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Old Jan 10th 2020, 11:50 pm
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Hello, I don't venture in here very often as I've only been in the US since last June and don't have any words of wisdom to offer.

I'm starting to arrange a week's holiday for us (couple) in Seattle to meet up with a friend and her 5 year-old in April, the week after Easter. To make it easier for her I'm trying to make it a one flight journey from Boston; we can do two if necessary. We'd like it to be somewhere warm and, rather than go to the Caribbean, she's suggested Florida.

If you have any advice on child-friendly places it would be much appreciated. We don't want theme parks, just a hotel or apartment with a pool and a child-friendly beach, perhaps even a kids' club. (A couple of years ago we rented an apartment in Cape Cod - we came over from Oz - which was great then but now Mini is a bit older and braver it would be nice for her to have some company of a similar age.)

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Hello, I don't venture in here very often as I've only been in the US since last June and don't have any words of wisdom to offer.

I'm starting to arrange a week's holiday for us (couple) in Seattle to meet up with a friend and her 5 year-old in April, the week after Easter. To make it easier for her I'm trying to make it a one flight journey from Boston; we can do two if necessary. We'd like it to be somewhere warm and, rather than go to the Caribbean, she's suggested Florida.

If you have any advice on child-friendly places it would be much appreciated. We don't want theme parks, just a hotel or apartment with a pool and a child-friendly beach, perhaps even a kids' club. (A couple of years ago we rented an apartment in Cape Cod - we came over from Oz - which was great then but now Mini is a bit older and braver it would be nice for her to have some company of a similar age.)

Thanks.
https://www.tradewindsresort.com/exp...ids-activities

this immediately springs to mind. Stayed when family visited, and ex used to work there, so personal recommendation! Fly into Tampa. 30 mins or 2 hours drive depending on time😀
April weather is as perfect as it gets here.

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Old Jan 11th 2020, 12:34 pm
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Sandpearl Hotel/Resort on Clearwater beach is worth taking a look at. Personally never stayed there but have used the outdoor bar a few times.
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Old Jan 11th 2020, 5:15 pm
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Can't help on destination, but something to consider on the Boston outbound flight. There are cheaper and easier flights out of Worcester and even Rhode Island, which is a short drive. We're talking $20 a week parking versus double that a day. But also, it's a much easier airports to deal with with younger kids than Boston.
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Old Jan 11th 2020, 8:37 pm
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Thanks folks, will look at these and also options Bob has suggested.
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When we used to take our kids to Florida we preferred the gulf coast. The beaches were nice and it was quieter than the Atlantic side. It's been a while since I was there, but I'll see if I can find the name of the place we stayed.
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There's a Disney property in Vero Beach that's supposed to be very nice. It's not theme park, but I'm sure the kiddos will be well catered for.

https://verobeach.disney.go.com/
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Sanibel Island seems to get a lot of votes from families.
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I would have said a little isolated unless you don't plan on leaving the resort during your stay. So much more to see and do in the Clearwater/St Petes area, especially with kids and a shortish driving distance with Tampa airport close by. Siesta Key and Pine Island Gulf side are still top of my list of places that blew me away when I first moved over here but a long drive from where I live near the 'mouse' to visit often.
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Another vote for the Clearwater/St Pete's Beach area, never been disappointed on visits there and great for little ones with lovely safe beaches and one of them, maybe both, has a Pirate Ship that sails out and blasts a cannon from memory. You also have the Manatee's to go see in the sea. For a change of pace you can pop into Tampa.
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Thanks all, taking notes.
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