COVID-19 Travel Opportunities (Southeast US)

  General Considerations If you are staying in a rental with a kitchen, consider bringing groceries from home. Many cities are sharing that the crowds from open beaches have created some shortages in grocery stores again.When making your reservation, be sure to ask about contactless check-in. For example, Spectrum Resorts in Orange Beach allows you to bypass the lobby and check in with their app.Many activities (kids' clubs, etc) may still not be running at resorts and hotels. Even so, tour operators in the area generally are running excursions. Consider these as opportunities to explore while distancing....sailing trips, kayak rentals,…

49 Things To Do In Florida: Unmatched Experiences in the Sunshine State

There are so many cool things to do in Florida from beaches to theme parks to clear water springs. For years we've explored the state, but we're finally bringing it all together for you here with our list of must-do Florida experiences. There is no shortage of activities in Florida that promise a lifetime of memories! We starting in the Panhandle and making our way down the peninsula...Did we name your favorite? Leave a comment is we missed something special in the Sunshine State!

25 Beach House Rentals on AirBnB’s Most Popular SE Beaches

AirBnB shared with us their most popular southeast beach destinations for 2020. The good news is that being popular doesn't necessarily mean being crowded. With the right selection from our list of beach house rentals, it's easy to get a way with family (and/or friends you've trusted to "distance with") for the perfect beach vacation.…

17 Disney MagicBand 2.0 Secrets You’ll Appreciate Knowing Before Your Trip

You've heard about the special Disney MagicBand ... maybe you have the old one and you want to know about version 2.0? Or maybe you got your in the mail and you are thinking, "Now what?" Whatever questions you have, we've probably heard them! We're dishing all our secrets here about Disney's super technology that…

47 Southeast Treehouse Rentals Ideal for Social Distancing (Family & Date Night Options)

These treehouse rentals in the Southeast are the best of the best, with options for families or date-night escapes. From romantic to rustic...and from Alabama to the Atlantic, there is something here you're bound to love.

The Closest Beaches to Atlanta for an Exciting & Unforgettable Getaway

Atlanta is a great town, except for one thing; it’s not on the water. To find a great beach, you need to travel. So where is the closest beach to Atlanta? There are a few that are simple day trips from Atlanta, but most are oceanside fun weekend getaways. We'll tell you what seaside beach…

25+ Beautiful Dog-Friendly Beaches in Florida for Fido’s Next Vacation

Whether you're looking for quiet or action-packed beaches, ones with all the amenities or something more on the simpler side, if you're looking for dog-friendly beaches in Florida -- we've got it!

19 RV Parks In Florida That You Should Totally Visit

The perfect way to see Florida is on a road trip in an RV! Here are 19 Amazing RV Parks in Florida that you will want to visit with your family this year!

Shhh! 29 Best Small Towns in Florida That the Locals Want Kept Secret

Florida has some amazing big cities, popular beaches, and gigantic theme parks, but sometimes you just want to get away from all that! Enter: these amazing small towns in Florida that have a whole lot of charm, and a lot less people.

Discovering the Best Everglades Tour for Your Next Florida Vacation

You've been to the beach. You've ridden the roller coaster. Now it's time to see which Florida Everglades tours should be on your "must do" list!

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Tips: Secret Details for the True Fan

In the Harry Potter series, a portkey is an ordinary object that has been charmed to transport those who touch it to another place. Once you reach the enchanted world, you'll need these Wizarding World of Harry Potter tips to ensure a magical day. Make sure you read all the way through. We've sprinkled in…

LEGOLAND Florida: Secrets to Beat Lines, Save Money & Have Fun

After a few trips to LEGOLAND Orlando, we have some awesome tips to ensure your vacation is the best it can be (and even tips on how to score LEGOLAND Florida discount tickets). Read on for our Secrets to an Awesome LEGOLAND Orlando Vacation.

The Key West Watersports Tours You Shouldn’t Skip

Key West is home to every watersport you can imagine, and no matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find it here!  Grab your sunscreen, and let's find out what makes Key West watersports so amazing.

