Do you have the urge to wander and explore? If so, why not think about small road trip adventures around sunny South Florida? With plenty to do and a host of natural scenery to explore, there's something for the whole family. Here are some South Florida scenic drives to do with kids which will not only take you past some of the state's most breathtaking views, but also keep you busy for the whole day.
Option 1: Day trip to see Wildlife, Shops & Beaches
An Adventurous Morning
A great route for a summer road trip is U.S. 1 which takes you down the east coast and gives constant views of those famous palm trees and blue sea. Better still, Route 1 is easily accessible from Palm Beach International Airport so if you're flying from further afield and hiring a car when you get here, this is an excellent place to start.
But first, how about a trip less than half an hour west on US Route 98 (Southern Blvd) and then down the US 441 to visit the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge? Run by the Department of Fish & Wildlife, it's in western Boynton Beach, just off Lee Road and costs only $5 per vehicle. With huge open spaces to explore, this is truly a natural wonder. The visitor center is open from 9 - 4 but the grounds and trails are open from sunrise to sunset every day. There are some well-done interactive displays about the Everglades and the wildlife of Florida and kids can crawl 'under the Mangroves' in one exhibit to see what lives underwater! Other points of interest are the boardwalk through the wetlands and a butterfly garden. There are restroom facilities and plenty of parking available, but please bear in mind that trails may not be suitable for those with mobility problems.
Lunch & Shopping
There's enough here to keep you occupied all day, but if you've had a tiring morning at the Refuge, how about heading to The Mall at Wellington Green just a few miles away? With plenty of shops to get some retail therapy or pick up anything you need, you can also take a pit-stop in one of the many restaurants or eateries there including Subway, Taco Bell and the California Pizza Kitchen. If you have time there is a wonderful farmer's market for a fresh snack right at the corner as you leave the Refuge on 441 (Bedner's Farm Fresh Market).
A relaxing afternoon
A trip to one of the beaches in the afternoon will allow you to wind down and relax after an adventurous morning, none of which are very far away. Boynton Beach and Delray Beach are two of the best, and Downtown Delray could really fill a whole day with its array of galleries and shops, but this time why not just soak up the sun on the two miles of beachfront which is well known for being clean and well-managed? Take it easy, because there's a lot more to do if you're staying in South Florida for a few more days...