Hotel at a Glance: Barefoot’n Resort
A series of butter-yellow houses follows the banks of Barefoot’n Resort’s lakeside property, standing out against a wooded backdrop. Here families recharge after fun-filled days, settling down in condo-style accommodations replete with kitchenettes, TVs, and in-unit washers and dryers. Theses tropical oases feature bright, patterned comforters, ocean-inspired artwork, and wicker lamps.
- Catch rays at the outdoor pool and hot-tub area.
- See wildlife up close at Wild Florida’s Gator Park; this Getaway includes admission for four.
- City Perks Pass gets you discounts at dozens of local restaurants and attractions
- Rev your engine: Hot rods, antique cars, and muscle cars regularly line up and cruise down Old Town’s brick streets to the sounds of doo-wop classics.
- Walk to Fun Spot USA for go-karts, black-light golf, and roller-coaster rides.
- Golfing and shopping: The resort is conveniently located near many golf courses and three outlet malls.
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 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 at Magic Kingdom® Park by boarding Space Mountain® Attraction, a rocket-shaped three-seater that climbs to 180 feet before entering a deep black tunnel and racing past stars, satellites, and constellations. After that, ride past the ghastly goofballs inside The Haunted Mansion. For dinner, head over to Epcot® to sample cuisine from Morocco, Mexico, France, Italy, and several other countries at the World Showcase. As one of the most popular family destinations in the world, sunny Orlando is home to other theme parks including Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando.
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 Loch Haven Park, including the Orlando Museum of Art; the collection features 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, where you can take a rover across a simulation of Mars or race model cars down a 70-foot pinewood-derby track.