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Hot-Spring Hopping in Central Florida

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This
easy-access region averages winter highs around 73, plus has more than 240 days
of sunshine a year and 700 freshwater springs—the most in the world. Each of
the crystal-clear springs maintains a year-round 72-degree temperature. Blue Springs State Park ($6), 40 minutes from Orlando, is a winter favorite among scuba
divers, snorkelers, and manatees alike, while hiker, kayaker, and riverboat passengers
can look for endangered species like the Florida scrub jay.

Stay: Orlando’s posh Waldorf Astoria (from $199) shares pool
access with the neighboring Hilton, so kids can use its lazy river and
waterslides.

Best Warm-Weather Family Adventures

Hot-Spring Hopping in Central Florida

This
easy-access region averages winter highs around 73, plus has more than 240 days
of sunshine a year and 700 freshwater springs—the most in the world. Each of
the crystal-clear springs maintains a year-round 72-degree temperature. Blue Springs State Park ($6), 40 minutes from Orlando, is a winter favorite among scuba
divers, snorkelers, and manatees alike, while hiker, kayaker, and riverboat passengers
can look for endangered species like the Florida scrub jay.

Stay: Orlando’s posh Waldorf Astoria (from $199) shares pool
access with the neighboring Hilton, so kids can use its lazy river and
waterslides.

M. Timothy O'Keefe / Alamy

Best Warm-Weather Family Adventures

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