Places to Stop With Kids on I-95 From South Carolina to Florida

by David Harris

Interstate 95 is a stretch of highway that runs from Maine to Florida. If you are traveling along I-95 with your family, scheduling stops along the way is a good way to keep order in the car. When you reach the southern leg of the journey -- South Carolina, Georgia and Florida -- there are plenty of options just off the highway to keep your kids entertained.

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South Carolina

Just over the state line from North Carolina is South of the Border (thesouthoftheborder.com), a flamboyant tourist stop with numerous opportunities for shopping and eating. Kids will love Pedroland, an on-site amusement park with rides, miniature golf and a video game arcade. You will see signs for South of the Border for miles along I-95 before you arrive. Another option is the large South Carolina Aquarium (scaquarium.org), about an hour off the interstate in Charleston. A highlight for kids is the 42-foot Great Ocean Tank, filled with sharks and other creatures of the deep.

Georgia

I-95 takes you along the Georgia coast and right by Savannah. Kids interested in boats will love the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum (shipsofthesea.org). This small museum focuses on models of ships, especially those pertinent to the Savannah area. Stop at Cumberland Island National Seashore (nps.gov/cuis) in southern Georgia, where your kids can play on the beach and explore hiking trails. Sea turtles sometimes stop here to rest during their migration.

Northern Florida

A stop in Cape Canaveral, just off I-95, should include Kennedy Space Center (.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy). Here your kids can see space shuttles and learn about space exploration. After coming face to face with space-age technology, get back into nature at the Canaveral National Seashore (nps.gov/cana). Here you can rent a kayak with your children and explore Florida's mangrove swamps, home to numerous species of bird life and alligators.

Southern Florida

Fort Lauderdale and Miami are both along I-95. Stop at Butterfly World (butterflyworld.com) near Fort Lauderdale, home to thousands of butterfly species. Your kids can learn about rare butterflies such as the camouflaged owl butterfly, and watch hummingbirds feed. By the time you reach Miami, it's time to hit the beach. South Beach is a good place to relax on the sand while your kids play in the gentle waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

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