We can see it now: Everybody’s packed up in the sedan, seatbelts locked, radio on, maybe a few headphones and screens—hey, it’s vacation; nobody’s judging! A Houston family hits I-10 and hightails it out of town, away from chores and homework, jobs and yardwork.

In just eight hours (two, if they fly), they’ll cross the border into Florida, the state that gives something-for-everyone a new meaning. It’s a place that’s particularly popular among Texans, who visit more often than residents of almost any other state, drawn in by its irresistible mix of the accessible and the exotic.

Whether they’re theme-park fans or history buffs, beach bums or nature enthusiasts, Florida offers families the perfect escape from regular, old life, if just for a while. And, for that little while, parents stop being being regular, old parents, and start being companions on a grand adventure…

In This Feature:

5 Cool New Theme Park Rides in Orlando

Baby, we were born to ride.

01/23/2017 By Bill Wiatrak

The 5 Best Florida Beaches for Families

"There are no bad beaches in Florida," says Dr. Beach ... but these are his favorites.

01/23/2017 By Craig Pittman

Living History: Spending a Day in St. Augustine

The oldest continually inhabited city in the U.S. isn't just interesting for the adults.

01/23/2017 By Jamie Portwood

7 National Parks in Florida Your Kids Will Love

Heaven on earth awaits in the most unexpected of places.

01/23/2017 By Craig Pittman