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Families Flock to Jacksonville's Sunny Skies, Sparkling Waterways, High-End Shopping, Great Eats



Planning a family trip can be a daunting task. However, if your plans are bringing you to the sandy shores of Jacksonville, Fl you’ll be impressed with the variety of options to choose from when it comes to accommodations.

If your vacation plans involve surf and sun there are a host of choices at the beaches from Amelia Island, down to Ponte Vedra Beach. One Ocean Resort’s luxurious surroundings will keep you “Always in Your Element”, while the Sea Turtle Kids Camp will keep youngsters entertained. The Holiday Inn Express Jacksonville Beach is situated close to local amusements and offers complimentary shuttles straight to the beach. The Palms Retro offers a charming getaway for couples and families alike with their signature throw back style and plenty of space to hang out in their intimate courtyard.

To be in the center of the action reserve a room midtown at Aloft Tapestry Park, or for the perfect spot for a cultural visit try the Omni downtown. Close to both museums and theaters, and minutes away from the sports complex the location is ideal for busy families who want to embrace the energy of the city. Whatever your itinerary you can count on great shopping, delicious eats, and plenty of fun for the whole family when you visit the River City by the Sea.

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Holiday Inn Express Jacksonville Beach is the perfect escape for families on the go. Take a complimentary shuttle to the beach, or visit Jacksonville Beach's own waterpark Adventure Landing just minutes away. For that home away from home experience kids will love Holiday Inn Express's KidSuites complete with bunkbeds. Start the day off right with complimentary hot breakfast before you check out Jacksonville's best outdoor playground. When you're ready to cool off take a dip in the pool or relax in the hot tub for some much needed R&R. Find everything you need at the Holiday Inn Express Jacksonville Beach for your next family getaway with top notch service at a price that won't break the bank.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Holiday Inn Express Jacksonville Beach offers a convenient location close to family friendly entertainment.

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Families will enjoy spacious accommodations at Homewood Suites by Hilton in Jacksonville's Southbank downtown with one and two bedroom rooms. Enjoy complimentary hot breakfast every morning and dinner and drinks Monday-Thursday. If you'd rather feast on your own fare book a room with a fully equipped kitchen complete with granite countertops. Just a few blocks away families will enjoy watching Friendship Fountain create sky high water theatrics. Have a picnic in the park, or visit the Museum of Science and History for some hands on fun. Just around the corner the Shops of San Marco will supply a wealth of shopping for the fashion maven, and plenty of great eats to top it off.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Homewood Suites by Hilton provides plenty of space for the whole family and complimentary hot breakfast and dinner onsite.

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If you want to be in the center of all the action then you'll love Aloft Tapestry Park. Close to shopping, entertainment, and great dining, Aloft's energy is as active as it's guest's. Modern design, and a friendly staff welcome you to enjoy your stay and get social. The whole family will enjoy the lounge complete with fireplace and pool table, and when the grown ups are ready for a little free time explore the well equipped gym or have a drink at the w xyz bar. When you're ready to cool off take a dip in the outdoor saltwater pool where you'll relax in style. As an added incentive for families Camp Aloft offers fun times for guests 12 and under making their stay an exciting adventure with games and special extras just for them. Halfway between the beaches and downtown Jax, Aloft Tapestry Park is the ideal location for active families on the go.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Aloft Tapestry Park is in the center of all the action giving your family access to the best Jacksonville has to offer.

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Stay close to the Jacksonville International Airport as well as popular shopping and entertainment when you reserve your room at the Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Airport Hotel. Minutes away from River City Marketplace, the whole family will find plenty to do at this shopping and entertainment hub. If you are looking to get wild, hop on Interstate 95 and venture to the Jacksonville Zoo just ten minutes away. The Crowne impresses guests of all ages with it's stunning atrium and indoor pool where young and old can be refreshed and relax in style. With complimentary shuttles to and from the airport a stay at the Crowne Plaza is both convenient and time saving, giving you more time to spend on what really matters, making memories with the ones you love.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Free shuttles and close proximity to great shopping and entertainment make the Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Airport Hotel an ideal destination for families.

