A great way of avoiding these winter blues, while making family memories, is to take a winter holiday. But with such an array of destinations on offer, it can be hard to pick the right one.
For those after a break from the dreary weather towards a destination that promises fun for the whole family, there really is nowhere better than Florida.
Not only does the promise of winter sunshine for all the family, but the huge variety of things to do and see takes the pressure off keeping everyone entertained.
Here are some reasons why Florida makes the perfect winter family break.
As its nickname, ‘the sunshine state’ suggests, Florida is a destination that lures many a traveller with its warm climate.
December to April is regarded as ‘the best time to visit’ as the weather is sure to be pleasant. This is considered preferable to spring (March to April) and autumn (October to November) as there is a much higher chance of hurricanes.
Florida, on average, has one of the mildest winters in the whole of the continental United States — although temperatures do vary slightly upon location. The north of Florida can be a little cooler, meaning the south is favoured by travellers looking to escape the cold. Miami is particularly popular as it is the warmest and most sheltered area.
This warmer climate brings another great benefit, especially to those planning a family holiday — the sea is warm enough for swimming. Sea temperatures do vary by region: in December temperatures range from 20 degrees in Pensacola (west), 23 degrees in Fernandina Beach (north), to 25 degrees in Miami. Although the sea is a little cooler than what can be expected in summer, it will still seem luxurious.
The Thrills of Florida’s Attractions
The range of theme parks available in Florida is second to none. There’s Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, to name only a few. The huge range of theme parks on offer really does make Florida a firm favourite for children and teenagers.
For those animal lovers out there, Orlando also offers a number of attractions including the newest one, Turtle Trek — where viewers can experience a 360-degree projection of one turtle’s life story. For even more animal experiences, visit Discovery Cove, located just across the road from Sea World. Visitors are able to come face to face with otters and marmosets, among many other animals.
For those looking to visit any of the resorts, it is recommended you purchase tickets in advance. There are many places online where you can buy a variety of Florida tickets that will ensure you miss those long line ups.
A Wonderful Range of Arts and Culture Activities
In addition to its world-famous theme parks, Orlando is at the heart of a cultural explosion that is currently happening all across Florida.
For those after some cultural relief, the city has more than 20 museums and 45 theatres. There are also numerous music and dance events being held across the city, suitable for any taste. For those looking for more kid-friendly entertainment, the Orlando Science Museum has some really great child-focused exhibitions.