When the winter blues have you down, let the Sunshine State cheer you back up. Whether your family is a bunch of snowbirds already heading south for the winter or looking for a way to warm up, here are some of the best Florida beaches you should consider running away to this month.
What your kids may know as the pseudo-reality TV show, Siesta Key is actually a real-life beach town in Sarasota, Florida. The laid-back town and barrier island offers a slice of summer year-round. With a hearty lineup of daytime activities, like beaching, shopping and watersports, for all ages, and a great nightlife and bar scene for the older kids, this beach town will have everyone in your crew forgetting all about the winter.
The Palm Beaches in South Florida are some of the most fun your family will find in the state. Stretching 47 miles along the Atlantic, there’s a beach park or tropical oasis for all ages and all styles of beachgoers. Pick your neighborhood and explore this family-friendly locale.
Between Key West’s mix of Gulf Coast beaches, Atlantic sands, dog-friendly and family-friendly locales, hidden beach park gems and the occasional nude beach, consider Key West your go-to when you just don’t know what you want — it has it all. Bring your pet and make Key West a home away from home for the winter.
Fort Lauderdale’s beaches offer a city appeal for those who want to paddleboard, take a dip or get out on a boat by day, while having the comforts and attractions of the city after hours. Depending on your beach-going style, Fort Lauderdale can be a lazy morning on the beach and high energy at night, or go-go-go by day and head to bed early with the kids. There are also quite a few diversions in town if it’s just not warm enough to get out on the water.
Miami’s South Beach is famous for good reason. This part of town has it all, and for all ages. Picture fresh seafood and great dining options, high-end shopping along with idyllic beaches, vibrant nightlife and iconic Art Deco architecture, street art and entire districts devoted to all things beautiful. Miami may have a wild reputation, but, depending on your style, you can curate this beach region to fit the needs of your family.
LEGOLAND New York Resort debuted its first Brick-or-Treat, a not-so-scary Halloween party built for kids! The event runs Saturdays and Sundays in October, 3–6 p.m., transforming each of the park’s seven LEGO-themed lands into family-friendly Halloween havens.
The Peninsula Beverly Hills makes staying in a suite even sweeter! Guests who book one of the hotel’s elegant suites are offered complimentary use of a luxury BMW for the length of their stay. While Beverly Hills has so much to offer, having a car gives you the freedom to see even more of Southern California, whether it is driving up the Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu, or continuing on, past Santa Barbara, to Santa Ynez wine country.
Kick-off the Christmas festivities Nov. 21 at Grand Geneva Resort and Spa. Welcoming guests of all ages, the entire family can participate in the resort’s annual Illumination Ceremony. This magical event celebrates the flipping of a switch for the spectacular light displays around the resort.
Located in Yardley Pennsylvania, Shady Brook Farm offers fun activities for families all year long, but really thrives in autumn. During fall, Shady Brook hosts plenty of activities for all ages.
Movies on the Potomac are back at National Harbor, in Maryland, offering a variety of Halloween classics during the entire month of October. Every Sunday, 4–6 p.m., National Harbor will show a free movie on the Waterfront Plaza big screen, located at 150 National Plaza.