19 Best Resorts In Florida: Family Options That You Should Not Miss

Heading to the Sunshine State? Before you book your family vacation, take a look at the list of best resorts in Florida. These family-friendly escapes have the perks that kids will love...and amenities parents can't live without. From all-inclusive to best beaches on each FL coast...and from Orlando to the Keys, these are the best…

Legoland Hotel Options: The Ultimate Slumber Party

We visited the LEGOLAND Hotel when before it opened to the general public, and then we scoped out the new Legoland Beach Villa's during their Grand Opening week. We experienced all the awesomeness that is LEGOLAND, but each property was a distinctly different vibe. Read about the pros and cons of each, and make the…

What Are the Can’t-Miss Things To Do in Pensacola?

Whether your trip includes kids or just the two of you -- and whether you want to relax or show your adventurous side -- there is something fun for everyone in this list of things to do in Pensacola!

17 Things to Do in Fort Lauderdale With Kids That Even Adults are Sure to Love

Fort Lauderdale is known for its beautiful beaches, amazing water, massive yachts, and impressive mansions.  These days it’s also known for its many family-friendly activities, making it the perfect Florida vacation destination. We've got 17 outstanding adventures that you and your kids will love. Pack your sunscreen and get ready for some excitement.  Fort Lauderdale…

33 Best Weekend Getaways in Florida for Marvelous Memory Making

Are you ready to take a weekend trip to the Sunshine State?  Whether you’re looking for ocean views, theme parks, fabulous beaches, water sports, national parks, romantic getaways, or family-friendly adventures – you’ll want to add these weekend getaways in Florida to your road trips list!

25+ Memorable Stops on a Perfect West Coast of Florida Road Trip

  There are so many options in Florida that planning a trip to the sunshine state can be overwhelming. Our cure, an old-fashioned road trip to hit the highlights on the gulf coast. We’ve put together this itinerary for the west coast of Florida that is sure to make you smile.  So rent a convertible,…

45+ Leisurely Things to do on Sanibel Island Beyond Shelling

It’s no secret that Sanibel and Captiva Island on Florida's west coast are two of the best spots in the United States, if not the world to hunt for seashells. However, we found tons of things to do on Sanibel Island beyond the laid back beaches. photo courtesy of the Island Inn There are no…

The Best Things To Do In Panama City Beach On Your Beach Vacation

With warm temperatures much of the year, there are many things to do in Panama City Beach - water recreation and outdoor fun, along with other attractions, activities and amenities.

53 Best Festivals in Florida for Year-Round Fun

Florida is sunny and reasonably warm year-round, which makes it the perfect state to host festivals during every season -- and they do!  They've got festivals just for adults, family-friendly festivals, festivals celebrating music, art, and every type of food! Let's dive in! 

49 Things To Do In Florida: Unmatched Experiences in the Sunshine State

There are so many cool things to do in Florida from beaches to theme parks to clear water springs. For years we've explored the state, but we're finally bringing it all together for you here with our list of must-do Florida experiences. There is no shortage of activities in Florida that promise a lifetime of…

Glamping: Florida Spots For Those Who Prefer A Little Luxury

Florida has it all -- beaches, small towns, and bustling cities. For visitors looking for something a little different than your standard hotel room, look no further than glamping!  Florida is ready to show you how combining "glamorous" with "camping" can be an awesome and unique experience!

27 Things To Do In South Florida On The Ultimate Vacation Roadtrip

Heading to South Florida? These Florida cities are packed with so much excitement that it can be difficult to prioritize the fun. No worries, we've selected the 27 things to do in South Florida that we know will bring a smile to your face! Whether you are visiting on the Gulf side or splashing in…

27 Things to Do in Miami With Kids, Guaranteed to Make Them Smile

When I say Miami, do you think "adult vacation?" It's time to change your mind! There are so many fantastic things to do in Miami with kids...you won't even be able to do them all in a weekend! So pack your bags, we're going South!

