Florida, the "sunshine state," is also the beach state, with seven hundred miles of coastline (and if you're lucky, you might find gold coins from pirate treasure washed up on the beach). Traveling through Florida, kids will have chance to see fascinating wildlife in their natural habitats - alligators, manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, parrots, flamingos, bald eagles, and that unique wetland wilderness, the Everglades.
Tip for Florida with kids: Don't miss our top picks for children's books, see below.
Wahoo's dad is professional animal wrangler, and a twelve foot alligator (named Alice), snapping turtle, python and other exotic critters live in their south Florida backyard. Heading out to the Everglades to work on a reality TV show, their adventures have only begun. A hilarious read! (Chapter book)
And don't miss more wacky Florida adventures: Hoot
collages take you into the colorful world of the coral reef, "Over
in the ocean, where the sea grasses grew, lived an mother parrotfish
and her parrotfish two." Fun for little kids.
Winter, a baby dolphin injured in a crab trap, is rescued and taken to Clearwater Marine Aquarium. The little dolphin recovers but something's missing. Charming story of how Winter learns to swim without her tail. (Picture book)
Take a trip through the mangrove forests of South Florida to learn about those crafty crocodiles with their toothy smiles, and other animals in croc country. Video and book with super illustrations, the crocodiles practically float off the page. (DVD + picture book)
Endearing story of India Opal Buloni and, Winn-Dixie, a dog with a large heart. Opal doesn’t know a soul in her small town in Florida, but everybody likes Winn-Dixie, and in no time at all, Opal is friends with little old Miss Franny Block, pinch-faced Amanda, toothless Gloria Dump and even the bald-headed Dewberry boys. (Chapter book)
Action-adventure in St. Augustine, teenage surfer Jack Rackham (a descendent of pirate Calico Jack) teams up with his friends to search for buried treasure. A haunted lighthouse, snake filled swamps, ghost ship, storms at sea, filled with colorful legends and lore. Good for older kids. (Chapter book)
On April 3, 1513, Ponce de Leon arrived on a tropical peninsula, and named it La Florida, “the flowered one.” Read about his explorations sailing up and down the Florida coast, encounters with the local Calusa Indians, and legend of the Fountain of Youth. (Picture book)
In St. Augustine, visit Fort Mose, the first free black settlement in North America, founded in 1738 by Francisco Menendez. Fort Mose was a community of African, Native American and Spanish people that thrived for thirty years. Fascinating historical illustrations. (Illustrated chapter book)
Take a trip through the Sunshine State, from the Everglades to Cape Canaveral, Disney World, and St. Augustine, one of the oldest cities in the United States, plus fun facts about sports, wildlife and history. (Easy reader)
Florida from A to Z in quick rhymes and fun facts, plus richly detailed illustrations. From A is for alligator to beaches, dolphins, Everglades, pirates, to Zebra Longwing, Florida state butterfly. (Picture book)