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ACTIVITIES:

CLEARWATER-  CLEARWATER MARINE AQUARIUM
3200 Cleveland St.,  Clearwater Beach    727.447.0980
Clearwater Marine Aquarium

COST:  $19.95 Adult / $17.95 Seniors (60+) / $14.95 Child (age 3 - 12 yrs)
HOURS:  Mon - Sun 10 am - 6 pm
Though small, this aquarium offers a wonderful opportunity to learn about animal rescue efforts and to get close up to amazing sea life.    They have special animal presentations at different times on some days (call to find out the schedule).
FAMILY FRIENDLY PROS-  Great variety of sea life.  The presentations were fun.  The kids really learned a lot about rescue efforts.

DUNEDIN-  DUNEDIN HISTORICAL MUSEUM
349 Main St, Dunedin    727.736.1176
www.dunedinmuseum.org
COST:  Suggested Donation $2 adults / children 7 and under Free
HOURS:  Tues - Sat 10a - 4p
Learn about the history of the Dunedin area in this charming museum located in the old train station.  Lots of artifacts on display.  The displays are separated and easy to follow.  There are scattered hands-on activities throughout. 
FAMILY FRIENDLY PROS-  The hands on activities were a nice touch.  Good variety of displays.
FAMILY FRIENDLY CONS-   Small and the children were eager to go rather quickly.  For the price, it was well worth the short stop though.

MARIANNA-  FLORIDA CAVERNS STATE PARK
S.R. 166, Marianna     850.482.9599

COST:  $5 per vehicle for park entrance;  Cave Tour:  $8 adults (age 13+), $5 (age 3 - 12), age 2 and under Free
HOURS:  Daily 8 am - sunset
The Florida Caverns State Park offers a variety of family fun activities, from camping to hiking and swimming.  Some activities include an additional fee.  One of the best activities is the Cave Tour.  This is the only Florida State Park with cave tours open to the public.  The kids loved to see all of the amazing limestone formations, including stalactites and stalagmites.
FAMILY FRIENDLY PROS-  Interesting and informative.  After touring the caves, you can spend some time hiking and enjoying all of the other fun things in the park.
FAMILY FRIENDLY CONS-   Cave Tour is not stroller friendly.  Remember to have the kids use the restroom before the cave tour.

ORLANDO-  KENNEDY SPACE CENTER VISITOR CENTER
SR 405, Orlando

COST:  $50 adult (age 12+) / $40 child (age 3 - 11)
HOURS:  Check website for hours
Kennedy Space Center offers a full-day educational and entertaining experience, primarily for families with older children.  The above mentioned ticket price includes a bus tour of the facility, IMAX space movies, and entry into the Astronaut Hall of Fame.  The bus tour takes about two hours to complete, since you can get off at different stops to explore then get back on the bus at your leisure.  Since the facility is located in a wildlife preserve, you might see some animals or even alligators if you keep an eye out. 
FAMILY FRIENDLY PROS-  Educational and entertaining.  There are many hands-on interactive activities that will entertain older children.  Though the price seems high, you can spend the whole day here making it more reasonably priced.
FAMILY FRIENDLY CONS-   Food is really pricey, so be prepared for that if you are spending the day.  Not very entertaining for young children;  they will likely get bored quickly.

Family Friendly Travel Tip:
Older children can use time in the car or airplane to learn a new craft.  There are some great books about learning to knit, crochet and cross-stitch.  Your child will be occupied and have a sense of accomplishment when they have completed a project by the end of the journey.

 

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