I can assure you there is no need to go any further than the panhandle with 3 boys. We have so many places we call "paradise" from Alabama to Panama City. do you want a private beach on the Gulf? Go to Redfish Point or Ft McRae. Want to see deer drinking out of the water and dolphins swimming around your boat, go to Ingram's Bayou. Want to experience civilization at Pensacola Beach, throw down the hook and dinghy over. Check out the Blue Angels airshow in July in Pensacola. Sail inshore, or offshore, with easy access at Orange Beach, AL, Pensacola, Destin or Panama City, FL.
We had our 2 grandchildren on the boat for 10 days and they begged us not to go home they were having so much fun. Give it a try and you'll get to spend 2 extra days on the water instead of the interstate.
Will be glad to give you specifics for anchorages, marinas, etc. if you're interested.
Orange Beach, AL
'08 Catalina 350 #467