Florida’s Best Cities for a Family Vacation Revealed

Florida has long been known as a great place for a family vacation, with miles of beaches, world-famous amusement parks, and thousands of restaurants.

With over 400 cities to choose from, the experts at have done some digging to reveal the best Florida cities for a family vacation.

The new index study published by reveals that Orlando is the best destination for family fun.

The experts indexed all 400 Florida towns and cities, ranking each destination against 20 factors to receive a score out of 100.

Rankings are based on factors including: the average price of a week-long stay, average hotel rating, number of restaurants, boat and water sports attractions, amusement and water parks, zoos and aquariums, game attractions and fun and outdoor activities.

Famous throughout the world as the home of the Walt Disney World ResortOrlando leads the ranking, achieving a score of 77.45 out of 100.

With an average weekly cost of $1,786 and 261 amusement and ride attractions, the weighting system declares Orlando the best Florida destination for a family vacation.

Orlando also has the most spas and wellness facilities, with a total of 146, perfect for relaxing after a long day of fun-filled activities. It also has the second largest number of restaurants, with 2,904 to choose from.

Second place is Tampa, with a score of 76.87 out of 100. Tampa offers 118 different tours to choose from and has 33 gaming and entertainment centers.

The Gulf Coast city also boasts 52 gift and specialty shops, perfect for picking up a souvenir or gift for a loved one.

Third place is occupied by Sarasota, with a score of 76.10 out of 100, its hotels have an average rating of 8.17 out of 10.

Being the gateway to kilometers of beaches, five in total, with fine sand and shallow waters, such as Lido Beach and Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota is perfect for enjoying the sea and sand with the family.

Ranking lowest in the study was Lauderdale Lakes, with only 45 restaurants, 1 landmark, and no gaming and entertainment centers.

A spokesperson commented on the findings.

“Florida is made for outdoor adventures, theme parks, and of course, great weather year-round,” the spokesperson said. “With tons of destinations to explore, it’s important to head to a place that’s right for you and your family, especially if you’ve traveled a long way.

“It comes as no surprise that Orlando tops the rankings, not only for its world-famous theme parks, but also for its vast selection of 2,904 restaurants and 516 impressive tours that help families travel with ease,” the spokesperson added. “It’s interesting to see Sarasota leading Miami in the standings. Despite Miami’s huge selection of 578 tours and 3,537 restaurants, the average cost and star rating of its hotels ranks below Sarasota. Sarasota’s hotels have excellent ratings, as well as its beautiful beaches and boat rentals, perfect for families looking for a vacation full of sun and waves.

“Places like Orlando have benefited greatly from putting the city at the forefront of theme park entertainment. Attractions like Universal and the Magic Kingdom make family visits that little bit more special,” the spokesperson concluded. Taking 400 Florida-based towns and cities, the index ranks each destination against 20 factors, receiving a score out of 100.

The factors measured are: average price of a week-long stay, average hotel rating, number of restaurants, boats and water sports attractions, water and amusement parks, zoos and aquariums, amusement and game attractions, and outdoor activities , concerts and shows, specialized and gift shops. , visitor centers, shopping centers, tours, beaches, boat rentals, diving and snorkeling attractions, game and entertainment centers, bars and clubs, water and amusement parks, zoos and aquariums.

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