If you’re looking for a family-friendly vacation this Summer, the Florida Keys have a lot to offer! Grab your servicemember and load up the kids, because this is a fabulous opportunity to take a great American road trip to the Southernmost point in the continental United States. The Florida Keys are full of history, reasonably priced hotels and fun new activities for adults and kids. You’ll feel like your lounging in the Caribbean, but you don’t even have to leave the country!
Your journey to the Keys will begin on U.S. 1, also known as the highway that goes to sea. This road has some amazing views of the clear blue water below, and will lead you from Key Largo all the way to Key West.
If you’re looking for a unique handmade souvenir to take home, The Rain Barrel Artisan Village has some amazing shopping options; from ceramics and sculptures to stained glass and jewelry, this is where you’ll find the perfect treasure. Explore the coves and relax in the sun at Anne’s Beach. Afterward, take a trip to Theater of the Sea where your elementary and middle school-aged kiddos can learn about the animals throughout the Florida Keys.
Channel your inner James Bond if you’re willing to splurge on a jetpack rental. Otherwise, pretend this is a deserted island, lay out and soak up some sun at Sombrero Beach.
Big Pine Key
This island has one of the most surreal views of the 100 year old railroad, looming overhead (check out the video above to see what we mean). Explore the natural habitats of the Keys by yourself or on a guided tour at Big Pine Kayak Adventures. If your family enjoys fishing and boat rides, check out Flatz Addicted. Professional guides will take groups out for a 4 hour fishing trip where you can learn some new tips and have a blast in the sunshine.