Here Are The 10 Best Towns In Florida To Raise A Family
By Marisa Roman|Updated on February 01, 2024(Originally published November 09, 2022)
A New Jersey native with over 15 years of writing experience, Marisa has studied at both New York University and Florida International University. She has lived all over the country, including a decade stint in South Florida. Marisa is well-versed in exploration as she travels a good majority of the year in her self-converted Sprinter van. Her articles have been featured in various notable publications over the years, she has a published collection of short stories, and three completed screenplays under her belt.
With so many people moving to Florida every year, a lot goes into the consideration of where to set down roots. Sure, the tropical ambiance, beach access, and overall beauty give a lot to think about, but for those who have families, there is more to it. Every year, Niche releases its “best of” list of which cities, towns, and neighborhoods are best to raise a family. To determine these rankings, Niche uses statistics based on things such as public schools, crime rates, access to libraries, cost of living, family-friendly amenities, and so forth. Of course, there are lots of intangible factors that go into what makes a town livable, but these seem to be consistent qualifiers. Without further ado, here’s a list of the best small towns in Florida to raise a family. See if your favorite town made the list!
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What's an under-the-radar family attraction in Florida?
SunWest Park in Pasco County is an underrated family attraction in Florida. You've likely heard of Disney World and Universal Studios, SunWest Park is decidedly lesser-known. This 70-acre spring-fed lake boasts a white sandy beach and plenty of room to splash around. There's even a splash park on the water, known as the Lift Adventure Park. This is one outdoor water playground in Florida you'll want to visit at least once!
Are there any kid-friendly hikes in Florida?
There are lots of kid-friendly hikes in Florida! Some of the best ones to enjoy with your family include:
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples
Big Cypress Bend, Fakahatchee Preserve State Park
Timucuan Trail, Alexander Springs, Ocala National Forest
Caladesi Island Trail, Dunedin
Garden of Eden Trail, Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve, Bristol
Anhinga Trail, Everglades National Park
Falling Waters Sinkhole Trail, Chipley
Ravine Gardens State Park, Palatka
For more information about each of these trails, check out our complete list of the best hikes in Florida under 5 miles.