Kid-Friendly Road Trip Planner
Here are six boredom-busting family road trip ideas the cover everything from what to see, local eats, and where to crash!
Right on Key
The Florida Keys: the southernmost fun you can have in the U.S.
The Route: One of the continent's most dramatic drives begins on Highway 1 in Miami, then skirts Barnes Sound before landing in Key Largo, the first of the Keys. This bustling town is a great base for exploring John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park (pennekamppark.com), where you can swim with fish straight out of Finding Nemo. Sundiver Snorkeling Tours (snorkelingisfun.com) offers a trip to shallow areas that allows kids as young as 3 to swim with parrot fish. “We even keep the boat stocked with pool noodles,” says Donna Pryor, tour manager. “And it's covered, so there's always shade.” From Key Largo, the highway continues over bits of land and water through the increasingly laid-back keys to your end point: Key West. Fort Zachary Taylor State Park has acres of white sand with bathtub-warm water. For squeals of delight, book a dolphin-watching tour with Glass Reef Key West (glassreefkeywest.com).
Sleep: Spread out in the townhouse-like digs at Hawks Cay (hawkscay.com) in Duck Key. It's only a short walk to the pirate-ship pool. In Key West, the Doubletree Grand Key Resort (doubletree.hilton.com) has a sprawling zero-entry pool for tots.
Local Eats: Try the area's namesake treat (left) at Ma's Fish Camp (305-517-9611), in Islamorada.