8 good reasons why northwest Florida is great for multi-generational groups

You’ve been there before… The kids want to go to the water park, your parents want to check out some wildlife watching, and your other half? Your other half wants to bury their head in the sand!

Keeping everyone in the family happy on vacation can be something of a juggling trick. So save yourself all of that quarrelling and choose a destination that truly caters to every member of the family—a destination like northwest Florida

1. FISHING

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Ahh, the simple pleasures… Nothing brings young and old together quite like some peaceful time looking for ‘the one that got away’. Destin Harbor makes it easy to catch a charter or party boat and reel in red snapper, grouper and amberjack. Alternatively, Okaloosa Fishing Pier makes it easy to reel in the catch of a lifetime—and no boat is needed.

2. SHOPPING

The whole family can search for unique finds at Harbor Walk Village, enjoy the plentiful restaurants at Grande Boulevard, or go bargain hunting at Silver Sands Outlets.

3. SPORTS

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Cross the multi-generational divide with some serious sports time. There are countless premier golf courses dotting the region, or for tennis camps, check out the Tops’l Beach and Racquet Club.

4. WATER RECREATION

The crystal clear waters of the region make underwater exploration a must—and it’s easy with services like Destin Snorkel and Emerald Coast Scuba. Also consider renting a jet ski or parasailing for a bird’s eye-view. Alternatively, head to Destin Harbor for leisure cruises, excursion cruises and charter boats.

5. ATTRACTIONS

Northwest Florida is overflowing with attractions to keep all members of the family quietly content. Make a splash at Big Kahuna’s Water Park, check out theme parks like The Track or, if you like a healthy dose of education with your theme park experience, make your way to the Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park.

6. CUISINE

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The restaurants of northwest Florida offer some of the freshest seafood you can get, and AJ’s Seafood and Oyster Bar is world famous for its stunning sunsets overlooking the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Alternatively, the young ones will love the fun restaurants that line the harbour, like Harry T’s, Margaritaville and Jackacuda’s. Or for a more demure dining experience, try out a Solaris dinner cruise.

7. ACCOMMODATION

Don’t try to squeeze the whole family into one hotel—somebody in the group is sure to object to the facilities! Instead, go for a home-from-home ambience with a vacation rental. ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals offers everything from one-to-four-bedroom condos to beach houses for 30 people! You’re sure to find the perfect rental for your family.

8. LOCATION

As vacation rentals are centrally located, families can divide and conquer the destination—some experiencing the water parks, shopping, sporting events and amazing cuisine, while others simply choose to relax by the pool. At the end of the day you can convene on the balcony or sit around the dinner table together and reconnect after a busy day of... everyone doing exactly what they want!

 

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