It’s Time for a Multi-Generational Family Digital Detox in Florida

It’s time to switch off, leave the chargers at home and head to Florida this summer

Whether it’s catching shrimp or becoming a Junior State Park Ranger, you’ll find plenty of screen-free activities for the family in the Sunshine State:

Scalloping Season on Florida’s Adventure Coast

Water-loving kids will love this fun (and surprisingly easy) treasure-hunt-like activity, on Florida’s Adventure Coast. Grab a mask and snorkel and head into the shallow saltwater grass flats in search of scallops. Their vibrant blue “eyes” are easy to spot, and all it takes is a shallow dive down to the grass sea bed to bag your fresh catch. When you’re done, you can take your bag of scallops to a local restaurant, for an iconic Floridian “cook your catch” experience. (July 1 – September 24)

Shrimping on Amelia Island

Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island is known for its fresh shrimp – in fact, it was the birthplace of the modern shrimping industry and was once the shrimping capital of the world! Seasonally, Amelia River Cruises offers a two-hour eco-tour and interactive exploration in the St. Mary’s River Basin, for a hands-on experience to teach kids about the shrimping industry and its history in Fernandina Beach. Kids help to deploy and retrieve a shrimp net from the tour boat. The caught-critters are held in an on-board aquarium, identified, and observed before they are safely returned to the water.

Horse Surfing in the Bradenton Area

Horse Surfing is a local tradition, which originated in the destination, that lets visitors (accompanied by a guide) ride bareback on a Thoroughbred or quarter horse down the stunning and calm shores of Palma Sola Bay in the Bradenton Area, where they then ride a horse into deeper waters. Once the horse begins to swim, riders can stand up to try “horse surfing”. If that wasn’t exciting enough, there’s also a high chance of spotting a dolphin or two.

Turtles Walks in Greater Fort Lauderdale

Did you know that 90% of sea turtle nesting in the U.S. occurs in Florida? On educational turtle walks, kids (and grown-ups, too) will learn how to help sea turtles during nesting season and the importance of keeping beaches clean. During summer months, you can even watch hatchlings as they emerge from their nests and make their way into the ocean. (March – October)

Jet Ski Dolphin Tour in Panama City Beach

Teenagers (aged 16+) will love taking control of their own jet ski on a guided jet ski dolphin tour in Panama City Beach. With high populations of bottlenose dolphin, Shell Island and St. Andrews Bay offer the perfect setting for dolphin encounters. On a two-hour tour, you’ll see plenty of sea life, including sand dollars, star fish and hermit crabs.

Explore the Everglades by Airboat

The Everglades National Park is one of three National Parks in Florida and is home to hundreds of animal species. Take your family on a thrilling airboat ride across the expansive, grassy wetlands and marshes in search of alligators, birds and even black panthers.

Become a State Park Junior Ranger

The Florida State Parks’ Junior Ranger Program provides the opportunity for younger people to learn, serve and share Florida’s natural resources. Visit a participating State Park and as for a Junior Ranger Kit and complete six activities to earn an Official Junior Ranger Badge. Don’t forget to learn the Junior Ranger Pledge – “As a Junior Ranger, I promise to protect the plants, animals, water, geological features, culture and history of Florida State Parks. I promise to continue to learn about parks and share what I have learned with others as I Explore… the Real Florida”.

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