41 Kick-Ass Cheap and Free Things to Do in Miami for Tourists and Locals

Welcome to Miami! (Bienvenidos a Miami!) You've made it to one of the most beautiful cities in Florida -- Miami! And with so much to see and do (and eat!), your money can be spent quickly. But you don't have to go into debt, because this is one city that has a lot to offer-…

17 Best Florida Beaches for Families To Relax and Unwind

We all love vacationing in Florida, but with 1,350 miles of coastline, it can be difficult to find the right beach. If you're hunting for the best Florida beaches for families, look no further... we've compiled a list of family-friendly beach escapes on the gulf coast and along the Atlantic. 

23 Relaxing Things To Do In Beautiful Marathon, FL

Take in all the exciting (and relaxing) things to do in Marathon, FL. In fact, it's been called the boating and family destination of the Keys! Just about 50 miles to the north of Key West, Marathon, Florida is home to dreamy beaches and resorts, exciting animal excursions, one of the most colorful sections of…

33 Sensational Things To Do in St Augustine for Every Traveler Type

St. Augustine, FL is known as the nation’s oldest city, known as the Ancient City. And beyond just history, this seaside destination has something for everyone. There are beautiful beaches and more than 100 historic and unique things to do in St. Augustine that will create a memorable vacation on the East Coast of Florida. Here…

9 Sensational Key West Beaches (+ 3 Worth the Short Drive)

The Conch Republic may be known for Duval Street, divine seafood, Hemingway, and hole-in-the-wall pubs that make you feel like a local....but there are also beaches in the Florida Keys that beckon a lazy day of lounging by the Atlantic Ocean or snorkeling in the shallow waters of the tropics. Here are 9 sensational Key…

42+ Unique & Awesome Things To Do In Central Florida (Beyond Disney)

There is lots of unique things to do in Central Florida beyond visiting Disney. We've rounded up more than 42 amazing ways to have fun!

5 Reasons to Make the Gorgeous Isla Bella Beach Resort your Vacay Home Base in the Florida Keys [Video]

Just opened in early 2019, the five-star, independent Isla Bella Resort is already making a name for itself as the jewel of the Marathon area. Find out why Isla Bella Beach Resort is the perfect location for an extended stay in the Florida Keys.

40+ Memorable Things to do in Sarasota Florida for a Weekend of Fun

Wow! There a so many fun things to do in Sarasota Florida (and I'm not talking the beach) for a quick weekend getaway. Whether it's taking in a show (Sarasota is the Culture Capital of Florida), paddling through the mangroves, or taking in an Atlanta Braves spring training game, there is a ton to keep…

50+ Best Family Weekend Getaway Ideas In The Southeast

Sometimes you just need to get away. We've been there. That's why we put together this list of more than 50 family weekend getaways in the Southeast. Some of the places you may never have considered for a fun weekend getaway. Some of these places to visit you already know, but hopefully we'll give you…

5 Reasons to Love the Waterstone Resort and Marina in Boca Raton, FL [Video]

Our very first stay in Boca Raton, FL proved unforgettable thanks to our stay at the Waterstone Resort and Marina. This quaint, boutique hotel is the ideal alternative to those large-scale bustling, commercialized resorts.

29 Perfect Things To Do In Key West For Every Type Of Traveler

If you're heading South, we've got the perfect list of things to do in Key West for every type of traveler: Our top picks, tours we love, things for people jumping off a cruise ship...even what we recommend for visiting with kids, touring on the cheap, or managing a rainy day. 

5 Reasons You Should Stay at Havana Cabana Key West [Video]

Heading to Key West?? With kids (and definitely without!) we highly recommend you book your stay at Key West's largest pool and coolest vibe - Havana Cabana Key West! We hit this hotel for Spring Break and were blown away. Here are 5 reasons you should stay here on your next visit, too.

29+ Things To Do In Destin, FL For The Best In Beachy Fun

There are tasty culinary treasures and tons of cool things to do in Destin, FL and gorgeous emerald waters and equally stunning white-sand beaches.

40+ Exciting Things To Do In Jacksonville, Fl That You’ve Got To Try

A cultural and foodie metropolis meets swimming and surfing beach town! We've got a complete list of things to do in Jacksonville, Fl that will love!