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Stay close to the best Jax has to offer in Arts and Culture at the Omni Hotel in downtown Jacksonville. Directly across the street from the Times Union Center for the Performing Arts, the Omni is a great destination if you plan on seeing a performance. Headed to the big game? You will be right in the center of the action and just minutes from the sports complex. Take the kids to the Museum of Science and History just a short jaunt over the Main St bridge or head a few blocks down and take in the Museum of Contemporary Art. Great eats are aplenty directly across from the Omni at the Jacksonville Landing where daytime shoppers enjoy riverfront views. When you're ready to unwind visit the heated rooftop pool for a birds eye view of downtown's sky-rises and the beautiful St. Johns River.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Omni Hotel in downtown Jacksonville is a great location for families headed to a show or sporting event.

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Enjoy an affordable family retreat with oceanfront views in Jacksonville Beach at the Hampton Inn. Your family may have come for the ocean but they will certainly also love the heated pool and grotto complete with waterfall. Start the morning off right with complimentary breakfast for all including "On the Run" breakfast bags for those who are on the go. Incredible staff, top notch service, and impeccably clean rooms guarantee an ideal getaway for the whole crew. Check out local shopping at the Atlantic Beach Town Center just a few blocks North or head down to the Beaches Pavillion to see if any festivities are happening on the weekend. With plenty of local parks in the area, you'll have plenty of opportunities to get the family outdoors and embrace the Florida sunshine all while staying at the Hampton Inn right on the sands of Jacksonville Beach.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Come for the beach, and enjoy the bonus of the Hampton Inn's pool and grotto complete with waterfalls.

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If you are looking for one of the best hidden gems in Jacksonville, you will find it in The Palms Retro. Tucked away in charming Atlantic Beach this funky little destination brings the iconic to life. The brightly colored hotel surrounds an intimate courtyard complete with umbrella covered tables and outdoor grilling equipment making it a perfect outdoor hangout for families and reunions. Each room has it's own signature style and is dedicated to infamous legends of bygone eras like Marilyn Monroe, BB King, The Rat Pack and more. Lot's of freebies sweeten the deal with breakfast, wifi, and parking taking center stage. Rent beach cruisers from The Palms collection and check out the local shops, restaurants, and the beach just minutes away. Premium bedding will have you sleeping soundly meanwhile rollaways, and cribs are available for larger families.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Palms Retro is full of character and perfect for families who can't wait to enjoy the beach, great food, and charming local shops.

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Whether you prefer a penthouse, or a private villa, Summer Beach Resort Lodging has what you you desire. Situated just thirty minutes from the Jacksonville International Airport in scenic Amelia Island, the luxurious amenities at Summer Beach will meet all your needs. Soak up the sun while enjoying the Oceanfront Beach Club and Snack Bar, or schedule a tee time for some world class golf. Horseback riding, kayaking, and bicycle rentals keep active families busy while babysitting services offer Mom and Dad a chance to retreat on their own. Enjoy getting lost in the natural wonders of this well preserved island and let your stress melt away during your stay at Summer Beach Resort.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: Summer Beach Resort offers an array of lodging options to suit every taste and style with plenty to do for active families.

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This stand out resort is set apart for it's dedication to guests young and old. Whether you are in for a private retreat or a family getaway One Ocean Resort and Spa's mission is to keep you "Always in Your Element". From their personal docent service who attend to all your individual needs to the Kids Club you will agree that One Ocean has the details covered. Parents and kids alike will be swept away by the larger than life art installations that transport you away to a watery wonderland. In the kids club younger guests will enjoy learning about sea turtles, building sand castles, and even gaining some knowledge from the executive chef during cooking classes. Parents won't be able to get enough of the spa, and One Ocean's fine dining venue Azurea. When you're ready to explore, make your way to the white sands of Atlantic Beach and make memories the whole family will treasure.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: One Ocean Resort and Spa has something the whole family will enjoy from the Spa to the Sea Turtle Kids Club.

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Ponte Vedra Inn & Club


The Ponte Vedra Inn & Club has been a family favorite since it's establishment in the 1920s. Just minutes from downtown Jacksonville the Inn & Club has turned family hospitality into an artform. Luxurious accomodations keep you relaxed while tennis, golf, and a host of beach activities ensure you don't get bored. Kids will go wild for the resort pools, and beach side play centers in addition to storytelling, movies, etiquette classes and more. Interested in summer camps? The Inn & Club hosts an engaging summer camp every June through August where kids will enjoy meeting new friends while participating in games, beach walks, and crafts. Bring the family together and bond over sun, sand, and quality time at the exclusive Ponte Vedra Inn & Club.

Recommended for Family-Friendly Hotels because: The Ponte Vedra Inn & Club is a legendary destination where families make lasting memories.

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