Weekend Getaway: 12 Florida Destinations for Mom and Dad

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Motherhood and fatherhood are some of the most rewarding titles one can hold. However, parenting can sometimes lead to the marriage taking a passenger seat. Planning a romantic weekend getaway is sometimes just the thing needed to refresh your marriage. After all, before you became mom and dad, it was just you and your significant other.  

Throughout the years, it becomes more evident that nurturing your marriage is equally as important as nurturing your children. After all, a happy marriage results in a happy home. We see this come full circle through the positive impact taking care of your marriage has on children’s mental wellness and self-esteem. 

Pro Tip: Check out this Miami Mom Collective post on Taking Care of Your Marriage While Balancing Motherhood for more ideas on taking care of your marriage.

Image: Jessica and her husband enjoying a beach destination (Weekend Getaway: 12 Florida Destinations for Mom and Dad Jessica Alvarez-Ducos Contributor Miami Mom Collective)
View from the top of Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse

We have rounded up some cities that are sure to delight. Imagine dating your spouse while exploring and relaxing! 

Amelia Island 

Located in North Florida, Amelia Island offers some amazing golf courses and beaches with sand dunes and shells. 

Top Sights

  • Fort Clinch State Park
  • Timucuan Ecological and Historical Site
  • Amelia Island State Park
  • Amelia Island Lighthouse
  • George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier 
  • Island Falls Adventure Golf 

Lovers Key

Full of approximately 200 acres of trails, waterways, and beaches, you are sure to find something fun to explore at Lovers key.

Top Sights

  • Lovers Key Beach
  • Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve
  • Mound Key Archaeological 

St. Augustine 

Image: A sunset at St. Augustine Beach (Weekend Getaway: 12 Florida Destinations for Mom and Dad Jessica Alvarez-Ducos Contributor Miami Mom Collective)
St. Augustine Beach (Photo courtesy of MMC Contributor Rachelle Haime @theplentifulcup)

Located on the northeast coast of Florida, St. Augustine is claimed to be the oldest city in the U.S. The incredible colonial architecture and history along with the wildlife make it a beautiful weekend destination. 

Top Sights

  • Castillo de San Marcos National
  • St. Augustine Lighthouse
  • St. Augustine Alligator Farm
  • Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche at Mission Nombre De Dios
  • St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum
  • Colonial Quarter
  • St Augustine Distillery
  • Old Jail
  • Bridge of Lions

Naples

Located in the Gulf, Naples is known for its beaches, sunsets, chic shops, and golf courses.

Top Sights

  • Naples Beach
  • Naples Pier 
  • Lowdermilk Park
  • 5th Avenue South
  • Naples Botanical Garden
  • Downtown Naples 

Fort Lauderdale 

Image: Jessica enjoing the water at Ft. Lauderdale Beach (Weekend Getaway: 12 Florida Destinations for Mom and Dad Jessica Alvarez-Ducos Contributor Miami Mom Collective)
Fort Lauderdale Beach

Located in South Florida, Fort Lauderdale is well known for its beaching, boating, bars, boutiques and sidewalk cafes, and food spots. Its proximity makes it perfect for a quick weekend getaway. 

Top Sights 

  • Hard Rock Casino 
  • Bonnet House Museum and Gardens 
  • East Las Olas Boulevard 
  • NSU Art Museum 
  • Fort Lauderdale Beach 
  • Flamingo Gardens

Pompano Beach

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Pompano Beach is another South Florida city that is perfect for a quick weekend getaway. Its beaches and dive sites, marinas, sandy beaches as well as its iconic lighthouse make this a perfect destination. 

Top Sights 

  • Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse
  • Butterfly World 
  • Isle Casino Pompano Park
  • Fern Forest Nature Center 
  • The Pompano Beach Pier 

Sarasota

Located in the Gulf, Sarasota is known for its cultural venues and beaches. 

Top Sights 

  • Siesta Key Beach 
  • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens 
  • The John and Mable Ringling Museum
  • Sarasota Jungle Gardens 
  • Ca’d’Zan
  • Lido Key

Vero Beach

This Florida city is known for its pelicans, museum, and botanical garden. 

Top Sights

  • McKee Botanical Gardens 
  • Vero Beach Museum of Art 
  • Indian River Citrus Museum 
  • Humiston Beach Park

Key West 

Image: The Southernmost Point in Key West (Jessica Alvarez-Ducos Contributor Miami Mom Collective)

A location well known to most, Key West is known as the home of Ernest Hemingway and attracts many with its iconic sights. 

Top Sights

  • Southernmost Point of the Continental 
  • The Hemingway Home and Museum 
  • Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
  • Mallory Square
  • Duval Street
  • Key West Lighthouse

Palm Beach

The South Florida resort town of Palm Beach is well known for its beaches and shops.

Top Sights

  • Henry Morrison Flagler Museum
  • Worth Avenue
  • Norton Museum of Art
  • Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens
  • Phipps Ocean Park  

St. Petersburg

Commonly referred to as the “Sunshine City,” St. Petersburg offers awesome spots for golfing, great beaches, and Tampa Bay Rays baseball. 

Top Sights

  • Fort De Soto Park
  • Sunken Gardens 
  • The Dali (Salvador Dali Museum)
  • Sunshine Skyway Bridge
  • Saint Petersburg Pier 
  • Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge

Destin

Image: A stormy sky over Destin Beach (Jessica Alvarez-Ducos Contributor Miami Mom Collective)
Destin Beach (Photo courtesy of MMC Contributor Holly Farver @hollefarv)

The Northwest Florida city of Destin is known for its Gulf of Mexico beaches, golf courses, and popular water park.

Top Sights 

  • Destin History and Fishing Museum 
  • Big Kahuna’s Water and Adventure Park
  • Henderson Beach State Park
  • James Lee Beach
Image: Jessica Socarras at National Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche St. Augustine (Jessica Alvarez-Ducos Contributor Miami Mom Collective)
National Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche at Mission Nombre De Dios in St. Augustine (Photo courtesy of MMC Contributor Jessica Socarras @jessyourmiamirealtor)

Now is the time! Coordinate with the grandparents to watch the kiddos and plan your perfect weekend getaway. Whether you are relaxing on a beach, exploring a state park, visiting a museum, viewing some art, fishing, or immersing yourselves in a new city, MOM AND DAD NEED SOME FUN TOO! 

Pro Tip: Check out the Miami Mom Collective Dating Your Spouse: It’s the Best Investment You’ll Ever Make for more on the “one date you won’t regret.”

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Jessica Alvarez-Ducos was born in Havana, Cuba, where she lived until age 4. Her parents came to Miami, Florida to set their roots and open the doors to endless possibilities. Jessica graduated from FIU with a degree in political science, international relations, and psychology. After working in the legal field for over eleven years, Jessica and her husband decided it was time to start their family. Today Jessica is a stay-at-home mom. In July 2020, Jessica decided to create Game of Moms after receiving much encouragement from her family and close friends. Through her page, she hopes to provide honesty while inspiring unification, fun, crafts, and travel. Follow her on Instagram @gameofmoms.

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