What's So Great About Florida Anyway?

As a family we love Florida but not just because of Walt Disney World. We love active holidays, not ones where we sit on a beach all day and do nothing.

The Monorail exited the Contemporary Resort as we drove a boat on Bay Lake

In Florida there is a never-ending list of things to do.

Walt Disney World is one of them, with four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot) and two water parks (Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon) the place is huge. With rides, restaurants, and street entertainment to keep you happy, plus the "Magic" that everyone talks about, Walt Disney World is amazing.

But that is just one in a long list of things.

Celebration, Florida

Celebration, Florida is basically Disney Town - it's a quaint town with picturesque American style housing, perfect lawns, and cheerful people.

We took a trip to Celebration one afternoon during our holiday to have a look around. There were lots of restaurants and small shops with Disney merchandise in the windows. It was quite surreal strolling around and seeing the manicured lawns, and perfectly painted houses with large American Flags outside. Certainly not something we're used to seeing here in the UK. 

As we walked through the town centre (or center in America) we stumbled across a small shop and the kids were eager to go in.

The choice of flavours seemed endless
I thought they were just for show!

Le Macaron sells macarons, obviously, but also chocolates. Inside the shop was shiny and pristine, the macarons looked tasty and the chocolates... Well the chocolates didn't look real. Not only were they shiny but the decoration on top was so perfect I thought they were ornaments.

We took a while deciding but in the end we all tried some chocolate and macarons. LP didn't like the macarons, but the rest of us really enjoyed them. We all loved the chocolate, who wouldn't right? Some of the chocolates even have alcohol in them, I had a Lemon Vodka one and it was delicious.


The boys love miniature golf, we've been to Alton Towers Extraordinary Golf lots of times. Last time we visited Florida we played at Winter Summerland, another miniature golf course, two in fact. This time we wanted to try out both courses, and we did.

In our opinion the Winter course is far better than the Summer course.

We also tried out Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf, again there's two to choose from and we chose Fairways. This course is more like a shrunken version of regular golf with a few extra bumps and sand traps. 

We all enjoyed the golf, so much so that on our very last day LP wanted to play golf again instead of going to a water park.

LP loved it!

Rent a Boat

At the Deluxe Disney Hotels located next to Bay Lake (Grand Floridian, Polynesian, The Wilderness Lodge) you can rent boats and wave runners (jet skis). You can also go water skiing, but we didn't do that this time.

The Hubby, LP and BP all took out a wave runner (jet ski) and enjoyed half an hour on the water. They raced around, got splashed and had a fabulous time.

LP doing his best Leo Dicaprio impression!

You can also rent boats, there's different kinds, and towards the end of the holiday we rented a large boat. I can't remember the name of it but it was very big and very slow. I loved it, I didn't feel unsafe and happily sat snapping as many photos as I could get. We sailed around for about 30 minutes but were then told to take the boat back to the dock as weather was on it's way. 

The weather certainly was on it's way.

By the time we reached the dock the weather had caught up with us but we did have a great time renting the boat.

There's so much to write about I'm going to stop here and continue in another post. Check back soon for more fantastic things to do in Florida.

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  1. As always a great read! Such lovely photographs too! Looks like you all had a fab time!! Suz x Beauisblue.com

    1. Thanks Suz, It was an amazing summer and I have far too many photographs. I wish I could share them all! :)

  2. Anonymous20:00

    I'm glad you had a great trip to Florida! I have family in Florida but haven't been in at least 10 years... we're going to Walt Disney World and to see them this November though! It was fun reading your post and seeing some more things Florida has to offer!

    1. Oh how lovely! I imagine the weather is a lot more bearable in November. I hope you have a fabulous time. I've got more posts like this coming up so keep an eye out for them - you might see something you want to do while seeing family. ;)

      Thanks so much for stopping by. x

  3. I've never really fancied going to the US, but I can see the appeal. this is a lovely post and it's nice that you have been able to share so many great things x

    1. It is a long way to travel, and being someone who hates flying I don't like going often! However it's one of those things that totally make up for the flight with all the awesome stuff there is to do. :)
      Thanks for stopping by. x

  4. This is such a lovely post, I've always wanted to go to Florida, just as much for the beaches and outdoor stuff you can do! That macaron store looks amazing! I am slightly(!) OCD so those chocs all in line or in perfect symmetry make me very happy! Loved reading it Morgan thank you xo Lizzie

    1. Ah thanks Lizzie. There were so many more chocolates than are in that photo - the spread was huge and they were all lined up just like in the photo. Florida really is an amazing place. xo

  5. Thank you for linking up with #anythinggoes linky I love Florida and have been twice now. Cant wait till my children are a bit older to take them. Your pics are fantastic and it looks like you had a wonderful time. The whole place and all of the parks are magical. You have me excited now wanting to go back tomorrow lol x

    1. Hehe, we only got back four weeks ago and we already want to go back! ;)
      I'm sure your kids will love it. xx


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