So this Easter we decided to travel with the kids on a work trip to Florida, and I can honestly say we didn’t want to come home. The plan was, half work, half pleasure. We were out in Florida filming digital content for one of my favourite clients Simon Shopping Destinations.

If you’ve ever visited the states I know you will have heard of them, Simon Shopping Destinations are the destination shopping locations throughout North America. If you haven’t heard of them, you need to google them and plan where to shop for your next USA trip in advance like we do.

When we asked Rocco where do you want to spend your 4th birthday? Disneyland or LEGOLAND, he had no interest in Disney and only wanted to go to LEGOLAND which was super easy and such a relief.

Our agenda was roughly like this; 4 days filming and 4-5 days with our kids to explore Florida. The first thing that comes to mind is how blessed we are to get to travel as a family for work.

So here are some general tips on where to go/stay if you are visiting Florida as a family.

Where to stay?

We didn’t want to be in central Orlando, as we wanted to explore the real Florida, like the airboat rides and gator parks so we choose an incredible development closer to LEGOLAND. Balmoral Resorts is a quiet retreat ideal for spending quality time with friends and family, yet not far from all the great attractions, activities, and entertainment of Central Florida. We stayed in the most gorgeous and spacious 4 bed home with a double garage and swimming pool. When we arrived they had been so kind leaving a birthday card, banners and a birthday cake ready for Rocco’s 4th birthday. The house itself had absolutely everything we needed as a family of 5, everything was super clean, the beds were massive, the kitchen had all the utensils you could need. I just can’t fault it in anyway, because they think of everything. I think the best bit has to be that even though it’s a holiday home and you have your own privacy they have hotel style concierge services, a big waterpark, games and cinema room for the kids and so much more. We loved the resort so much we were tempted to buy!

We also travelled down to Fort Lauderdale which is one city I love as I lived there years ago and spent a night at B Ocean Resort which was perfect for what we needed. Situated on Fort Lauderdale Beach and close to a strip of bars and restaurants the location was perfect.