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Tips For Traveling With Toddlers In Florida


Tips For Traveling With Toddlers In FloridaA trip to warm, sunny Florida with the whole family sounds like the perfect vacation – until you start thinking about how you’ll wrangle your two-year-old. Toddlers are notoriously moody and difficult on their best days, so when you factor in the heat, humidity, and overstimulation of a Florida vacation, you may feel like you just want to stay home!

Luckily, you don’t have to wait until your kids are in college to enjoy a fun trip to Florida – with all the great age appropriate attractions for toddlers throughout the Sunshine State, there’s plenty of ways to keep your little one smiling, happy, and entertained!

Green Meadows Petting Farm in Kissimmee

Tips For Traveling With Toddlers In Florida

If your toddler loves animals, take them to Green Meadows Petting Farm in Kissimmee for an afternoon getting up close and personal with rabbits, goats, pigs, donkeys, and other barnyard animals. The farm also offers a lot of other fun activities including hay rides, train rides, and cow milking. You can even bring your own lunch to eat in the farm’s picnic area, making this a great attraction for the family on a budget.

Orlando Science Center

Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean your toddler can’t have an educational experience – take them to KidsTown at the Orlando Science Center for the day and watch their eyes light up with wonder at dozens of scientific exhibits! KidsTown is part of the science center, and it’s geared specifically for children who are two to seven years old. Some of the interactive activities include a fully functional orange grove and an art station.


Disney World In Orlando

If you’re in Florida with a toddler, the iconic Disney World in Orlando is hard to top in terms of attractions that will delight your child. The Magic Kingdom is one of the four main parks at Disney World, and it’s considered to be the most appropriate for toddler aged children. It has plenty of mild rides based on your toddler’s favorite books and movies, such as Peter Pan’s Flight, Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger.


More Tips

Just remember that no matter what activities you choose for your toddler on your trip to Florida, you’ll need to plan ahead and stay flexible to avoid the dreaded temper tantrums that are so common at this age. Make sure your child is well rested and hydrated, and try to stick to their regular nap, play, and meal routine as much as possible. Above all, remember that even the most well-organized vacation is bound to hit a speed bump or two when you’re dealing with energetic and unpredictable toddlers – so try to keep your sense of humor, and above all have fun!

Have you taken toddlers to Florida?  If you have share some of your tips below!

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  1. Alli Smith says

    We’ve been vacationing in FL for years and I remember when my kids were toddlers and now we take the grandkids every year. These are wonderful tips for traveling with toddlers and I’d love to take the grands to the petting zoo. That’s one place we’ve never been.

  2. HeidiDee says

    I live in Tampa and still have not made it to Disney! I have a 3 year old and I did not realize there was a petting zoo close by too! He would love this!

  3. R U S S says

    One won’t run out of things to do in Florida – that’s for sure. And it could be challenging if you’re traveling with kids.

    I don’t have kids but I can’t stress enough on how important it is to plan ahead & I think you should also stick to a schedule. I can imagine how challenging it may be to travel with toddlers so everything should be planned.

  4. candy says

    We travel with our grandchildren now so all of these tips are wonderful. There are four of us to watch out for the little ones which helps.

  5. Paula Schuck says

    These are such great tips! Anyone with toddlers knows that you can’t just go somewhere. You have to have a game plan.

  6. Christy Maurer says

    I love Disney World! I’ve never taken toddlers though. I just feel like they’d be too overwhelmed, but using your tips makes it sound a lot easier!

  7. Jeanette says

    I have been to Florida with my son but not to Disney World yet! When we travel down there we went to a place that had a pool in the Gulf so we would swim every day. I guess my tip as a parent of a former toddler, take it a data time because they can get overwhelmed and tired and crabby it too much as planned.

  8. Dina says

    We took out toddler to Disney and we all had a blast. These are great tips to keep the young ones busy having fun.

  9. Jenn @ EngineerMommy says

    I have so many fond memories of visiting FL with my parents when I was a kid. Thanks for sharing these tips. I plan on taking our kids to FL soon.

  10. Destany says

    I’ve been to Florida, but never with a toddler! My son is 12, and we don’t do many family vacations. I’d love to go to Florida eventually, tho.

  11. Pam says

    Great tips for traveling in Florida with a toddler. I have family in Florida so we may be visiting there soon with my granddaughter in tow.

  12. Claudia Krusch says

    The Green Meadows Petting Farm would be a perfect place to take your little animal lover. My kids love to see animals and pet them if they can.

  13. Amanda says

    I’m hoping to take my kids to Disney some time this year so I am on the hunt for informative posts like this. I would love to take my kids to the space center, too!

  14. Dee says

    You have some provided some awesome locations for families to go too. The cool thing about Florida is that since there is Disney there are tons of stuff that are family friendly.

  15. Nikka Shae says

    My kids have gone to Disney on a band trip and I have yet to go! I need to put this in my list for 2017!!

  16. Mimi Green says

    My 5 year old keeps asking to go to Disney. I had no idea there was a petting zoo. I took my son when he was 5 (now 12) and we did Magic Kingdom, Sea World and a water park.

    There is so much to do, tips are always nice to have.

  17. adriana says

    This is such a great post! SO many great tips. We used to go to Disney every single year after Christmas when my siblings and I were little, so I can only imagine how hard it is LOL! These are such great tips, can’t wait to share this!

  18. Dawn Gibson-Thigpen says

    oh wow fun. although i live in florida now i still have not visited disney. i must go soon

  19. Natalie says

    We have family in Miami, FL so we could trying to plan a trip to Disney World. It is intimidating preparing to take a family of 5 though. Thanks for these tips! My boys would love the science center!

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