Secluded Resort and Golf Course Close to Orlando
Less than 15 miles from Orlando's theme parks, a palm-flanked pool with an idyllic waterfall represents the day's last attraction—and this one doesn't require a 45-minute wait in line. The pool (one of four) belongs to the Mystic Dunes Resort & Golf Club, a family-friendly retreat situated a short shuttle ride from Disney World, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld. Furnished with plush couches, glass tables, and king- or queen-size beds, the resort's one- and two-bedroom villas feature fully appointed kitchens and a whirlpool bath whose gushing water jets can eradicate any lingering vacation-based aches. The property's quartet of pools includes Dunes Lagoon, which boasts a two-story waterslide and private cabanas where you can lounge and watch fellow guests dive, cannonball, and ride tractors into the water. The Mystic Dunes Golf Club's championship course was designed by PGA Tour alum and television analyst Gary Koch, who incorporated 80-foot elevation changes, rolling dunes, and scenic vistas. The front nine recalls the Carolinian Lowcountry—all wetland, marsh, and cypress forest—and the back nine transports players across the pond with British-style links punctuated by pot bunkers and lush fairways.
Greater Orlando: Family Fun in Sun-Drenched Florida
Recognized as the galaxy’s preeminent family vacation destination, Orlando offers a slew of iconic theme parks, chains of lakes, and other forms of family-friendly entertainment. Fans can interact with their favorite cartoon characters or take to the skies on one thrilling roller coaster after another. Not just for young ones, Orlando caters to adults at its underrated downtown district, where you can find a spirited nightlife scene and several necktie-themed amusement parks.
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