Tag: RTX Traveler Magazine Issue 12 April 2016

Kissimmee, FL | I-Drive Orlando

Kissimmee, FL | I-Drive Orlando

Orlando’s International Drive is known to some as the family-friendly answer to the Las Vegas Strip. Commonly known as I-Drive, this 11-mile stretch is the core of the tourism area in Orlando. I-Drive is home to the Orange County Convention Center complex, SeaWorld Orlando, the Wet ‘n Wild Orlando water park and the Universal Orlando theme park, along with many other entertainment complexes, museums, restaurants, bars, outlet malls and attractions.

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Kissimmee, FL | LEGOLAND Florida

Kissimmee, FL | LEGOLAND Florida

If there’s a theme park that’s every bit as enjoyable for parents as it is for kids, it’s LEGOLAND, where creativity, nostalgia and awesomeness rule. Since 1949, children around the world have been assembling these colorful bricks into structures only limited by their imaginations, and the brand’s empire has grown to encompass characters well-known by children and adults. The release of The Lego Movie in 2014 further solidified the clever toy maker as a staple of childhood that never quite fades away.

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Kissimmee, FL |I-Drive 360

Kissimmee, FL |I-Drive 360

One of the most popular vacation destinations in the world for families, Orlando is packed with enough family attractions to keep everyone entertained for months, but most people only have about a week to experience all of central Florida’s fun, and many flock to the big theme parks like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Epcot Center. However, there are tons of attractions beyond the theme parks that provide fun for everyone. Many of these are located along Orlando’s International Drive, or I-Drive. One of the newest attraction complexes on this stretch provides the perfect way to spend a half day with the whole family. Visit Madame Tussaud’s and the SeaLife Aquarium to get up close to life-like celebrity likenesses and explore the wonders of ocean creatures.

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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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Cocoa Beach, FL | A Space Coast Gem

Cocoa Beach, FL | A Space Coast Gem

Florida has much to offer vacationers, and Cocoa Beach is ideal for families looking for a beach experience and so much more. Located nearly in the exact center of the area known as the Space Coast, the 50 miles of coastline between Titusville and Palm Beach on the Atlantic Ocean, at Cocoa Beach you can watch rocket launches, take a day trip to Orlando’s theme parks or become one with nature in an unspoiled wildlife refuge.

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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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