Spacious Condos Minutes from Walt Disney World® Theme Parks
The white vacation cottages of Grand Beach Orlando occupy a secluded stretch of sand along the shores of Little Lake Bryan. The resort's tropical setting—complete with hammocks swinging under palm trees—may seem a universe away from the hubbub of Orlando, but Walt Disney World® Theme Parks, SeaWorld, and Universal Studios are all less than a 10-minute drive away.
Spacious two- and three-bedroom condos come outfitted with an arsenal of appliances, including an in-unit washer and dryer, a jetted whirlpool tub, and, in the kitchen, a full-size refrigerator and oven. The sunny, homey rooms feature big windows and cushy furniture, and a screened-in patio overlooks the pool or Lake Bryan.
Outside, paddleboats lie in the sand along the lakefront, waiting for guests to climb in and pedal out onto the water. A sand volleyball court is positioned next to a children's outdoor playground and a shuffleboard court, allowing for innovative triathlon competitions. Two heated outdoor pools—one for kids and one for adults—shimmer in the warm Florida sunshine.
Orlando, Florida: World-Famous Theme Parks and Cultural Surprises
Located in the center of Florida, Orlando may be forever associated with the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks, which now are part of the world’s most-visited entertainment resort. It spans roughly 30,000 acres, encompassing four theme parks, two water parks, five golf courses, and the Downtown Disney® Marketplace. There’s no shortage of things to do here: begin your day by boarding a rocket-shaped three-seater that climbs to 180 feet before entering a deep black tunnel and racing past stars, satellites, and constellations. Walk across the park to sample Moroccan cuisine for lunch, or ride a dune buggy through a haunted 18th-century mansion. Before heading back to the hotel, take in the nightly fireworks, laser, and water show. As one of the most popular family destinations in the world, sunny Orlando is home to other theme parks including Universal Studios, SeaWorld, and Gatorland.
Those hoping to shake up the typical theme-park-dominated itinerary can head into downtown Orlando's vibrant arts district. The neighborhood boasts venues such as CityArts Factory, a multifaceted patchwork of gallery spaces, and SAK Comedy Lab, which hosts family-friendly improv shows five nights a week.
About a 10-minute drive north, you’ll find eight cultural institutions at Loch Haven Park, including the Orlando Museum of Art, which houses pieces by Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Rauschenberg, Ansel Adams, and Andy Warhol. The park is also home to the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orlando Science Center. Visit the science center to take a rover across a simulation of Mars’s red surface, or race on a 70-foot pinewood derby track.
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