South Florida is chock-full of kid-friendly hotels, attractions, and restaurants. When visiting the Keys, be sure to check that the hotel or inn allows children, as many do not.
You may also want to consult The Unofficial Guide to Florida with Kids as well as How to Take Great Trips with Your Kids (The Harvard Common Press), which is full of good general advice that can apply to travel anywhere.
Most Florida hotels and restaurants are willing, if not eager, to cater to families traveling with children. Many hotels and motels let children age 17 and younger stay free in a parent's room. (Be sure to ask when you reserve.)
At the beaches, it's the exception rather than the rule for a resort not to have a children's activities program. (Some will even mind the youngsters while the parents enjoy a night off!) Even if they don't have a children's program of their own, most will arrange babysitting services.
Recommended family travel websites include Family Travel Forum (www.familytravelforum.com), a comprehensive site that offers customized trip planning; Family Travel Network (www.familytravelnetwork.com), an online magazine providing travel tips; and TravelWithYourKids.com (www.travelwithyourkids.com), a comprehensive site written by parents for parents, offering sound advice for long-distance and international travel with children.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.