florida Attractions
Marine Life Center of Juno Beach
Center's exhibits focus on Florida's coastal ecology and feature live endangered marine turtles. Location: Loggerhead Park, off U.S. 1 north of Donald Ross Road, Juno Beach. Closed Mondays. Admission: $2 donation suggested. 407/627-8280.

Lion Country Safari
Drive-through zoo with more than 1,000 animals roaming free in the 500-acre preserve. Also on the grounds is Safari World Amusement Park (free), guided boat tour and petting zoo. Located in Loxahatchee. 18 miles off 1-95 on S.R. 80/98. Adults, $14.95; children 3-15, $9.95. 561/793-1084.

Butterfly World
Three screened aviaries with thousands of butterflies. 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek, off exit 69 Fla. Turnpke. Adults, $10.95, kids 4-12 $6, info 954/977-4400 or 954/977-4434.

Flamingo Gardens
Guided tram and walking tours of 60 acres of citrus groves, subtropical forest and botanical gardens, free-flight aviary and Birds of Prey exhibit, Wray Home Museum, alligators and flamingos. Closed Mondays. 3750 Flamingo Rd., Davie. Adults, $8; senior citizens, $6.40; children 3-11, $4.50. 954/473-2955.

Coral Castle
Handmade fantasy kingdom made entirely of coral built over a 30-year period, with a timeless tale of unrequited love with mystical overtones. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. Tours daily. 28655 S. Federal Hwy., Homestead. Adults, $7.75; seniors, $6.50; children, $5; free for children under 7. 305/248-6344.

Fairchild Tropical Gardens
Tram tours of the largest tropical botanical garden in the U.S.. Location: 10901 Old Cutler Rd. next to Matheson Hammock. Admission: $8 adults, children under 13 free with adult admission. 305/667-1651.

Cageless 290-acre zoo fealures koalas, rare white Bengal tigers, exotic birds, apes, elephants and other animals. 3 miles west of U.S. 1 on Southwest 152nd Street (just west of Florida Turnpike). Adults, $8; children 3-12, $4. 305/251-0400.

Parrot Jungle & Gardens
Parrots, macaws and flamingos in a natural tropical hammock. Trained macaw and cockatoo shows. In Miami, off U.S. 1 south on southwest 57th Avenue (Red Road).Adults, $12.95; seniors, $11.65; children 3-10, $8.95. 305/666-7834.

Theater of the Sea
Swim with the dolphins or see them perform on a bottomless boat ride. Mile Marker 84, Islamorada, in the Florida Keys. Adults, $14.75; children 312, $8.25. 305/664-2431

Region 2 Nearby Attractions
Other East Central Florida Attractions
Kennedy Space Center
NASA Kennedy Space Center's Visitor Center, (formerly Spaceport U.S.A.) Mail Code DNPS Kennedy Space Center, Florida 32899 407/452-2121; fax: 407/452-3043; Florida Launch Information: 800/KSC-INFO free

Region 3 Nearby Attractions
More Northeast Florida attractions

Marineland of Florida
Oceanariums featuring hundreds of marine animals from sharks to sea lions. Three dolphin shows daily. On AlA 18 miles south of St. Augustine. Adults, $14.95; teens 13-18, $9.95; children 3-12, $7.95.800/874-0492 or 904/471-1111.

Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Plenty of wierd-but-true for the whole family. 19 San Marco Ave., Sr. Augustine, Florida 32084. 904/824-1606

St. Augustine Alligator Farm Massive collection of alligators and crocodiles in a tropical setting. AlA South, St. Augustine, Florida 32085 904/824-3337 $$

Nearby Southwest Florida Attractions
Babcock Wilderness Adventures Alligators, bison, panther, hawks and other wildlife on swamp buggy and nature tours through this 90,000-acre ranch. Located: 3 miles northeast of Punta Gorda on U.S. 17, then 18 miles east on S.R. 74 to S.R; 31, then 5 miles south. Adults, $17.95; children 3-12, $9.95. 239/489-3911.

Edison and Ford Winter Estates
Guided tours of the homes and gardens of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. On McGregor Boulevard, off 1-7S on Exit 22 (Colonial Boulevard) in Fort Myers. Adults, $17; children 6-12, $5. 239/334-7419

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Bok Tower Gardens
128 acres of landscaped gardens surround the 205-foot Bok Singing Tower, the highest point on the Florida peninsula. Located3 miles north of Lake Wales off U.S. 27A. Adults, $4; children 5-12, $1. 239/ 676-1408

Fantasy of Flight World's largest collection of vintage aircraft also features sophisticated flight simulators of combat and bombing missions. Off 1-4, Exit 21, Polk City. Adults, $10.95; children, $7.95. 239/984-3500.