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Autism-Friendly Stays in Florida

by Angelique Platas

Apr 5, 2018

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Adult Children

Families traveling with a special needs child or adults on the spectrum may already be well aware of the best hotels, resorts and destinations for them, but in honor of Autism Awareness Month, why not check out a few options to add to your list?

Vacations should be a fun escape from reality, leaving your family refreshed, recharged and energized with fond memories. Book nearly your entire trip, accommodations, tours or transportation through ASD Vacations — a special needs-focused travel agency designed to assist with family travel. The certified, trained and caring staff can help your family narrow down your options, inspire new ones and walk you through the entire booking, planning and vacationing process.

For those who want to go at it alone or with less guidance, check out ASD’s suggested destinations and partner resorts for safe and easy travel. With Florida topping the list of most-visited destinations for families in the United States, Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater are all great locations to set your sights.

St. Petersburg, Florida

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When you say Florida, the kids may hear Disney World, but there is so much more to the Sunshine State than that. One destination the whole family can enjoy is TradeWinds Island Grand Resort in St Petersburg Beach, Fla. TradeWinds Resort and staff are CARD certified, meaning signed-off on by the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities.

Fly into Tampa International Airport (TPA) and take the 30-minute trip from the airport to the resort before you drop your bags and head to the beach just steps away. When booking your trip, feel free to call ahead and relay any special needs, requests or requirements for your stay to the TradeWinds staff. They can prepare for your arrival and make sure you have everything your family may need during your stay.

Another CARD-certified accommodation option is the Crowne Plaza in Tampa, Fla. Your family will love the shops, restaurants and entertainment located nearby, as well as easy access to the Westshore area. Check out local attractions and fun destinations for the kids including the Glazer Children’s Museum, ZooTampa at Lowry Park, Florida Aquarium, Dinosaur World and BounceU — all certified by CARD.

Everything you could want to see, do and try is located in close proximity to your hotel and a short ride away from Tampa International or St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport (PIE). The list of activities can range from ideal for small children or adults out on the town. Florida’s beach meets small town urban cities lend well to all ages, activities and accessibility.


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