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Check out these other popular Sunshine State vacation destinations

Orlando, Cocoa Beach, Naples and Fort Lauderdale are some of the main reasons Florida is the second most popular state for vacationing. All four locations are chock-full of family entertainment options, and after all family fun is what vacation is all about. Whether there are just a few or an entire crew it’s the people we share that special bond with that make moments into cherished memories. Here is a look at some other great Sunshine State RTX vacation destinations that the whole family can enjoy.

Aerial View of Castillo de Marcos, Florida

Aerial View of Castillo de Marcos, Florida

St. Augustine

America’s oldest continuously populated city, St. Augustine is rich in museums and historical sites, yet has plenty of modern activities and attractions to keep the entire family happy. Start your exploration with a guided tour from Old Town Trolley. The hour-and-a-half tour visits all the key sites including the Lightner Museum, Fountain of Youth and the Old Jail. Next, stop at the star-shaped Castillo de San Marcos for trip back in time. Built in 1672, the fort has survived multiple battles and comes alive on weekends with military re-enactments. Across the street the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum offers an exciting and educational museum experience that transports you and your family back in time over 300 years to Port Royal, Jamaica, at the height of the Golden Age of Piracy. Animal lovers will find lions, tigers, wolves and an array of exotic creatures at the St. Augustine Wild Preserve or  you can learn about Florida’s famous reptile at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm.

stock-photo-69179793-bridge-to-happiness_destinDestin

Resting on Florida’s panhandle in the heart of what is known as the Emerald Coast, Destin is the ideal destination for a family vacation. Nicknamed the World’s Luckiest Fishing Village, there are ample opportunities to cast a line and catch a fish in Destin, from the pier and jetties to the docks and deep sea charters.

If you would rather observe the wildlife rather than catch it, spend the day at one of the two zoos in the area or visit the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, where you can experience sea life up close and even swim with dolphins. Of course no trip to Destin is complete without a stop at Big Kahuna’s Water and Adventure Park. With three mini golf courses, two go-kart tracks, two thrill rides and more than 40 exciting water attractions there is enough adventure and fun to wear out the entire family. Restaurants, shops and carnivalesque attractions make the Destin Harbor Boardwalk the epicenter for nightly activity and the perfect place for evening strolls with the family.

Cheetah Run at Busch Gardens_PrintDunedin

A quaint yet bustling waterfront town on the west coast of Florida, Dunedin is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Just north of St. Petersburg and Tampa, Dunedin is surrounded by entertainment options for the entire family, yet quiet enough to enjoy some time away. Voted 2013 Best Beach Town in America, Clearwater Beach is just 4 miles south of Dunedin and perfect for a day of family fun in the sun. Highlights include Pier 60, where jugglers, magicians and street performers please the crowds, and the Clearwater Beach Aquarium, home to Winter, the star of the hit movie “Dolphin Tale.” Head northeast an hour and spend a day at Busch Gardens Tampa. World-class thrill rides and a top-notch zoo make the amusement park one of the best in the world.

Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse in New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse in New Smyrna Beach, Florida

New Smyrna Beach

Located on Florida’s east coast an hour east of Orlando, New Smyrna Beach offers 13 miles of sand, perfect for sunbathing, bicycling, swimming, fishing and building sandcastles with the family.  For a lesson on local history and wildlife visit the Canaveral National Seashore then head over to Lighthouse Point Park to hike the  nature trails or fish. For a birds-eye view of the area stop at the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum. Opened in 1835 the 175-foot high lighthouse is the tallest in the state and offers stunning vistas of the Atlantic Ocean and inlet. Dolphin and kayak tours are available at the Marine and Discovery Center along with a variety of educational summer camps that include such activities as fishing, snorkeling and island exploration.

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