A family trip to Sanibel Island in Florida is a guaranteed addition to your list of best family vacations. Home to vacation houses and condos, a golf course, bike trails and 70-degree-winter-temperature, this twelve-mile island promises nothing but the most priceless memories of a family vacation.
When planning a family vacation, parents consider the attractions and activities they can do with their children, and they factor in the cost of these attractions. Luckily for parents, in Sanibel, almost all of the activities and attractions are either free or cheap. The cost of the condos alone are far cheaper than the hotels in the area. Also, if you have family or friends who own vacation homes in Sanibel Island or Fort Myers, saves you a lot.
What makes the family vacation to Sanibel Island one of the best, is how much your children enjoy themselves. There is always something for the parents, teenagers and young kids. Golf enthusiast adults (and even kids) can spend the day at the golf course in Sanibel. Parents can also spend some quality time biking through Sanibel's 25-mile bike path. The little kids can spend the entire day making sand castles and shelling (collecting shells) to keep for themselves or to give their friends back home. Plus, there's swimming, swimming and more swimming. The beach is always available for you whenever you feel like taking a dip.
If your family is still looking for more things to do, there are a number of attractions outside Sanibel that are within reach. The Shell Factory and Nature Park in North Fort Myers is one. Your family will also enjoy watching the happy hermits, which are hermit crabs painted with different colors and happy faces. Shells and corals can be bought from the Shell Factory and Nature Park's store for house decorations and accessories like necklaces, earrings, bracelets and more. The Shell Factory and Nature Park has a fun park where kids can go bumper boating or playing in video arcades. There is a variety of dining options within the Shell Factory and Nature Park. You can try the steak or seafood at the family-friendly Capt. Fishbones Seafood Grill (which has the Dog Bones Cafe for those who bring their dogs), the desserts at Rosie's Gourmet Fudge, or the sandwiches at the Shell Factory Subway. Or you can go to the Manatee Park, also in Fort Myers, where you can view from a deck manatees swimming on the Orange River while you listen to them "singing" through the hydrophones.
As promised, this vacation is also a low-cost family vacation. You can see your children having the best time on this family vacation as they go for a train ride at the Fort Myers Lakes Park that only cost you $2. Back in Sanibel, you can relax with a bird show at the Sanibel's Periwinkle Trailer Park free of charge!
All-tanned, suitcases heavy with shells, digital cameras running low on memory space and your family's faces painted with big smiles, you are ready to go back home. Sanibel Island, without a doubt, just gave you one of the best family vacations of your life.