Caribbean-Themed Resort near Orlando Theme Parks
Silver Lake Resort is set on 35 sun-kissed acres bordered by natural wetlands in the heart of Kissimmee, a town Fodor's dubbed "the gateway to Disney.” The resort lies just a few miles from the entrance to the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks, and sells tickets to other major attractions in the greater Orlando area, making it an ideal home base for theme-park-bound travelers.
The resort's campus is dotted with residential villas and town homes. Set among these, standard hotel units are designed to feel like a home away from home. Each unit is equipped with a king bed and mini fridge and is decorated in bold, tropical colors.
Guests can take breaks from park hopping by relaxing in the resort's outdoor hot tub or in the 9,000-square-foot heated pool while enjoying a drink from the poolside cabana bar. The resort is within walking distance of several upscale and chain restaurants and has barbecue grills outside, where guests can grill their own dinners.
Kissimmee, Florida: Easy Access to World-Famous Theme Parks and Major Orlando Attractions
Located on the banks of Lake Tohopekaliga, Kissimmee sits about 22 miles from downtown Orlando and just 16 miles from the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks. 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® area. 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 and SeaWorld.
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 the CityArts Factory, a multifaceted patchwork of gallery spaces, and SAK Comedy Lab, which holds improv shows five nights a week.
About a 10-minute drive north, you’ll find several cultural institutions surrounding Orlando Loch Haven Park, including the Orlando Museum of Art, with a collection featuring pieces by Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Rauschenberg, Ansel Adams, and Andy Warhol. The park is also home to the Orlando Shakespeare Theater and the Orlando Science Center. Visit the Science Center to take a rover across a simulation of Mars’s red surface or race model cars down a 70-foot pinewood-derby track.
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