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Florida is a great place for family travel, even if you dare to (GASP!) venture outside of Disney, LOL. Some ideas for the next time you head down to the Sunshine state-

legoland FLFlorida’s “funnest” theme park, Legoland Florida is less then a year old. At 150 acres, this theme park is located in Winter Garden, Florida- just a short drive from the Disney area. With more then 50 different rides and attractions, not to mention varied eateries, Miniland, and a brand new waterpark- they recommend the park for ages 2 – 12 years old.

Head on over to the panhandle, to beautiful Destin. The Hilton Sandestin provides a resort where there is tons to do for both adults and kids. There are beach activities just for kids, from sandcastle building to Kids Krew to the Sunny the Sea Turtle contest (which is a really cute way for families to get involved together for a chance to win prizes) that will keep them busy and happy. And when you all get hungry? There are tons of dining options [Read more…]

Enjoy a Stay on Florida’s Beautiful Panhandle #HiltonSandestinMoms

Disclosure: My son and I were invited to the to Hilton Sandestin resort and expenses were paid, but as always, all opinions are my own and honest. I was not required nor paid to write this review.

florida hiltonA few weeks ago, my 5 year old and I paid a visit the Hilton Sandestin in Destin, Florida. Located on the Emerald Coast of Florida, on the panhandle, this is a great hotel to check out if you are looking to spend some time with the family. Escaping the cold here in NJ, we were thrilled to reach the beautiful beaches of the Florida coast, where the images we had seen on the website did not do any justice. (There were also sliding glass doors in every room leading to a balcony outside- the views for sunrise and sunset were lovely.)

florida sunrise

5:45 am, sunrise

Upon walking into the room, we were immediately met with something that my son just adores- bunk beds! The top bunk is designed with safety in mind, having a build in safety bar (so there will not be any late-night roll offs onto the floor). Right away, I knew the room and resort would be kid friendly, and my son felt at home and at ease. There is a TV in that area of the room, should you want your children to be able to watch some cartoons at the end of the day while you watch your show in the other area (or unpack, read, check email, send photos, etc). That little bit of separation can be life-saving on family vacations, when at times the family makes you want to tear your hair out. A little space can let everyone breathe and be alone for just a few moments. Also in the room were a small refrigerator and microwave, which again adds convenience for the little things, or if you have a baby on formula or for storing breast milk.

bunk bedsAnother saving idea is the bathroom- which has the full barrage of what you would expect in a bathroom. The tub was also very clean- and most of you know how I feel about hotel tubs 🙂 But outside the bathroom door was a second sink and mirror, which is great for families who are all getting ready at the same time. Several people can get ready at once, brush teeth, do hair, go to the potty, take a shower, blow dry their hair- whatever works for them at that time. This is a real time saver and great idea. There is a blow dryer attached to the wall as well for your convenience.

mom blogger tripThe resort is directly on the beach, which any parent will tell you is a huge plus. No need to lug all your gear and toys all up and down, just a few steps to the sand. If you prefer, you can also rent beach chairs and umbrellas from the resort (which they will set up for you) or you can bring your own. There are also several pools to choose from outside, another inside- as well as a hot tub both outdoor and another indoors. There are outdoor shaded cabanas to rent if you would like to, as well as plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas situated all about the pools. There is [Read more…]