Orlando, located in the famed Orange County, is the ultimate family destination. The Disney and Universal theme parks are both packed with thrilling rides, parades, and special Thanksgiving events. Away from the heady excitement of the parks, the city of Orlando has much to offer. Highlights for those traveling with kids include the Orlando Science Center, Ripley's Believe It or Not!, and catching a baseball or football game at one of the numerous stadiums in town.
Just a 30-minute drive from Jackson International Airport is the glorious beach of Amelia Island. This calm and relaxing area is perfect for kicking back during a long family weekend with the kids. It also has a more peaceful and authentic vibe than other nearby beaches. The 13 miles of stunning coastline is only matched by the range of activities on offer, such as horseback riding, river cruises, and fishing.
Often called the Venice of America, the city's miles of meandering canals set Fort Lauderdale apart from other beach localities. As well as the long stretches of golden beaches, Fort Lauderdale is also home to attractions like Butterfly World and Billie Swamp Safari. And of course, the majestic Everglades are located nearby.