Day Trips from Fort Lauderdale

Key Largo

Take two or even three days and head south to Key Largo. Visit John Pennekamp State Park and Dolphins Plus, then drive down the Keys a ways for some spectacular views. We stayed one night at Ocean Pointe Suites in Key Largo, which offers nicely decorated condos with a full kitchen, separate bedrooms for the kids, and a whirlpool tub in the master bath.

Cruise to the Bahamas

Discovery Cruises offers a one day cruise to Freeport, Bahamas as well as a Cruise'n'Stay package at one of several family-friendly resorts. We stayed at the Westin Our Lucaya for two nights, and we fell in love with the powdery beaches, turquoise waters, and friendly people. The ship itself has a pool, casino, game room, and activities schedule that includes ping pong tournaments, face painting, raffles, and karaoke and limbo contests. The Kids Club takes children six to eleven. Families with babies and toddlers might want to rent a cabin, as there are no private areas for naps or nursing. I recommend staying for at least one or two nights, as the one-day cruise will be an exhausting day for most kids.

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