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3 ways for families to enjoy Florida together

Segway Tour, Amelia Island

A guided Segway tour at Omni Amelia Island Plantation reconnects families with nature and with each other. The flora and fauna of this unique maritime ecosystem in northeast Florida go well beyond palm trees and shorebirds. On this barrier island, you are as likely to find pinecones as seashells. Glide along beneath a canopy of moss-draped oak trees as deer peek out from the brush surrounding the marshlands. The Landmark Oak, a sprawling, centuries-old tree, is just the spot for a family photo.

39 Beach Lagoon Road, Amelia Island, Florida. 904-261-6161.

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Universal Studios, Orlando

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Universal Studios fans are practically erupting with joy over Volcano Bay, a new water theme park at Universal. The Krakatau Aqua Coaster is the star attraction. Riders twist and turn through a mysterious volcano full of shadowy passages and surprising waterfalls. Rides are fun, but lines aren’t. TapuTapu, a wearable device, will allow guests to play in other areas of the park and get an alert when it’s time to head to the attraction.

6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando, Florida. 407-363-8000.

Boggy Creek Airboat Rides, Kissimmee

The folks at Boggy Creek Airboat Rides want Florida visitors to know they don’t have to choose between the myriad family attractions in Central Florida and the thrill of an airboat ride in the Everglades. Guess where the headwaters of the Everglades start? Did you guess Orlando? So after you’ve met all the Disney princesses, hop aboard and zip effortlessly over the sawgrass-choked wetlands.

Alligators with razor-sharp teeth sun themselves on the marsh banks and venomous snakes slither soundlessly through the water, but not all the wildlife is so intimidating. Graceful, snowy-white egrets and the occasional bald eagle also call Boggy Creek home.

2001 E. Southport Road, Kissimmee, Florida. 1-877-526-4194.

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