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Cocoa Beach, FL | Dining Out

Cocoa Beach, FL | Dining Out

Like many beach-centric vacation destinations, there are plenty of restaurants in Cocoa beach where you’ll feel comfortable bringing the kids and choosing healthy and delicious options for them, while enjoying your own meal and a refreshing beverage with the sound of waves crashing in the background. Check out some of our favorite options for eating breakfast, lunch and dinner in Cocoa Beach.

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Cocoa Beach, FL | Wildside Tours

Cocoa Beach, FL | Wildside Tours

While lounging on the beach, splashing in the waves and making sandcastles is a wonderful way to spend the days at Cocoa Beach, there’s another side to this coastal gem that families love. Inland from the Atlantic, the waters of the intracoastal waterway and the area’s rivers, inlets and lagoons are home to a wide variety of marine life such as fish, turtles, dolphins, manatees and many fascinating waterfowl.

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Cocoa Beach, FL | Kennedy Space Center

Cocoa Beach, FL | Kennedy Space Center

“I want to be an astronaut when I grow up!” is something young children around the world have said for decades. There’s something about space that ignites curiosity and wonder as we imagine being launched from the Earth’s atmosphere into the vast universe where worlds are waiting to be discovered. The Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Cape Canaveral is the perfect experience for anyone who wants to explore space without leaving on a rocket ship.

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Naples, FL | RTX Traveler Magazine Issue 12

Naples, FL | RTX Traveler Magazine Issue 12

Since the 1930’s, Naples has been a favorite resort destination, particularly in the winter, when people could enjoy the warm temperatures on the local golf course or at the beaches. The central business area with a few shops and a gas stations that was then known as the Four Corners is still the center of the community. This enclave of shops, restaurants and other local business is bordered by the Gulf coast on one side, and surrounded by grand historic homes on the others.

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Naples, FL | Zoos & Gardens

Naples, FL | Zoos & Gardens

Go beyond the beach and get acquainted with animals, sea life and native plants at outdoor, family-friendly attractions in Naples like the Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, a small attraction that is packed with animal exhibits, educational and interactive programs and more. To become totally immersed in the area’s nature, visit the Naples Botanical Garden & Corkscrew Swamp, with a 30-acre nature preserve and 13,000 acres of marsh, wetland and forest.

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Naples, FL | On the Coast & in the Water

Naples, FL | On the Coast & in the Water

The calm gulf waters of Naples’ beaches are ideal for lounging in the sand, splashing in the waves or exploring the tidal pools and mangrove forests and spotting local sea life. Several coastal state parks in the area are ideal for family beach days. Here are a few of our favorites.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida | History & Nature

Fort Lauderdale, Florida | History & Nature

Hidden among the high rise hotels and 24-hour dining spots that stretch along the A1A as it follows Florida’s eastern shore in Fort Lauderdale is 35 acres of lush land surrounding an impressive home that is as rich in history as it is in natural beauty. The Bonnet House Museum is dedicated to historic and environmental reservation, as well as to learning and creative expression. Directly across busy Sunrise Boulevard from the Bonnet House is another place to retreat from the endless action of Fort Lauderdale. The Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is Birch’s former estate and was a gift from him to the state of Florida with the goal of protecting this piece of subtropical paradise from development.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida | Museum of Science and Discovery

Fort Lauderdale, Florida | Museum of Science and Discovery

If you’re traveling with kids, the Museum of Science and Discovery in Fort Lauderdale should be at the top of your list (if you can tear them away from the beach, that is). Children and adults can become immersed in interactive exhibits about a wide range of topics from prehistoric animals and giant sharks to aerospace and aviation to water conservation and hurricane prediction. The common thread tying all of the exhibits together is that they are all relevant to life in Florida.

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Fort Lauderdale, FL | Nature & Wildlife

Fort Lauderdale, FL | Nature & Wildlife

Fort Lauderdale is an action-packed beach city with 24-hour restaurants and endless entertainment options among the high rise hotels and multi-million dollar homes. However, there are several places where it’s easy to escape the nonstop action and simply enjoy the beauty of plants and animals in their native habitats.

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Destination Exclusives | Florida Family Fun

Destination Exclusives | Florida Family Fun

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.

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