A Peek Inside the Luxurious Turquoise Place Orange Beach

Turquoise Place Orange Beach is a gleaming 20-story luxury resort right on the fluffy white sand beaches of the gulf coast. Normally, I prefer a beach house to a high-rise because I don’t like waiting for the elevator. However, after spending three nights at Turquoise Place, I'm changing my tune. Here’s why I’ll return, and…

10 Enchanting Disney Vacations You Rarely Hear About (But Should!)

Disney resorts offer so much for families, but the magic isn't relegated to the theme parks in Florida and California. There is an entire world of enchanting opportunities that bring superior customer service and a knowledge of what makes kids "tick" to your family. From guided tours taking you on secret adventures in the US…

13 Ways To Share Your Nostalgic Love Of Star Wars At Disney World

Our family loved every moment of the Star Wars Disney World experiences we encountered. For myself and husband, it was the fulfillment of that sentimental yearning to return to our childhood. And now, with children of our own, seeing them experience the newest generation of Galactic Rebellion...and falling in love with it just like we…

Swan and Dolphin: 11 Advantages To Staying At This (kind of) Disney Resort

Planning your vacation to WDW? Trying to decide where to stay? Don't discount the Swan and Dolphin Resort because it's not "official." We stayed at the Dolphin Hotel and it was AMAZING. If we head to Disney again, this is where we'll park our tired heads. Here are 11 reasons why!

Disney Cruise Tips For Anxious First-Timers Aboard The Stunning ‘Dream’

Planning a Disney cruise? Need some good Disney cruise tips to help that feeling of overwhelm? Don't fret! From the kid's club to pirate night, show tips to port excursions...here are the tips I wish someone had told me before we packed our bags. If you have any questions about a Disney cruise, let is know…

29 Things To Do In Amelia Island That The Locals Want Kept Secret

The Sunshine State has seemingly limitless opportunities for a great family or romantic getaway, but if you haven’t yet visited Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach, you are missing out! No matter the season, Amelia’s pristine beaches, historic charm, and outdoor adventures—all just a 5-6 hour drive from Atlanta—make it a quintessential Florida destination. We’ve listed…

Disney World Planning For Beginners In 9 Easy Steps

Honestly I have been a wreck trying to figure out just how to do this Disney World planning, and how to do it right. With tons of help from a member of the Disney Parks Mom Panel, I have crafted a nine-step plan. It is my hope that this helps put your mind at ease, too. I…

Old Colorado Inn: 5 Reasons You Should Not Miss This Stuart Hotel

If you and the family are heading to Stuart, FL...there's several places you can stay but this one tops our list! We love the history, the privacy, the small but important perks...it's simply heaven. Here are five reasons why Old Colorado Inn is an ideal family (or couple's) hotel selection.

21 Things To Do In Stuart, FL For A Fun & Affordable Family Vacation [Video]

From exploring an historic riverside town to relaxing on the Atlantic beach, here are 21 fun and affordable things to do in Stuart, FL

Visit Dry Tortugas National Park The Most Beautiful Place In The US

Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida is a place you should visit at least once. And I guarantee once you go there you will want to go back again and again!

Luxury Beach Vacation: Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort has created the perfect luxury, beachfront resort for families of all ages to truly become Parrothead and Parakeets.

5 Amazing Family Activities Not To Miss On Marco Island, Florida

Marco Island is a gem of a Florida beach destination that is incredibly welcoming to families and filled with great activities!

5 Destin, Florida Water Activities That Will Delight You

With the amazing beaches and emerald green waters in Destin, Florida, one of the best ways to really enjoy it is to get out on the water!

5 Delicious Restaurants To Visit In Destin, Florida

5 amazing choices to visit for lunch or dinner that we guarantee you don't want to miss while you are in Destin, Florida.

Don’t Miss The Wonderful Sombrero Beach In The Florida Keys

Sombrero Beach in the Florida Keys offers golden sand and a great swimming area for beach lovers to enjoy. Here are 4 tips for enjoying your time there.

