We went last year to Florida, and we'll probably go again this year -- after all, we all loved Florida, and it gives me a chance to visit my brother Matt, and staying in Florida presents pretty much the best of all possible vacation worlds, in that there's tons of stuff to do, and tons of that stuff is also free.
When you vacation with kids, you learn quickly that you've got to plan out every moment of every day, and you learn even more quickly that there's never enough money. Which means throwing in as much free stuff to do as possible.
That's why when we go this year, we'll stay in Kissimmee: It's got all the criteria we look for: Close to Matt (But not too close, so we don't bug him) and a lot of free, cool stuff to do.
Like fishing. That picture at the start of this post is from the Kissimmee area, and I took one look at it and thought "I've got to try that." It looks peaceful, it looks fun... it looks free. A rod and a line and a lake and you've got entertainment for a whole afternoon or evening. (More, if we can catch an alligator.)
Throwing in that kind of free, fun stuff, leaves money to take advantage of the other great stuff to do in and around Kissimmee, great stuff like... golf. Matt and I used to golf all the time, and Middle golfs now (she's practically a professional at it), and Kissimmee has spectacular golf courses -- golf courses I can afford to golf because I'll be saving money on some of the other things.
But the main reason we might head to Florida is not just that there's some free stuff to do-- it's that we might get the whole vacation free. See, in looking things up about it, I found out that Kissimmee is giving away vacations: they've got three weekend getaways for two -- that's 3 days and 2 nights each, and they're giving away two weeklong vacations for a family of four, all of which can be entered via a drawing. They'll be giving more away on May 1 and June 1 of this year.
So the best things to do in Kissimmee are free, and the best way to get there is to have the vacation be free, too. I'm entered: Are you?