April vacation is the perfect chance for family’s to plan a trip to Florida. With hundreds of possible destinations, how do you choose the perfect place for your family April vacation? Avoid the crowds at the theme parks and choose one of these incredible spots for your well-earned vacation this spring!
Best Florida April Vacation Spots for Families
Sanibel Island, located along the Gulf of Mexico just a short drive from Fort Myers, is justly famed for its sunsets, lighthouse and luxurious resorts. By far, the most popular activity on Sanibel Island is shelling – you barely can walk a step on the beach without indulging in the so-called “Sanibel Stoop” to search for shells. But there is so much else to do on Sanibel Island – fine accommodations, luscious dining (seafood, of course!), fishing, boating, and just plain relaxation, a chance to get away from the hurly burly, a chance to draw closer to nature.
Captiva Island, located near Fort Myers off Florida’s Gulf Coast, is often associated with the neighboring island of Sanibel to the south. Both are all about the outdoors – biking, sailing, birding and water activities abound. A sliver of land nestled against the state’s southwest coast, Captiva Island has a slightly off-kilter and almost magical feel. You might discover a giant frog in Captiva Island, a restaurant where it’s Christmas all year long, or even a tiny starfish.
Daytona Beach is fun and fast. From one of the world’s most famous racetracks to one of its most famous beaches – Daytona offers something for all travelers (including spring breakers!) With low hurricane risk and averaging 80 degrees every single day, there’s no bad time to visit. Arts and cultural attractions are woven into the fabric of the area – but the main draws are the sand and the speedway. You’ll find plenty of southern hospitality at this east coast destination.
The Daytona Beach Pier & Boardwalk is a great place to visit in the evening as it cools down and gets dark. The boardwalk offers a wide variety of shops, rides and arcades for your kids to participate in. The roller coaster gives families a unique view of the city and a memory to share together. Kids also love the Museum of Art and Sciences which recently added a Planetarium to its campus. There are hands-on exhibits, concerts, and rotating exhibits.
Siesta Key is a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Sarasota, Florida. It’s known for its sandy beaches and friendly locals. Fine white sand and gentle gulf breezes keep visitors coming back year after year. An ideal escape for a couple looking for romance, or a family looking to escape the Disney or Panama City crowds. Let’s be serious: you’re visiting Siesta Key for the pristine beaches along the 35 miles of coastline. Here are the names to remember: Siesta Beach, Turtle Beach, and Crescent Beach. Each features soft quartz sand and warm gulf seas. The sand is cool on your feet, so you can take an extended walk by the ocean without fear.
Siesta Beach has relatively shallow waters and it is monitored by lifeguards year-round. Plus, there’s plenty of room to spread out and enjoy a long, relaxing day. Turtle Beach is the most active (think volleyball net and horseshoe pits) while Crescent Beach is known for its seclusion and relaxed atmosphere.
Fort Myers Beach
Although small in size, Fort Myers Beach is mighty in its appeal as a favorite beach destination among families, snowbirds and beach-lovers. Located on Florida’s Estero Island, the charming beach town has shores of heaping sugar sand, clear cerulean waters, and miles of wide coastline to enjoy. Fort Myers Beach is home to street musicians, trendy boutiques, bars and restaurants await the crowds. Considered the heart of Estero Island’s downtown, it is a lively area and the go-to spot for shopping, dining and people watching. Whether you want your vacation to be action-packed or full of relaxation, Fort Myers Beach won’t disappoint.
Anna Maria Island
A mere 20 minutes from Bradenton, laid-back Anna Maria Island awaits. What feels like “old” Gulf Coast Florida with strict business regulations, little to no car traffic, and a peaceful way of life. That’s right, you won’t find any chain restaurants or high-rise, view-blocking buildings here. And oh, the beaches! A seven-mile strip of beautiful white-sand beaches line the barrier island of Anna Maria Island between the turquoise Gulf of Mexico and peninsular Florida. It won’t be difficult to unwind here.
If you’re looking for a tranquil getaway, take a good look at Amelia Island, along Florida’s northeast coast. Just 30 miles from Jacksonville, Amelia Island is a world apart. Golden-hued sands and guided horseback rides along the shore. See dolphin and osprey, and maybe even a glimpse of the endangered right whale. All of this, makes Amelia Island the perfect spot for gentle recreation, historical exploration (it was controlled by France, Spain and England) or just enjoying a good book. In fact, the Condé Nast Readers’ Choice Awards panel agrees: Amelia Island consistently ranks among its “Top 10 U.S. Islands.”