Hawks Cay: A Truly Amazing Resort To Stay At In The Florida Keys

If you are looking for fun, relaxation, beautiful views and a truly amazing time you want to stay at Hawks Cay in the Florida Keys!

Unique Things to do at Disney World that make Awesome Souvenirs

If you've been to Orlando more than once, you may be ready to find some unique things to do at Disney World beside going on rides. How does vanquishing evil villains, searching for pirate booty, catching the bad guy, and exploring the wilderness sound? It’s all in a days work at Walt Disney World, and it’s all…

Why You Want a Disney Memory Maker vs. Disney PhotoPass

The Disney PhotoPass is one of the best perks of a Disney World vacation. But now Disney has taken it one step further with the Disney Memory Maker add on. Should you purchase a Disney PhotoPass or spend the extra money for a Disney Memory Maker? The Disney Memory Maker vs. Disney PhotoPass How many…

3 Places to See Enchanting Sea Animals in Key West, Florida

If you’re looking for sea life, Key West is a fantastic place to find it. Here are 3 places where you can find these enchanting creatures!

Florida Keys: 3 State Parks & 1 Dreamy National Park You Can’t Miss

The Florida Keys have beautiful State Parks & one of our favorite National Parks. You don't want to miss out on visiting any of these unbelievable places!

Westgate River Ranch Resort: 17 Tips & Tricks For A Great Glamping Getaway

The nation’s first cowboys were in Florida near Westgate River Ranch. The award-winning ranch sits on 1,700 acres of land surrounded by 400,000 acres of protected wetlands...with dozens of opportunities for families to unplug and reconnect.

Comparing our Favorite WDW Resorts (+Tips from a Disney Insider)

Staying at one of the WDW Resorts makes a great Disney World vacation supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. But trying to navigate all those options can be like chasing Alice through Wonderland. That's why we turned to our friend, and Disney Moms Panel expert Lindsey Paris to give us some insider information about what to do at the Walt Disney…

Sandestin Florida: Absurdly Gorgeous Beaches, Epic Family Fun

Sandestin is a glorious 2,400 acre family-friendly development located in Miramar FL w/sugar white beaches and emerald water.

Cape San Blas Florida: Dreamy Beaches, Laid Back Fun

It’s called the Forgotten Coast because it was once left completely off the Florida map. Now this sleepy area of the panhandle with it’s scattered beach houses, like the ones on Cape San Blas, Florida, and low-rise condos, like the Driftwood Inn in Mexico Beach, make for the perfect low-key family vacation destination.

Swim with Manatees: Secret FL Find You’ll LOVE [video]

Winter is the perfect time of year to swim with manatees. However, leaving a warm bed at 6:30 in the morning to go jump in chilly water doesn’t sound like a good idea, but I promise, it’s worth it. Especially when under the water, below the chilly air are hundreds of manatee, gentle sea cows who, like a…

Best Places to see Disney World Fireworks OUTSIDE the Parks

Fireworks. A method of celebration that crosses every language and cultural barrier on Earth. Independence Day, New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year. Bastille Day, and The Olympic Games all use fireworks. But no one does fireworks like Disney. Disney World fireworks are legendary. Photo by Anthony Quintano through Creative Commons (this…

SeaWorld Orlando: 40+ Secrets for an Amazing Visit

SeaWorld Orlando is one of the big four Orlando theme parks, but for those who have never been, it’s a bit different than the character focused Walt Disney World, Universal or LEGOLAND parks. To get the most out of a theme park experience, it helps to know a few secrets; those tidbits that veterans have…

Atlanta to Destin for Weekend Beach Fun

Atlanta to Destin might not be close enough for a weekend trip at just about 6 hours, but it's definitely within a driving distance for a long weekend. We had such a great time when we went there, it became one of our most memorable vacation for our family.

Disney Orlando: Your Essential Guide To The Happiest Place On Earth

Grab your mouse ears, it's time for a trip to Walt Disney World! Make the most of your Disney Orlando vacation with insider tips, new attraction previews & lesser known fun. Don't be overwhelmed. We'll show you secrets beyond the guidebooks, and fun ways to take your trip to infinity and beyond. More Disney Blog…